Friday, November 16, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #82 - Part 2

Clown Award: right-wing evangelical Christians

The Clown Award, given weekly for meritorious stupidity.

This week's dishonorees are right-wing evangelical Christians - or at least and more exactly, their leaders.

In the wake of the election, which they lost badly enough that Witless Romney and Paul Rantin' were confessed to be "shellshocked," GOPpers have been trying to come up with a reason for the defeat that doesn't involve people just not liking them.

We have before us a particularly amusing example, amusing because clowns are, ultimately, supposed to be amusing in their stupidity. Brian Brown of the right-wing wacko group the National Organization for Marriage has suggested that Witless lost because he didn't focus enough on, you guessed it, same-sex marriage. That if only instead of trying to focus on the economy, the campaign had spent its time going "Omigod THE GAYS!" everything would have been peachy.

Now, that is dumb enough to merit the award. But to show just how deeply twisted this is, in the same conference call where he said that, Brown also said that opponents of same-sex marriage would argue in court that Tuesday’s election results were evidence that gays and lesbians do not constitute a “suspect class,” that is, an identifiable group subject to discrimination, and therefore the Defense of Marriage Act should not be overturned. The Defense of Marriage Act, which has been found unconstitutional by a couple of courts now, denies recognition to same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including benefits.

But get what he's saying: Brown is saying that same-sex marriage is so unpopular that focusing on it would have swept the GOPpers to victory in the election - but the results from that same election prove that there is, in his words, a "tidal wave of support for same-sex marriage" so such marriages are so widely accepted that gays and lesbians face no discrimination and therefore it's okay to discriminate against them about marriage. And if that makes sense to you, then to paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, you just might be a right-wing evangelical Christian.

So what does NOM plan to do in the face of this "tidal wave?" Brown says the group is looking to punish companies that support same-sex marriage by targeting their international business. The aim is to make these companies’ stances known in countries where they operate or want to operate which do not support same-sex marriage, or homosexuality in general; in fact, in at least three countries being homosexual is punishable by death. The risk NOM's plan creates to the safety of the employees of those companies in those other countries is, it appears, a matter of no concern.

Then again, why should it be? After all, all's fair in love and war and all that and make no mistake, right-wing evangelicals are in a war for their very survival! Take it from Pat Robertson, who not long ago said this:
Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It's no different. It's the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.
Right. Being unable to deny other people basic human rights is exactly like being a victim of the Holocaust. Gotcha.

Brian Brown, Pat Robertson, and the rest of you brain-dead, bigoted bozos: You are all clowns.


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