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04/17/2008

Video: Because 'religious freedom' means the right to use your faith against others

by Jeremy Hooper

Think those who who wish to ban gay marriage have an agenda beyond foisting their personal faith beliefs on the public at large? Well check out this new ad that has been put together by the conservative opponents in Florida who are hoping to pass a marriage ban on the state's November ballot. They aren't even faking their one-sided, faith-based attempts to stifle American freedoms:

Uhm, kids: It's totally fine if you want to use that mindset to radically alter the governing documents of your Sunday school class. But as for the church-separated governance of the state of Florida? NOT SO MUCH!

Now, that's not to say you won't have success with this campaign. We're annoyingly, frustratingly certain that you will. It's just to say that you are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG to do so! And it's also to let you know that history, as it always does, will come around and eventually remember your persecutory ways in an unfavorable light so bright and unflinching, you'll have to wear some heavy duty sunglasses when explaining to your great grandkids how you both supported injustice for a certain population and still claimed to be on the side of "morality," "patriotism," and "decency."

Anti-gay ban supporters [Yes 2 Marriage]

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I love this press release from their website:

"Florida Red and Blue, a stealth homosexual-rights activist group, formally announced their campaign against Amendment 2, the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment. Their website and materials are filled with fraudulent legal claims and misinformation which tries to scare senior citizens while refusing to say a single word about so-called "gay marriage.""

*watches video again*

*takes a second look at press release on yes2marriage.com*

"WHILE REFUSING TO SAY A SINGLE WORD ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE"


I'm sorry, the irony....I'm drowning in it. Help.

Posted by: zortnac | Apr 17, 2008 6:26:05 PM

Can I please just say that I love you and your blog? It seems like everyday I feel more comfortable in my bisexuality, and this blog definitely helps. Thank you!

Posted by: Loli | Apr 18, 2008 1:06:21 AM

Just typical "I'm being persecuted because I don't have a right to persecute others" BS...

Posted by: Kaikou | Apr 18, 2008 8:47:02 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Loli. IT will be a great day when one's sexuality is never a struggle!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 18, 2008 8:48:40 AM

More like "I'm being persecuted because I'm a pervert. And by the way, did you know there's some couples out there who finds pleasure in pissing on each other? This is called giving somebody a 'golden shower'....."

Who needs graphic novels when all you have to do is bring up homosexuals to a "conservative christian". Not only will you hear about homosexuals, but everything else beyond that - including weird fetishes.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 19, 2008 8:31:16 PM

I thought the video was beautiful. There is something very sacred about a mother and a father and their child, produced of love and commitment. None of us would be here without that, and I'm sure we're not so blind as to not recognize the beauty in it. Isn't it everything the gay community wishes for, but can't quite achieve?

And whether one believes in God or not doesn't change the fact that all humans were created by...someone...and were created with opposite genders designed to biologically fit together for the act of procreation. Can't deny that truth either.

The sad truth is that for some reason, we didn't all end up with hetereosexual instincts. The gay community is different...an exception. Why try to force traditional couples to accept something which is not normal?

If you were born missing a leg, would you expect everyone else to give up a leg to help you fit in?

Posted by: tamarasw | Aug 13, 2008 12:17:29 PM

Tamara: Gay people are a normal part of the spectrum of reality.

If you seriously think it's acceptable to use religion to oppose CIVIL MARRIAGE equality, then you need not only open your heart to gays, but also open your government text book to the chapter on the separation of church and state.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 13, 2008 12:33:20 PM

No, I wouldn't expect everyone else to give up a leg to help me fit in, but the people born missing a leg (along with all the other folks either born missing or accidentally later missing various limbs) DID justifiably expect everyone to accept the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires accomodation in public venues. As a man born gay, I also expect accomodation in public venues; I expect to be able to get married in a public (not religious) hall, I expect to be able to hold my husband's hand in public without being harrassed, etc. Unlike the religious right, I do not expect the religious right to "give up a leg" (or any other characteristic) for me to fit in, but I also will not accept them expecting me to give up MY characteristics to fit in with them either!

Posted by: Ken | Aug 13, 2008 1:28:38 PM

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