Obama Quote Of The Week: Whistleblowing

“If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.” – Barack Obama, 2014/08/07

Note that Obama is not referring to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden here, but whistleblowers in the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal.

The “most transparent administration ever” (Obama) remains a myth.

If You Care About Privacy, You’ll Be Outraged By What President Obama Just Said.” Matt Connolly, Mic.com (2014/08/09).

Oh My God, The Gay Nazis Are Taking Over America, Says Gohmert

Argumentum ad Hitlerum
Argumentum ad Hitlerum

The most intellectually challenged man in the U.S. Congress, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), strikes again with an extraordinarily dumb and incendiary statement. After an anti-gay TV show was cancelled due to protests, Gohmert called this a “fascist intolerance.”

The fact that increasing numbers of people are speaking out against anti-LGBT discrimination is interpreted by Gohmert as “exactly what we’ve seen [. . .] [in] the days of the Nazi takeover in Europe.”

Twisting the reality of long-standing discrimination against sexual minorities by religious zealots like himself, Gohmert claims that conservative Christians are victimized by being called “‘haters’ and ‘evil’.” Furthermore, in all seriousness, he claims that this increasing resistance religious bullies are facing is just a prelude to book burnings—you know, just like in Nazi Germany.

That is of course nonsense, pure hyperbole.

Being called out on your bigotry does not equal discrimination against you

It is quite telling how the American Christian Right perceives their declining ability to discriminate against LGBT people, or the fact that they get called out on their bigotry these days, makes them feel as if they are being victimized, that their freedom of speech is being taken away.

I obviously interpret freedom of speech very differently. You may be legally free to say whatever you wish (such as nonsensical Nazi comparisons), but you are not guaranteed isolation from any opposing views.

That, my friends, is because freedom of speech also applies to everybody else.

Last time I checked, there were no government-sponsored book burnings in the U.S. Neither should there be. Ideas should debated in the public space.

And in my opinion, the anti-LGBT hatred promoted by religious fundamentalists and other bigots is a bad idea that should go the way of the dodo for the sake of humanity.

By the way, self-proclaimed defenders of ‘Judeo-Christian Biblical marriage’ might want to consider the interesting variety of marriage arrangements in their holy scriptures. They will find that the often-promoted version of ‘one man, one woman’ is one among many.

Marriage According to the Bible

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Bonus:

Another great list of things the Bible bans (from Dante Shepherd at survivingtheworld.net). I have the feeling that conservative Christians are cherry-picking to discriminate against LGBT people. That’s just wrong!

 

Pat Robertson Says That ‘Radicals On The Right’ Have Taken Over The GOP

“[R]adicals on the right” who will nominate candidates who “aren’t capable of beating the Democrats [have taken over the GOP].” – Pat Robertson, televangelist

Horrible_Christian_Right_QuotesThe irony of this statement is not to be underestimated, coming from one of the key figures of the American Christian Right that has been the driving force behind the GOP’s cultural drift towards ultraconservative social politics in the past decades.

As one can easily discern from a random sample of Robertson’s statements, past and present, he is the very embodiment of the sort of religious extremist that turns off voters who might otherwise be interested in the GOP’s platform.

Horrible Politicians: Maine Republican Edition

Horrible Politician QuotesAnother chapter from the never-ending saga of GOP politicians saying horrible things about women, rape, and gays.

Here’s a (quite old) quote from Maine Republican Lawrence Lockman, which, to be fair, he says he now regrets:

If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

In all the horror of this quote, I do not even see any logic (except blatant misogyny).

Oh, and in case you wondered where he goes on about the gays, he thinks that they are committing “a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.” And because the American progressives do not see it that way, they are, in his view, assisting the AIDS epidemic.

Bonus fun fact: According to the article, Lockman at one point during the 1990s

appeared dressed as a vampire [!] outside the Federal Building in Bangor to protest the “vampire-nature” of the IRS and its “police-state” method of collecting taxes.

Mike Huckabee Thinks the U.S. Are (Almost) As Unfree As North Korea

“[I am beginning to believe that there is] more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States.” – Mike Huckabee at the ‘Freedom Summit’ in New Hampshire, complaining about security pat-downs by the TSA

Even if this is meant as hyperbole, it is one of the dumbest statements possible, given the human rights record of North Korea.

Horrible Politician QuotesIt is quite scary that this man ran for President of the United States and possibly plans to do so again.

Bernie Madoff Says He Is Not A Fan Of Redistributing Wealth

“[I am] not a great fan of redistribution of wealth.” – Convicted criminal Bernie Madoff, who redistributed wealth to himself via a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, on progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on solving the poverty problem.

Madoff is is currently serving a 150-year sentence in North Carolina.

Putin Aide Mocks U.S. Sanctions

“The only things that interest me in the US are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.” – Vladislav Surkov, top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, mocking U.S. sanctions against him after Russia announces plans to annex Crimea

Vladimir Putin’s top aide Vladislav Surkov mocks US sanctions.” (The Independent, 2014/03/18)

Catholic Fundamentalist Wants To Take Out And Shoot Left-Wing University Professors

“‘[T]he hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities,’ especially the women’s studies departments, ‘should all be taken out and shot.'” – Austin Ruse of the ultraconservative Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) expressing his violent fantasies on American Family Association talk radio

 

Where to start with this? I do not share the assessment that most American universities are in the business of promoting “human-hating” or that ‘the hard left’ runs them. There are certainly many who are not Christian fundamentalists and socially liberal in higher education. But the idea of a communist takeover of American universities is insane.

 

And then there is the obvious: Fantasizing about murdering people you disagree with is clearly not the best way to show your own love of humanity. Take note, Catholic fundamentalists!

 

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/austin-ruse-says-left-wing-university-professors-should-all-be-taken-out-and-shot

“Republicans Are Addicted to Koch [Brothers]” – Harry Reid

“Republicans Are Addicted to Koch [Brothers]” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D)

http://time.com/12462/harry-reid-republicans-are-addicted-to-koch/