Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Dear One Million Moms, not all black drag queens are RuPaul

One Million Moms think that all black drag queens are RuPaul.
Religious right groups seemed to determined to milk this phony "Kinky Boots performance at Macy's Thanksgiving parade" controversy to its fullest.

If you ask me, they should quit while they're ahead. The latest so-called morality group to register "anger and shock" is that bastion of failed protests, the American Family Association's One Million Moms.

There is no need to rehash the group's entire faked outraged email but I wanted to point out two very interesting parts:

"Raise You Up" was not suitable for families for many reasons. The inappropriate act starred Kinky Boots, referencing a musical written to celebrate the differences in each other and included: (all) the men and women in thigh-high boots [mostly red pleather while others were sparkly "hooker" boots], a man in boxer shorts and men in burlesque and Moulin rouge costumes prancing around expressing themselves, RuPaul (famous drag queen) along with several men dressed in drag, transgender and transvestites, singing and dancing as an expression of "diversity" and honoring whatever sexuality you want.

Okay, first of all, the "drag queen" in question was not RuPaul, but Tony-award-winning Broadway actor Billy Porter. Now I've heard the offensive adage that to some folks, us black folks all look alike, but never would I have ever thought it meant black drag queens, too.

But that's not all. One Million Moms made it a point to print some of the supposed "sexualized" lyrics from the song the Kinky Boots crew sang:

The performance was sexually charged and quite offensive. Here are some, but not all of the lyrics to the song they chose to sing, to give you a better idea:

Celebrate you to elevate you! Ladies, Gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their minds. Instill the truth… learn something new. Accept yourself and you'll accept others too. Let love shine… let pride be your guide. Change the world when you change your mind. Just be who you wanna be. You're beautiful; it's beautiful! 

Now I feel comfortable in confessing to you all, my dear readers, that it has been a long time since I've had "relations" (a long, long time, which if we to believe religious right propaganda puts me way under the quota for sexual intercourse for gay men), but I'm sure that things haven't changed so much that the above lyrics about accepting yourself can be taken to mean a hot and steamy roll in the hay.

This controversy was a false flag of moral outrage from the start and we should thank One Million Moms for finally proving it.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch.

'30 moments from Hawaii's first day of marriage equality' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

30 Moments From Hawaii’s First Day Of Marriage Equality That Prove It Really Is The Aloha State - A little antidote to the anti-gay crazy. Buzzfeed shows us 30 moments from Hawaii's first day of marriage equality. It's all about love, y'all. 

Virginia Tax Policy To Punish Same-Sex Couples And Businesses That Recognize Their Marriages - I'm beginning to think that Virginia isn't exactly approving of marriage equality (snark). 

 PFOX Tricks Parents by Getting Listed In Phone Book as ‘Help Line’ - An 'ex-gay' group with as a "helpline?" Mercy.  

WND: What If Mary Cheney Were A Pedophile? - Eeeeeew! I hope Dick Cheney is paying attention. If there is anytime I wish the Republican Palpatine would strike somebody, it's now.  

Sasha Fleischman, Agender California Teen, Speaks Out After Having Skirt Set On Fire On Bus - You have to read this story!

'Marriage equality exorcism' a bizarre comedy of verbal contradictions

On the same day last month in which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed that state's marriage equality bill into law,  Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki held what was called an exorcism of the law at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To tell the truth, I really didn't pay attention to this event because I found it silly. However, I read a snippet from what a site, Catholic Vote, highlighted what it called "12 Must-Read Quotes" from his homily.

If Catholic Vote meant to highlight these quotes in order to praise Paprocki, the site failed miserably. Let's look at some of the "must-read" quotes along with a few comments of my own:

The fact is that a “minor exorcism” takes place in every Baptism and Confirmation ceremony when we renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises. This prayer service will be along those lines. I’m not saying that anyone involved in the redefinition of marriage is possessed by the devil, which, if that were the case, would require the remedy of a “Major Exorcism,” but all of us are certainly subject to the devil’s evil influences and in need of protection and deliverance from evil.


Our prayer service today and my words are not meant to demonize anyone, but are intended to call attention to the diabolical influences of the devil that have penetrated our culture, both in the state and in the Church. These demonic influences are not readily apparent to the undiscerning eye, which is why they are so deceptive.

Okay, now I'm confused.

The deception of the Devil in same-sex marriage may be understood by recalling the words of Pope Francis when he faced a similar situation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 2010. Regarding the proposed redefinition of civil marriage in Argentina, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote on June 22, 2010, “The Argentine people must face, in the next few weeks, a situation whose result may gravely harm the family. It is the bill on matrimony of persons of the same sex. The identity of the family, and its survival, are in jeopardy here: father, mother, and children. The life of so many children who will be discriminated beforehand due to the lack of human maturity that God willed them to have with a father and a mother is in jeopardy. A clear rejection of the law of God, engraved in our hearts, is in jeopardy. . . . Let us not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle; it is an intention [which is] destructive of the plan of God. It is not a mere legislative project (this is a mere instrument), but rather a ‘move’ of the father of lies who wishes to confuse and deceive the children of God.”   The Pope’s reference to the “father of lies” comes from the Gospel of John (8:44), where Jesus refers to the devil as “a liar and the father of lies.” So Pope Francis is saying that same-sex “marriage” comes from the devil and should be condemned as such.

Okay, so it is a major exorcism . . .

The work of discouragement by the Devil in same-sex marriage is apparent in the message being conveyed to defenders of traditional marriage that the universal redefinition of marriage is unstoppable, so we might as well just stop trying. But the legalization of abortion on demand forty years ago did not silence those who believe that abortion is contrary to God’s law. On the contrary, Roe v. Wade only heightened the need for more concerted efforts to protect all human life from conception to natural death. So, too, the legal redefinition of civil marriage does not put an end to the need for discourse and action to defend natural marriage in accord with God’s plan, but only serves to heighten the need for greater efforts in this regard.

Are you surprised? Of course he was going to tie abortion in this sucker somehow.

Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.

That's right. Paprocki is even exorcising civil marriage which has nothing to do with the church because . . . well what the hell. 

We must also affirm the teaching of the Catholic Church that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

I checked Paprocki's homily in its uncut version and confirmed that yes, after talking about the Devil and implying that marriage equality is Satanically influenced, he included this lovely CYA statement of how lgbts must be "treated with respect, compassion, and sensitivity." Paprocki probably felt that talking nice about lgbts before throwing out all of that stuff about Satan would have seemed hypocritical instead of what it looks like now, which is . . . hypocritical. Okay wait a minute . . .

Paprocki's attempt to play both sides of the fence leaves me conflicted about his "exorcism. And more importantly, it makes me wonder will laughing at it cause me to look like Linda Blair in The Exorcist and spit pea soup? Because not only do I despise pea soup, but green is not my color.