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04/01/2010

Somebody get me a tomato

by Jeremy Hooper

The thing about comedy is that it works best as a corrective. People like us laugh, so as not to cry. We keep our tongue in the cheek, so as to lessen the wrench in our heart. We play around with words because the actual ones are so friggin' hostile.

So while this site prides itself on embracing a good laugh, it also prides itself on not letting rabidly anti-gay groups get away with the unnecessary, anti-American strife that they have caused in the lives of countless many. Which is why "jokes" like this one, from Family Research Council writer Tom McClusky, aren't ever going to fly with us:

In their book “The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better off Financially” by Linda J. Waite and Maggie Gallagher, the authors find that married people actually live gayer lives than their unmarried counterparts. Marriage brings with it a more stable financial picture, better mental health, a better sex life and, if married, you are more likely to live a longer life.

It is very likely that James Buchanan, being both a bachelor and being aware he was completely ineffective in governing, was, in fact the least gay president ever. Every other President was gayer then he was. In fact if you consider how former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama always seem so gay in their marriage, while also keeping their sense of humor (even when their supporters do not), I would say that the two of them are probably the gayest Presidents we have ever seen. Meanwhile James Buchanan, being dead, is still not gay.
James Buchanan – Our First Gay President? [FRC blog]

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha -- NO! It might be witty, if not for the fact that this is the same blog where, just last week, "researcher" Peter Sprigg blamed gay men for existence of AIDS. It might bring about a smirk, if this were not the same organization that has suggested gay people should be exported from the United States and/or criminalized, and whose leader says that gay people are "being held captive by the enemy." And the Bush and Obama quips might elicit a chuckle, if not for the fact that the former president sought re-election by telling the world that we are unfit for an equal piece of the American pie, or the fact that FRC seriously believes that the current president "is willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby." The "joke" might come across as light, if this organization's portrait of our lives was not so aggressively bleak.

Ya see, we here at G-A-Y joke around because the shit that is daily tossed our way is so unbelievably cruel, so intensely hurtful, so deliberately deceitful, so damaging to our national strength, and so personally targeted, that if we didn't find the opportunities to laugh at the absurdity of it all, we would probably go crazy. But what possible excuse does FRC have for making jokes about the pain that they themselves foment? To laugh, so as not to take responsibility for the mud on their hands?

They, the "good Christians", are to be the salt and light in the world, not the salt that they rub into a wound that they created! If they want to laugh at our expense, then they must first pay the overdue karma bill for the far-right-declared "culture war" to which they refuse to bring a truce.

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