The “Planet of the Apes” movies postulate a world in which human beings are the victims of a vastly more intelligent but horrifically cruel species. However as the old saw suggests, fact is often stranger than fiction. It seems apparent to me that we live in the state of the APEs (Alpha Prime Europeans). While Tennessee APEs are not nearly as intelligent as they imagine themselves to be, they make up for their low IQs with near-infinite bigotry, intolerance and cruelty.
The ultraconservative APEs who rule Tennessee have certain distinguishing characteristics. First, they are alpha males and females who long to subordinate and dominate everyone else. Second, they consider themselves and their beliefs to be prime, and everyone else to be unworthy of consideration. (For instance, Tennessee’s fundamentalist Christian rulers claim to believe in “freedom of religion,” but would have screaming hissy fits if Korans were distributed and taught in Tennessee schools.) Third, APEs believe that human beings of white heterosexual European stock are vastly superior to other people. This is why they constantly try to give the shaft to homosexuals, Muslims and people with darker skin.
The ruling cabal claim to believe in and prize “smaller government.” But their actions prove otherwise, as they constantly propose and attempt to pass legislation that has no purpose except to advance their rights by infringing on the rights of others. Their favorite targets are gays and Muslims, followed closely by teachers, students, union workers, the poor, the sick and the elderly.
And heaven help the poor animals who fall under their purview. The “Ag Gag” legislation currently awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature would make it very difficult, if not impossible, for animal rights activists to expose people and organization who abuse animals. Tennessee newspapers have described the pending Ag Gag legislation as “despicable,” “unconstitutional,” “ridiculous,” “immature,” “idiotic” and “mendacious.” But how can we expect APEs to have compassion for animals, when they are so cruel to their own kind?
It’s bad enough that we slaughter and eat animals that are inferior to us in intelligence. The least we can do is make sure that they don’t suffer unduly. But the APEs will have none of that. Like the compassionless primates in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Tennessee’s APEs seem to relish the exercise of unjust power.
Tennessee’s APEs claim to be “Christians.” But Jesus Christ said, “Whatsoever ye do unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do unto me.” I wonder what the Lamb of God would say about the way Tennessee Christians treat the poor, the sick, the elderly, and so many unfortunate animals?
Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.