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Maybe if your arguments weren’t bigoted we wouldn’t call you bigots

Over the weekend, the D-News linked to yet another article opposed to gay marriage (this one published in Provo Daily Herald).  Written by Jenet Erickson, of BYU’s School of Family Life, the article begins:

One of the most painful parts of the same-sex marriage debate is the accusation that those who oppose same-sex marriage must be blinded by bigotry . . .  marriage involves more than just the adults who marry. Because marriage involves children, society has a deep and abiding interest in how it affects them.

You’ve had all of recorded history to come up with arguments against gay marriage and the best you’ve got is “Oh, won’t someone think of the children?!”  You wonder why people think you’re a bigot?

Snark free: I get that it must be difficult to be accused of bigotry when the person being accused truly believes they are without bias.  At the same time, Erickson’s entire argument hinges on the notion that gay people marrying is a threat to children; infertile couples, couples who cheat on each other, couples who never plan to have children, none of these couples seem to bother her, only gay couples.  That’s why she and other people who oppose marriage equality get accused of bigotry.

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Note to Shit-Kicking Conservatives: We (U.S. & World) Are Moving on Without Your Tired Lame Bigoted Asses.

Each years CPAC showcases the steady, incremental march toward the obsolescence of conservatism. And while conservatives are by nature regressive and behind the times, as the brutal velocity of progress in science, communication, education et. al. increases, conservative ideas are more obsolete than ever. Traditional Conservatism is by all accounts, DEAD.

The Republican Party has become authoritarian out of necessity. Moderates are leaving the party in increasing numbers. Inter-party calls for sanity fall on deaf ears. Example: CPAC went for Birthers and extremists like Trump and Gomert over far right assholes like Chris Christy.

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This is a Real Facebook Post

I post this as a classic example of how the right-wing has hacks the most blunt, vulnerable minds.

John Edwin Jackson

An actual real FB post

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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Children are Often Oppressed in Religious Households

“Children are often oppressed in religious households”; when I read that line in Mark Galli’s op-ed over the weekend, I literally stopped reading mid-sentence.  Here’s the whole passage:

But the fact that children are often oppressed in religious households suggests that there is indeed something in religion which tempts parents in this way. That temptation is the inherent human fascination with law and control. People become religious for many reasons, good and bad. One for many is that their lives are completely out of control morally and socially, and they see in religion a way to bring order to the chaos. Religion as inner police. Such adherents are attracted to religions, or denominations within religions, that accent discipline and obedience. This happens — surprisingly — even in Christianity.

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Watch the video . . . then read the commentary


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!

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Obama Is a Muslim and An Atheist or Why Repubicans Suck. This Should Scare You.

This one is a winner. This is why America is deteriorating. Republicans are uninformed, vacuous people.


A Very Mormon Hell

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.


An Epidemic of Hostility Toward Religion or an Epidemic Christian Cry-babies?

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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Seriously – this Chick-Fil-A Nonsense Won’t Go Away

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.

Michelangelo Signorile opined that the gay community mismanaged the entire contretemps from beginning to end: Read the rest of this entry »

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About the Fundamentalist Assault on American Democracy

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.

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The Chick-Fil-A Contretemps. Really?

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?


Texas Republicans – Au courant with the Latest Trends in Medieval Thinking

Texas Republicans released their party platform and the big ticket item was opposition to higher order thinking skills.  Amanda Marcotte:

 . . . the Texas Republican Party continues its grim, unwilling march toward the 17th century by updating its party platform. It’s the usual gathering of heavy-duty God talk, racist paranoia, Victorian-era attitudes toward marriage, crippling homophobia, and that bit of Texas right-wing weirdness that I’ve always been fond of, the abject fear that your child might learn that there are other ways of viewing the world other than holing up in a house with a gun in case today’s the day that reparations-seekers descend from black helicopters to kick down your door and confiscate your Bible. The obsession with giving total control over the minds and bodies of minors to their parents blows past creepy and right into Flowers in the Attic territory.

At Free Thought Blogs, you can read some quotes from the document.  Marcotte is wrong – the 17th century would represent real intellectual advancement for Texas Republicans.  The section on higher order thinking skills is priceless:

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Don’t you just hate it when kids get all uppity and start questioning their parents?  When kids learn that their parents aren’t perfect and all knowing?

At Kos, you’ll find a longer take on the document.  It really is a masterpiece of medieval thinking grounded in repeated demands for obedience to pre-modern authority.  When George Lakoff writes about strict father mentality, he is talking about the mindset behind the Texas platform.  Identify authority, obey it, attack those who don’t.  Yes, the best minds of the 12th century are at home in today’s Republican party.



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