Yes, the United States has made huge progress in gay rights in an amazingly short period of time, but our religious fanatics are doing incredible damage in places like Uganda.
In the ongoing saga of Life with Gohmert!, TPM has video of Texas’s own “Terror Babies” Louie, even more incoherent and blindly bigoted than usual, Godwinning all over the House floor: Louie Gohmert Compares Gay Rights Advocates to Nazis.
So it is amazing that in the name of liberality, in the name of being tolerant, this fascist intolerance has arisen. People that stand up and say, you know, I agree with the majority of Americans, I agree with Moses and Jesus that marriage was a man and a woman, now all of a sudden, people like me are considered haters, hate mongers, evil, which really is exactly what we’ve seen throughout our history as going back to the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe. What did they do? First, they would call people “haters” and “evil” and build up disdain for those people who held those opinions or religious views or religious heritage. And then the next came, well, those people are so evil and hateful, let’s bring every book that they’ve written or has to do with them and let’s start burning the books, because we can’t tolerate their intolerance.
South Dakota Republican State Senator Phil Jensen is today’s poster boy for the GOP’s ongoing “rebranding” effort, as he tells the Rapid City Journal that businesses run by the KKK should legally be able to deny service to African Americans.
Jensen goes so far as to say that businesses should have the right to deny service based on a customer’s race or religion - whether that’s right or wrong, he says, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.
“If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them,” he said.
Jensen, of course, is an evangelical Christian like any good Republican; and he also wants to make it legal to discriminate against gays, under the disguise of “religious freedom,” this year’s right wing excuse for bigotry.
This session, Jensen sponsored Senate Bill 128, which would have allowed businesses to deny service to people based on their sexual orientation and not fear a lawsuit.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, and even some Republicans, decried the legislation as discriminatory. Sen. Mark Kirkeby, R-Rapid City, called it “a mean, nasty, hateful, vindictive bill.” It was killed in committee.
But Jensen remains a supporter of SB 128. He calls it a bill that would have ensured the freedom of businesses to choose their clientele.
“It’s a bill that protects the constitutional right to free association, the right to free speech and private property rights,” he said.
(h/t: Tom Kludt.)
Well, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer really poked a stick into the right wing hive mind by vetoing the Republican attempt to enshrine anti-gay bigotry as “religious freedom.” Today the wingnut blogosphere is absolutely full of out of control unison ranting, but my favorite loony comments so far come from … who else? … the crackpots of breitbart.com.
First, the penetrating intellect of John Nolte, who asks the only question that really matters:
What if I bake a birth control cake?
Followed by Child of the Damned Ben Shapiro:
Would left support the AZ law if it were restricted to same-sex marriage participation? Of course not. Fascists.
You damned dirty fascists!
To which I can only add:
Ben Shapiro and staff react to Gov. Brewer's veto pic.twitter.com/bYROCM5A4K
HELP!!!1 BIRTH CONTROL PENIS CAKES ARE STEALING MAH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The President of Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips, was a little miffed in the wake of Jan Brewer’s veto of the “religious freedom bill” in Arizona, and sees nothing but doom in our future:
“Tyranny is on the march,” Phillips declares in a piece on the TPN website that he also emailed to members of the group, adding that business owners who are not allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians are “slaves” to the “great liberal state,” aided by “French Republicans” like Brewer.
“The left and the homosexual lobby are both pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness,’” he writes.
Then…well, methinks he tipped his hand a little:
The left loves to come up with absurd hypotheticals to scream that there must be compliance with their fascism, so how about a couple from our side.
Should a devote [sic] baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia [sic]? Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior?
The real question, it seems to me, is how long it took for him to come up with that “absurd hyopthetical?”
My guess is…a long…LONG time!
And again, another perfectly good gaydar blown to smithereens!
Minutes ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the SB1062 “religious freedom” pro-bigotry bill, pretending it was an act of principle instead of a result of the huge backlash.
That distant popping sound you hear is right wing heads exploding all over the Internets.
We have an early whine from Ben “Friends of Hamas” Shapiro:
Not sure what the GOP stands for when it stands against religious freedom out of pure fear of political correctness.
Glenn Beck began this segment by playing a 54 year old audio clip of an attorney general warning young people not to “become” homosexual because they would be hunted down and arrested. Beck and his pals correctly mocked this person (whom they didn’t identify), and Beck called it an example of “heterofascism,” and that no one would ever be so crazy as to say anything so ridiculous. But as Right Wing Watch pointed out, he is wearing a cap to honor Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Seattle, one of the most vehemently anti-gay pastors around who had recently passed away.
Then Beck quickly devolves into his own unique lunacy.
Pastor Rafael Cruz dips more than just his foot into the wingnut wading pool:
You know communism or socialism, whatever you want to call it, what is happening in this country is not different than what happened in Cuba; the procedure might be different, they may be a little slower, but it’s the same thing. It is about government control of your lives. You got to realize how Marxist, how socialism works. We need to understand the issues. When you hear all these things about homosexual marriage, this has nothing to do with homosexual rights. Did you know that? The whole objective is the destruction of the traditional family, it has nothing to do with homosexuals, they could care less about homosexuals, they want to destroy the family.
You need to understand, it’s just like evolution. You know most Americans have their head in the sand about evolution. I’ve met so many Christians that tell me ‘evolution is a scientific fact.’ Baloney! I am a scientist, there is nothing scientific about evolution. But you know something, Karl Marx said it, ‘I can use the teachings of Darwin to promote communism.’ Why? Because communism, or call it socialism if you think communism is too hard a word, necessitates for government to be your god and for government to be your god they need to destroy the concept of God. That’s why communism and evolution go hand and hand. Evolution is one of the strongest tools of Marxism because if they can convince you that you came from a monkey, it’s much easier to convince you that God does not exist.
Writing for World Nut Daily (where he shares column space with the likes of Pamela Geller, Rick Santorum, and John Rocker), Pat Buchanan crawls out of his cave to defend Putin’s new anti-gay laws in Russia.
Our moral and cultural elites have put Putin on notice: Get in step with us on homosexual rights - or we may just boycott your Sochi games.
What this reveals is the distance America has traveled, morally and culturally, in a few short years, and our amnesia about who we Americans once were, and what it is we once believed.
Only yesterday, homosexual sodomy, which Thomas Jefferson said should be treated like rape, was outlawed in many states and same-sex marriage was regarded as an absurdity.
Was that America we grew up in really like Nazi Germany?
In the Catholic schools this writer attended, pornography - let alone homosexual propaganda - would get one expelled.
Was this really just like Kristallnacht?
As Father Regis Scanlon writes in Crisis Magazine, in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated Catholic doctrine that homosexuality is a “strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil,” an “objective disorder.” That homosexual acts are unnatural and immoral remains Catholic teaching.
Thus, if we seek to build a Good Society by traditional Catholic and Christian standards, why should not homosexual propaganda be treated the same as racist or anti-Semitic propaganda?
We can no longer even agree on what is good and evil.
Putin is trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.
“The adoption of Christianity,” declared Putin, “became a turning point in the fate of our fatherland, made it an inseparable part of the Christian civilization and helped turn it into one of the largest world powers.”
Anyone ever heard anything like that from the Post, the Times or Barack Hussein Obama?
Here’s Reince Priebus in an interview with the extreme religious right outfit CBN, dropping all the pretense and openly admitting that the RNC’s “rebranding” initiative was simply a scam.
Which, of course, was already blindingly obvious.
Speaking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network posted today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed that the party will try to reach out to groups like gays and lesbians by simply appearing to be more respectful without actually changing its views on issues such as marriage equality.
After Brody said conservative evangelical voters are nervous that the GOP thinks “we have to be more tolerant,” Priebus said there is nothing to worry about. “I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction,” the party chairman said.
“It’s not what you say, I think, it’s sometimes - like our moms used to tell us - it’s how you say it. And I think that’s really the issue. And quite frankly, I think some of that has been overblown.”
Priebus assured Brody that the GOP will continue to represent “things that are very square with our beliefs as Christians” and recognize that “there’s only one sovereign God.”