Rick Perry has every ‘right’ to his personal beliefs — in the privacy of his own home.
He DOES NOT, however, HAVE ANY (personal) RIGHTS, IN THE CAPACITY OF A ‘PUBLIC SERVANT’, to hold The U.S., and by consequence, the entire Planet, hostage to ‘his’ personal beliefs.
Just as the members of our military forfeit the ‘right’ to the ‘public advertisement’ of their ‘individual’ personal beliefs ‘for the duration of their military tenure’, so does ANY person holding ANY office wherein he or she is a civil/public servant.
Moreover, as the head of an agency so intrinsically key to national health, this person’s personal beliefs are secondary to ‘actions and words’ that must benefit the welfare of this nation, as well as its global community membership, respectability, integrity and honor.
In other words, for the duration of his service, Rick Perry, and every other person serving in any capacity representing ‘the people’, does not belong to himself; every public word and action is subject to what benefits the welfare of this Country and ‘the house’ in which we ALL reside.
In this case our house just happens to be Planet Earth.
If our house is not healthy, ‘we’ do not survive.
Every single living creature in this world is dependent upon the integrity and accountability of the ‘current’ dominant species on this planet.
The rates of extinction among other life forms alone should have us all in a state of panic.
Yet, collectively, we sniff, and carry on with our daily lives as if we held a blank check on our own immortality — to hell with anything else.
If you wouldn’t pee in your own pool, why are we all shitting in ours?
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” - Aldous Huxley
“People would rather believe than know.” - Edward O. Wilson
“For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.” - Tom McMillan
“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” - Marshall McLuhan
“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” - Margaret Mead
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” - Ansel Adams
“I don’t want to protect the environment.
“I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protection.” — unattributed