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The wingnuts’ very bad day

Updated below (Wednesday, February 8, 2012)

Wow.

So the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that Proposition 8 — the anti-same-sex-marriage measure that passed by a small majority in California in November 2008 after a hateful, lie-filled campaign by the right (financed largely by the Mormon cult and the Catholick church) — violates the freedoms guaranteed to Californians by the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, a.k.a. the Equal Protection Clause.*

Sure, the case will go to the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court, but even if the current right-leaning U.S. Supreme Court rules that banning same-sex marriage is not unconstitutional, the composition of the court will change over time, and one day same-sex marriage will be legal in all 50 states.

These things take time — it wasn’t until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Loving vs. Virginia, that no state may outlaw mixed-race marriage.

And it was in 2003 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence vs. Texas that, per Wikipedia, “private sexual conduct is protected by the liberty rights implicit in the due process clause of the United States Constitution.” Yet it was just in 1986 that the same court had upheld “sodomy” laws in Bowers vs. Hardwick. The court reverses itself all the time.

Also today, anti-choice wingnut Karen Handel resigned from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation after the foundation took well-deserved truckloads of shit for having decided to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood — a decision that Handel denies that as the Komen foundation’s vice president for public policy she influenced, but that insiders say of course she did.

Before she went to the Komen foundation, the Repugnican Tea Party’s Handel had run for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an anti-choice platform (never mind that the issue of a woman’s right to an abortion was settled waaay back in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade) and had received the endorsement of fellow wingnut and misogynist Sarah Palin.

Today is a great victory for women and for non-heterosexuals and non-gender-conforming individuals.

The treasonous, ignorant and hate-filled wingnuts among us hate the ideas of equality, of liberty, justice and freedom for all, but the ideals of equality, of liberty, justice and freedom for all — and not just for the oppressive wingnuts — march on nonetheless.

*The Fourteenth Amendment reads, in part: “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Updated (Wednesday, February 8, 2012):

Wow. Yesterday also was a bad day for the wingnuts because the utterly unelectable Prick Santorum came in at first place in all three Repugnican Tea Party presidential primary contests yesterday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. Gilded Boy Mitt Romney came in at second place in Colorado and Missouri and third place in Minnesota.

A protracted Repugnican Tea Party presidential primary fight can only help Barack Obama. Indeed, the media have been reporting that Obama’s favorability ratings are up, and that the latest polls have him beating all of the Repugnican Tea Party presidential contenders in hypothetical matchups.

Again, yesterday was a pretty bad day to be a wingnut.

P.S. Prick Santorum’s attacks against Obama are pretty fucking hilarious, such as this one: “He [Obama] believes he’s the smartest guy in the country and he should tell people what to believe and how to live their lives.”

Yet it’s the Catholick Prick Santorum and his “Christo”fascistic cohorts who want to ban abortion — and perhaps even contraception — and decide who may and may not get married, and otherwise cram their backasswards, patriarchal, misognyist, homophobic, xenophobic, anti-science worldview down our throats.

But nooooo, it’s Barack Obama who wants to “tell people what to believe and how to live their lives.”

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Vatican puts blame on feminists, gays

Likening the heat that it has been getting over the international child sex abuse scandal that surrounds it to the persecution that the Jews have endured didn’t work, so now the Vatican is blaming feminists and non-heterosexuals for its plight.

Reports The Associated Press today:

The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI [today], claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic “hate” campaign targeting the pope for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

Vatican Radio broadcast comments by two senior cardinals explaining “the motive for these attacks” on the pope and the Vatican newspaper chipped in with spirited comments from another top cardinal.

“The pope defends life and the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, in a world in which powerful lobbies would like to impose a completely different” agenda, Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, head of the disciplinary commission for Holy See officials, said on the radio.

Herranz didn’t identify the lobbies but “defense of life” is Vatican shorthand for anti-abortion efforts.

Also arguing that Benedict’s promotion of conservative family models had provoked the so-called attacks was the Vatican’s dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano.

“By now, it’s a cultural contrast,” Sodano told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “The pope embodies moral truths that aren’t accepted, and so, the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as weapons against the church.”

Also rallying to Benedict’s side was Italian Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who heads the Vatican City State’s governing apparatus.

The pope “has done all that he could have” against sex abuse by clergy of minors, Lajolo said on Vatican radio, decrying what he described as a campaign of “hatred against the Catholic church.”

Sex abuse allegations, as well as accusations of cover-ups by diocesan bishops and Vatican officials, have swept across Europe in recent weeks. Benedict has been criticized for not halting the actions of abusive priests when he was a Vatican cardinal and earlier while he was the archbishop of Munich in his native Germany.

The mainland European scandals — in Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland — are erupting after decades of abuse cases in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other areas.

In Germany, nearly 2,700 people called the church’s sexual abuse hotline in the first three days it was operating, a Catholic church spokesman said [today]. A team of psychologists and other experts have spoken with 394 people so far, ranging from several minutes up to an hour, Trier Diocese spokesman Stephan Kronenburg said.

“Most callers reported cases of sexual abuse,” he told The Associated Press.

Benedict has ignored victims’ demands that he accept responsibility for what they say is his own personal and institutional responsibility for failing to swiftly kick abusive priests out of the priesthood, or at least keep them away from children.

But he has been protected by a vanguard of senior Vatican prelates who are fending off what they contend is an orchestrated attempt to attack the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics….

It’s not pro-choice women and non-heterosexuals and their allies who are after the Catholick church these days — it’s those who have been sexually abused by Catholick officials and their allies who are putting the Catholick officials’ feet to the hell fire, where their feet belong.

Indirectly blaming the historically oppressed liberated women and non-heterosexuals for its own serious crimes is incredibly intellectually dishonest, immoral and yes, anti-Christian, of the Catholick church.

Sure there is hatred of the corrupt, anti-Christian Catholick church, for its long oppression of women and of non-heterosexuals, and, of course, for its sexual abuse of children.

But justice demands that the members of the Catholick hierarchy don’t get to hide behind the red herring of “anti-Catholic hatred” and get off the hook for their crimes against children, be it their direct sexual abuse of children or their allowing the sexual abuse to continue to occur.

No one in the Vatican or the Catholick church’s hierarchy, including Pope Palpatine, should be immune from the criminal justice system.

There should be no hiding behind Jesus Christ and “Christian” “martyrdom” when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.

With its absolute refusal to take responsibility for the international child sex abuse scandal, what speck of credibility the Catholick church had now has completely vanished.

The silver lining, I surmise, is that history will credit Pope Palpatine with the long-overdue destruction of the corrupt, oppressive, patriarchal, backasswards — and yes, paradoxically satanic — Catholick church.

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Tim Tebow, the male Carrie Prejean

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Collegiate footballer Tim Tebow of Florida, who wears the abbreviations of Bible verses under his eyes — he probably owns one of those assault rifles with Biblical references on it, too (because the historical Jesus was into football and assault rifles, I’m pretty sure) — says he’s glad that his mother (shown with him in November above) didn’t abort him. (Football players generally aren’t known for their high IQs, and their head injuries tend to make them even duller.) A lot of American women probably wish that Tebow’s mother had nipped him in the bud.

I haven’t paid much attention to the whole Tim Tebow brouhaha, although I did watch this parody anti-abortion Super Bowl ad, which is pretty fucking funny.

Football star Tebow, who has made an anti-choice ad for the Super Bowl for the anti-choice “Christo”fascist group Focus on the Family, tells ESPN (via ABC News) that he’s sure glad that he wasn’t aborted.

Um, OK… That kind of thing can send you into a “Star Trek”-like-alternate-universe-time-and-space-warp kind of mindfuck if you let it, I guess, but in general, were someone to declare to me that he or she sure is glad that he or she wasn’t aborted, I probably would think: It probably would have been better for the gene pool if this dumbfuck had been aborted. 

Tebow’s mother tells ESPN that that her doctor had recommended that he be aborted for medical reasons, but that she knew in her heart that God wanted him to be born, so she refused the abortion.

OK, so (arguably) it worked out OK for the Tebows. The doctor apparently was wrong, as doctors sometimes are.

However, to extrapolate from that one anecdote, or even from several others like it, that all abortions should be prohibited is a stretch at least the size of a football field. 

I don’t hold too much against Tebow. He’s young. He’s stupid. He’s been indoctrinated with “Christian” fascistic bullshit. I mean, if a Muslim football player wore references to the Koran on his face, we’d call him nuts, wouldn’t we? Or at least we’d think him a fantatic — and at least a little bit scary. (Actually, were a Muslim football player actually to try to do that, he probably would be prohibited from doing so.)

In a press conference, Tebow states that those who disagree with his anti-choice stance “can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe.”

Um, many if not most white supremacists stand up for what they believe. Are they respectable?  

What if I believe that we should start throwing the “Christo”fascists to the lions, like in the good old days? Should you just shut the fuck up and respect my beliefs?

What the fuck is with the widespread belief that others’ beliefs, no matter how insane and potentially oppressive or even dangerous to others, should be held by all of us as sacrofuckingsanct?

We are allowed to believe whatever we want to believe, but when we believe that others should be oppressed or subjugated, that’s a fucking problem, because our beliefs that others should be oppressed or subjugated often end up in actual oppression or subjugation. Actions often follow beliefs. Hate speech, for instance, often leads to hate crimes. And it’s the hateful beliefs that precede the hate speech.

I think of Tim Tebow as the male Carrie Prejean. Both of them are young, dumb and brainwashed. She would claim that she just stands up for her beliefs, too. But her beliefs harm an entire group of people who only want equal human and civil rights.

When your beliefs infringe on others’ rights, that’s a fucking problem.

For the record, I am not “pro”-abortion. I don’t relish the idea of abortion. However, unlike the members of the Taliban, I just cannot imagine telling a woman what she may or may not do with her own fucking uterus.

Therefore, I am pro-choice.

Abortion is a choice that, as a man, I’ll never have to make. (And yes, contrary to the wingnuts’ bumper stickers, it is a choice.)

It’s a choice that Tim Tebow never will have to make.

So he probably should shut the fuck up.

And I’m pretty sure that Jesus Christ didn’t die on the cross so that the likes of Tim Tebow and Carrie Prejean — who maybe should get married and give birth to the anti-Christ — could, centuries later, spread hateful, oppressive beliefs in his name.

P.S. CBS is going to air the Super Bowl on February 7. CBS refused to air a pro-gay-rights ad in 2004, saying that it doesn’t run advocacy ads. You can sign CREDO Action’s petition to pressure CBS to drop its hypocrisy and its double standard by clicking here.

I would boycott CBS, except that I don’t watch television anyway (I’m an Internet addict)…

Finally, for those fucktards who cry “censorship,” censorship is the actual prevention of CBS from running the radical right’s anti-women’s-rights ad. CBS is not going to be prevented from running the ad, which would be censorship. CBS may run the ad, but CBS should expect fallout if it does.

Boycotts and political pressure aren’t censorship — they are free speech. They are forms of free speech that the radical right uses all the fucking time. The wingnuts should expect it right back.

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