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12/16/2008

Video: Mel-lisabeth hash it out

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 21-29In the days following Prop 8's unreasoned passage, we became extremely pissed when Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- who in the past has been kind of okay on marriage equality matter -- started breaking out extremely flawed conservative talking points to justify her support for a majority's tyrannical vote. Especially flagrant was her misuse of a case involving Swedish pastor Ake Green...

(click to play audio clip)

...since Green's case had absolutely nothing to do with marriage. What Green's case actually dealt with was his public presentation of hateful speech. He gave an extremely anti-gay sermon and then later printed it in a local newspaper, which, unlike here in hate-speech-non-banning America, allowed him to be punished by his home country's hate speech laws (though he was later cleared of charges).

So since we knew the facts of the case rather than the spin, Elisabeth's continual use of this matter in reference to American marriages came across to our ears as yet another example of how conservatives will take bits and pieces of information, then twist and trump them up in ways beneficial to their cause. In fact, it kind of sounded like maybe the right-leaning "View" host has been fed the "jailed pastor in Sweden" line by voices on high, without really having the first clue about the intricacies of the case.

Well, we weren't the only ones who noticed the Swedish pastor misstep. Melissa Etheridge also caught wind of the situation, and today rock's most prominent celesbian confronted the well-styled conservative on her "let the people vote on minority rights" views:

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Your thoughts

I've stopped looking at this as a local, state issue, now not even a national issue, for me it is a global issue.

Posted by: QueerAsFaith | Dec 16, 2008 3:36:08 PM

Yes, Elisabitch is a delusional whore...that is old news...

Posted by: TheRadicalRealist | Dec 16, 2008 5:24:46 PM

Amazing - do you realize how big this is? Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who shilled for the GOP ticket throughout the campaign, just acknowledged she does not believe in the Constitution. She's for rights if they "come from the people, not the judges," which means that she does not believe in Constitutional protections of minority rights. Rather, she's in favor of the French Revolution-brand of Democracy - majority/mob rule. Her high school Government teacher must be so proud.

Posted by: CPT_Doom | Dec 16, 2008 9:03:56 PM

Is she from Alaska?

Posted by: LOrion | Dec 16, 2008 11:34:48 PM

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