Friday, February 20, 2009

Chris Buttars needs to get off of the cross - he brought it all on himself

Utah legislator Chris Buttars lost his committee chairmanship today after anti-gay comments he made to a documentary filmmaker. He of course took the tone of a martyr:

In recent years, registering opposition to the homosexual agenda has become almost impossible. Political correctness has replaced open and energetic debate. Those who dare to disagree with the homosexual agenda are labeled “haters,” and “bigots,” and are censured by their peers.

The poor thing. What exactly did he say again?:

Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don’t care.”

…”They’re mean. They want to talk about being nice. They’re the meanest buggers I have ever seen.”

And just seconds later, Buttars draws a comparison between some gays and radical Muslims. “It’s just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side.”

…Buttars: “What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.”

And finally, this is how senator Buttars refers to the “radical gay movement.” “They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”

What Buttars did was conduct unbecoming of an elected official. It's one thing to think that homosexuality is a sin, but his comments were something altogether different.

Buttars isn't being called to the carpet because of a "gay agenda." He is being called to the carpet because he let his mouth speak before his brain had time to tell his mouth to shut up.

If he had said the same thing about women, or Jewish people, or those of another religon or African-Americans, I really don't think he would be getting as much sympathy.

And it leads me to ask this question - Why is it that some people feel that they can say anything negative about lgbts and then try to gain sympathy when they are criticized for it?

Is it that much of open season on lgbts that we have to allow ourselves to be disrespected in ways that no other group would?

This has nothing to do with "opposing the gay agenda." It has to do with respect and no matter how you feel on the issue, no group should have to sit and allow themselves to be disrespected.

Buttars needs to get off of the cross and take his lumps like a man.
Note to the African-American community - The religious right doesn't care about you

A quick quiz:

The New York Post just published a highly racist editorial cartoon depicting the first black president of the United States as a dead chimpanzee.

What do you do?

A. Criticize the cartoonist for creating the racist cartoon?

B. Criticize the New York Post for publishing the racist cartoon?

C. Ignore the racist cartoon entirely and criticize U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for commenting (pretty much at the same time frame that the cartoon was published) that when it comes to discussing racial issues, the country is a nation of cowards?

If you are One News Now and Rev. Harry Jackson, the answer is C:

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., a Maryland pastor and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, disagrees with Holder and says it was "horrible" for the attorney general to read those comments as a prepared speech.

"He intended to give us a signal, however, that he was going to overcome cowardice as he administrates and adjudicates the law of the land. And he began to list, somewhere toward the end, that blacks had opened the door for women's rights, for other groups," he notes. "And I can't help but think that he is going to try to prosecute affirmative action cases and even cases that deal with gay rights and issues such as hate rimes in the days ahead."

There is no big point to be made here.

But it's something to remember the next time One News Now, Jackson or anyone connected with religious right groups pretend as if they are the black community's savior against those so-called "evil gays who are trying to exploit the civil rights movement to validate their sinful lifestyle."

The black community should remember that sometimes those who claim to be your saviors are the ones you should be wary of.
Religious right attacking United American Families Act through semantics

Yesterday, Peter LaBarbera referred to a certain bill as the "Foreign Homosexual Lovers Importation Act of 2009."

This bill is actually called the “United American Families Act” and it would make a small change to existing immigration law to close a loophole barring gay and lesbian Americans in committed relationships with foreign partners from sponsoring their partner for a green card. These same-sex binational couples are denied the right that opposite-sex couples have been afforded for decades - the right to legally keep their families together in the United States.

LaBarbera's inaccurate and very rude phrasing of the bill (Foreign Homosexual Lovers Importation Act of 2009) seems to be the first step in trying to defeat it - i.e. branding the bill as something negative.

I sincerely doubt that LaBarbera has thought of this on his own. Someone has looked at this bill and reduced it to a single factoid - those homosexuals don't have stable relationships. They just want to use this law to try and force acceptance for their lifestyle.

Now comes the press releases and the news articles from places like One News Now, Lifesite and World Net Daily.

Then comes the one-sided radio shows brought to you by Focus on the Family and the Liberty Counsel.

And let's not forget the television talk shows, conservative columnists, and blogs.

Not bad in terms of planning.

Not very Christian either, but I guess it doesn't matter.