Remember when all those bad sports in California wouldn't take "NO GAY MARRIAGE!" for an answer? They started saying that the people behind Proposition 8 were using fear-based rhetoric and race-baiting to fan a gay marriage ban in that state. What a bunch of sore losers of their civil rights!
If there's one thing that Rick Santorum's homemade history textbook has taught us, it's that people who are trying to keep other people from exercising their civil rights never use pandering scare tactics…
Last week, a federal judge in Maine unsealed memos from the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most prominent groups fighting against same-sex marriage.
The documents brag about its "crucial" role in passage of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage that was overturned by a federal appeals court. They describe the group’s use of "robo-calls" to scare residents in different states away from supporting marriage equality. They talk of a plan to "expose Obama as a social radical," but the most appalling portions deal with the group’s racially and ethnically divisive strategies.
"The strategic goal of the project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies," says one memo.
Another stated aim is to manipulate Hispanic voters by making the exclusion of gay people from marriage "a key badge of Latino identity."
This may sound bad, but consider: Using racial stereotypes to pit different demographics against each other is exactly why George Washington Jesus founded this country 3,000 years ago. It says so right here on this textbook's napkin footnote (disregard the gravy stain). How else can you explain how, on the day after these memos were leaked, Speaker Boehner appointed National Organization for Marriage's co-founder Robert George to a U.S. commission on religious intolerance and extremism around the globe?
After all, we have a duty to spread our nation's values of intolerance and extremism all over the world.
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Tags: Marriage Equality, National Organization for Marriage, Racism
The National Organization for Marriage — a national organization against marriage — just released a new TV ad (complete with a soundtrack provided by Philip Glass) informing Iowa voters of which GOP candidate to vote for tomorrow.
Okay, so wait. Um, that's not exactly their exact intent exactly. But the message is pretty clear…
To be sure, batting away gay people's handshakes and refusing to deuce in their bathrooms are valuable conservative ideals, but they really don't go quite far enough toward making them feel inhuman. So, I can see why NOM has decided come out so strongly against Paul.
Fantastic news for Paul, though. This has gotta be his most valuable endorsement yet, right?
Tags: Homophobia, LGBT, Marriage Equality, National Organization for Marriage, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul
* Rick Perry is hoping to outrun his ineptitude. I don't know, have you seen the muscle mass on his ineptitude?
* Two Democratic state representatives are trying to ban cheerfulness in South Carolina. (To be honest, I didn't even think they had that there. Like cable.)
* Barack Obama is hoping to beat George Bush in Iowa next week.
* Mitt Romney asks the question with which wise men the world over have been wrestling for years: What's up with Newt Gingrich being so miserable?
* 650+ rabbis agree: President Mitt Romney will turn us all into a bunch of faygalas!
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Tags: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Health, Internet, Iowa Caucus, Jewish, LGBT, Lindsey Graham, Mitt Romney, National Organization for Marriage, Nikki Haley, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Reddit, Religion, Republicans, Rick Perry, Senate, South Carolina, State Legislature
* John Kerry urges media to stop paying attention to somebody or other. (Jugglers, maybe? I don't know. I started zoning out about a third-way through his statement.)
* Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum sign contract to continue hating gay people through 2012.
* Following Tuesday's recall elections, Gov. Scott Walker promises to respect the decisions made by Koch Brother shadow organizations on behalf of the voters of Wisconsin.
* Eric Cantor promises something even better than extended benefits for jobless Americans. No extended benefits.
* "My rent is too damn low." – Rent Is Too Damn High Guy (Directed by M. Night Shyamalan)
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Tags: Charles Koch, David Koch, Eric Cantor, House of Representatives, Jimmy McMillan, John Kerry, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, National Organization for Marriage, New York City, Pork Barrel, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker, Senate, State Legislature, Tea Party, Unemployment, Wisconsin
Sarah Palin's statement writer gives Sarah Palin's position on DOMA and the DOJ to professional awful person Maggie Gallagher…
"I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman. Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president. It's appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected."
I'm sure Ms. Palin was as not-surprised as the rest of us to find out what Ms. Palin believed.
(via Ben Smith)
Tags: Barack Obama, DOMA, LGBT, Marriage Equality, National Organization for Marriage, Quote Unquote, Sarah Palin