Thursday, December 08, 2011

Do the religious right even care about the victims of anti-gay persecution?

Based upon religious right reaction to the new Obama Administration policy regarding worldwide anti-gay persecution, one has to ask do these so-called followers of Christ have any problem with rape, "honor-killings," and murder if these actions are done to gays.

It sounds harsh to say that but what other opinion can one gauge after reading the words of religious right talking heads such as

Peter LaBarbera:

Homosexuality -- once widely regarded as a Crime Against Nature -- is no more a "fundamental human right" than any other sexual sin.

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council:

It is startling that President Obama is prepared to throw the full weight and reputation of the United States behind the promotion overseas of the radical ideology of the sexual revolution.

Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel and radio show host Janet Mefferd:

Mefferd: Here’s a question I had too. In all the stories I was reading yesterday about this directive, in none of them did I see any break down of statistics on the number of homosexuals and transgenders worldwide who are being tortured, persecuted and killed for being gay, have you seen any statistics like that?

Barber: Of course not, it’s nonsense. It’s Orwellian New Speak.

These folks aren't stupid. They're willfully ignorant. And sad.

Now in some cases, in between the verbose adjectives about "sexual anarchy" and claims about how the Obama Administration is trying to" impose sexual madness" on other countries, came a spattering of pronouncements about how it was "awful that these things are happening" and how "no one should condone violence." (LaBarbera's press release didn't even have the good taste to do this.)

It seems to me that the all of the huge declarations, the adjectives of disgust should be aimed at the plight of the victims.

But these folks are so concerned with demonizing homosexuality that the victims of anti-gay persecution are merely an afterthought to them.

Victims like:

Nathaniel Cunningham, who was chased out of his home in Jamaica by an anti-gay mob.

Noxolo Nkosana and Noxolo Nogwaza who were both stabbed and raped by groups of men in South Africa. Nkosana lived. Nogwaza was murdered and her face and body was disfigured.

 Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni who, in 2005, were publicly executed in Iran for being gay after a trumped up charge of sexual assault.

And these are just a few of many. People like them, innocent gays and lesbians caught up in hateful cultures, are the people the Obama Administration is seeking to help.

But God forbid that the religious right even acknowledge the plight of these people. God forbid that these holier-than-thou folks be accused of  pushing the so-called gay agenda.

The absolute nastiness of these folks is best demonstrated by LaBarbera's last comment in his press release:

All Americans who love God and respect His wonderful design for mankind should be ashamed of Obama's and Hillary's campaign to force a deeply flawed sexual ideology on innocent nations that do NOT want to emulate American decadence.

Someone should tell LaBarbera that you can't talk about God's "wonderful design" while intentionally covering up the act of devils.

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Wade MacMorrighan said...

If Labarbara thinks that America is "decadent", than why doesn't he move to live elsewhere in a far more fascist Theocracey, such as in one of Africa's many countries?! 'Course, I can hear it now: "If people would draw attention to themselves in public, than they wouldn't have these problems!" or "If homosexuality was criminalized and never publicized in any way, than we wouldn't have to worry about Gay people getting harmed because they wouldn't know about Gay people at all!" Seriously, my Brother, I believe that they think that!

Greg B. said...

Now NOM is pushing the idea that the Obama administration is exporting the culture war. In their post about Nigeria (, they TRY to be very careful about their wording. The thing about NOM (and their pals) is that they're so misguided by their bigotry and the quest for anti-gay dollars that they end up revealing exactly what they don't want to in an effort to hide it. They wrote "We're posting this as an example of the globalization of the culture wars, not because we support Nigeria's laws:" Sure they don't. They've just placed the imprisonment of gay and lesbian citizens under the umbrella of "the culture wars" - and NOM has been very clear which side of this war they are on. It's a war in which they see both sides as being equally legitimate. If they truly didn't support the imprisonment of gay people, the would draw a very sharp line in the sand and call it what it is: a serious and unacceptable violation of human rights. NOM is never shy about strongly expressing their positions on marriage laws around the globe. Just click on the categories on the right side of NOM Blog: Africa, Australia, Europe, South America, etc. So why would they be so hesitant to express their position on this issue and paint themselves as neutral? I think we all know the answer. We also know that if the Obama administration was taking a strong stance against an Islamic government's imprisonment of people engaging in (the behavioral choice of) Christianity, NOM would be cheering them on.

EvilI said...

"...campaign to force a deeply flawed sexual ideology on innocent nations that do NOT want to emulate American decadence."

Yes, that is terrible and y'all really should stop exporting...
Wait, not y'all? "Obama and Hillary"?
First of all, that should be "Obama and *Clinton*", or "Hillary Clinton" if you really feel the need to clarify which one. Second of all, they aren't the ones doing *that* crime, they're trying to stop it.