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Do I really have to move to Alabama?

Yes, I really am moving to Alabama.  And stories like this one over at GayWired.com make me unsure whether I’m happy or sad.  OK, I’m sad, but maybe living among such hypocrisy might provide some humor, after all. 

The deal is that Alabama Attorney General Troy King was found having fun in his marital bed (that would be the one he shares with his wife) with a male assistant.  Troy King, however, isn’t only the AL Attorney General.  He’s also, or at least was also, the chairman of John McCain’s Alabama Leadership Team.  Quite recently, however, (that would be since this whole thing blew up), all references to Atty Gen King have been removed from McCain’s website.  You really just can’t make this stuff up. 

As usual, King is claiming that the all-boy-romp is purely rumor and he is totally innocent.  I don’t know.  Looks like another case for our boy Dobson’s “Love Won Out” program.  (Yes, for you new readers, that is sarcasm.)  Read the whole article at GayWired to judge for yourself. 

As a PS, let me send sympathies to Troy King’s wife and family.  I’m not sad for you that he may be gay.  But I am sad that he chose this particular method of coming out.

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Hypocrisy truly knows no bounds

So on Wednesday, the Senate heard and referred to the Judiciary Committee the ‘Marriage Protection Amendment,’ (SJ 43) the text of which reads:

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.

That, of course, is meant to pave the way to make an amendment to the Constitution of the US prohibiting gay marriage.  Complete and total bullshit and everyone knows by now how I feel about folks mucking about in my (and your) Constitution for crap like this.  Here’s the best part:  it’s cosponsored by:

  1. Larry Craig:  yes, the dude arrested for foot loving a cop in the Minneapolis airport; and
  2. David Vitter:  the genius caught in the prostitution scandal in DC, over which the madam in the deal took her own life.

I love the hypocrisy of politicians.  You can almost excuse Vitter.  After all, his sins of the flesh were, at least, with women.  But Craig?  Come on.  That self hating SOB can’t find enough bills to sponsor to try and drive those demons out of him.  Maybe he should try James Dobson’s Love Won Out program (nevermind that the program’s director was found in a gay bar in 2000).  Or maybe not, since gay isn’t something one can just decide to give up.  Embrace it, Larry, and get on with your life.  Stop self hating and get the hell out of my Constitution.  It’s no place to try and work out your personal crises.

 

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Oh, James Dobson

Back in February, I posted a couple of pieces on Mike Huckabee (see here and here).  The second piece, Mike Huckabee:  He Just Gets Scarier, pulled in James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, and the work they were doing together.  All deference to my Southern Baptist roots aside, Dobson scares me.  Apparently, I rankled him, too.  Here’s the comment Dobson posted here at AshPolitics in response to that post:

Your pejorative and unsubstantiated tripe is the result of “news” bouncing around in your own mind, alone. I bet you are alone most of the time, with a temper and fuming rage like you’ve got there. They never called for the “conversion or eradication” of anyone — that’s the bailywick of folks like you, who believe that a fetus must be eradicated if it cannot be proven, prior to delivery, that it won’t be a died in the wool liberal — thus, die in the womb if you’re not died in the wool!

Get a life, Taz!

How Dobson got from that post, a reaction to Dobson and Huckabee’s union and Dobson’s efforts to ‘reform’ Muslims, a connection to abortion is beyond me. 

It’s this anger ball response that I recalled when I heard about Dobson’s recent attack on Barack Obama.  In a speech back in 2006, Obama mentioned Dobson’s name saying, “And even if we did have only Christians in our midst, if we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would we go with James Dobson’s, or Al Sharpton’s?”  In his response last week, Dobson asked, “Why did this man jump on me?”  My interpretation is not that Obama jumped on him.  He merely mentioned him as one of the leading symbols of religion in this country.  That should have been a compliment.  Dobson went further, dissecting Obama’s words, parsing his speech, breaking down his theology.  If you want the details, go here.  

Here’s my question:  why is Dobson jumping on Obama two years after his comment?  Why did Dobson bother commenting here on this blog?  Does he really troll the ‘Net for mentions of his name, trying that hard to control his image?  Is his ego that weak?  I wonder.  And what about that anger level?  Perhaps Dobson should go back to his Bible and read Ephesians 4:26-27:  “If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge.  Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry – get over it quickly; for when you are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil.”  Oh, and Mr. Dobson, if you’re reading this, it took me awhile to find that passage in my Bible because the pages are falling out from use. 

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Mike Huckabee: He Just Gets Scarier

Remember when I told you that Mike Huckabee is one scary dude?  Turns out, that story wasn’t complete. 

Background:  he’s been endorsed by James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, the right-wing Christian organization that advocates such things as prayer in schools and corporal punishment.  They also have a rabid anti-gay agenda, as would be expected of such an organization, and have adopted the Love In Action platform in founding their Love Won Out conferences for “recovering homosexuals.”  Wonder if Larry Craig’s a member?  I digress.

Now, they’re moving on to another group that is “recovering” from its own evil:  Muslims.  An article this morning called, “Christian Right’s Emerging Deadly Worldview: Kill Muslims to Purify the Earth,” describes how three former Muslims, who have converted to Christianity, are being trotted out by groups such as Dobson’s Focus on the Family all over the country, including at such questionable venues as the United States Air Force Academy.  I’ll leave the ethics of having a Focus on the Family event at a US military academy for another time.  In the meantime, let’s focus on the message delivered at this event.  This group doesn’t just preach a kumbaya message of Christian transformation.  They preach a terror message which says that, “the only way to deal with one-fifth of the world’s population is by converting or eradicating all Muslims.” 

This message is not far from the one preached by Mike Huckabee, “who says that ‘Islamofascism’ is ‘the greatest threat this country [has] ever faced.'”  Wow, that’s some statement.  This from a Governor, with zero, zippo, nada foreign policy experience.  This from a guy who just admitted, on Meet the Press this Sunday, that he was against the Cuba embargo because his state of Arkansas wanted to sell rice to everyone.  But once he was running for President and talked to Cubans in Florida and was told that the embargo was actually a good thing, he became for it.  I’m not going to engage here in an argument over the Cuban embargo, I’m just saying that this guy has a very myopic view.  In the case regarding Islam, it’s myopia viewed first through right-wing Christianity and second through the rabid patriotism that Goethe warned against saying, “Patriotism ruins history.”  There’s nothing wrong with patriotism, per se.  There is something wrong with blindly believing that your country is right and good all the time just because you were born there.

Why am I still blogging on Huckabee when there is no mathematical chance, at this point, that he will win the Republican nomination for president?  Because I think he’s angling to get enough votes to force McCain to take him on as VP.  McCain is older and his body has been ravaged.  I wish him no harm or ill will, but there is, realistically, a better chance that he, more than his Democratic challengers, would face a situation where control of the country would be handed to his VP.  He might have to turn this country over to Huckabee.  Huckabee, who is part of a movement to convert or destroy all Muslims, including the 6 million or so who live in the US.  This isn’t tiddlywinks, kids.  If you think your vote doesn’t matter, think again.

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