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10/23/2008

And we didn't think it could get more insane....

by Jeremy Hooper

This from something called the Cedars Cultural and Educational Foundation:

Prop 8 Helps Protect Against Human Trafficking

CALIFORNIA, October 23 /Christian Newswire/ -- Child prostitution in America is a major component of human Trafficking. One root is the break up of the central family of mother, father and children.

Many young girls fall victim to domestic trafficking by not having a loving father and mother and a secure family structure.

Prop 8 Marriage Protection Amendment will help hinder human trafficking of children by reinforcing the social structure of the traditional, nuclear family.

Prop 8 Helps Protect Against Human Trafficking [Christian Newswire]

Clearly they are confused. They mean to say that Prop 8 turns gay people into human traffic, as it will throw them all under a bus in the name of religious-motivated bias!

Though personally we can't wait for the far-right's next attack, when we hear they will literally throw a kitchen sink at us.

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OH.MAH.GAWD!

Posted by: ~Dawn | Oct 23, 2008 4:07:06 PM

Now they're just getting into Phelps territory.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Oct 23, 2008 4:23:09 PM

These guys are sooooooo desperate!

The polls are flip-flopping on them (today they're losing in the polls). The funding disparity between the h8mongers and the No-On-8 groups is diminishing (with the big influx of funds for No On 8 here in the last two weeks before the election). And more and more highly respected, well reasoned community leaders are pointing out their specious claims.

But, HEY, least they have stopped calling us "worse than terrorists!" While they still privately think that, at least that potato is too hot to handle in public.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 23, 2008 4:29:44 PM

Wow. That's beyond sick to make such a claim as this. Perhaps it's time to make another donation for No on 8...

Posted by: John | Oct 23, 2008 4:56:07 PM

I believe the religious right has now become so introverted, they are losing the ability to understand how non-fanatics think. This is why they present arguments that make perfect sense to them, but appear wither ridiculous or just incomprehenseable to outsiders.

To their own thinking though (I *can* think as they do, even though doing so brings to me visions of a clockwork mechanism screaming as teeth are sheered off of it's gears) this makes perfect sense. I can try to explain:

1. The Traditional Family protects against human trafficing, as well as all sorts of nasty things.
2. Gay marriage is a threat to the Traditional Family. Not a direct attack - even the crazy ones don't expect to see roaming gay couples splitting up families - but rather a sort of brand dilution. If everyone can do it, where is the value? It causes marriage to lose it's apparent idealism, and be less special. There was a similar obection to legalising interracial marriage, and a similar one again when divorce was made state-by-state far easier to obtain and so raised fears of serial monogamy.
Essentially, anything that changes the perception of marriage, in the view of the religious fanatic, is deviating from the ideal.
3. It follows then that a ban on gay marriage will help prevent human trafficing.

Their argument is full of holes, certinly. It misses the point entirely, too. But the important thing to understand is that the people who write things like the CCEF release are not just making up claims to be deliberatly deceptive - they do believe what they claim, no matter how ridiculous it seems to us. Their thinking is just so different as to be barely comprehenseable.

Posted by: Suricou Raven | Oct 23, 2008 7:34:55 PM

Trafficking is almost entirely a myth. Like the Vietnam POW/MIA myth, the Satanic cult myth, the weapons of mass destruction myth, and the pedophile daycare center myth, the trafficking myth is used by some unscrupulous conservatives to advance a radical right-wing agenda.
The article states, “Child prostitution in America is a major component of human Trafficking…Child prostitution is exponentially growing…Predators come to the United States to have sex with children.” Where is the evidence for any of this? It is easy to allege anything. Proving it is another matter.
Another of their myths is that the average age of entry into prostitution is 14. You find this stated on a number of anti-trafficking web sites, although some say it is 12. If the average age of beginning prostitutes is 14, that would mean either that no one begins over the age of 14 or else the group of all prostitutes who begin over 14 would have to be balanced out by an equivalent group who begin under the age of 14. That means the police should be running into huge numbers of prostitutes under 14. Prostitutes are always coming into contact with the police. How often do you read about the prostitute being underage? Hardly ever. And under 14? Almost unheard of. (When is the last time you read about a 10 year old prostitute? Yet it would take one 10 year old, or two 12 year olds, to balance out one 18 year old if the average beginning age is 14.)
How come these right-wing activists can discover all this trafficking and the authorities cannot? If these people alleging trafficking know about all these victims, why don’t they tell the authorities so the slaves can be liberated?
When people are arrested for the prostitution business, it is almost always because they are running high priced escort services (like the one Eliot Spitzer used), the employees of which are clearly consenting adults. Why is the FBI able to find these adult prostitutes but cannot find the child prostitutes or the slaves?
Anyone who alleges widespread trafficking should be able to provide evidence to back up the claim.

Posted by: steve | Oct 24, 2008 9:40:21 PM

Bewildered. This argument is the brainchild of someone who must live in an eternal nightmare. My "traditional" family caused me enough grieve to turn me to drugs, sex and violence. I would have (and did) take a strangers hand and escaped one hell for another, and I had the classic nuclear family setting. Externally we can make anything look like it has substance. But truly, emptiness isnt disguised for long. Structure doesnt make anything "strong". It makes it FIXED. And transformation is what makes life worth living, and allows loving human beings to evolve. These scaredy cats live in a structure of emptiness. Lets bash this myth and prosper as loving beings!

Posted by: Amanda Scadina | Oct 25, 2008 3:30:18 PM

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