Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Someone call homophobe Robert Knight a waaaaaambulance

Okay, I admit it. One of the side benefits of the Obama Administration's decision not to defend DOMA in the courts is how it has sent the religious right into orbit.

One person in particular who doesn't seem to be happy is one of the original crafters of DOMA, Robert Knight. When he helped to craft DOMA,  Knight allied himself with the so-called major religious right groups like the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America.

But now, as a senior fellow of the American Civil Rights Union (what exactly is that anyway), Knight isn't too happy with the Obama Administration's decision.

I mean we're talking practically apoplectic:

Allow me to take off the gloves. As one who helped draft the first version of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), I regard Obama's order on Feb. 23 to Attorney General Eric Holder to abandon DOMA's legal defense as lawless, reckless, arrogant and a violation of his oath of office. I think it is an impeachable offense.

I'm just warming up.

Obama, like Hillary Clinton and countless other prominent Democrats -- and some useful idiot Republicans -- have been pretending to support marriage while doing everything in their power to undermine it.

First of all, I am so sure that the Obama Administration is shaking in its boots that Knight "took off the gloves" to get nasty.

Knight's piece gets funnier:

If you doubt what they intend, check out Brian Camenker's shocking exposé, "What same-sex 'marriage' has done to Massachusetts." Mr. Camenker, who heads the group MassResistance, is warning the nation that there will be no quarter for those who think homosexuality is wrong and that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Putting Catholic Charities out of the adoption business was just the beginning, followed quickly by brainwashing children in government schools and denying people jobs

Way to Knight. Cite a known anti-gay hate group - Mass Resistance - and include some nonsense about brainwashing. The subtlety of  the brainwashing statement is hilarious, seeing that Knight has, on more than one occasion, accused the lgbt community of "going after children." And not necessarily to "brainwash" them if you catch my drift.

Knight then repeats the usual nonsense about evil gay people wanting to ruin society and have lots of illicit sex, i.e. the usual shrill nonsense which served him well while he ran with the "big dogs" at the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America

Then he says the following, which caught my attention:

Hoover Institute research fellow Stanley Kurtz has chronicled the acceleration of societal uncoupling from marriage in Sweden:

"Marriage is slowly dying in Scandinavia. A majority of children in Sweden and Norway are born out of wedlock....Not coincidentally, these countries have had something close to full gay marriage for a decade or more. Same-sex marriage has locked in and reinforced an existing Scandinavian trend toward the separation of marriage and parenthood."

That part really interested me because in 2004, I had the "pleasure" of meeting Knight during an event at a local college in my area (he is a really, really, really short guy) and asked him directly in front of a crowd of people why would he used Stanley Kurtz's work even after it was debunked during a Congressional hearing when Kurtz himself, under questioning by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., admitted that he couldn't prove his argument.

I learned two things that night. First, religious right spokespeople become very tongue-tied when they are called on their bullshit, especially in front of a group.  I don't think I have ever seen a white man turn that shade of red.

The second is that it's amazing how these folks will lie with impunity. I learned that lesson in a personal one-on-one with Knight after the event when I was able to ask him why he used discredited work to demonize the lgbt community. Specifically, I was talking about the work of infamous researcher Paul Cameron.

His answer to me - “Yes we have used his research. So what?”

 It's nice to put that sort of thing in perspective. DOMA is on its way out.  Hopefully sooner than later, it's going to be put on the deceased list.

Much like the career of a lying homophobe, who shall remain nameless.

So what, indeed.

Related posts:

Anti-gay activist - Lie told about Obama's Tucson speech is mere difference of opinion

Robert Knight: DADT was repealed because Republicans wouldn't get gross about homosexuality

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The American Civil Rights Union is a right-wing Christian group dedicated to the proposition that it violates the rights of Christians if you hinder them in any way from crafting the law to impose their religious teachings on the the general population. Also, they like guns.