Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dear Wisconsin GOP.. Really?? THIS is your idea of a Lt. Governor?

Hat tip to Eric Dolan over  at  RAWStory for this  little gem  from my  home state...
Republican candidate for Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch compared same-sex marriage to marrying a clock during a radio interview.

"This is a slippery slope," Kleefisch said. "In addition to that at what point are we going to be okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?" "This is ridiculous," continued Kleefisch. "And biblically, again, I'm going to go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs marriage is between one man and one woman."

Wow... the only things she's  missing  are Tina Fey glasses,  and a husband who doesn't speak but  just  poses with a dead moose and a snowmobile.  But I say  let's take  little  Becky Kleefisch  at her word and she really means it  when she says;  I'm going to go right back to my fundamental Christian beliefs".   

So if she wasn't lying and just  trying to use  homophobia  to rally her tea-bagging, civil rights fearing, home skooled minions.  And we accept  that  she  truly holds real honest to God, fundamentalist Biblical beliefs;   Then we can expect Kleefish to announce any day now, that  she is quitting the race and submitting herself to death by public stoning.  The fundamentalist biblical punishment  for a woman daring to speak in public and seek public office with out her owner's (Father's, husband's  or oldest male sibling's) permission.

We can expect in her next speech on agriculture,  one of Wisconsin's major industries;  Kleefish will confirm her deeply held  belief that any WI Farmer  who plants  different  crops side by side  is to be arrested  and put to death for committing  an abomination unto the Lord Thy God.

And since  Kleefisch holds her fundamentalist beliefs  so  deeply and honestly,  we  can safely assume that any member of her campaign staff  wearing  clothing made from two different  types of  material  will also be  turned over to the authorities  for capital punishment.      Not to mention the fact that  The Kleefish campaign certainly  has NEVER held any events  or done any campaigning on  Sundays, as  that would be in violation of the Sabbath itself.

In fact,  lets  take  a good look at exactly how  the GOP Candidate for  Lt. Governor of  Wisconsin's fundamentalist  beliefs  actually DO define  the institution of  marriage...

But in all  seriousness...  Rebecca Kleefisch is a either a  blasphemous  bigot or an idiot.    What I find most interesting about tea-bagging  troglodytes like  Kleefisch,   is  their  constant  selective  bible thumping.   They say the "Bible" is the inerrant word of God and want to use it to deny civil rights and basic freedoms to other Americans, but  they NEVER practice what they preach.

Their mis-use of the Bible is to pick bits of it selectively  and use  ONLY  random lines  that  can be taken  completely out of context to support  whatever it is  they are saying at the time.  But that isn't even  the real issue  here.   Neither  is Kleefish's  tired  re-used  comparison  of  Same Sex marriage to someone wanting to marry  a piece of  furniture or their  pet..

It was the same  argument racists  screamed in opposition to inter-racial marriage.  It was bigoted nonsense then, and  it still bigoted nonsense  now.

But what is most  galling  about  Kleefisch's  homophobic bile,  is not her  assertion that  somehow her beliefs are "Christian", nor is it  her desire to make those beliefs  the basis  of public policy in the State of Wisconsin.    What is most galling about  what Kleefisch does, is  that when she says "Christian Beliefs"  she really means  only HER beliefs.

I am a Christian,  and I worship regularly at one of the  oldest  protestant  churches  in the  Western United States.  St. Mark's  Lutheran Church in San Francisco is in fact,  the oldest  Lutheran Church west of the Mississippi River, founded in  1849.    I am the son of Lutheran Pastor  and  yes,  have  even taught Sunday School and  Confirmation classes.

So  when Sister Rebecca  over there  starts  talking about  what  Christians  believe,  she certainly  doesn't speak for me,  or  millions of Christians  just like me,  who DO believe that  all of us  Gay and Straight are loved  equally by God, and deserve the SAME rights.  Including the right to get married.

When you claim  that  religion  has the right to dictate  to the State  how to function,  you then by that very fact,  must allow the State to dictate to the Church in the same way.   THAT is what Thomas Jefferson knew and was warning against,  when he spoke of  the separation of Church and State.   If you truly don't believe in that separation  then you don't really believe in  religious freedom either.   Without  a  the clear  constitutional separation of Church and State,   America  would  be essentially  no different  than Saudi Arabia,  or Iran,   or  the Taliban in Afghanistan .

Tea-bagging wing nuts  like  Rebecca Kleefisch,  Christine  O'Donnell,  and  Sister Insanity herself,  Sarah Palin  will spew nonsensical rantings about the "threat" of  Sharia (Islamic religious) Law, being imposed upon the United States.  Then in the same breath,  selectively advocate for codification  of  some of  the Sundry Laws  from the Old of  Leviticus.

The hypocrisy  and ignorance   on display in the Wisconsin Republican Party of 2010,  would  make the men who gathered in that school house in Ripon Wisconsin  and established that party, break down and weep.

Rebecca Kleefisch says that all Americans  having equal rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, would lead to people marrying ....a piece of furniture.    Hardly surprising, since  Kleefisch just proved she clearly has the intelligence of one.

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