Friday, September 30, 2011

I Didn't Say It........

Barack Obama, on the GOP debates:
"I mean has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change...It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have healthcare. And booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay. That's not reflective of who we are."

It seems simple enough, doesn't it?
If you want people executed, or you want people with no healthcare to simply die, or if you have no respect for a gay soldier, then vote GOP.
Vote for the candidates who said nothing as people cheered and booed.
But remember, you get what you deserve.

John Shore, Christian author, on Christians who bully:
"If you’re a Christian who believes that being gay is a morally reprehensible offense against God, then you share a mindset, worldview, and moral structure with the kids who hounded Jamey Rodemeyer, literally, to death. It is your ethos, your convictions, and your theology that informed, supported, and encouraged their cruelty. We Christians who believe that God created gay people as much in His own image as he did straight people are begging you to reconsider your theology — to do nothing more than be open to an alternative, fully credible, scholastically sound interpretation of one or two lines from Paul. How can you be unwilling to do something so simple, when you see the horrible ultimate cost of that refusal?"

No one is asking you to disavow your faith.
We're just asking that you be more open to the possibility that god, if that's what you believe, created all of us.
And, as such, we deserve to be treated equally.

Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention, on DADT ending:
"I think there's a grave concern on the part of the Southern Baptist chaplains that I've talked to in all branches of the service that their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religious free exercise are going to be either extinguished or severely limited in the near future and they're very, very, very concerned. I believe that if we get a Republican president, we're going to hear the senior officers in all of the branches singing a very different tune than the one they're singing now"

Why is these so-called "men of god" think that by allowing gay men and women to serve openly, that Christians will be denied and rights?
You cannot deny rights, when you give everyone equal rights.
And I don't believe we'll ever be a country of Don't Believe, Don't Pray.

Adam Lambert, on being gay:
"I think when I was about sixth grade, that's when I realized that I was probably not the same as the other boys. And, you know, it was a weird discovery and, of course, I was kind of in denial for a while and it was all in my head ... That's one of the things that's so hard about being a young person and realizing you're gay or bi or whatever -- we're not told that that's okay."

Slowly we as a country, as a people, are beginning to realize that gay people are born that way.
And as this news sinks in, and more people understand it, we'll see less intolerance, less bigotry, less bullying.
And that cannot be a bad thing, now can it?

Bob Maginnis, Family Research Council senior fellow, wanting more than just reinstatement of DADT:
"They did not tell the Pentagon that homosexuals have to serve; they just said we're removing this law. So a new president could impose a new regulation or for that matter, Congress could pass a law saying 'we now prohibit the service by people that are known to be homosexual.' That's easily done. Even though it would be the right thing to do, it would take a very courageous future leader to do anything about it."

Courageous? Or pandering to the will of the bigots and homophobes?
And, if you want to ban people from serving, people who are willing to fight and die for their country, then you might want to ask that next president where we'll get our military service-people.

Pam Olsen, Rick Perry's newly-named co-chair of his Florida Presidency 5 campaign leadership team, explaining that natural disasters are God's judgment for tolerance of gay people:
"We are under judgment. Do you know how many of the denominations now are suddenly saying, ‘Oh ok we think it’s ok now to have gay marriage, we think it’s ok to have gay preachers, we think it’s ok.’ Whole denominations! The Episcopalians fell off the planet, they think it’s ok to have gay priests. We’ve got other groups, one of the Presbyterians, they’re looking at voting, we’ve got other ones, they’re all of the sudden going, ‘Oh in the name of tolerance,’ and they’re forgetting God’s word completely in whole denominations....And God is shaking. If anybody looks at the news and has just seen what’s been happening recently with the floods, the fires, the tornadoes, God is shaking....But the reality is God is judging us, and I think it’s going to get worse."

That's funny, Pam, because I was thinking that floods and fires and hurricanes and tornadoes and people like you are God's punishment for people being homophobic.
See, there, Pammy, idiocy works both ways, only you actually believe what you say, and I'm being snark-astic.

Scott Lively, "Pink Swastika" author, on the scourge that is the LGBT community:
"We need to stand firmly and unapologetically on the hard truth that homosexuality is not a benign, morally neutral social phenomenon. It is an insidious and contagious form of sexual perversion condemned by God as an abomination. I cringe even writing these words because I know the wrath I am inviting on myself. Still, someone needs to say this boldly and publicly because it is the truth, and only the truth can set us free of the political correctness that has imprisoned us until now. The homosexual agenda represents an existential threat to Christian civilization and we're in the final phase of the war, losing badly. It all hinges upon you, Christian reader. Either get into the game in earnest, immediately, or wave goodbye."

Funny, I think going to a foreign country and working silently to see that people are killed or being gay is more of an insidious and contagious perversion.
Scott Lively wants gay people dead. Not just unable to marry, or unable to find housing, or unable to keep a job.
He wants gay people dead.
That's perversion. In the name of religion.

Tony Perkins, FRC head bigot, on Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the only Republican sponsor on a bill to end DOMA:
"Never a big fan of family issues, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) has joined the dark side by becoming the first Republican to co-sponsor bills that boost counterfeit marriage while effectively closing down most Christian adoption services. Last week, Ros-Lehtinen became the only Republican sponsor on a bill that seeks to overturn the bipartisan Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). This new legislation's ultimate target is to overturn the state laws and 42 state constitutional amendments in by redefining marriage at the federal level. Is the Republican Party ready to be turned into a party that sacrifices religious liberty on the altar of unrestrained sexual license?"

Or, is the Republican party the party to set aside hatred intolerance, bigotry and bullying, and focus on the ills of this country, like say, oh, maybe the economy, or those pesky wars, or the environment, or the ever-widening gulf between the classes?
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen deserves praise for having the balls to stand up to the GOP for what's right.


froggy said...

contagious?!?!! Next time I see AuntiesL&E I shall spray them with Lysol!

Tiger Chanter said...

Scott Lively is a nasty little piece of work that has set up shop in the city where I live. He opened up this "youth coffehouse" and hired a convicted child molester to run it! But that's okay, because the molester found Jesus... said...

Another great post! You, once again, pulled thoughts from my brain and put them into enjoybly snarkastic order! Thank you!

designing wally said...

Great post Bob!

Oh! And the republican party sees itself as an elephant?
Looks more like a mammoth struggling to get out of the tar-pits to me....

Mitch Block said...

Thanks for another great post and for mixing in some positive bits among the idiots.

Robyn said...

I've had morning dumps that were more intelligent than Scott Lively.

Wonder Man said...

Pam is crazy