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On the approaching demise of Fred Phelps

Those people suggesting a gay pride parade or picketing Fred Phelps’ allegedly imminent funeral are missing that he and his family are hate-fed attention hounds. Do not feed the beast. Whatever happens, I hope his funeral is not picketed, but ignored. Let him be buried in an unmarked grave in a potter’s field, forgotten by all and mourned by no one.

Toast to the satisfaction of one beast quieted, but remember the most insidious bigotry exists in our halls of governance and many mainstream houses of worship. Phelps was the obvious, cartoonish hate-monger screaming on the corner, but he was also the one to whom the most dangerous bigots could point to and say, “At least I’m not like HIM,” as they legitimize state-sponsored discrimination and attempt to bar equal rights and assistance to LGBTQIA people.

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"I’m Dreaming" by the brilliant Randy Newman. It’s a satirical song completely backhanding the racist rhetoric surrounding many of President Obama’s detractors and their objections.

A sampling of the lyrics:

George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley, the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven

I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a…

Suddenly, Mittens.

Bravo, Randy Newman. Download the track for free here.

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Well, that calling for the boycott is a real — has a chilling effect on our 1st Amendment rights. And the owner of the Chick-fil-A business had merely voiced his personal opinion about supporting traditional definition of marriage, one boy, one girl, falling in love, getting married. And having voiced support for kind of that cornerstone of all civilization and all religions since the beginning of time, he then basically [is] getting crucified.

I’m speaking up for him and his 1st Amendment rights and anybody else who would wish to express their not anti-gay people sentiment, but their support of traditional marriage, which President Obama and Joe Biden, they both supported the exact same thing until just a few months ago, when Obama had to flip-flop to shore up the homosexual voter base.

Sarah Palin, continuing her desperate last gasps of trying be relevant on Fox News.

Typically, I wouldn’t give her more attention. But I’ve heard this argument so many damn times over the few days, so let’s roll.

First, what Dan Cathy said IS anti-gay and he’s donated to anti-gay organizations — groups which have helped the efforts in Uganda to criminalize homosexuality and execute gay people, are listed as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and who have called for harmful “reparative therapy” to be standard treatment for gay people.

Plenty of folks have pointed out that this is not the way to spread a message of love thy neighbor. I would agree. As Suzette Standring wrote, “Jesus healed, socialized, walked, and ate with the marginalized and the flawed. Peter had anger management issues. Matthew was a hated tax collector. The Samaritan woman at the well was considered off limits to talk to for racial reasons. When an adulteress was about to be stoned, it was Jesus who challenged the sinless to cast the first stone. Her attackers left and when it was clear no one stayed to condemn her, Jesus said with great gentleness, ‘Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin’ (John 8:1-11)… If Jesus had harsh words for anyone, it was against those who saw themselves as the authorities of spiritual leadership. He criticized them publicly for hypocrisy, setting bad examples, and for perverting the word of God in order to maintain their own power.”

Second, I know this is difficult, but read this, plus this, this, this, and this. That’s why you’re 100% wrong about boycotts. Boycotts are free speech. Think about money as speech. Withholding money is also speech. It goes both ways. Please see Less Than One Million Moms and their boycotts against JC Penney, Ellen DeGeneres, and the NBC show The New Normal

Third, as Meghan McCain said, being anti-marriage equality IS being anti-gay. Is being anti-interracial marriage racist? You betcha.

Fourth, if a business owner gets political, even for religious reasons, expect a backlash. You don’t get to reel back and say, “Hey, no hard feelings, homos. Buy my chicken.” If your chicken gets political, we get political with your chicken. You dig?

In summary, go back to Alaska, snowbilly.

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Hate groups and Chick-Fil-A’s profit


Which hate groups does chik-fil-a give to?

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

This article discusses it in detail very well, with facts and figures. Many of these groups, like Family Resource Council, are listed in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report here.

Why does this matter?

As SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok writes:

These kinds of comments say more about the people who made them than the LGBT community. But, as we document in this issue, they often reflect or stem from false allegations that originate in the hard core of the anti-gay religious right.

No one is trying to force Christians or others who believe that homosexuality is wrong to abandon their beliefs. But believing that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin is an entirely different proposition than lying about gays molesting children or suggesting they should die. Surely, we can all agree that when any minority is demonized and attacked, it damages all our hopes for a civilized society.

The groups Chick-Fil-A support do just that.



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Dear Conservatives who think they grasp this Jesus thing:

I doubt Jesus would purposefully hit up a Chick-Fil-A today just to prove to his dad how much he hates the gays. I really do.

But if he did, I can give you the Reader’s Digest version of what would happen: He’d order up a couple of chicken sandwiches and some waffle fries, maybe a fruit cup, and POOF – dinner for five thousand. Remember the loaves and fishes thing? I bet it works for chicken and waffle fries, too.

Then, Jesus would take that food and feed the poor, some of whom are likely gay and have had sex outside of marriage. Why? Because compassion. Because love. Because judge not lest ye be judged. I imagine he’d probably give y’all a little lecture about being Pharisees, though.

I’m a pretty severely lapsed Catholic, and even I get this.

In summary, you’re doing it wrong.



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Report cited by Bachmann claims Norquist linked to Muslim Brotherhood

And now we’ve come full circle:

Earlier this month, Bachmann and four other Republicans sent a letter to inspectors general in the State, Homeland Security, Defense and Justice departments calling on them to investigate “potential Muslim Brotherhood infiltration” of the Obama administration by [Huma] Abedin, an aide to Secretary Clinton and wife of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

As evidence of their claims, the five Republicans cited “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within,” a ten-part video course produced by the Center for Security Policy.

The movies claim that the “Muslim Brotherhood was helped in its efforts to achieve information dominance over the George W. Bush administration” by Norquist, a Christian. The influential anti-tax activist is also accused of using “various organizations to promote Islamist agendas.”

Nearly every Republican in Congress has signed Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, vowing to oppose any and all tax increases. Only 14 Republican members of 112th Congress have refused to sign the pledge.

Bachmann has been widely criticized for her attack on Abedin. Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner, Arizona Sen. John McCain, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Bachmann campaign manager Ed Rollins have all condemned the Minnesota congresswoman. But she has insisted the matter needs to be investigated.

Guess who are signatories of Norquist’s pledge? Reps. Michele Bachmann, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, and Lynn Westmoreland — the Islamophobic Joe McCarthy Club.

Perhaps they should investigate themselves. Just sayin’. It’s no crazier than Bachmann’s original theory.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Wife of NC State Senator says Amendment One is necessary ‘to protect the Caucasian race’

[Chad] Nance paraphrased the remarks, as told to him by those who were present: ‘During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.’

Nance said he recruited a friend, who works for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, to witness his interview with Jodie Brunstetter. He said Brunstetter reluctantly acknowledged that she had used the term ‘Caucasian’ and then repeated the statement previously attributed to her, but substituted the pronoun ‘we’ for ‘Caucasian.’ Nance said Brunstetter insisted there was nothing racial about her remarks, but could not explain why she used the term ‘Caucasian.’

Huh. Fancy that. 

That argument sounds familiar… Riiiiight, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

Read more about Jodie Brunstetter’s remarks here.

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