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“Given the propensity for members of the homosexual community to engage in frequent and anonymous sexual encounters, the risk to national security of having a homosexual in a high-ranking position with access to secret information is obvious.”  Bryan Fischer, Nutbag


It’s always nice to see members of the base of the Corporate Party do something nice for the little people.*

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Surprised? Well, it’s true, even up to gay marriage. Human beings contain such multitudes, don’t they? (h/t: IDLYITW)

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Gloria Steinem tells it straight:

We were curious what the feminist icon thinks about women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who are not housewives, yet support traditional values and oppose abortion. “They’re there to oppose the women’s movement. That’s their job,” Steinem said, accusing the two politicians of “selling out” the women’s movement. “That’s just the way it is; it’s inevitable. Think about Phyllis Schlafly; there have always been women like this.”

Later, during a speech, Steinem elaborated. “I can testify, the very same things people were telling me 30 or 40 years ago — it’s against nature, you can’t do this, my wife is not interested — all these [people] are now saying, well, feminism used to be necessary, but it’s not anymore. That is the new form of obstruction. And, of course, it’s accompanied by the other natural thing that happens if you have a big social justice movement: You make jobs for people who sell it out. So we have Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who are on my list of ‘the women only a man could love.'”

Palin and Bachmann are what results from when a movement gets co-opted by self-interested parties for their own reasons. They only count as feminist if you reduce the concept to some sort of generic assertive attitude, which was not exactly the point of the enterprise going in. A lot of that shift has to do with consumerism. Rest assured, in a decade there’ll be all sorts of people trying to make money by exploiting the gay rights movement to sell shit, and there’ll surely be reactionary conservative politicians tying themselves to Harvey Milk’s legacy. You’ve been warned. ‘Tis the way of things.

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Another success story to add to Marcus Bachmann’s theory of praying away the gay:

Emails shared with The Indianapolis Star suggest that state Rep. Phillip Hinkle — responding to a local posting on Craigslist — offered a young man $80 plus tip to spend time with him Saturday night at the JW Marriott hotel.

The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight” and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time.”

The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”

The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.

I wonder if all these Republican drops in the “closeted hypocrite” bucket will ever finally spill over into a real reckoning about the GOP’s absurd crusade against evil homosexuals.


"Mmm, sexy." -- James Dobson*

Hat tip to Elizabeth, my significant other, for bringing Dobson’s second (at least!) bout of caring far too much about the sexual orientation of SpongeBob SquarePants. I should be fair and admit that the evangelicals I know found this particular story is as buffoonish as I did the last time it came out, but the fact is that Dobson’s hyperimaginative homophobic projection is really just an exaggeration of what a lot of right-wing Christianists do on a normal basis. That he’s taking it this far just helps discredit the right’s larger argument. Dobson’s nuttiness is not an asset for right-wing Christians, but it’s a boon for those of us who oppose their policy preferences.

* Not intended to be a factual statement.

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