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I post this as a classic example of how the right-wing has hacks the most blunt, vulnerable minds.
John Edwin Jackson
Would you believe this: A movement rises to strip free speech from corporate America, to take the right to speak from PACs and churches and businesses and any other group that is an “artificial entity.”
They would take away free speech — one of the most basic of all human rights — and they would do this right here in America.
The startling thing, to me, is that the movement is winning in so many ways. The startling thing, to me, is that I run into so many people who agree with them. The startling thing, to me, is that while this issue has hardly caught the public’s eye, when it has, people are buying in with it.
The startling thing, to me, is that (if I’ve been told correctly) Montana’s voters have passed legislation calling on leaders to push for a constitutional amendment stripping free speech from corporate America. A citizen’s initiative also passed in Colorado, but it called only for corporate campaigning limits, not actually stripping free speech altogether from corporations. California is considering putting an initiative on the ballot. Voters in about 175 local entities have passed initiatives calling for amending the Constitution, and the governing bodies, themselves, of about 350 local entities have passed measures pushing for a constitutional amendment.
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I was going to write something about this atrocious video but Chrislove at Kos beat me to it.
Ruth Institute head Jennifer Roback Morse, who now appears to be sporting a 40-pound cross hanging around her neck, took to YouTube a few days ago to warn of this gay conspiracy to take over college dorms. No, I’m not even exaggerating. Morse actually appears to believe that gays are conspiring to take over dorms. You know, so they can host drag parties and make fundamentalist Christians uncomfortable.
FWIW, Roback Morse’s video is a rightwing hit parade – the gays are after your children, college is dangerously liberal, and Christians are the victims here, dammit!
This one is a winner. This is why America is deteriorating. Republicans are uninformed, vacuous people.
An article by Adam Streeter, born and raised in Happy Valley:
I grew up Mormon, and every year I endured a hair-raising interview to get my “temple recommend.” (Think of it like Mormon “security clearance.”) It was a firewalk in the guise of an annual interrogation. Everyone in my life would know if I failed. I’d be excluded from joining my family and friends in Temple rituals. Rumors would flood my neighborhood in Utah Valley. And every year, the same question threatened to consume me with shame.
“Do you touch yourself?”
Each time I lied, I plunged into a very Mormon kind of hell.
The Family Research Council (a group the SPLC identified as a hate group for its ongoing use of lies, distortions and untruths about glbt persons) and Liberty Institute, another right wing organization, recently released a study which they claim documents more than 600 instances of hostility toward religious liberty:
Liberty Institute attorney Justin Butterfield tells OneNewsNow what his group hopes to accomplish with the study’s findings.
“We want to raise awareness of the issue. A lot of people think that hostility because of people’s religious beliefs and attacks on religious liberty are things that happen elsewhere in the world, not in the United States,” he notes. “We just want to show that it actually happens with increasing and alarming regularity here in the United States.”
Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford and FRC President Tony Perkins are presenting the study before the Republican Party Convention platform committee to raise that awareness.
I’ve been very skeptical about claims made by the religious right concerning discrimination against and bigotry towards Christians. However, this report is based on an audacious claim – 600+ incidents of hostility towards religion? Documented and published? As a matter of due diligence I figured I owed it to myself to check out the report. I downloaded the report. It’s 135 breezy pages long consisting of short summaries of instances the authors identify as hostility to religion and citations (either the case information or links to online news reports). The report is helpfully broken down in sections based on what type of hostility the authors deemed to have occurred (i.e. public expressions of faith, in schools, workplaces, about monuments and public displays, etc.)
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Hatin’ the gays and eatin’ fried food. That’s what passes for patriotism for way too many Americans.
I’ve spent countless hours trying to understand anti-gay folks. I read articles, op-eds, websites and books. Again and again, it boils down to simple prejudice. They made up their minds in advance and aren’t interested in hearing what anyone has to say if it contradicts what they already think. They rain their money on preachers who confirm their prejucide by saying things like “Gay people are sinners (unlike you).” For these folks, last week’s Chick-Fil-A day was a combination July 4th, New Year’s Eve and Sunday service all in one. Folks on the left are far less sanguine.
A must read from Al Stefanelli at Free Thought Blogs:
Absent from the land of TV-make-believe were some real issues like back-alley abortions, rampant racism, epic discrimination against homosexuals and atheists, and a whole slew of other problems that were conveniently swept under the rug of ignorance. Of course, there are a significant number of American politicians in office today who would like to see us return to coat-hanger abortions, segregated schools and the virtual disappearance of homosexuals and atheists; a problem that many of us are painfully aware of.
How did the fundagelicals take over one of Amreica’s major political parties?
They used underhanded tactics, such as to tie up meetings for hours on end. They took this long so that people would get tired and just leave. Once alone, they appointed themselves leaders and proceeded to make important decisions. They repeated this process until they controlled the entire state. Their goal was to see as much of the Republican Party controlled by fundamentalists as possible. Pat Robertson then formed the Christian Coalition, which had over 100,00 churches as members and was headed up by Ralph Reed, Robertson’s main minion, and a political genius. They distributed Christian propaganda at astonishing rates, including voter guides that reached saturation with over 40 million distributed copies. Not to mention telemarketing campaigns. The stage was set, and when the World Trade Center got bombed in 1993, it was the perfect catalyst that the religious right needed.
As an aside, they’ve used similar tactics to paralyze the moderate and liberal churches – plunging every national gathering into some manufactured controversy, manipulating rules of order to sidetrack discussions and creating conflict rather than cooperation.
The last twenty years has seen the melding of Christian fundamentalism and National pride. Fundamentalist Christians see themselves as Patriots, protectors of what they erroneously call a Christian Nation, against the traitorous liberal, socialist Democrats. Within this group lie their sworn enemies; the godless, heathen, devil-worshiping, baby-eating atheists. The fact that atheism is not a political party and atheists come from a wide variety of world views is totally lost on these people.
I don’t eat at Chick-Fil-A. I’ve been there a time or two and wasn’t that impressed. When their COO came out earlier with his bone-headed bigoted remarks about gay folks, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on. The company’s position is well known.
Several public officials have disinvited Chick-Fil-A from communities, activists on both sides have lined up to support or criticize the company. So here’s my thing. Activists can call for boycotts all they want. Or they can organize “support Chick-Fil-A days” all they want. I’m okay with other companies (i.e. Jim Henson Co) deciding to not partner with Chick-Fil-A. I’m even okay with public officials saying that they don’t share the company’s stated values and those values are not representative of their communities.
I’m not okay with them using their public positions to keep Chick-Fil-A out of their communities. I’m glad politicians are speaking out against the company’s bigotry. Chick-Fil-A’s owners and management have a right to be stupid and bigoted. The discussion itself it crazy though – it’s not about chicken, it’s about giving our dollars to people who actively use those profits to hurt the glbt community. Greenwald is right on this issue.
At the end of the day though, find myself saying “Really?” We’ve wasted how much time talking about what some mouth breather said? Boycott away. But it’s wrong for public officials to use their positions to keep Chick-Fil-A from doing business. The whole thing has been a PR disaster for the company and KFC is laughing all the way to the bank. Now can we move on to something that matters?
I think this appalling video reflects just how ugly organized religion can get. We’ve seen it throughout history. No Judeo-Christian religion is immune.
That it is happening now in THIS country is very much motivated and inspired by the the GOP/Bush/Rove decade of an unrepentant appeal of God, Guns and Gays.
At this point, I see little difference between American Evangelism and Muslim extremism. Christians persecute gays in America still today, as they do in Muslim countries…and obedient crowds cheer.
Hat tip to John Aravosis at Americablog for catching this one.
So a week after delivering a sermon calling for gay people to be put into concentration camps, pig ignorant bigot Charles Worley got a standing ovation from his congregation. The local paper describes it thus:
Church members and about 100 visitors from in and outside the area gave Worley a standing ovation when he approached the pulpit. A few members stood up from the pews and spoke out in favor of Worley as officers watched and intervened when one particularly longwinded member spoke.
The atmosphere was a vocal and jubilant one. The sanctuary was mostly full, with the vast majority of the crowd singing and crying out in joy. Many threw their hands up in praising the Lord and in support of the pastor.
You shall know they are Christians by their love.
Worley’s defense of his sermon, the defense offered by his congregants, is an old one – “I’m just preaching the bible,” and “he’s just preaching what’s in the bible.”
In response to Worley, the Rev. Chuck Currie had a simple, short statement:
The pulpit is holy space and those that use it to promote violence commit theological malpractice as ugly and wrong as those who throughout history have used their pulpits to target Jews and other minority groups.
Are these hateful messages mainstream? In some communities, yes. And not just in the South. We have heard the same ugly language preached here in Oregon during campaigns past by the now defunct Oregon Citizens Alliance, the right-wing Christian group that promoted a series of anti-gay ballot measures.
All Christians – regardless of whether or not we support gay marriage (I strongly do) – must condemn hate speech from pastors and denominations where this occurs are obligated to hold their clergy accountable – taking away their status as ordained clergy. Because let’s be clear: these hateful men are not preaching the word of God.
God created gays and lesbians, like all humanity, in God’s image and was well pleased.
But Worley’s congregation – and Worley himself I suspect – are not engaging in a theological discussion; they aren’t interested in engaging pastors like Chuck Currie in a discussion or in a nuanced approach to biblical exegesis. Like many religious fundamentalists, they would probably deny Currie is a real Christian because he’s a United Church of Christ pastor. They would see his support for glbt rights and marriage equality as proof that he isn’t a real Christian because a real Christian would oppose those things. They would see him as someone who made a fatal compromise with the modern world and who sacrificed his Christian faith in the name of going along with the times. Like real fundamentalists, they live by the motto that you should be in the world not of the world and they refuse to believe that the world might get something right and they might get the same thing wrong.