Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On Reflection "Fuck you you historical ignoramuses and moral pygmies" probably isn't strong enough

I'm opposed to the targeting of religious people for their beliefs, but when religious people try to impose their religious beliefs on others not of their religion or party then they have to take what's coming to them. Call it a teachable moment. As this clip from an article in the SF Chronicle reveals, religious bigots have been allowed to live in utter ignorance not only of their own place in American History and culture, but of the impact of their political acts on others. No more. Call 'em out and make them face up to the cruelty and bigotry of their political stance. More...

h/t John Amato,

Several Bay Area Mormons said they would support the right of gay and lesbian unions to have all the rights of married couples. But the word marriage was sacred, pivotal to their concept of families, who can be "eternally united" in the afterlife. A key church document - "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" - says that "marriage between man and a woman is essential to His eternal plan." **They also believe that children are entitled to be raised by a father and a mother.

Those words speak for Michele Sundstrom, 47, of San Jose, who has been married for 18 years and has five children.

She and her husband gave $30,000 to the Yes on 8 campaign and put a sign on their home. But in response, two women parked an SUV in front of their home, with the words "Bigots live here" painted on the windshield.

Sundstrom believes such responses must come from deep places of pain - and that gays and lesbians are entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals, just not the word marriage. Any animosity toward gays or lesbians is wrong, she said.

"There must be such deep, deep, deep hurt; otherwise there couldn't be so much opposition," she said. "They've lived with this. I guess we're getting a taste of where they live."

**Query: who is this "he" they talk about, and is it the same "he" as in the religions that condemn Mormonism as a false cult? Because I'd take orders, for sure, if I knew which g-d was delivering them and I knew for sure he was the one and only. But I'm damned if I'll take orders from Joseph Smith and his unbathed brides. --aimai