Posts Tagged Bigotry

When you think of marriage, do you think of “immediate gratification”?

Probably not.  I mean, marriage is about a long term commitment (for most people).

Julie Burt an opponent of marriage equality had this to say in response to the Minnesota house passing marriage equality legislation:

“I feel sorry for our world. But the world has turned,” Burt said. “The world has turned to a place that wants immediate gratification. And it breaks my heart. Breaks my heart for my children and my grandchildren.”



Analysis of Yesterday’s Prop 8 Decision

I am short on time right now so I’ll refer readers to Ari Ezra Waldman’s excellent piece at Towleroad.

The general consensus seems to be that the court rendered a relatively narrow verdict.  My instincts tell me, however, that even if the sole effect is to strike down Prop 8 and allow same sex couples to marry in California, it’s still a big deal.  The nation’s most populous state, what happens in California will effect other states and the Federal government.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Hypocrisy on Parade and the Sole Jewish Republican in Congress

In recent times, it has been suggested that the Republican party has become the party of white men. This has never been more true than it is today. Between Congress and the Senate, Republicans can claim exactly zero African Americans and one Jew; Eric Cantor, and he is a pathetic hypocrite.

To Wit:

To those still feeling defensive about the accusations of racism among Republicans, consider for a moment why there are ZERO elected Republican African Americans in our legislative branch. Its a hard fact to explain.

While we do see a few unelected token Republicans in the party, Michael Steele for instance, there is not much the party can do about the fact that the now 20% of Americans who self-identify as Republicans will simply NOT elect an African American.

Based on the evidence, of the two political parties in this country, one has become a small cluster of xenophobic, white supremacists?

Frankly, I don’t see how there is any hope for Republicans in 2010 elections

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Dobson and his followers surrender to ‘evil’

dobsonDr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family is link to the audio (caution, the announcer tells us this broadcast is not fit for “little ears”; after listening, I think it’s also not fit for bigger ears). The topic is primarily hate crime legislation, and the discussion is rife with misinformation and bigotry.

I want to tell you up front that we’re not going to ask you to do anything, to make a phone call or to write a letter or anything.

There is nothing you can do at this time about what is taking place because there is simply no limit to what the left can do at this time. Anything they want, they get and so we can’t stop them.

Dobson tells us that all they can do now is pray. That’s it. Pray. Somehow that seems like the right sort of thing a religious organization ought to be telling people to do.

But Dobson makes no bones about his political support of the Republican Party in order to promote the Christian agenda, and one wonders what impact that will have on his 501(c)(3) Focus on the Family. Is he risking his tax-exempt status?

. . . Dobson plainly states that the only way for Christians to start winning again politically is for the GOP to regain power. He makes no effort to avoid coming across as a Republican activist. For a long time, Dobson went out of his way to keep up the appearance of being above partisan politics. As he enters what may be the twilight of his broadcasting career, he appears to care less and less about maintaining that image.

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Buttars is low-hanging fruit

He makes it too darn easy. He just opens his mouth, and we have ALL KINDS OF STUFF to write about. Give a listen.

Of course, I have to watch this documentary when it comes out. I just want to see him saying:

They’re the meanest buggers I’ve ever seen.

(Did he really say buggers?)

What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.

They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.

Um. Threat to what?

Earlier today there was a video posted on YouTube, part of the Cowen interview, in which Buttars brings up the topic of “Pig Sex”. The video has been taken down now, but I did see it before it was removed. Buttars says gays engage in pig sex but he refuses to say on camera what that is. The interviewer looks it up and reads the definition. Buttars is dissatisfied as the definition is not explicit enough to suit him. Here‘s the definition from Urban Dictionary which sounds like the one read by the interviewer.

(UPDATE: Video is back up, so here it is)

And finally, I have to ask what so many others are asking tonight: Why doth Buttars protest so much?

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Mouth Piece of Nat’l Assoc. of Christian Bigotry Resigns. No Longer a Bigot.

Top Evangelical Resigns After Backing Gay Marriage

An outspoken and polarizing voice in conservative Christian politics resigned effective Thursday from the National Association of Evangelicals after a radio interview in which he voiced support for same-sex civil unions and said he is “shifting” on gay marriage.

The Rev. Richard Cizik’s comments _ made on a Dec. 2 “Fresh Air” broadcast on National Public Radio _ triggered an uproar that led to his stepping down as NAE vice president of governmental affairs. Read more–>

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The Legacy of a Bigot (Jesse Helms): a Stubborn Stain

Former Senator Jesse Helms, the notorious author of dozens of measures attacking GLBT and HIV-positive people during his years in the Senate, died on July 4. Unfortunately, the legacy of discrimination against HIV-positive people he helped to create lives on in a law that bars nearly every foreign person with HIV from entering the United States. That’s right – with very few exceptions, an HIV-positive individual cannot come to the United States for any reason, be it to visit, work, study or become a legal resident.

It’s an embarrassment and an outrage. And at long last, we have a chance to bring it to an end.

Ask your Senator to stand up against bias and ensure that the ban on HIV-positive visitors and immigrants is repealed.

Earlier this year, Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Smith (R-OR) added language to repeal this discriminatory law that was included in legislation reauthorizing efforts to fight HIV across the globe, commonly known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). We thought we were close to finally ending the discriminatory ban which prevents HIV positive individuals from entering the country or obtaining legal U.S. citizenship.

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