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03/31/2010

Video: Feldblum's just like Dobson, except for, you know, the 'equal', 'employment,' and 'opportunity' parts

by Jeremy Hooper

Alright, so the far-right is reducing and shunning Chai Feldblum yet again, acting as if her support for civil freedoms means she's anti-religion, regardless of how fully she's acknowledged and articulated her sensitivity to religious people's concerns. No shock there -- theses folks have disliked Feldblum from the second that the words "lesbian" and "presidential appointment" were put in the same sentence. Just like Kevin Jennings and Amanda Simpson, Feldblum's far-right tongue lashing was always in the cards, regardless of how she played them.

So let's instead focus on something else. Namely, Pat Robertson's fundamental inability/unwillingness to see the difference between an anti-gay social conservative who uses his personal faith views to stifle civil freedoms, and a civilly-minded person who uses her secular body of knowledge about America and its precious constitution to ensure liberty. Pat's thoughts come immediately after the "news" piece:

Yes, that's right: He's directly comparing a theoretical James Dobson appointment with Feldblum's actual one. This is a man who has said some of the most over-the-top things about gays, for several decades heading an organization that dedicated a massive chunk of time, energy, and resources to putting faith over freedom. Whereas Feldblum, on the other hand, has come up through the channels of civil law, working for freedom and justice for all, and achieving a resume that.. -- actually wait a second, you know what? Let's instead let Tony Perkins tell you about Feldblum's achievements, so as to prove that at least one prominent religious right figure does know what they are:

Thank you, Tony. Yes, that's right: She has been a prominent Georgetown faculty member, served as Legislative Counsel to the AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, played a leading role in the drafting of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and in the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, is a leading expert on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and clerked for Judge Frank Coffin and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. A body of qualifications that make her right and immensely qualified for the job of Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Qualifications that only a like-minded, faith-based "culture war" traveler would ever directly compare to James Dobson's qualifications in the area of "equal opportunity"!

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