Thursday, May 05, 2005
Activist Fucking Judges
From Amanda at Pandagon, via Atrios, you can be any religion you want, as long as it's Judeo-Christian.
Pray for the Constitution.
I suspect that this is not what Fundie-Fascist preacher Pat Robertson meant when he said (on Sunday morning TV) that activist judges were "probably more serious than a few bearded terrorists who fly into buildings." When pressed for clarification by George Stephanopoulos, Robertson confirmed that what he calls is an "out of control judiciary" posed "the most serious threat America has faced in nearly 400 years of history, more serious than al Qaeda, more serious than Nazi Germany and Japan, more serious than the Civil War."
Separated from anything resembling reality, Robertson remains free to roam the land, advising politicians and telling the faithful how to vote. God help us all.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
The Coming Gay Holocaust
Leonard Pitts had a great column the other day. He ponders how far down the road of hate we have already gone, and how far might we actually go. Here's a link to a paper that carried the column and doesn't require you to register in order to read it.
Pitts is a common-sense guy, not given to rash hyperbole. And yet he sees the current wave of gay-hating for exactly what it is. Here are his closing graphs:
Ours is a stable and prosperous democracy, so no, I don't predict train cars full of gays rolling toward death factories. Still, the mindset of aggrieved righteousness that allowed those trains to roll is not dissimilar from that which would ban books about gay people from public school libraries.I was reminded of something I heard on talk radio back in the mid-1980s (this was, in fact, when I realized that I couldn't listen to talk radio anymore). The topic was gay rights. A woman caller, once on the air, took the opportunity to read some biblical scripture which, at least in her mind, settled the argument once and for all.
Maybe your instinct is to find the comparison unthinkable. Nobody is interning gays, nobody is mass murdering them.
You're right. But ask yourself: How many would if they could?
The host of the show, to his credit, asked her, "Well that's all very well and good, but that was written some 2500 years ago. How do you think we should address the issue of homosexuals now in the twentieth century?"
Without hesitation the caller replied, "Oh, I think we should just kill every last one of them."
It's twenty years later, and I'm certain that she is not alone.