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CWA's NRA (Non-Rational Association)

by Jeremy Hooper

If you wanted to foster rational debate on a topic like employment non-discrimination, what graphical accoutrement would you use? A pink slip, perhaps? A stock photo of an employee in an obvious end-of-paycheck scenario, maybe? Or since the LGBT community is the topic at hand, maybe you would simply run a pride flag or other community symbol?

Yea, well, that's what we would do. But if you're the Concerned Women For America, you'd be more likely to choose a violent image like this one:

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Concerned Women for America waving a pistol at ENDA. Literally [PHB]

No, no, CWA: We said you should start laying bare your bullshit mechanisms. Not your bullet mechanisms. Sorry, we must not have enunciated enough.

Though come to think of it: USing a gun in this way surely accomplished our stated goal as well.

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Funny thing is, the column doesn't actually say much about ENDA. It talks about the evils of marriage equality and of repealing DADT and of hate-crimes legislation more than ENDA, and then it dives into a Judeo-Christian-morality-is-good-for-the-state argument, with a shout-out to Adam Smith.

A fellow student in one of my postmodern discourse classes once asked if anybody had bothered to ask the "Judeos" their thoughts about Judeo-Christian beliefs.

Posted by: Brian | Aug 13, 2009 11:10:30 AM

The gun is totally ridiculous, absolutely. But the written message is just *bizarre.*

"Creative energy derived from the delayed gratification that strengthens families?" What does that even mean? Seriously, I don't get it.

Posted by: DN | Aug 13, 2009 11:12:35 AM

The crazy thing is that former CWA employee Robert Knight wrote the piece. It's ironic that in 1994, he used Paul Cameron data to speak against ENDA. I was HOPING he would do the same thing here. He didn't but still its a good thing to remember his history of using Cameron data.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Aug 13, 2009 11:50:51 AM

. . . Ok, normally, I can see SOME sort of connection.

I think they just played darts to get this.
Or, the are attempting to incite violence through the use of subliminal messaging.

One of the two.

Posted by: Clicky the Fox | Aug 13, 2009 12:15:26 PM

A more appropriate name for the CWA organization would be:

United for

Posted by: Richard Rush | Aug 13, 2009 1:05:02 PM

I think - and I'm not kidding - that by "creative energy derived from the delayed gratification that strengthens families", they are trying to say that ingenuity or creative thinking in a society is generate out of sexual frustration.

In other words, if you aren't having sex other than after marriage - and that includes masturbation - then the sexual frustration will be channeled into new ideas and products.

And I don't think they are being satiric.

I'm not sure about the gun... maybe it's just freudian.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Aug 13, 2009 1:09:16 PM

Timothy, I was thinking the same thing. But if there were any credibility in their claim, then we homos would be among the least creative people on the planet. So, while they may think that sexual frustration leads to more creativity, I would have to disagree with them. And, I would postulate that sexual frustration leads to much more spousal abuse, and other violent crimes - and some, but probably much less to creativity. Frustration caused, manic motivation probably (more often than not) doesn't end very pretty.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 13, 2009 2:42:00 PM

But now there are threats against Michele and the girls too! Here come the SS just like 1939 all over again.

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 13, 2009 5:20:07 PM

@ Timothy Kincaid: That was my thought, too.

Which, you know, makes sense. People are always stealing conservative Christian ideas, websites, graphics, musical styles, etc. and tweaking them toward their own ends. You never see, say, a "Christian version of YouTube" or a "Christian version of Facebook".

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Aug 13, 2009 5:25:20 PM


What I love about America is that they're totally free to set up their versions of those websites. Maybe they're all too busy having post-marital sex to build websites?

Posted by: DN | Aug 13, 2009 6:15:13 PM

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