Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Prop 8 Brou-ha-ha And What It Means To Freedom

Along with the Secretary of State of the United States demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians around the world, the Prop 8 overturn by the U.S. District Court of Appeals will be the worst lump of coal ever received by the Christian Right this Christmas. All signs of the ruling in favor of the plaintiffs and in favor of Judge Walker's ruling that Prop 8 was (and is) unconstitutional have the Right in such a frenzy and muddle that they will only be able to shout "Supreme Court! Supreme Court!Supreme Court!" and, of course, "Activist Judges, Evil, Evil, Evil!!" 

The other side, unfortunately, will be shouting "Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!" while laughing all the way to marriage equality. Why "Stupid"? Simply because the arguments by Alliance Defense Fund were the lamest and most error-filled pieces of comedy a courtroom has ever seen.

The proponents administered their own coup de gras with the argument that Walker wasn't fit to hand down a judgment in the case because he was gay. This irked the Appeals Court judges to no end. NEVER attack the judge's decision based on the judge's ability to judge. NEVER. Any law student would tell you that. And NEVER attack the judge personally. NEVER. EVER. The proponents went into forbidden territory and by doing so, made almost every judge in the country very, very angry. Even Roy Moore would be shaking in rage at the effrontery! Can you imagine questioning Judge Judy's judgment on such a personal basis? OUT! 

Then there was one of their "experts" who, when asked the source of his research said, "I got it off the internet." No more, and certainly no less. No wonder they don't want the courtroom video to be shown! Embarrassing to the max. 


Possibly. The Christian Right - at the last portion that salivates over legislation ala Nigeria - will absolutely DEMAND U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but if the Court declines to take the case, the Appeals Court ruling will stand and a California State Constitution amendment would be the next step. The problem with that is that any initiative (another Proposition) would have to be mandated by the people - and people's attitudes towards same-sex marriage in California have changed significantly: over 53% of California voters now approve of same-sex marriage. Another ballot initiative would also be scrutinized to the max - people learn from their mistakes and also from other people's chicanery (e.g. few people could be bused in from Utah). 

Well, we'll see what the ruling looks like very soon. Don't be surprised to hear wailing and gnashing of teeth. (Rending garment is optional due to the economy)

We're the Gay Community. We Do These Kind Of Things.

According to Joe.My.God the funeral expenses of Jacob Rogers have been met within TWO HOURS. 

Jacob Rogers committed suicide on Tuesday in Tennessee at the age of 18. He had been bullied for years. His family is extremely poor Jacob was raised by his grandmother). 

While I venture to guess that some donations were from non-gay sources, I'll bet that Joe.My.God had something to do with meeting the majority of the amount. Way to go Joe Jervis!

The "Cousin IT" Nativity

Some Nativity scenes can be worthy of Halloween.

Africa Is Burning: How Clinton's Speech Has Inflamed Nigeria And The Homophobia Exporters.

Being gay is not a Western invention; 
it is a human reality.

And Even Rick Perry got into the act.:
“Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn’t get any more out of touch with America’s values, AP reports his administration wants to make foreign aid decisions based on gay rights.
We can see the flames from Africa now, and they are not coming from bonfires declaring liberty for LGBTQ people. They are the flames coming from countries like Uganda and Nigeria. They are the flames of anger and vengeance being wreaked upon gay communities. Where the fires came from, however, is something that should concern everyone in America, because, like some perverted Prometheus, America's Christian Right gave Africa it's fires. Clinton was right to say being gay was not a Western invention, however, she should also have said that homophobia was certainly a Western invention, promoted in Africa by Christian Right leaders such as Scott Lively, Lou Engle and, to a certain extent, Rick Warren. 

The Christian Right's exportation of homophobia has been happening over a number of years, well ahead of the "Kill-the-gays" bill in Uganda. 

Think Progress has a good list of Christian Right reactions including Rick Santorum, Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality), Peter Sprigg (Family Research Council), Matt Barber (Liberty Counsel) and Pat Robertson, who warned of God's wrath and claimed that it's really Christianity that's being persecuted (see below).

"I kissed a girl and liked it - 
and I got ten years in jail."

Nigeria has reacted so strongly to Clinton's speech that it purportedly added MORE offenses in its anti-gay bill. "To hell with them," said lawmaker Jakari Mohammed, referring to other denouncing the bill. It could  be argued that Nigeria has seen same-sex "marriages" for centuries (actually as part of a surrogate tradition, with a woman marrying another woman for her husband), but somehow traditions have a way of disappearing and appearing when according to expediency. 

According to the current bill, kissing in public would be an offense punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Anti-gay vendettas - like those in Uganda - will become rife in the most corrupt country in the world. 

And Nigeria has never been alone in its attitudes about gays. Here is a list of countries that could definitely be cut off from American aid:

     Algeria  Angola  Botswana  Cameroon  Egypt  Gambia  Ghana  Guinea*  Lesotho  Liberia  Libya        Malawi*  Mauritania  Mauritius   Morocco  Nigeria  Senegal   Sierra   Leone   Somalia  South Sudan Sudan   Swaziland   Tanzania   Togo  Tunisia  Uganda  Zambia   Zimbabwe  

*carry the death penalty for homosexuality.


Clinton's speech was concise and eloquent (a full transcript is HERE), and the group gave her a standing ovation, so what did she say in particular that inflamed so many Africans and "social conservatives" like Rick Perry? 
1. Many LGBT Americans have endured violence and harassment in their own lives, and for some, including many young people, bullying and exclusion are daily experiences.
Notice the inclusion of "bullying." Clinton has taken on the newest, most sensitive issue facing the Christian Right: it opposes anti-bullying laws unless dispensations are made for religious beliefs. And while Tony Perkins screams "we're not not the ones who cause teen suicides," people are beginning to note just how many cases are connected to "you're going to hell" accusations.
2. Now, raising this issue, I know, is sensitive for many people and that the obstacles standing in the way of protecting the human rights of LGBT people rest on deeply held personal, political, cultural, and religious beliefs. So I come here before you with respect, understanding, and humility.
It's the last part they can't stomach, because they don't believe the Left has anything but disrespect, ignorance and hubris when it comes to Christian Right dictums.
3. The third, and perhaps most challenging, issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens. This is not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation.
How dare she compare discrimination against gays to hideous acts like widow burning! She's talking about pagan, anti-Christian practices!
4. I am also pleased to announce that we are launching a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world.
Taxpayer money used to forward a perverted agenda!

We will be hearing about reactions to this speech for quite some time, with politicos screaming about how the Obama administration is pandering to gays and how this foray into world cultures will signal Armageddon.

Stay in your seats. The circus performances are just starting.