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06/01/2010

SBC president: Sgt. Honesty's benignly candid employment justifies filibuster's existence

by Jeremy Hooper

Congress has sent our forces off to fight in unjust wars. Historically, there have been numerous votes that undermined civil rights or basic senses of freedom. And frankly, every time someone on the far-right pees on our shoes and tells us it's raining, we wonder if he or she is aware of the 1948 federal law that makes it a crime to knowingly issue a false weather report.

Yet when it comes to reasons for obstructing congressional progress, all of the above take a back seat for some anti-LGBT social conservatives. Instead, it's basic military fairness that provides the far "better excuse" for legislative stalling:

"I've never known of a better excuse for a filibuster than to stop the Congress of the United States from essentially destroying the greatest military force our nation has ever known." said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Land urges filibuster of 'Don't Ask' repeal [BP]

Annoying. Although who's really all that surprised that Mr. Land finds no better excuse for wasting congressional time than the right to open service? After all, this is a man who needs no excuse greater than "because my personal faith views tell me so" Landto justify his decisions to mess with fellow citizens' CIVIL rights. So when it comes to justifications for 'mo-centric hostility, you'll have to excuse us if we fail to find Mr. Land's anything close to justified.

In fact, it's probably a good thing that the SBC president isn't with us on Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, since his unexpected pro-gayness would surely make us subject to that aforementioned 1948 law. Because let's be real: Who would ever believe us if we told them it's snowing in hell?

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