It has not been a good week if you are a bigoted Gay-hating evangalooney-toon member of the American Taliban. First, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a remarkable speech at a United Nations conference commemorating the anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
(via the huffington post.)
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad, including combating attempts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality. In a memorandum issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama directed U.S. agencies working abroad, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to assist gays and lesbians who are facing human rights violations.
The President also ordered U.S. agencies to protect vulnerable gay and lesbian refugees and asylum seekers. "The struggle to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons is a global challenge, and one that is central to the United States' commitment to promoting human rights," Obama said in a statement.
Add to that, the fact the most rabidly gay sex obsessed homophobe running for the GOP nomination just can't seem to get any love from GOP voters. Rick Santorum, may as well be Ron Paul for all the attention he is getting these days.
So channelling that frustration, Santorum beats his "gays are destroying our nation" drum louder, harder and faster in hopes that the Tea-baggers of Iowa will finally notice him. (hat tip to thinkprogress.org) Rick Santorum told a crowd in Spencer, Iowa this afternoon that equal rights for gays and lesbians would “destabilize the family” and “accomodate a different values structure.” “It’s about what America’s basic moral values should be that would be reflected in the law,”
Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the man who was for a time, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, acknowledged his concerns were unfounded. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change. He said that at the annual ball in Washington this month celebrating the birth of the Marine Corps, a female Marine approached Amos' wife, Bonnie, and introduced herself and her lesbian partner. "Bonnie just looked at them and said, `Happy birthday ball. This is great. Nice to meet you,'" Amos said. "That is happening throughout the Marine Corps." In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September "a non-event."
Over at the Family Research Council, (another group certified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a Hate Group, just like the Klu Klux Klan) they didn't even wait for Hillary Clinton to finish her speech before they started sputtering with incoherent rage. FRC "Senior Fellow" Peter Sprigg (aka "Porno Pete" due to the extensive 'research' he likes to do in sex clubs and at fetish events, about the dangers of Gay Porn,) spewed: "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."
white supremacist and faux Christian , Tony Perkins couldn't contain himself, and had to had his oddly effeminate voice to the chorus of rage on the wing nut right, saying that Obama is hostile and disdainful toward Christianity, and that Christians who voted for Obama should repent, saying; “Any Christian that voted for Obama in 2008 should be repenting [and voting differently] in the next election," Perkins told the Christian Post. "This administration has been the most hostile toward religious freedom.” Apparently, according to Perkins, if you say torturing and killing gay people is a bad thing, you are infringing on his religious freedom.
SO just to be clear, Rick Perry feels upholding the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a war on American Values. You know, it worked out so well the last time The Republicans nominated a Texas Governor with a 4th grade vocabulary and a penchant for confusing the voices in his head, with God, I can see why the GOP might be considering giving it another go.
Wow! I am so glad Rick Perry cleared THAT up for all of us! It's not unemployment, climate change, a broken financial sector that bilked the country out of trillions. No! The real problem facing America is that Gay Soldiers hate Christmas!! Why didn't I see it before!
And of course... last but certainly never least. We have everybody's favorite hate mongering dementia patient soiling his adult diaper over all things Gay. Predicting that his personal angry God will SMITE Barack Obama and the rest of us godless liberals for daring to , actually follow the example of Christ, and do that whole work for justice stuff. According to Pat, God really hates that!
What the past couple days have made clear is what the American right wing nutters plan to do in 2012. The GOP can't run on their economic plan, because that is what drove the economy off the cliff in the first place. They can't run as the Party that "fights the war on terror" since they completely failed in more than seven years, to get Osama Bin Laden, but the Obama Administration got him in three. They cant run against Obamacare, because there is no such thing, and they cant run against Nancy Pelosi because she isn't Speaker of the House any more. So what's left to motivate their small minded, fearful, angry base to get out and vote?
Oh yeah... The Gays!!
All kidding aside, these people are insane. But the great irony here is still the baffling twister-esque contortions on the issue of Marriage Equality by President Obama. He has his Secretary of State stand up before the world and say loudly and clearly that "Gay rights are Human Rights". He issues executive orders saying loudly and clearly that nations that persecute their LGBT citizens will lose out on American aid.
He says DOMA is unconstitutional , won't defend it in court, even refrains for enforcing it in a select few cases. YET when asked to support the right of all Americans to marry he cowers behind nonsensical babble of supporting equal rights, but marriage is only between a man and woman. Then says his position is still "evolving". Does the President actually think that by refusing to support marriage equality, there are people who will vote for him who otherwise wouldn't?
When the best the other side can come up with is Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney, it's not like the guy has that much to lose by standing up for a core Democratic constituency.