This is an old tweet, from one of the presidential debates, but it is something that is still relevant. Dan Savage has been known for his ignorant comments about race, trans individuals, bisexuality, asexuality and everything else under the sun, but what is interesting about this particular tweet is that in his world it is okay to make sexist comments in the name of irony or sarcasm And we, the follower, are idiots if we don’t get that what he is saying is sarcastic and not just another one of his nonsensical comments.
This is what makes Dan Savage dangerous: he gets the blessing of being an equality champion from the mainstream straight and gay media without ever being called out on his various modes of oppressive statements. Savage become a creditable source for the mainstream (in actuality he really only advocates for those individuals that share his characteristics) while everyone else who isn’t in the mainstream are left to figure out how they can get their message of oppression out to the world and perhaps also show the hypocrisy of Savage.
An Oklahoma lawmaker who gained national notoriety with an anti-homosexual rant in 2008 disparaged blacks and women during a debate this week on an affirmative action bill, prompting the head of the state NAACP chapter to demand her resignation. Republican state Rep. Sally Kern, of Oklahoma City, said Thursday she was sorry for remarks she made on the floor of the House and that she had “misspoke.”
During a legislative debate late Wednesday, Kern questioned whether there were disproportionately high numbers of blacks in state prisons because “they didn’t want to work hard in school.” Kern also said women don’t work as hard as men because they “tend to think a little bit more about their families.”
The president of the Oklahoma State Conference of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People rejected Kern’s apology.
“Her constituents in her district should call for her to step down unless they support her in what she said,” Anthony Douglas said. “Let’s send a message out that in Oklahoma we will not tolerate racism at its ugliest level.”
Kern, a retired teacher, is serving her fourth two-year term in the House after being easily re-elected in November from a district that has traditionally supported socially conservative candidates.
“Women are some of the hardest workers in the world,” she said in her statement Thursday. She also said her husband “is a pastor of a diverse inner-city church and the way that my words came out last night is certainly not my true spirit.”
In 2008, Kern was criticized after saying at a political forum that gay people posed a greater threat to the U.S. than terrorists. In 2009, she campaigned for a proclamation criticizing the government for drifting from traditional Christian values.
Kern’s remarks Wednesday came during a debate on a proposed constitutional amendment to end discrimination and preferential treatment in state government hiring and contracting based on race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin. It passed the House 59-14 and now goes to voters next year.
“It kind of seems to me that the premise here tonight is that color and sex is the sole factor that determines whether or not you get ahead or whether or not you don’t get ahead,” Kern said during the debate.
“It’s character that ought to count, not whether or not you’re black, whether you’re white, whether you’re purple, whether you’re whatever. It should be your character. It should be your willingness to say I’m going to become everything I can become,” she said.
It’s still a boy’s club at the House of Representatives: There is no lady’s room on the main floor. (There is a breast pump room, however.) That’s got even Rush Limbaugh upset, so you know this is a nonpartisan issue! Except Rush’s idea of LOLing about the gender disparity came five seconds later:
"All of this time, all of this focus on equal rights, all of this focus on how women are discriminated against, and no women’s room. Now, a lot of Democratic Congresswomen could have probably used the men’s room and nobody would have said anything. Might not have really noticed anything. But, still!" That’s Rush!
Well that didn’t take long.
Three months after announcing she would sign of from her current radio show at the end of the year in the wake of her now infamous “n-word” rant, Dr. Laura Schlessinger will debut a new 3-hour radio show on Sirius XM in January.
The Associated Press reports Dr. Laura will begin on Sirius XM on January 3, three days after signing off from her current radio show.
Dr. Laura apologized her use of the “n-word” in August and announced on Larry King Live she decided not to renew her contract when it expires this year because she doesn’t want her opinions, however provocative, to be muzzled.
“I want to regain my First Amendment rights,” she said on the show. “I want to be able to say what’s on my mind and in my heart and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry, some special interest group deciding this is the time to silence a voice of dissent and attack affiliates, attack sponsors. I’m sort of done with that.”
No stranger to controversy, in 2000, gay activists launched StopDrLaura.com after she referred to homosexuality as a “biological error.” Further, she said, “a huge portion of the male homosexual populace is predatory on young boys.”
“If you have any idols in your home, we’re gonna burn ‘em! If you have any witchcraft items in your home, we’re gonna burn ‘em!” – It’s like something out of the Spanish Inquisition or from the depths of the European Medieval period, mysteriously transported to sunny Hawaii of 2010, at the height of a hotly fought campaign for governor no less.
As the Associated Press reported yesterday, on a scandal roiling the Hawaii gubernatorial campaign, Republican candidate for governor James “Duke” Aiona is lashing out at the campaign of his Democratic rival Neal Abercrombie for allegedly promoting a video I’ve compiled which begins with a clip of Aiona, in July 2008, enthusiastically stating that he was a member of Transformation Hawai’i, which is a local chapter of the International Transformation Network.
As the AP describes,
“The video was produced by Bruce Wilson, who co-founded a blog about religion and politics. It includes clips of Aiona at a 2009 meeting in Hawaii of the International Transformation Network, an evangelical Christian group, and its local arm, Transformation Hawaii.
Other clips are of ITN’s 2008 meeting in Argentina in which a pastor calls on followers to collect idolatrous objects to be burned, and of Aiona urging viewers to attend a 2005 ITN meeting in Hawaii…
Wilson said ITN leaders appear to believe gays are possessed by demons and native art should be destroyed.
“It would be hard for Duke Aiona to be more enmeshed in Transformation Hawaii,” Wilson said. “I’m just observing, here’s Duke Aiona. He’s heavily involved with this movement. Here’s what the movement believes.” [emphasis mine]
The video in question is available at the link above.
Sen. Jim DeMint isn’t caving to demands that he apologize for saying sexually active single women and gay people shouldn’t be allowed to teach. Instead, five days after making the remarks, he’s defending his opinion.
DeMint’s communications director issued the following statement:
"Sen. DeMint believes that hiring decisions at local schools are a local school board issue, not a federal issue. He was making a point about how the media attacks people for holding a moral opinion."
The South Carolina senator’s statement last Friday was referencing a similar remark he made in 2004. He said, at the time,
“no one came to my defense. But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn’t back down. They don’t want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.”
Sen. Jim DeMint says that he was right in 2004 when he first said that gays and lesbians – and sexually active straight women – should be removed from teaching positions.
DeMint, one of the most conservative members of the Senate, spoke at the Greater Freedom Rally at First Baptist North Spartanburg, S.C. He was referring to comments he first made back in 2004. As the Huffington Post noted, he also said in 2004 that while he had his “personal beliefs,” local school boards should be able to decide whether to discriminate against gay and unwed pregnant teachers in a 2004 interview on “Meet the Press.”
The Spartanberg Herald-Journal described the comments this way: “DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.” DeMint did not apparently state his position on whether sexually active unmarried male teachers should be similarly removed from classrooms.
ButDeMint also says that this is a local school boards issue and that it’s not part of his senate agenda. In other words, he’s just using it as a scare tactic to get re-elected and raise money.
Marriage “is not a civil right – you’re not black,” Coulter said to nervous laughter. She went on to note that gays are among the wealthiest demographic groups in the country. “Blacks must be looking at the gays saying, ‘Why can’t we be oppressed like that?’”
I hate. This cunt.
That’s not how civil rights work… ANY oppressed group - truly oppressed, not “OMG it’s so hard to be a white man” oppressed - is being denied a civil right in some way. To vote, to marry, to own land, etc.
“Coulter: the gays ‘ought to start being antiabortion’ because ‘once they find the gay gene, guess who’s getting aborted’”
What the actual fuck?
Oh she can go fuck herself with a human-sized Eiffel Tower model anally without lubrication.
Arizona, under the leadership of it’s anti-gay Governor, Jan Brewer, has announced its intention to appeal a federal judge’s decision that declared the state’s government could not take away health coverage and other benefits from the domestic partners of gay state and university workers.
A press aide to Brewer stated earlier this week:
“We are appealing the preliminary injunction because we disagree with the federal court’s initial injunction ruling. We believe the Legislature has the ultimate authority to make state employee benefit decisions.”
Brewer became governor last year after Janet Napolitano, the person responsible for expanding the benefits to include LGBT couples, stepped down to take a job in the Obama administration, which paved the way for the Republican-controlled Legislature to take away benefits from the partners of unmarried employees, whether gay or straight.
Lambda Legal filed suit on behalf of gay workers, saying they have no option of getting benefits because the Arizona Constitution forbids them from marrying.
The latest shocking comments from Mel Gibson, in which he hurls racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigrant slurs at his ex-girlfriend, cap a career of tirades that includes a highly publicized homophobic rant and an anti-Semitic outburst.
According to PopEater, long before Gibson could be heard on tape last week threatening Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he had a baby, he made homophobic remarks in 1991. Back then, American columnist Liz Smith reported on what the actor said to the Spanish newspaper El Pais:
"They take it up the a**..this is only for taking a s***,” he said at the time. "With this look, who’s going to think I’m gay? I don’t lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?"
Gibson remained defiant and unapologetic for years, until he agreed to peace talks with GLAAD, according to PopEater. Coupled with his 2006 DUI arrest and the most recent rampage, plenty of people are wondering whether Gibson’s career is finished.