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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
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Gays Ain't The Problem

I like it when Dr. Demento Dobson gets refuted. That man wraps more hatred in jesus-speak than almost anyone. I know, the list of likely candidates is long, but his Focus on the Family group takes anti-gay hatred too far.

I'm not a strong proponent of Gay rights. As I've mentioned before, I'm rather ambivilent on the issue, but any group who has to take as much abuse as the alternate lifestyle crowd deserves some respect, I think. Conversely any group that spews as much poisonous bias as Focus on the Family is fair game.

In today's NY Times, Stephanie Coontz writes:

Traditional marriage, with its 5,000-year history, has already been upended. Gays and lesbians, however, didn't spearhead that revolution: heterosexuals did.

Heterosexuals were the upstarts who turned marriage into a voluntary love relationship rather than a mandatory economic and political institution. Heterosexuals were the ones who made procreation voluntary, so that some couples could choose childlessness, and who adopted assisted reproduction so that even couples who could not conceive could become parents. And heterosexuals subverted the long-standing rule that every marriage had to have a husband who played one role in the family and a wife who played a completely different one. Gays and lesbians simply looked at the revolution heterosexuals had wrought and noticed that with its new norms, marriage could work for them, too.

The rest of the article provides a much needed historical refresher on the institute of marriage. We need more of this historical refutation of modern malfeasence, to undermine the spread of hatred.

But for me the snubbing of the Bad Doctor is the best part. His kind needs to be de-fanged. I'll go meditate now on my intolerance of the intolerant.


At 7/06/2005 1:14 PM, Blogger leucanthemum b said...

Congratulations! You've hit on something with which I can agree wholeheartedly! This man is no Christian, by any rational standards. Dobson is the head of an organization whose apparent purpose is to raise hackles, so they can sue. FotF has made appearances at a number of funerals -- not just at those of known gays, but even at a military funeral a couple of weeks ago, hoping to start a brawl so they could sue the city for lack of protection and/or First Amendment violations and sue the opposing individuals for damages.

Even though his degree is in psychology or something comparable, Dobson is a lowdown personal injury attorney at his core (I'd have said "at heart", but I doubt he has one).

At 7/06/2005 7:03 PM, Blogger Tannish said...

I Did !?! Shucks!
I was unaware of these particular activities. I just perused his website: that was enough for me.

What troubles me most is the legions of mindless robots he finds for his nefarious schemes. Perhaps three generations of submitting to the TV prepares people to blindly follow charismatic leaders, I don't know. I do know that it's unfashionable to think in many quarters these days.

Quite disturbing, that.

At 7/07/2005 10:47 AM, Blogger BadTux said...

The problem is that you cannot reach hairless monkeys with little things like "facts" and "logic". You have to appeal to their inner monkey. Democrats and liberals continue to believe that if they just keep sincerely attempting to convince people using logic and reason that their way is in the best interests of the majority of the people, people will naturally gravitate to Democratic/liberal positions because it's in their own best interests. BALDERDASH! What monkeys want to do is hoot and scream and howl and throw feces at anybody who is not part of their own little troop of hairless monkeys. To reach monkeys, you don't speechify to them in droning detail about how it's in their best interests to vote for your policies. You convince them that your particular troop of hairless monkeys is a buncha bad-asses that will give them LOTS of opportunities to hoot and scream and howl and throw feces at other hairless monkeys!

Logic and reason work fine when you have an educated populance. But now that 30 years of Republican policies have turned the U.S. educational system into a 12-year obedience training system where people are taught that "facts" are whatever people in authority say they are, logic and reason just won't work for reaching the majority of the American people, because the majority of Americans have never used logic and reason, were never exposed to logic and reason in their schools or their home life, and have no idea how to respond to them. In the long term, we must fix our schools, but to get to the long term, we must recognize reality and address the inner monkey.

- Badtux the Cynical Penguin


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