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04/02/2013

Today in falsely victimized scions: Reagan son says 'time to fight back' against LGBT rights

by Jeremy Hooper

The Reagan Revolution is highly responsible for giving rise (or at least credence) to the religious right, the "culture war," and so much of what we have come to know about socially conservative politicking. For LGBT people, this meant everything from negligence on HIV/AIDS policy in the days when so much could have been done to the wave of marriage amendments that turned same-sex couples' civil rights into scapegoat-shaped punching bags. While LGBT people struggled to gain the most basic degree of acceptance and (ideally) respect, the social conservatives that became so emboldened during the Reagan/Falwell/Focus-on-the-'80s fought us as every single turn.

So while it would be annoying to listen to just about any conservative writer play the victim and pretend that it's time for his movement to "fight back" against the LGBT people that they have so harshly fought, it's even more irksome when it comes from Ronald Reagan's son:

MICHAEL REAGAN: I don’t expect the GOP to provide any leadership. Republicans are too busy cat-fighting with each other and making sure their presidential choice will be whooped by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And where in the heck are the churches on the issue of legalizing gay marriage?

Where are the Protestants, Jews and Catholics? Have they lost their tongues? Their hearts and wills? Their institutional you-know-whats?

Where’s the moral outrage? Why aren’t thousands of our pastors, priests and rabbis shouting from their pulpits? Why aren’t they leading their congregations through the streets in mass protest?

FULL: Churches: Time to fight back [Ironton Tribune]
(h/t: Scott Hutcheson)

As my friend Scott just said to me: "They're becoming victims of nobody thinking they're victims." Indeed.

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