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02/25/2009

If you stick it to my Buttars it will make my Barber bitter

by Jeremy Hooper

matt-barberMatt Barber agrees that the current incarnation of the GOP is in danger of heading towards irrelevancy. He also agrees that one can look to certain members of the Utah legislature for reasons why. It's the most we've ever agreed with Matt Barber ever.

However, the agreement ends right there. For it's not Chris Buttars and his unbelievably Buttarsnarrow-minded views that he sees as exemplary of the GOP's problems. No, no -- to Matt it's the failure of Buttars' "gays are the greatest threat to America" comments to earn widespread support that Matt sees as the great ill. Oh, and it's those big, bad bullies at the Human Rights Campaign who he sees as the true instigators in this situation:

"If you need a prime example of why the Republican Party is presently spiraling into the abyss of political irrelevancy, you need look no further than to Utah,"... "The conservative majority in both Utah and across the country is starved for leaders who will represent the traditional values upon which our great nation was founded, and who will do so boldly and unapologetically. Sen. Buttars has done just that. He was elected in Utah to represent his constituents and the conservative values they hold near and dear. He's been tested and has passed that test. By bucking left-wing extremism and speaking truth in plain and simple terms, Buttars has shown true leadership. Although his comments certainly lacked in political correctness and were quite direct, they were acutely accurate. Wouldn't it be nice if more politicians would speak directly and accurately?

"Unfortunately, Senate President Waddoups has failed the same test. He's responded in exactly the wrong way. No one should be surprised that HRC and other radical leftists are calling for Buttars' head on a silver platter. That's what bullies do when they don't like what they hear. The self-styled proponents of 'tolerance' and 'diversity' are the most intolerant and hateful among us. They allow zero room for dissent and seek to destroy anyone who stands in their way.

"But what is troubling is that Senator Waddoups has played right into their hands. He's given their radical left-wing agenda an illusory air of legitimacy. He had a golden opportunity to shine here by standing firmly behind Senator Buttars. He could have told these liberal extremists to take their extremism elsewhere. Instead, he threw Senator Buttars under the bus.

"Waddoups' equivocation is a slap in the face to his own constituents. He's indirectly told every American who holds a biblical view of sexual morality and who rightfully believes that radical homosexual activism poses a grave threat to our American culture, that they should be ashamed of these traditional beliefs – that they should keep these beliefs to themselves.

"Therefore, I'm asking that people contact Sen. Waddoups and respectfully request that he immediately reinstate Sen. Buttars to his post as chairman of the Judiciary Committee and publicly apologize to both Buttars and to the millions of Americans whose traditional values Waddoups has impugned"

"Gay" Activists Target Veteran Utah Legislator - Republican Leadership Caves [Post Chronicle]

A desire to push the Republican Party to the right of (or at least next to) Buttars? Careful, GOP strategist: Don't you all fight each other to retain Matt's thoroughly in touch, wall-writing-noting services!

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**ALSO: Right Wing Watch has also made note of this story.

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Your thoughts

What's scary is how many people agree with Bam-Bam.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 25, 2009 7:39:52 PM

Of course because ignorance is never a solitary "value." It's telling though that other members of the religious right aren't necessarily rushing to defend Buttars. I guess he won't get the privilege of having a statehouse rally in his honor.

Also, I noticed that in the newspaper where Barber's press release ran is this story - Antichrist Rules From Europe, Old Roman Empire.

And here I thought the Anti-Christ was President Obama. LOL

Posted by: a. mcewen | Feb 25, 2009 8:16:13 PM

Why yes, it's PERFECTLY intolerable to get angry when some one tells you to rot in %$#&. Riiiiiiiiiight. /epic sarcasm

*sighs* Jeremy? Any thoughts as to WHY these people seem to hate us so? It can't be just a little book, can it? There has to be something more...

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Feb 25, 2009 9:18:55 PM

Try to say this five times:

LaBarbera Buttars Barber's butt.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Feb 25, 2009 11:15:06 PM

I think I have the answer to Clicky's question: We're hated because we defy the idea of the male dominated nuclear family. Their entire beliefs run on the idea of the male being superior to all else. Egalitarian relationships are not factored into the equation. The see two men as a couple, they quiver with rage at the idea of a man willingly "degrading" himself like that. They see two women together, they can't stand the thought of a woman submitting to anyone other than a man. They see a transwoman, they see someone who is leaving "his" rightful place to become someone who exists only to be subjugated. They see a transman, they see someone who's trying to step out of "her" rightful place of being barefoot and pregnant while waiting on a man hand and foot. They hate us because we completely defy their idea of control and social structure.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Feb 25, 2009 11:34:52 PM

I'm sorry if I might offend others with my comments, but this latest rant from a christian extremist just proves to me that right wing Christianity is a cancer destroying the body of Christ. And unless like cancer unless you find and remove all traces of the tumors they come back and can spread throughout the body. We are seeing the very effects of this cancer in todays culture, teenagers leaving the church in droves, GLBT people losing their faith in God, Hate Crimes against minorities, abortion clinic bombers and the list could go on and on. Unless more progressive leaders stand up and confront these people on television the body of Christ will die in the U.S. just as sure as Christianity is dead in Europe. And it is also our responsibility to get across to our progressive church leaders on why it is so important to get involved impacting the culture. That involvement should be seen by them as a way to evangelize the culture by letting people know that there are alternatives to the hateful culture that exists in right wing churches. That their are other churches that accept and love all gods children just as they are.

Posted by: adam kautz | Feb 25, 2009 11:45:04 PM

Thank you Adam, for that. It needs to be said, a lot. My problem with Obama's selection of Warren at the Inauguration was as much about his lack of vision in this regard as Warren's idiocy. There are thousands of enlightened, *evangelical*, Christian leaders with a far more mature understanding of the majesty and perfection of God's creation, as is (including all us 'mos). Obama could have selected one of these for his Inauguration, leveraging a unique, global teachable moment. Like the moderate Muslim majority, these folks need to get a whole lot louder, fast.

In this regard, secular gays would do well to stop accepting hatred and condemnation towards them as a given and legitimate Christian perspective. In technical terms, these people are blasphemers, idolators and heretics, just like Islamic fundamenalists. And they should be called out as such, using their own stark framework.

Jeremy, a Harvard study about ten years ago found that people with negative attitudes towards homosexuality are *four* times more likely to respond sexually to same sex erotic imagery than people with neutral attitudes. There's your answer--they need a man, badly. Looking at attitudes of heterosexuals about gay people objectively, it is obvious that any rational straight man would be overjoyed by his improved odds in the sex market if there were more gay men. Morality is not, and never has been, the issue. The enemy is "us." For example, Buttars chose as his vocation a role in leading the 'reeducation' of young men. Ahem...

Posted by: Seadog | Feb 26, 2009 9:41:09 AM

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