Jonah Goldberg can't see the hornets' nest for its hornets
Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg:
"I think it’s admirable that some advocates of same sex marriage are relatively magnanimous in victory (and I’m certain it’s preferable to the scorched earth alternative the signatories decry). But it seems to me that if you’ve spent a decade or more advancing the argument that opposition to same sex marriage is morally equivalent to opposition to interracial marriage and other Jim Crow laws, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise when people who bought your argument then go out and apply its ruthless and unforgiving logic." [SOURCE]
As always, the social conservative is overstepping the very real things that opposition movement has done to create this "culture war" in order to make the ones who have suffered—and suffered cruelly—seem like the tyrants.
For decades, the anti-LGBT movement has decried gay people as broken, immoral, dangerous, and worse. They've tried to "change" us through highly discredited and deeply dangerous programs that do nothing but instill shame. They have gone after our families in the cruelest ways imaginable. They have attacked every one of our rights and protections, from simple employment protections to the ability to serve our nation, and have even tried to change the federal constitution so that is explicitly bans us. They have used truly disgusting language to make us seem nearly Hitler-esque in our quest for basic peace. Through it all, they have cultivated pointedly hostile messaging that has wounded the psyches of many on both sides of this debate, leading to mental and physical torture that most of us wouldn't wish on our worst enemies.
So to back up Jonah's thought and take it back to its more obvious root: It seems to me that if you’ve spent decades or more advancing the argument that homosexuality is morally equivalent to any number of awful and ungodly things, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise when people who have suffered—and suffered hard—under your argument reach a breaking point. You can't keep poking people with a stick and expect them to just sit there and take it.
(**And to be clear, I say this as a pacifist who very much wants to turn rather than ratchet up hostility.)
Video: Male on mail
As always, Colbert's faux outrage over LGBT issues closely mirrors (or is even less hysterical than) the real thing:
Jodie Foster in 2013: 'I am'; Jodie Foster in 2014: 'I do'
Congrats to the veteran actor, who recently married Alexandra Hedison:
Jodie Foster Marries [E! Online]
But was it Jodie, or was it her mother, with whom she had switched bodies? Freaky.
AFA promotes its new app in only way it knows how
We've gone through all of their examples a bajillion times and pointed out all of the distortions, excised details, and bad arguments that they use to turn these supposed examples of persecution into national examples of how marriage equality harms America. No use doing it again.
Instead, just have a good laugh at how AFA is incapable of doing something as straightforward as promoting their app without making it all about us and their obsessions therof:
I truly adore the idea that an AFA supporter needs on-the-second information so he or she can "quickly and effectively engage the culture when our Christian brothers and sister come under attack from homosexual aggression." In my mind, the ensuing sequence plays out like this:
Robert Oscar Lopez says I perform 'psychological operations routine' on him when I quote his own words from his own web site
Every one of the sourced and linked quotes on Robert Oscar Lopez' truly unbelievable Commentator Accountability Project page direct readers back to his very own website, video clips, or commentaries that he's placed elsewhere on the web. Robert, professional victim that he is, loves to claim the quotes on the site are "out of context," which is laughable as it is. But the fact of the matter is that the full source material is always linked—always, every time, in every instance—for anyone who wants the broader context.
Despite this truth, Lopez has on several occasions thrown around words like "libel" and "slander," both publicly and in off-record communications that moles within his own movement (there are many) have forwarded to me. And now, in a post where he first calls me a "troll," "incredibly dangerous," and "incredibly stupid," this vicious anti-gay activist and marriage movement star attempts to defend his own penchant for equating same-sex parents with slaveowners (which he has done incessantly, in every linguistic assembly imaginable) by saying I am performing a "psychological operations routine" against him when I do nothing more than note his very own words:
"They define 'pro-gay' as anti-children and pro-slavery, and then get mad when people debate about children's rights and the history of slavery. Pope Francis, who was Advocate's man of the year for 2013, recently issued a statement that children have a right to a mom and dad. That's all I'm saying -- what the pope is saying, even though I am not Catholic, and note that this Pope is beloved by people at the Advocate. The entire basis for calling me a rising star of the "anti-gay" movement depends upon a belief that it is anti-gay to protect children's rights against slavery or deprivation of a mother/father. This is why Jeremy Hooper tries his psychological operations routine where he goes to every site remotely involved with me and says 'Robert Oscar Lopez equates same-sex marriage with slavery.' Slavery is defined as purchasing and ownership of human beings as chattel. If you pay a price to someone else for control of a child, you have engaged in human trafficking and are a slaver. Gay parenting depends on pairs of people acquiring children whom they can't conceive, so often, when there aren't orphans conveniently roaming around for the picking, they end up paying people for their genetic materials or directly for their children. To be considered "pro-gay," apparently, you have to be completely fine with this and cannot even call it what it is. So I told the reporter quite specifically, "they are not gay rights groups, they are groups devoted to taking other people's rights away,' since 'they are anti-children's rights, and I am pro-human and by extension pro-gay." Why am I pro-gay and not them? Because gay people have a right to a mother and father, and that right will be eliminated if the LGBT lobby gets its way."
There is no logical way he can confine this disturbingly myopic, highly offensive view to just same-sex couples. There are far more opposite-sex couples who adopt children or use any of the reproductive assistance that Robert seems to loathe. If his standard for parent-driven "slavery" is one where the child is brought into the world and provided for by parents (or a parent) other than the people who contributed to that child's DNA, then he has to logically apply that to many more situations than just the ones that he finds politically convenient. I don't think, a deeply offensive suggestion that is nothing short of denigration of millions of children and their families, is a road he wants to go down; I know it's not a road that his allied groups want to go down.
And you keep saying it Robert, and I'll keep documenting it. Call me whatever name you want, tough guy. I'm more than confident in how this public debate will play out.
Matt Barber's ever-classy site suggests gay people are literally crushing fellow humans
To highlight its umpteenth post (this week) designed to turn our fellow citizens against us (and I don't mean just our rights—I mean us), Matt Barber's rabid attack site, BarbWire.com, is running this image:
If it were just this one pic, you might write it off as gentle ribbing. But if you combine it with the other images Matt has chosen to run since his site's launch...
...a certain pattern starts to emerge.
Folks, they've stopped debating us and are now trying to make our fellow citizens hate us. I wish I was overstating that—I really do. But I simply can't un-see what I am seeing. The denigrations are getting louder and more personal, and the goals are seeming far more sinister than they did in the past.
And Matt Barber, to the surprise of no one who has followed the Liberty Counsel attorney and Liberty University law teacher through his illustrious career of animus, is leading the march.
**UPDATE: Turns out the steamroller comes from The Oatmeal, a pro-gay site. The whole point of the graphic (which you can find here) was to make an comedic statement about a claim the late Jerry Falwell made about gay people.
So basically Matt and his pals took a graphic that was used to make an exaggerated point about the over-the-top far-right and used it to prove that very same point. That's hilarious.
Bryan Fischer is on to our comic book villain–in-chief
President Obama is secretly working to destroy the United States from within, and gays in the military is just one of his ways of doing it. Thus goes the latest from the American Family Association's senior analyst, Bryan Fischer:
If a Machiavellian genius were to set out to destroy the United States, he would do three things. Disarm and weaken our military so it cannot defend us against foreign enemies. Disarm the National Guard so it cannot defend the States against the federal government. Nationalize and militarize law enforcement by weaponizing bureaucrats.
That version of the U.S. would be helpless, governed by a tyrant, and without a cultural or moral core. It would soon cease even to faintly resemble the country bequeathed to us by the Founders.
Whether by malevolent design or stupendous ineptitude and rash impulse, this is precisely the blueprint being followed by our current president.
Obama is deliberately reducing the army’s troop strength to pre-World War II levels. With open homosexuals serving in the military and women foolishly and dangerously being prepped for combat roles, military morale is plummeting and recruitment is suffering. The president has reduced our military’s goal from being able to fight a two-front war to fighting a one-front war with some ability for holding actions on a second front. Such pronounced weakness invites aggression from our enemies.
FULL: Bryan Fischer: If president wanted to destroy this country, this is how he’d do it [AFA]
There is no evidence that Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal has aversely affected recruitment, and evidence to suggest that it hasn't. But I guess when you are attempting to turn the American public against their president through insinuations that he is a secret traitor hoping to destroy his country, facts don't really matter all that much.
It's unclear if President Obama will respond to these claims about his character, leadership, and secret dreams. It's unclear because I can't get an answer from his secret underground lair where he spends his days petting his hairless kitty and laughing maniacally while torturing his foes in a cage that hangs precipitously over a gigantic cauldron of boiling lava. And he's going to get away with it, too, unless Bryan, Fred, Daphne, Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby get there in time.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Al Mohler 'can't give' us acceptance; good thing we're not asking
In a chat with Tony Perkins, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler today declared that he and his fellows "can't give" LGBT people their support or acceptance because that would just condemn us. Here's that:
You know what, Al? Have a good old time not giving us your support. Throw an anti-pride parade, if you must. Hell, throw an annual backyard barbecue where you stand around with crossed arms, pursed lips, and judgmental glances, and spend the whole day talking about how unwilling you are to ever tell an LGBT person that we'll get to frolic in God's eternal kingdom. I'm sure you'll get some folks to turn out, some of whom will likely even bring chips and soda. A time will be had by all.
Just don't confuse your personal "tsk tsk"-ing for merit. And don't even think about—DON'T. EVEN. THINK. ABOUT—inscribing that personally-held faith view into our shared public policy. We "can't give" you that.