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The anti-think tank that tanked our equality

by Jeremy Hooper

A Prop 8 loss isn't just a blow to gay people -- it's a loss for THINKING people.  It's also a loss for those who understand the law and fairness under the same.  And the fact that this deceptive, anti-intellectual, "protect the children" bullshit worked?  Well, it makes us sad for all parents who wish to protect their own children from aggressive ignorance!

Seriously, this is what beat us:   

We make years of eloquent legal arguments about our right to liberty and justice, but all they have to do is put on a Chicken Little costume and warn about the rapidly descending sky.  We use frank messaging, and they create ridiculous constructs about "protecting marriage."  We get the endorsement of every reasoned body of intellect out there, and they claim the endorsement of Jesus.

The lesson, California kids: If you put your mind to something, you can accomplish your dreams.  Unless, of course, you have an organized opposition dead set to prove the unconquerable power of the "ignorance is bliss" message.


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Yet another thing to add to the extensive list of problems exacerbated by religion. I mean, seriously, even I didn't realize the legal differences between a civil union and marriage, I didn't know that the marriage license allows for much more partner rights.

I wonder sometimes if we'll ever get to a point where a country can elect at a candidate who isn't bound by pointless sky-daddy superstitions, or having his life run by a book that for every answer it's "goddidit". But no, were a candidate to claim he were an atheist, it would be political suicide.

Religion is a major problem in society akin to a mental disorder... we can't force people to give it up, because that would diminish freedom of speech. We can only hope that people realize the harm of blindly following an old 1000 year old book full of errors and inconsistencies, education is the only way.

Posted by: Incognito | Nov 5, 2008 10:47:23 AM

Jeremy - this is JUST FOR YOU

From here on out whenever a Mormon "couple" sets foot on my porch to proselytize I have a leaf rake on my porch with a 5 foot handle that I will ram up their "whazoo" as I explain it's being done on behalf of my friend, Jeremy, for their godless Prop 8 work in California. With luck it will come out the other end (your choice of end, kid!)...

Posted by: tom | Nov 5, 2008 10:49:57 AM

Sorry, JH for you and for all who believe in truth, love and freedom....and I thought I lived in a progressive state.

Posted by: LOrion | Nov 5, 2008 11:07:18 AM

I've posted the list of prop 8 endorsers, including those businesses that should be avoided, the churches that must lose their tax-exempt status and the public officials we must remove from office.

Not listed are those within our own community who didn't serve us well. The MEUSA leader who took two 2-week vacations in the last two months of the campaign, the Democratic Club president who followed suit, etc.

Posted by: dan | Nov 5, 2008 2:54:38 PM

Ya' know it's that last commercial that really kills me. They've got ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA of what it's like for their person & property to be beaten, defaced, & destroyed! What's a little graffiti compared to generations of Matthew Sheppards??!!

Posted by: Valerie22475 | Nov 5, 2008 7:10:44 PM

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