Tuesday, March 05, 2013

'Bill O'Reilly continues harassment of gay legislator' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

WATCH: Bill O’Reilly’s Team Harasses Gay Colorado Speaker Over Child Molester Laws - Not content with making wild charges which led this man's 14-month-old daughter to be the subject of vile threats, O'Reilly continues to harass a Colorado gay legislator on those same lies. This isn't journalism. It's demagoguery. Dangerous demagoguery at that. For those who don't think what O'Reilly is doing is dangerous, I have two words for you - George Tiller.  

Carly Rae Jepsen Backs Out of Boy Scouts Jamboree Over Gay Ban - And the group Train also backed out. Key the religious right groups who will whine about how lgbts played the bullies. Whatever.  

NOM confuses ability to extend an invite with actual support - Chalk it up to another failure for NOM. 

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the Black Church - Naturally.

 CA lawmaker seeks rights for transgender students - I hope he is successful.

1 comment:

Gregory Peterson said...

Ms. Hester in "Don't Ask..." wrote: "I know that the black community is considered a more homophobic culture than most; how we resent the comparison between the gay rights and civil rights movements; how we are more likely than other groups to interpret the Bible — and its condemnation of homosexuality — in a literal fashion."

Of course, "race" and "homosexuality" are different things. However, they do have things in common, I think, which are reflected in the similar rhetoric and political tactics of the segregationists of my youth, and the "homosexuality is a sin" crowd today.

Both are modern era social constructs, though "race" is the older of the two. The characteristics that define them are chosen to categorize people rather than being "natural," as "passing," race jumping and the old "One Drop Rule" illustrated quite vividly.

The characteristics used to define the social constructs may be difficult and high maintenance to the point of essentially being "immutable" in an individual, but are certainly "mutable" in a generation or two.

Both carry a lot of long discredited scientific baggage around. Both have histories of religious claims that God demands an entitled, privileged class of "heterosexual" males.