Monday, June 05, 2006

What a Way to Observe THIS Anniversary

By Brian, C. J. & Daniel G
Edited by Brandon

Today, June 25, 2006, is the 25th anniversary of the first medical report about the disease which would eventually be known as AIDS. And how did George W. Bush recognize this event? By pandering to the fundamentalist bastards in the Republican Party who want to throw out the efforts of James Madison and Alexander Hamilton and establish the Book of Leviticus as our governing document.

You just have to wonder why George W. Bush would want to deny marriage to gays and lesbians. Oh, he'll probably get up there and spew the same old verbal diarrhea about activist judges and about how marriage is a scared institution for raising families and providing social stability, but what Bush and his theocratic sycophants refuse to understand is that these are the very reasons why Gays and Lesbians want the right to marry.

Have you ever noticed the underhanded manner in which the fundamentalist right implies that gays are looking for special protection? Contrary to popular belief, w anting a right or rights that others already enjoy, is not asking for special consideration The only things that gays and lesbians are asking for are the same rights that heterosexuals take for granted on a daily basis: the right to visit a sick partner in a hospital; the right to the same financial benefits that are enjoyed by heterosexuals; the right to inherit; the right to assume debts; the right to plan a partner's funeral; the right to raise a family and to assume the emotional and economic responsibilities that come from raising a family ( advances in reproduction technology has only increased the methods by which couples or even single individuals can have children).

Moreover, marriage also provides a certain degree of protection from sexually transmitted diseases. That has been one of the arguments that the ultra-fundamentalist right has been making when they want to talk about SDIs--has it not? Have the fundamentalists not been telling us that a stable, monogamous relationship--such as marriage--is a protection against sexually transmitted diseases such as--surprise, surprise--the HIV virus? (You don't have to answer that--it's a rhetorical question).

You really have to wonder: Why does the Bush Administration want to deny gay men (and for that matter, gay women) the right to marry when marriage might provide monogamous relationships which in turn, might protect the homosexual community from the AIDS virus. Why, in contradiction to their own rhetoric, would Bush and his Bible-thumping constituency want to separate this wonderful, stabilizing institution from homosexuals who want the wide and varied benefits of marriage?

We think we have the answer. For all intents and purposes the attempt to ban gay marriage is just another tactic in the ongoing genocidal cultural war against gays and lesbians. That's right, we said "genocidal." When spokespersons on the far right tell us that gays and lesbians are "biological mistakes" or when they say that gays and lesbians are "possessed by demons," they are not speaking in a figurative manner. They believe it, they mean it, and they are prepared to act on those beliefs. And you have any doubts you only have to click on anti-gay quotes at to realize just how violent and dangerous these maniacs have finally become. And when you're done looking at that particular page, please be so kind as to click on this enlightening page which compares the kind of hate speech that was used by the Nazi regime against Jews during the 1920s and 30s to the same kind of hate speech that is being directed against gays and lesbians in the 21st Century.

Having read the above-mentioned pages, do you really want to tell us that the Radical Christian Right only hates the sin but loves the sinner? Do you really believe that they want to stop at gay marriage?

Of course you don't. They couldn't be more specific. They really do believe that homosexuals are diseased, perverted, unnatural, and generally unworthy of survival. We truly believe that the Radical Christian Right would stone gays and lesbians to death as proscribed in the Book of Leviticus.

Radical Right Wing Christianity and Representative government cannot exist on an equal footing in the same country. The Fundamentalists will cringe when they hear this, but in the eyes of the United States Constitution we are all theoretically equal in the eyes of the law regardless of our religious beliefs. A Buddhist, or a Hindu, or a Muslim, or even an agnostic or an atheist is as good as a Christian. But that isn't what the fundamentalists want to hear. The Fundamentalists believe that the Creator sits up at night to admire them (either that or he stays up late to keep a very close eye on them). The Fundamentalists want to impose their religion as the official faith in a Christian Republic. They truly believe that the Bible is a better blueprint for government that the document forged by the Founding Fathers in 1787. Of course the King James Bible also tells us that homosexuals should be stoned to death; and by the same token, the King James Bible also proscribes the death penalty for adultery, premarital sex, and disobedient children. So you can't blame us for being a little worried. When a book recommends the death penalty as a means of "moral control" you can't help but worry when someone says that every single word of that book is true because it's the literal word of God. And as we all saw on 911, some people get a little crazy when they believe they are carrying out the will of the All Mighty.

We don't know about you, but we like the Constitution. We like the idea that people are free to embrace or criticize whatever religion or religions as they see fit. We like the idea that an American can stand up and say "this is my church and I believe it because...." and then turn around and say, "but I don't agree with this church because..." And, if you haven't guessed by now, we also like the idea that homosexuals aren't routinely stoned to death in the public square.

So, George W. Bush delivered a speech in which he advocated a Constitutional Amendment that would legalize bigotry and discrimination. But then again, you also have to remember that George W. Bush and his loony band of homophobes really do believe that they are without sin. So we really shouldn't be surprised when they and their arrogant pretender decide that they really do have the right to cast the first stones.

Editors note by Brandon

To this I would only add that the decade of the 80s was not a good time to contract the HIV virus. The scientific community was still at a loss as to what the virus was really all about, and to make the situation even worse, the Administration in Washington refused to speak out against the rising tide of hysteria that was rising against AIDS victims. While homosexuals took the brunt of the abuse, there was enough paranoia and hatred to go all around. Many will remember that the HIV virus also raised its ugly head in other communities, notably intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs. Many of our readers will remember the shabby method in which Ryan White, a teenage hemophiliac, was ostracized by a very shallow Christian Community. Others will remember the time that the house of a young hemophiliac and his family were burned down by good, Christian neighbors. Even as the evidence mounted, the Republican Administration in Washington refused to calm public fears by stating that the AIDS virus could not be spread through casual contact, despite the rising tide of scientific evidence that proves this was indeed the case. At the same time, while other countries were having substantial success through needle exchange programs, the Reagen Administration did everything in its power to keep such programs illegal. Worse yet, in 1987, Jesse Helms (prior to his confrontation with pop star Bono) supported and achieved an amendment which denied federal funding to groups which promoted or discussed homosexuality--translated into modern English, the community which had been struck the worst by this virus, could not receive federal funding to help stop the spread of the HIV virus which was burning through the gay community like an uncontrolled wild fire.

At the same time religious crackpots openly criticized AIDS victims. In 1983 Pat Buchanan said: " The sexual revolution has begun to devour its children. The poor homosexuals . They have declared war upon nature and now nature is extracting an awful retribution." In a similar vein, in 1987, Jerry Falwell said: "AIDS is a lethal judgement of God on the sin of homosexuality and it is also the judgement on America for endorsing this vulgar, perverted and reprobate lifestyle."

The general attitude seemed to be that the HIV virus was killing the right kinds of people, so why ruin a good thing with little things like prevention and scientific research? Why stop the spreading panic when the panic is doing such a fine job of terrorizing the people right wingers love to hate?

What can I say? The more things change, the more they stay the same.



Ragnarok said...

This is a page to make your blood boil:

It turns out all homosexuals are child abusers, I'm sure I could write a much bigger thesis on how all heterosexual people are child abusers, but it wouldn't have Leviticus' support!

How dumb must these people be, for starters they've got a man clearly showing a banner with a quote from Corinthians next to the tagline 'Now I know why God wrote Leviticus 20'.

Daniel Gallagher said...

Excellent comments, Ragnarok!

Actually I have heard those arguments and they are countered very nicely on where they are correctly compared to nazi hate speech from the 1920s and 30s.

On another note have you ever noticed how the same kooks and imbeciles who use that argument are the same barbarians who support the massive blood, death, and destruction of war? They have a problem with consenting adults doing what they want in the privacy of their bedrooms, but they have no problem with the torture and psychological rape of captured detainees. And these perverts have the guts to call gays and lesbians unnatural? It seems to me that anyone would would support rendiition and sexual abuse in the name of national security is probably more prone to commit a sex crime than your typical homosexual who only wants the right to have a legal partner and some financial benefits.

Ragnarok said...

Ragnarok said...

Sorry, the above comment link is in the wrong post.....interesting all the same, if a little sad.

Anonymous said...

kooks, imbeciles, barbarians--the name-callings gets so nasty here.

Darren said...

President Bush's five-year $15 billion commitment under the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the largest commitment by a single nation toward an international health initiative - ever - working in over 100 (mostly African) countries.