Here’s a fitting variant of the popular Red Logo for marriage equality.
I’d already had my fill of Bachmann after recent her television gaffes and embarrassingly infantile “rebuttal” of the President’s State of the Union address. I already agreed with most of what the President had to say, but it IS nationally embarrassing when a spokesperson for the loyal opposition makes such an unprincipled hash of principled debate. As concerned Europeans look across the ocean to see how America will handle the largely USA-triggered global financial crisis, when they see creatures like Bachmann announcing for the most powerful executive office in the world, what can they be thinking?
I’d dismissed Bachmann as just another lightweight candidate, but I was wrong there.
Being opposed or strongly opposed to gay marriage is still not specific to just one or more individual candidate or political party. What separates Bachmann from Sarah Palin, that other supermarket tabloid sensation, is the singular intensity of her opposition to gay marriage, gay unions, or anything else to do with gays and lesbians, period.
Not following all the Republican wannabe announcements religiously, I was unaware Bachmann is rabidly homophobic.
From the New York Times comes a Sunday feature article “For Bachmann, Gay Rights Stand Reflects Mix of Issues and Faith” by Sheryl Stolberg. How many things can you find wrong with the following statement?
We will have immediate loss of civil liberties for five million Minnesotans,” Mrs. Bachmann, then a state senator, told a Christian television network as thousands gathered on the steps of the Capitol to rally for a same-sex marriage ban she proposed. “In our public schools, whether they want to or not, they’ll be forced to start teaching that same-sex marriage is equal, that it is normal and that children should try it.”
Off the top, what I come up with is:
- Civil liberties allegedly includes the right to deprive others of their civil liberties. Teaching civil rights equality allegedly equals loss of “civil liberties” for people who presently enjoy them.
- Schools will allegedly be forced to start teaching equality. Horrors!
- Schools will allegedly be forced to start teaching that students should try same-sex marriage. Oh, sure!
For the record, Bachmann seems to actually believe in a homosexual agenda to indoctrinate children into adopting a gay lifestyle — presumably, thereby, swapping sexual identities. Bachmann is said to be a “Christian conservative.”
She stood up as a Christian,” said Bob Battle, pastor of the Berean Church of God in Christ here. “She made her point of view known, and she gave Christians a voice.”
I think it’s time for mainstream Christians to take back the name “Christian,” which has been hijacked by religious conservatives and political bigots hiding behind undebatable religious artifacts. Bachmann may represent the biggest inroad into national politics yet made by prejudiced anti-gay religious fundamentalists, as typified by the homophobic rantings of “God Hates Fags” Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. But she is not the only one.
We live in a time when respected moderates are vilified as evil, unprincipled and indecisive, when people who fly the American Flag are automatically associated with “my country right or wrong” yahoos, and where people who are different, or perhaps go to a different church, are demonized as disgusting and immoral, and xenophobically branded as “threats to freedom.”
It’s time to take back our flag, our symbols and our language of morality. The folks who are truly immoral and disgusting are people who persecute others, people who deprive others of their civil liberties, and people who twist and hijack American principles toward myopic and exclusionary agendas. For my money, that’s Michele Bachmann in a nutshell.
Phoenix, Saturday morning …
- The desert landscaping drip irrigation system sprang yet another leak. I found and fixed it in less than an hour.
- No hot water this morning. Found the number for the plumber. Then found and reset 30A circuit breaker. Hot water heater works fine.
- There are 10 different bird sounds in the back yard. I only recognize the starling and grackle. Must learn another one for 2006.
- I saw a star last night in cloudy Phoenix. All right, it was only one, and I don’t know which star. But that’s one more than folks in the cloudy SF Bay Area saw. Hoping for two, tonight.
- The weeds are starting to flourish. This confirms the rains Phoenix supposedly gets when I’m away. Time to pull the weeds.
- Dust storms?even get past the?garage door, and the car is dusty. I know how to fix this.
- The pool is clearer than I’ve ever seen it, and even the skimmer vacuum is tracing its rounds on the pool bottom. I’m not adjusting anything. Nothing for me to do.
- It’s sunny and mid-60′s. Feels like mid-sixties. No, it feels like Spring! Nothing to complain about here!
- I miss Bob, but somewhere I think he is watching me do all my chores and saying, “See, I told you so!”
- In a world filled with war, hatred and intolerance, you may be asking?how we can talk of weeding when there is?real?suffering and injustice. Au contraire,?when we?stop valuing the mundane concerns typified by items 1-9, where has the purpose of the struggle gone? Live your life each day as best as you know how, not as a “model” for others, but as a model for yourself and those closest to you. The rest of the world will catch up, but it always keeps its own timetable.
“Brokeback Mountain” is a new and popular film by Ang Lee about two cowboys who become lovers in 1963. Even as they marry and raise families, they continue to see each other and renew their special relationship. While this is a story that needs to be told, this is an altogether too familiar story that could never be told in the anti-queer culture of 1963. Most viewers will be too young to remember “the love that has no name”, those “loves that cannot be”.
From the reviews, I am reasonably sure that this is a movie that will be remembered, one that treats the love of two men with sensitivity and circumspection. No doubt its thoughtfulness will provoke average movie-goers to think more about whatever it is they already think about, if they think about same-sex issues at all.
One could even argue that, lacking the pathetic self-parody stereotypes found in virtually all “gay” contemporary sitcom, “Brokeback Mountain” is a step forward for GLBT cinema and media presentation.
Me, I doubt that I’ll see it. Without benefit of horses or the backdrop of the Wyoming landscape, I lived a considerably more mundane but equally clandestine version of that relationship, many decades ago. So did many others. Yep, pardner, I lived it. Uh-huh. Don’t never want to go back, neither.
If you read these pages regularly, in fact, if you ever read them at all, let us know what you thought of this article, and (if you saw the movie) what you thought of Brokeback Mountain.
Let me take this chance to ask you all to have heart, stay the civil liberties course, stick to core values and principles, don’t let the immorality of the current and unholy church-state union get you down, and enjoy the holidays.
New Page: Out-Takes snappy shorts!
Insensitive Bastard: If it seems it’s been quiet in La Parola lately, it’s because we’ve been arguing for freedom on broader fronts.
Here at Summitlake.com, we are still in deep shock over the horrible, horrible terrorist attacks on the eastern seaboard. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t kept our eyes and ears open.
If you thought La Parola has always been a little too – well – polite, stiff and formal, you’d better read our remarks on the latest outrageous utterances of the Rev. Jerry Falwell. We chose not to post them here, but (following an increasing pattern), to give them the broadest possible exposure on What’s New, one of the most heavily trafficked pages at Summitlake.com.
Read Insensitive Bastard,in 2001 , on the Front Page of the whole Summitlake.com site, now, rescued from Archives and reproduced below.
Please take care. These are trying times. Hugs and such.
Gustav Niebuhr, New York Times Friday, September 14, 2001
The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union, along with abortion providers, gay rights proponents and federal courts that had banned school prayer and legalized abortion, had so weakened the United States spiritually that the nation was left exposed to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
The conservative Baptist minister said that “the ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this,” according to a partial transcript of televised remarks he made on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson’s religious program.
In the transcript, distributed by the liberal organization People for the American Way, Falwell described the ACLU as “throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools.” Referring to the terrorist attacks, he said he would point a figurative finger at those “who have tried to secularize America” and say: “You helped this happen.”
As if the unthinkably horrible events of this week have not stressed Americans to the limit, once again, the Rev. Falwell has seized upon the moment to demonize those who do not pay homage and tithe to his particular cult, those who defend individual rights, and those who simply happen to be different.
Once again, the Rev. Falwell has gone beyond the pale. He is a disgrace to organized religions, a disgrace to all thinking peoples, and a disgrace to his homeland and birthright, whatever that may be.
Summitlake.com invites thinking readers to compare Falwell to other religious fanatics: Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, the late Ayatollah Khomeini. Our challenge is to find substantive differences, if any, beyond those denied to Falwell merely because they are still prohibited by the laws of our land.
We further invite those who have the opportunity to do so, to speak out vociferously against all such agenda-laden divisiveness, and to repudiate Falwell’s verbal defecation upon the Bill of Rights. If there is to be finger-pointing, we should be looking at the parents who dropped this monster upon the fertile soil of the United States of America. Small wonder that he is opposed to abortion.
Humor: Paybacks Are Hell is a true story about a visit I paid to my brother many years ago. He has always been somewhat homophobic, mainly because he says the Bible tells him to voice loud objections to anything of which he personally disapproves. Even a blessed saint can commit horrendous gaffes which directly contradict the heavenly directives. This story is slightly off-color, but we hope you’ll enjoy this: read it to find out what happened.
La Parola saw the show that GLAAD protested, and we would take it one step further. When a popular show that aspires to quality issues deliberately takes hurtful potshots at transgendered persons, it crosses a line of unacceptability that could otherwise distinguish it from the merely uninformed and lowbrow.