Is it hate, or fear?

Sometimes there just is nothing necessary to say beyond asking is it hate, or fear?

“It’s not how white men fight.” – a Tucker Carlson text message about race and Jan. 6 violence.

Legislative committee hearing on public library regulations. — Opponents were not allowed to speak. Said Rep. Dana Farley from Jefferson Parish – “What I believe this agenda is about is it feeds into the depopulation agenda, that it’s a globalist, great reset agenda. It’s meant to normalize, confuse children with the result of less families, less nuclear families. Nuclear families are the ones that are the cornerstone and pillar of our Western Civilization. It is “discouraging to motherhood, fatherhood, decency, purity, innocence,” which she said children are “entitled to in their early years.”

News item from Florida:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature passed a bill that bans transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers.The bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis requested, also prohibits universities, local governments and other agencies that access the state’s Medicaid programs from using public dollars to cover such treatments for anyone in Florida. And it makes it easier for patients to sue doctors who performed gender-affirming treatments.

Again, the question: is it hate or fear?

Jim Butler, a Bolton High School alumnus, was an acclaimed writer and editor at the Alexandria Town Talk for 36 years, the last 23 (1977-2003) as editor-in-chief. He led Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina for the Gulfport (Miss.) Sun-Herald in 2005. Butler returned home to Cenla a few years ago, and shares his talents and insight with Rapides Parish Journal readers.