AlterNet.org: Miranda Blue http://www.alternet.org/authors/miranda-blue en Rand Paul: Put Stickers On School Windows Warning 'You Will Be Shot' http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/rand-paul-put-stickers-school-windows-warning-you-will-be-shot <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">He added that broader issues, such as the lack of a “Christian foundation” in the country, may also be influencing mass shooting.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/2449fd1a3fc5f072568d4724736309ed7a2e7a82.jpg" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Falsely suggesting that the recent mass shooting at an Oregon community college <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/10/umpqua_community_college_not_a.html" target="_blank">took place in a gun-free zone</a>, Sen. Rand Paul said yesterday that as president he would encourage every school in America to place stickers on its windows warning potential criminals that teachers are armed and “you will be shot.”</p><p>The Kentucky Republican <a href="http://mickelson.libsyn.com/tuesday-october-10-2015" target="_blank">told Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson</a> that the Oregon shooting was “an incredible tragedy, but it’s even made worse by the president politicizing it and jumping in.” The president “doesn’t understand,” he said, that “the problem is mental illness and not necessarily gun registration or gun ownership.”</p><p>“The other common denominator, other than mental illness,” he added, “is that people are going to places where guns are prohibited. So  when you have a gun-free zone at a school, it’s like an invitation, if you are crazy and want to shoot people, that’s where you go. I would do the opposite. I would have and encourage every school in American put stickers on every window going into the school saying, ‘We are armed. Come in at your own peril. We have concealed carry for teachers who have it and we also have armed security and you will be shot.’”</p><p>Such stickers should be placed on “every cockpit of every commercial airliner” and on “every school,” he said.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227342565&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Paul said that he would support preventing “people who have exhibited criminal insanity” from owning guns, but that such laws would have to be made at the state level. But he added that broader issues, such as the lack of a “Christian foundation” in the country, may also be influencing mass shooting.</p><p>“I do think that we have generalized problems in our country that may somehow influence, I’m not sure they’re the answer, but I think that we lack a certain belief in right and wrong, a certain Christian foundation or religious foundation to our country anymore,” he said, “and I think some of this perversion is coming from that. But also there’s some things that are just inexplicable, that’s just mental illness, they’re not getting better with treatment and they’re not going to get necessarily better with religious influence as well.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227342563&amp;color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:24:00 -0700 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 1043681 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics Election 2016 News & Politics rand paul oregon shooting gun control election 2016 Here Are 5 Times Conservatives Have Admitted They Don’t Want People to Vote http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/here-are-5-times-conservatives-have-admitted-they-dont-want-people-vote <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Conservatives suppressing the votes of people who they think will oppose them isn&#039;t something new.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-09-25_at_3.28.37_pm.png" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>Earlier this week, <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/mike-huckabee-says-less-stupid-people-should-vot?utm_term=.iq7EJOvLJ#.mjy4o46O4" id="LPlnk685316" target="_blank">GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said </a>that he didn’t want “stupid” people — i.e. people who won’t vote for him — to vote at all. Then a Republican state representative in Florida was <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/gop-lawmaker-putting-more-black-prisoners-in-new-district-can-help-us-beat/2246720" target="_blank">caught suggesting </a>that the party beat Rep. Corrine Brown by redrawing her African-American-majority district to include a large population of prisoners, who are not allowed to vote in Florida.</p><p>These are just two of the instances of Republican lawmakers admitting that their electoral strategy hinges not just on winning votes, but on suppressing the votes of people who they think will oppose them.</p><p><strong>Paul Weyrich</strong></p><p>More than 30 years ago, an influential conservative leader explained why his movement shouldn’t “want everybody to vote.”</p><p>Paul Weyrich, an operative <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/i-dont-want-everybody-vote">considered to be</a> the “founding father of the conservative movement” because of his hand in founding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Heritage Foundation, Moral Majority, the Council for National Policy and other influential conservative groups, laid out the GOP’s voter suppression strategy in a <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/i-dont-want-everybody-vote">1980 speech in Dallas</a>.</p><p>“I don’t want everybody to vote,” he said. “Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”</p><p><strong>Phyllis Schlafly</strong></p><p>In 2013, North Carolina lawmakers pushed through <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/08/north_carolina_s_speedy_vote_suppression_tactics_show_exactly_why_the_voting.html" target="_blank">a package of voter suppression bills </a>, including restrictions on early voting, something that many African American voters had taken advantage of the previous year.</p><p>Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-s-totally-coherent-defense-north-carolina-s-voter-suppression-law" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-s-totally-coherent-defense-north-carolina-s-voter-suppression-law&#10;Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link">rejoiced in the news </a>, saying that the early voting restrictions were “particularly important” because early voting had tended to help Democrats:</p><blockquote><p>The reduction in the number of days allowed for early voting is particularly important because early voting plays a major role in Obama’s ground game. The Democrats carried most states that allow many days of early voting, and Obama’s national field director admitted, shortly before last year’s election, that “early voting is giving us a solid lead in the battleground states that will decide this election.”</p></blockquote><p>Franklin County, Ohio, GOP</p><p>In 2012, Republican officials in Ohio repeatedly <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/voting-future-voting-secretary-state-races-watch" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/voting-future-voting-secretary-state-races-watch&#10;Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link">attempted to cut back early voting hours </a>, fighting off legal challenges from President Obama’s reelection campaign.</p><p>Doug Preisse, the chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party (whose area includes the city of Columbus), put his party’s case frankly in an <a href="http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/08/19/fight-over-poll-hours-isnt-just-political.html" target="_blank">email to the Columbus Dispatch</a>:</p><blockquote><p>I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter turnout machine.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Mike Turzai</strong></p><p>Before the 2012 presidential election, Pennsylvania Republican House Leader Mike Turzai <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/06/25/505953/pennsylvania-republican-voter-id-laws-are-gonna-allow-governor-romney-to-win/" target="_blank">declared</a> that a new voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”</p><p> </p><p><strong>Greg Abbott</strong></p><p>In 2013, then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott — who has since become the state’s governor – <a href="http://electionlawblog.org/?p=54115" target="_blank" title="http://electionlawblog.org/?p=54115&#10;Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link">responded</a> to the Justice Department’s accusation that recent redistricting had discriminated against minorities by explaining that the goal was just to discriminate against Democrats and “effects on minority voters” were merely “incidental”:</p><blockquote><p>DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats. It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.</p></blockquote> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:19:00 -0700 Miranda Blue, Rightwingwatch.org 1043024 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing The Right Wing huckabee conservatives Oath Keepers Send Armed Guards To Protect Kim Davis From US Marshals http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/oath-keepers-send-armed-guards-protect-kim-davis-us-marshals <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes announced yesterday that he had reached out to Davis’ lawyers at Liberty Counsel to offer the protection of his group.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2015-09-11_at_10.19.18_am.png" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>he Oath Keepers, the anti-government “Patriot” group that mounted an <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/stewart-rhodes-bundy-ranch-standoff-nearly-turned-military-against-feds-started-civil-war">armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management </a>at the Bundy Ranch, stationed <a href="http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/Civilians-Stand-Guard-At-Armed-Services-Recruiting-Centers-In-Tallahassee-318713281.html" target="_blank">armed guards outside of military recruitment centers </a>after the Chattanooga shooting, and unsettled Ferguson protestors when they <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/oath-keepers-preparing-obama-provoked-race-war-say-theyll-arm-ferguson-protesters-what">showed up carrying assault rifles</a>, is now offering anti-gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis a “security detail” to protect her from further arrest if she continues to defy the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.</p><p>Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes <a href="http://oathkeepers.org/oktester/oath-keepers-offer-of-protection-for-embattled-clerk-kim-davis/" target="_blank">announced yesterday</a> that he had reached out to Davis’ lawyers at Liberty Counsel to offer the protection of his group, which he says is already forming a presence in Rowan County, Kentucky, where Davis was recently released from jail after prohibiting her office from issuing marriage licenses. Rhodes said in a statement that his position has nothing to do with gay marriage, but rather his conviction that Davis had been illegally detained by the federal judge who held her in contempt for violating multiple court orders.</p><p>In a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Z5e13hZzw" target="_blank">phone call</a> with Jackson County, Kentucky, Sheriff Denny Peyman and other local Oath Keepers activists, Rhodes said that he was on his way to Kentucky to help with the Davis operation. Although the group had originally intended to picket outside the home of the judge who held Davis in contempt, he said, they had changed their plan when she was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/eye-tiger-kim-davis-basks-martyrdom-glory">released on Tuesday</a>.</p><p>Rhodes said that the Rowan County sheriff should have blocked U.S. Marshals from detaining Davis, but since neither the sheriff nor the state’s governor will do their “job” and “intercede” on behalf of Davis, the Oath Keepers will have to do it instead. “As far as we’re concerned, this is not over,” he said, “and this judge needs to be put on notice that his behavior is not going to be accepted and we’ll be there to stop it and intercede ourselves if we have to. If the sheriff, who should be interceding, is not going to do his job and the governor is not going to do the governor’s job of interceding, then we’ll do it.”</p><p>Peyman suggested that he meet with the Rowan County sheriff to “educate him” on his responsibility to block the actions of the federal courts, but in the meantime, Rhodes said, “our guys are already there and more coming” and they are ready to “lead by example” by preventing Davis from being arrested again.</p><p>When Rhodes asked Peyman what he would have done if he were sheriff of Rowan County when Davis was detained, Peyman said he would have stopped the arrest.</p><p>“This is exactly the kind of thing that our Founding Fathers dealt with when dealing with the magistrates and the officers of the crown who wanted to run roughshod over the rights of the colonists without a jury indictment, without any of that,” Rhodes declared. “Same thing. They’re going to show their power and show you who’s boss.”</p><p>Although Rhodes's anti-government extremism doesn't always align with the Religious Right, his rhetoric on Davis not far from that of the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, who said that U.S. Marshals and county prison officials <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tony-perkins-continues-kim-davis-martyrdom-fest">should have refused to participate</a> in Davis' detention because they have no obligation to follow “laws that have no moral foundation that are actually in contradiction to moral law and truth.”</p><p> </p> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:07:00 -0700 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 1042248 at http://www.alternet.org The Right Wing The Right Wing Kim Davis right wing homophobia gop oath keepers christians Texas Approves Textbooks With Moses as Honorary Founding Father http://www.alternet.org/education/texas-approves-textbooks-moses-honorary-founding-father <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">New school books claim that Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_112535117-edited.jpg" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--> <p>The Texas State Board of Education <a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2014-11-21/despite-flawed-process-sboe-votes-for-social-studies-textbooks/" target="_blank">approved several dozen social studies textbooks</a> after a contentious battle over their treatment of subjects <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/proposed-texas-textbooks-channel-david-barton-attribute-us-government-moses">including climate change, the role of slavery in the Civil War, Islam, and biblical influence in America’s founding</a>. One major publisher, however, <a href="http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Publisher-Withdraws-Textbook-Up-For-Approval-In-Texas-283507101.html" target="_blank">withdrew a book from consideration</a>, saying that it was unable to meet all the standards set by the school board.</p><p>The Texas Freedom Network, which <a href="http://tfninsider.org/2014/11/21/live-blogging-the-texas-social-studies-textbook-vote/" target="_blank">live-blogged today’s vote</a>, said that some problematic material had been removed from the proposed textbooks, including climate denial and “offensive cartoons comparing beneficiaries of affirmative action to space aliens,” but that references to Moses as an influence on the Constitution and the Old Testament as the root of democracy remained. But TFN notes that publishers posted a number of last-minute changes to the textbooks yesterday, leaving board members and observers <a href="http://tfninsider.org/2014/11/21/live-blogging-the-texas-social-studies-textbook-vote/" target="_blank">without time to figure out exactly what was in the approved texts</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Texas Education Agency posted scores of pages of publisher comments and textbook revisions after the last public hearing on Tuesday. Miller said scholars did not have an opportunity to review and comment on the numerous changes publishers have submitted since the last public hearing on Tuesday. Some of those changes appeared to have been negotiated with state board members behind closed doors.</p><p>During a months-long process, publishers made a number of improvements to their textbooks. Those improvements included removing inaccurate information promoting climate change denialism; deleting offensive cartoons comparing beneficiaries of affirmative action to space aliens; making clearer that slavery was the primary cause of the Civil War; and revising passages that had promoted unfair negative stereotypes of Muslims. Scholars and the general public had ample opportunity to review and comment on those revisions.</p><p><strong>However, the new textbooks also include passages that suggest Moses influenced the writing of the Constitution and that the roots of democracy can be found in the Old Testament.</strong>Scholars from across the country have said such claims are inaccurate and mislead students about the historical record.</p></blockquote><p>The textbooks were approved despite a last-minute attempt by Truth in Texas Textbooks, a group with ties to the anti-Muslim organization ACT! for America, to remove accurate information about Islam, reduce coverage of civil rights (which it found to promote unsavory “racial politics”), and insert information about Young Earth Creationism sourced to the conservative website Conservapedia. [TFN’s summary of Truth In Texas Textbooks’ complains is in <a href="http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/TTTBackgrounder_11.18.2014.pdf?docID=4742" target="_blank">this pdf</a>.]</p><p>The Texas Tribune<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/11/18/xx/" target="_blank">adds</a> that the group’s last-minute request also included downplaying the environmental impact of coal mining and noting in a chapter about colonization that Native Americans already discriminated against and oppressed each other:</p><blockquote><p>The Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition, all but unheard from for months while new social studies textbooks and instructional materials were being vetted, submitted a 469-page report in late October identifying more than 1,500 “factual errors, omission of facts, half-truths and agenda biases” in proposed materials.</p><p>Among its objections: A passage on coal mining should say it has “minimal effect on the environment"; a chapter on Spanish colonization of Latin America should point out the “continuous discrimination and oppression practiced by the native American peoples on each other”; and a statement that Shariah law requires religious tolerance of non-Muslims should be removed.</p><p>...</p><p>The group was formed by retired Lt. Col. Roy White, a Tea Party activist who also leads the Bexar County Chapter of ACT! for America, an organization dedicated to fighting extremist Islam. Its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, is known for her views that Muslims in the United States pose a danger to national security.</p></blockquote><p>TFN tells us that it appears that Truth in Texas Textbooks did not succeed in getting any "substantive changes" into the books.</p><p> </p> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 1027561 at http://www.alternet.org Education Belief Education textbooks Moses texas school education Iowa Congressman Says Gays and Lesbians Shouldn't Have Civil Rights http://www.alternet.org/iowa-congressman-says-gays-and-lesbians-shouldnt-have-civil-rights <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Rep. Steve King tells an Iowa TV station that being gay is a &#039;self-professed behavior&#039; that should not be protected by laws.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/steve_king_rect.jpeg" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Rep. Steve King of Iowa joined <a href="http://whotv.com/2014/03/02/the-insiders-iowa-congressman-steve-king/">Des Moines’ WHO TV</a> yesterday to discuss Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill that would have strengthened the ability of businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.</p><p><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aeB6qdQdZfU" width="400"></iframe></p><p>“When you’re in the private sector and you’re an individual entrepreneur with God-given rights that our founding fathers defined in the Declaration, you should be able to make our own decisions on what you do in that private business,” King said.</p><p>He quickly clarified that he saw civil rights laws as an exception to that rule, but one that shouldn’t be expanded to protect LGBT people. “There’s nothing mentioned in [civil rights laws] about self-professed behavior,” he said, “and that’s what they’re trying to protect is special rights for self-professed behavior.”</p><p>Asked whether he thought that being gay is a choice, King responded that he didn’t “know whether it’s a choice or not,” that he imagined some type of “continuum or curve.” </p><p>“I don’t know what that curve looks like,” he added. “I think some’s nature and some’s nurture, and some might be purely each. But I think a lot of it is a combination of nature and nurture.”</p><p>The congressman went on to imply that LGBT people are making their identities known in order to entrap business owners into discriminating against them.</p><p>“The one thing that I reference when I say ‘self-professed,’” he said, “is how do you know who to discriminate against? They have to tell you. And are they then setting up a case? Is this about bringing a grievance or is it actually about a service that they’d like to have?”</p><p>He then implied that homosexuality cannot be “independently verified” and can be “willfully changed.”</p><p>“If it’s not specifically protected in the Constitution,” he said of civil rights protections, “then it’s got to be an immutable characteristic, that being a characteristic that can be independently verified and cannot be willfully changed.” He added that this is part of why he <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/62451-rep-steve-king-slams-hate-crimes-bill-as-protecting-sexual-idiosyncrasies">opposes hate crimes laws</a>.<br /> </p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 06:04:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 965690 at http://www.alternet.org Civil Liberties Gender News & Politics The Right Wing steve king lgbt gay rights Pat Buchanan: Repeal All U.S. Civil Rights Laws http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/pat-buchanan-repeal-all-us-civil-rights-laws <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The right-wing pundit insists that racism is no longer an issue, and suggests segregating LGBT people in Arizona. </div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/2175946095_4b51e82d73_z.jpg" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p>Conservative pundit and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan suggests in his <a href="http://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2014/02/25/how-freedom-dies-n1799920/page/full">column today</a>that the U.S. repeal all civil rights laws.</p><p>“A radical idea: Suppose we repealed the civil rights laws and fired all the bureaucrats enforcing these laws,” Buchanan writes. “Does anyone think hotels, motels and restaurants across Dixie, from D.C. to Texas, would stop serving black customers? Does anyone think there would again be signs sprouting up reading 'whites' and 'colored' on drinking foundations and restrooms?”</p><p>Buchanan is particularly upset by laws that prevent discrimination against LGBT people, but also claims that laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race and ethnicity are no longer needed. The work of civil rights laws “is done,” he writes, and enforcement mechanisms “exist to validate the slander that America is a racist, sexist, homophobic xenophobic country which would revert to massive discrimination were it not for heroic progressives standing guard.”</p><p>We’ll just note that Pat Buchanan <a href="http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/twelve-pretty-racist-or-just-crazy-quotes-from-pat-buchanan-s-new-book">might</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-buchanan-touts-timeout-all-immigration-lauds-european-far-right-model-us">not be</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-buchanan-panics-news-demographic-winter-white-america">the most</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/pat-buchanan-reminisces-about-segregation-era">convincing</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/buchanan-calls-renewed-southern-strategy-time-against-immigrants">person</a> to put forward the argument that institutionalized racism no longer exists in the United States.</p><blockquote><p>Consider how far we have come.</p><p>Virtually all decisions to hire, fire, promote or punish employees, to oversee the sale and rental of housing, to ensure that all minorities have access to all restaurants, hotels and motels, are under the jurisdiction of these minions who are right out of Orwell's "1984."</p><p>Scores of thousands of bureaucrats -- academic, corporate, government -- are on watch, overseeing our economy, patrolling our society, monitoring our behavior.<br /><br />A radical idea: Suppose we repealed the civil rights laws and fired all the bureaucrats enforcing these laws.<br /><br />Does anyone think hotels, motels and restaurants across Dixie, from D.C. to Texas, would stop serving black customers? Does anyone think there would again be signs sprouting up reading "whites" and "colored" on drinking foundations and restrooms?</p><p>Does anyone think restrictive covenants against Jews would be rewritten into contracts on houses? Does anything think that bars and hotels would stop serving blacks and Hispanics?</p><p>In his indictment of George III, Jefferson wrote of the king: "He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance."</p><p>Is that not what we have today in spades?</p><p>Why do we need this vast army of bureaucrats?</p><p>They exist to validate the slander that America is a racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic country which would revert to massive discrimination were it not for heroic progressives standing guard.</p><p>And, indeed, some bigots might revert to type. But so what?</p><p>Cannot a free people deal with social misconduct with social sanctions?</p><p>And isn't this what freedom is all about? The freedom of others to say things we disagree with, to publish ideas we disbelieve in, even to engage in behavior we dislike?</p><p>As for the Christians of Arizona and same-sex unions in Arizona, if they don't like each other, can they not just avoid each other? After all, it's a big state.</p><p>Why will we not see the lapsing or repeal of civil rights laws whose work is done? That would mean cracking the rice bowls of hundreds of thousands of diversicrats who would then have to apply for jobs from folks they have spent their lives harassing.</p><p>Last year, the Supreme Court struck down the preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet, somehow, Mississippi still has more black elected officials than any other state.</p><p>If the conditions that called for the laws of the 1960s have ceased to exist, why do those laws still exist?</p></blockquote> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 04:43:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 962727 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics News & Politics The Right Wing lgbt racism pat buchanan Christian Science: Right-Wing Christian Host Claims "Tiny Dead Babies" Embedded in Women's Wombs http://www.alternet.org/christian-science-right-wing-christian-host-claims-tiny-dead-babies-embedded-womens-wombs <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Swanson must be speaking with the same doctors as former Rep. Todd Akin.</div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2013-02-04_at_11.06.19_am.png" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p> </p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">Well, here’s some medical research we hadn’t heard about. <em>Generations Radio</em> host Kevin Swanson, who last week <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/conservative-radio-hosts-parse-feminists-some-are-cute-some-are-ugly-all-are-family-destroyi" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; ">delved memorably into feminist theory</a>, tells us<a href="http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/generations-radio/player/the-birth-control-pill-how-did-we-get-here-324101.html" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; "> this week</a> that “certain doctors and certain scientists” have researched the wombs of women on the pill and found “there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb…Those wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.”</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">Swanson must be speaking with the same doctors as former<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/rep-todd-akin-says-women-can-shut-down-post-rape" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; "> Rep. Todd Akin</a>. Even Kevin Peeples, whom Swanson is interviewing about his anti-contraception documentary<a href="http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/12/07/they-are-coming-your-birth-control-get-your-popcorn-its-birth-control-movie" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; "> <em>Birth Control: How Did We Get Here?</em></a>, isn’t quite sold on the evidence.</p><p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Swanson-Peebles-1.mp3" height="20" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf" width="400"></embed></p><blockquote style="margin: 13px 35px 13px 8px; border-left-color: rgb(140, 151, 171); border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 7px; padding-left: 20px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> I’m beginning to get some evidence from certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women’s wombs after they’ve gone through the surgery, and they’ve compared the wombs of women who were on the birth control pill to those who were not on the birth control pill. And they have found that with women who are on the birth control pill, there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb. They’re just like dead babies. They’re on the inside of the womb. And these wombs of women who have been on the birth control pill effectively have become graveyards for lots and lots of little babies.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Peeples: </strong>We’ve actually heard on both sides of that. We’re researching that and want to make sure we speak correctly to that in our second film. But we have medical advice on both sides of the table there, so we want to make sure that we communicate that properly.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> It would seem, and I realize that people are a little split on what are all the effects of the birth control pill, but it would seem that there’s a tremendous risk in the use of it for the life of children.</p></blockquote><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">Earlier in the interview, Peeples and Swanson discuss how birth control came to be widely used and accepted by many churches. Women, Peeples laments, “desire the men’s role” and are now missing out on “the role God put them in that he laid out in Genesis.” Before World War II, Peeples claims, “abortion, sterilization, eugenics and birth control were all tied together” until “Hitler took the fall for taking it very aggressively and dramatically.”</p><p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="undefined" flashvars="file=/sites/default/files/mp3/Swanson-Peebles-2.mp3" height="20" src="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/sites/default/files/mp3/player.swf" width="400"></embed></p><blockquote style="margin: 13px 35px 13px 8px; border-left-color: rgb(140, 151, 171); border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 7px; padding-left: 20px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Peeples:</strong> It starts with men and women fighting and not being happy with the role that God put them in that he laid out in Genesis. So whenever you seek to desire, when women seek to desire the men’s role, they lose the part and the idea of what children does, not just for the kingdom and not just does with their family, but does for their gender role.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> Are you saying that the population control stuff, egalitarian feminism, birth control, abortion, they’re all sort of interrelated?</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Peeples:</strong> Yeah, it wasn’t until after World War II that they begin to separate them. Abortion, sterilization, eugenics and birth control were all tied together, they were all kind of a package for eugenics and population control. Hitler took the fall for taking it very aggressively and dramatically, and so they said, ‘Hey, let’s kind of take this back, let’s get rid of the negative things and let’s play on Christian liberty, let’s play on freedom, let’s play on people kind of taking this upon themselves to control population rather than forcing it on them. So, again, it’s just another effect of not researching our history to know what happened in the world alongside of the Church.</p></blockquote> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:02:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 788766 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics women birth control christian WWJD? Conservative Christian Radio Host Freaks Out About "Family-Destroying Whores" http://www.alternet.org/wwjd-conservative-christian-radio-host-freaks-out-about-family-destroying-whores <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">The conservative Christian take on feminism. </div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/screen_shot_2013-01-25_at_1.22.26_pm.png" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p> </p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">Christian conservative radio hosts Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner are not exactly big fans of feminism in any of its forms. So far this month, they have opined that a woman fired for being too attractive<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/buehner-woman-fired-being-irresistible-should-have-been-working-her-husband" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; "> shouldn’t have been working for a man who wasn’t her husband</a> in the first place; that “socialist” single women are <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/swanson-obama-reelection-solidified-our-doom" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; ">taking over America</a>; and that Sandra Fluke <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/swanson-obama-reelection-solidified-our-doom" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; ">isn’t “ladylike” enough</a> to be considered for Woman of the Year.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">On<a href="http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/generations-radio/player/rising-college-costs-driving-prostitution-feminism-vs-family-economies-322482.html" style="color: rgb(175, 32, 40); text-decoration: none; "> Tuesday’s edition</a> of Generations Radio, Swanson and Buehner sat down in Swanson’s basement studio to discuss a report they came across that claims “rising college costs are driving a new trend called ‘Sugar Daddies.’” This led to a wide-ranging discussion of the scourge of women’s independence and a new unified theory of feminism.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">There are “two forms of feminism,” Buehner argued. There are “cute” feminists like Sarah Palin who will find jobs in the “marketplace” and “get themselves a husband” but  will “never submit to the husband, in fact they will use their power probably to make their husband submit to them.” Then, there are the “ugly” feminists whose “lack of attractiveness has not given them access to power that they wanted in the marketplace.” These “attractively challenged” feminists will only find careers in academia and in government agencies, for instance, “you can run the EPA.”</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; ">What all these feminists have in common, Swanson argues, is that “all of them want to be free from the family” and together with “the homosexuals” are “destroying society.” Buehner speculates that in the future, feminism will be remembered as “a time in which women lost the love of their children” and “decided to become selfish, narcissistic, family-destroying whores.”</p><p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jeQAe55qY9w" style="max-width: 500px !important; " width="420"></iframe></p><blockquote style="margin: 13px 35px 13px 8px; border-left-color: rgb(140, 151, 171); border-left-style: solid; border-left-width: 7px; padding-left: 20px; color: rgb(50, 50, 50); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; "><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><br /><strong>Swanson:</strong> Now remember, the goal is that these women have to be independent. The goal is lots and lots of birth control. The goal is lots and lots and lots of fornication. The goal is abortion. The day-after pill will help. And it will help a lot. Remember, the goal is to get that girl a job because she needs no stinkin’ husband, she’s got the fascist corporation and government-mandated insurance programs and socialist welfare that will take care of her womb to tomb. Who needs a cotton-pickin’ husband? Who needs a family? That’s pretty much the worldview that’s dominating, my friends. That’s what the college is all about.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Because her feminist professors have told her her husband will abuse her, she will be like a slave to him. Instead she will just go to the slave market and sell herself, at least sell her body, to the highest bidder. See, that’s much, much better!</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> And Dave, you talk about the two kinds of feminists now, this is your new division, you say there’s two kinds of feminists.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> There are.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> All of them want to be free from the family. They want to be free from the husband. Who needs a stinkin’ husband? Who wants to be submitting to a husband and find security in the family when she can find security in the state or a sugar daddy for the four years that she needs to get through college?</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Right. Actually, you’re talking about perhaps even a third stream of feminism. There’s the Sarah Palin kind of feminism that wants to have a husband, just not one to submit to. And she still wants to..</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> But talk about the two forms of feminism you see that are rising today.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Right, there are two forms of feminism, and it actually has to do with a division of how attractive a woman is. So, you have the group that is very attractive, they’re in the sororities, they’re gonna be in the beauty contests. They’re actually going to get the good jobs. They’re going to leverage their attractiveness in the marketplace because it has a market value. Marketing. It helps market who you are. They’re going to proceed, now they will probably some of them become the Sarah Palin-style feminists, they’ll get themselves a husband, but they’ll never be dependent on the husband, they’ll never submit to the husband, in fact they will use their power probably to make their husband submit to them.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson: </strong>Okay, so you have the cute feminists.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Right, you have the good-looking ones.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson: </strong>Well, who are the others?</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner: </strong>Well, the other ones are those who we should say are, um, attractive-deficient. And they have not been…</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> That’s nicely put. Attractively challenged.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Attractively challenged. Optically challenged. These are the kinds that will look for careers mostly likely in academia.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> Now, just to say, they’re ugly. They’re the feminazis that Rush Limbaugh likes to refer to.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> Right, right, and they’re generally very angry about it because their attractive…or their lack of attractiveness has not given them access to power that they wanted in the marketplace. So they can get jobs…</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> And they’re certainly not going to get a lot of power sexually.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner: </strong>No, but they can get jobs in the government bureaucracy, they can work as an FDA administrator, or you can actually run the EPA if you want, or academia. Academia’s actually the best place because you can be angry, ugly and you can also get tenure. It’s great, it’s the big trifecta.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> You’re gonna make some people mad about what you’ve just said. There will be some very angry feminists.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner:</strong> You mean there will be angrier angry feminists.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson</strong>: Angrier angry feminists are gonna come at you for what you just said, and probably from our listening audience, because if we tick anybody off we’re ticking two different folks off, the feminists and the homosexuals, they can’t stand this kind of stuff.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner: </strong>Neither one of them have a high regard for the family or for the Word of God.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Swanson:</strong> That’s true, yeah, you’re right, you’re right, you’re right. And they’re the ones who are destroying society.</p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>…</strong></p><p style="margin: 1em 0px; "><strong>Buehner: </strong>The systems we are living in are coming down before our very eyes, the fiat currency won’t last, the corporate economies, they’re going to collapse. What’s going to last will be those who go back to a biblical worldview. I believe history will go back to this period of time and will look at feminism and say there was a time in which women lost the love of their children. They no longer cared about having children, they no longer loved their children, they no longer loved their husbands, where for all of history women very much cared about protecting the family. Now they only cared about themselves. They were riled up into a froth about how they were victims of society, patriarchal society, and they decided to become selfish, narcissistic, family-destroying whores.</p></blockquote> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:45:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, Right Wing Watch 783203 at http://www.alternet.org News & Politics feminism christian 7 Wildly Offensive Things Justice Scalia Has Said About Gays http://www.alternet.org/7-wildly-offensive-things-justice-scalia-has-said-about-gays <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-teaser field-type-text-long field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Justice Antonin Scalia reminded us again why gay rights advocates, to put it mildly, aren’t counting on his vote. </div></div></div> <!-- All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers --> <div class="field field-name-field-story-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img typeof="foaf:Image" src="/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_1343584057923-1-0_10.jpg" /></div></div></div> <!-- BODY --> <!--smart_paging_autop_filter--><p> </p><p>On Friday, the Supreme Court <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2012/12/pfaw-doma-and-prop-8-cases-offer-supreme-court-landmark-opportunities-equalit">agreed to hear</a> two landmark cases on marriage equality. This week Justice Antonin Scalia <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/12/11/scalia_its_effective_to_draw_parallels_between_murder_and_sodomy/">reminded us </a>again why gay rights advocates, to put it mildly, aren’t counting on his vote.</p><p>Scalia is the Supreme Court’s most outspoken opponent of gay rights. He led the dissent to the two major gay rights decisions of his tenure on the Court, the decisions to strike down<a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/02-102.ZD.html"> Texas’ criminal sodomy law</a> and to overturn <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/94-1039.ZO.html">Colorado’s ban on local anti-discrimination measures</a>. And in his spare time, he minces no words about his uncompromising opposition to gay rights. Here are seven of his most egregious anti-gay statements:</p><p>1. Compares bans on homosexuality to bans on murder: Yesterday, Scalia<a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/12/11/scalia_its_effective_to_draw_parallels_between_murder_and_sodomy/">asked a gay law student</a>, “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”</p><p>2. …and to bans on polygamy and animal cruelty: In his dissent to the Colorado case, Romer v. Evans, <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/94-1039.ZD.html">Scalia wrote</a>, “But I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible--murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals--and could exhibit even 'animus' toward such conduct. Surely that is the only sort of ‘animus’ at issue here: moral disapproval of homosexual conduct, the same sort of moral disapproval that produced the centuries old criminal laws that we held constitutional in Bowers.”</p><p>3. Defends employment and housing discrimination: In his <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/02-102.ZD.html">dissent</a> to Lawrence, the decision that overturned Texas’ criminal sodomy law, Scalia went even further, justifying all kinds of discrimination against gays and lesbians: “Many Americans do not want persons who openly engage in homosexual conduct as partners in their business, as scoutmasters for their children, as teachers in their children’s schools, or as boarders in their home. They view this as protecting themselves and their families from a lifestyle that they believe to be immoral and destructive. The Court views it as ‘discrimination’ which it is the function of our judgments to deter.”</p><p>4. Says decision on “homosexual sodomy” was “easy” because it's justified by long history of anti-gay discrimination: In a talk at the American Enterprise Institute earlier this year, Scalia <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/05/scalia_says_outlawing_abortion_and_homosexual_sodomy_are_judicial_no_brainers/">dismissed decisions on abortion, the death penalty and “homosexual sodomy” as “easy”</a>: “The death penalty? Give me a break. It’s easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion,” he said. “Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state.”</p><p>5. Says domestic partners have no more rights than “long time roommates”:  In his dissent in Romer, Scalia dismissed the idea that a law banning benefits for same-sex domestic partners would be discriminatory, <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/94-1039.ZD.html">saying </a>the law “would prevent the State or any municipality from making death benefit payments to the ‘life partner’ of a homosexual when it does not make such payments to the long time roommate of a nonhomosexual employee.”</p><p>6. Says gay rights are a concern of “the elite”: In his Romer dissent, Scalia<a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/94-1039.ZD.html">lashes out</a> at the majority that has upheld gay rights: “This Court has no business imposing upon all Americans the resolution favored by the elite class from which the Members of this institution are selected, pronouncing that 'animosity' toward homosexuality is evil. “</p><p>7. Accuses those who disagree with him of supporting the “homosexual agenda”: Lifting a talking point straight from the far right, Scalia <a href="http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/02-102.ZD.html">accused</a> the majority in Lawrence of being in the thrall of the “homosexual agenda”: “Today’s opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct.”</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:59:00 -0800 Miranda Blue, People For the American Way Foundation 759604 at http://www.alternet.org scalia gay rights