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04/29/2010

Audio: Stand by your ban

by Jeremy Hooper

Since even the uber-conservative Antonin Scalia seemed unsympathetic to their case, Concerned Women For America president Wendy Wright sounds pretty much Wendy-Wrightconvinced that her side is going to lose their attempt to have Washington state''s anti-equality petition signer's shielded from public view. And in making this semi-concession, Wendy also makes a pretty refreshing admission for the socially conservative side: She basically tells her troops that if they're going to to be bold enough to strip rights away in the name of God, then they are going to have to have the fortitude (or "civic courage") to own their actions. Have a listen:

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*SOURCE: Washington State's Referendum 71 Privacy Before the High Court [CWA]

Now, of course her whole shpiel is built around fear-mongery nonsense. if any social conservative has faced a death threat for any anti-gay vote, the incident is (a) extremely isolated, (b) one that every credible gay activist would immediately repudiate, and (c) a form of rare extremism that could be found as often, if not more, on our side as theirs. The idea, obviously, is to make anti-fairness evangelicals sound like the victims, even (or especially) when talking about a situation where THEY. WERE. THE. AGGRESSORS. WHO. TRIED. TO. TAKE. AWAY. CIVIL. LIBERTIES.

But we do agree with Wendy for perhaps the first time since, well, ever: If one is going to sign their name to a petition or contribute to a campaign solely designed to deprive one's LGBT neighbor in the public sector, then there should be a backbone to accompany the hurtful pen stroke. We have no problem with those rules when it comes to our own petitionary/donating actions. Neither should those who turned our lives and loves into a "culture war" in the first place.

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