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10/16/2009

Audio: FAIL blooms around Chai's nomination

by Jeremy Hooper

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*Source: Chai Feldblum Nominated to the EEOC [CWA]

Okay, first off: The "Ch" part of Ms. Fledblum's name is pronounced like Channukah, not like charisma. It is a Hebrew name that begins with a glottal stop. It's said like "Hi," but with more phlegmy throatiness. Kind of like the "chai" in "L'chaim."

But now that this exercise is elementary Hebrew is out of the way, we simply have to wonder: Does Peter LaBarbera not realize that when he says things like "the practice of homosexuality reflects poorly on a person's character," that he invalidates every other civil concern that he pretends to have?! I mean, seriously -- he spends all this time trying to act as if it is Ms. Feldblum who is overstepping some kind of bounds by suggesting that religious people do not have the right to trample on the civil rights of LGBT people, but then he closes out by essentially saying that LGBT people are purposeless in society. Why should anyone with any sort of knowledge of public policy think that it is he, a man who has no qualms about reducing millions of people in such cold and cruel ways, is the fair-minded, reasoned voice at play in this debate? You don't even have to know anything about the situation at hand, only that this man's motivating interest is in eliminating 'moness!

To compare, listen to the intensely respectful way that Chai herself approaches this subject:

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**MORE AUDIO CLIPS

At the end of the day, Pete's stance is oil and Chai's is tea water. You decide which will fry our freedoms, and will quench our thirst for peace.

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*Oh and by the way, Martha Kleder (@7:05 mark in first clip): YES, of course we think Fred Phelps should allowed on a "homosexual singles cruise." Obviously!!! If he pays the money to come on board a gay cruise, he has every right to be there. Now, he might have to adhere to a code of conduct onboard, which very well may prevent him from his usual sign-waving activities. But if you're trying to catch us in some sort of a double standard with this silly point, you have failed. We want fair treatment in the civil law for ALL PEOPLE, including those who oppose us! If you all would listen to us rather than tell us what we supposedly are, you might actually learn something.

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".. he closes out by essentially saying that LGBT people are purposeless in society."

I guess, in LaBarBear's mind, our only purpose is for him to have someone to vilify.. oh, and to justify his paychecks.. and his "research" trips to San-Sodom-Francisco.. and, I guess you then must also include his collection of gay erotica..

Posted by: Dick Mills | Oct 16, 2009 4:06:31 PM

Your headline makes it sound like the nomination and Chai Feldblum are the Fail.

Posted by: Alison | Oct 16, 2009 4:32:03 PM

Peter is a jerk no news there.

Chai - I HEART this woman!

As much as I understand LGBT people harsh feelings towards people of faith - I do feel a lot of us can and are very disrespectful to those people's beliefs - it good to know that someone on our side understands that being disrespectful serves no one any good.

Posted by: Alonzo | Oct 16, 2009 4:56:25 PM

Typical. They tell us who we are and define our entire lives in society by sexual preferences in the bedroom, as if gay citizens have nothing to contribute beyond handing out blowjobs. He would only have to do some basic research in order to discover that, yes, gay people have jobs, families, friends, aspirations, lives, etc -- despite our sexuality, which isn't an indication of all of our other preferences. Nothing new to see here, people.

Posted by: Matthew | Oct 16, 2009 5:04:42 PM

"Your headline makes it sound like the nomination and Chai Feldblum are the Fail."

I can see that, Alison. But it works my way too (as in a whole lot of FAIL is cropping up around Chai).

Posted by: G-A-Y | Oct 16, 2009 5:15:26 PM

It's religious belief that disrespects us gay people by teaching that our lives and lives are evil and worthy of condemnation/violence. There is no civil dialogue from them religious, for their beliefs are inherently hostile.

Posted by: nikko | Oct 19, 2009 2:02:40 PM

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