America's Right-Wing Has Gone Gay Crazy
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In the 1930s, the hyper-religious were so freaked out by marijuana that they financed a propaganda film revolving around a group of high school students who murder, rape, kill themselves, or descend into madness after smoking pot. The film was titled Reefer Madness. Today, if you were to write a screenplay based on the rabid ramblings and legislative actions of the hyper-religious, it’d be Homosexual Madness.
When Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, only 39 percent of Americans favored the legislation. When President Obama came out in support of marriage equality during his 2012 reelection campaign, the nation was divided 50/50 on the issue. In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that for the first time since it began asking the question, a clear majority of Americans now support allowing gays and lesbians to wed.
Public Religion Research Institute chief executive Robert Jones said the poll joined a raft of other surveys showing that a majority of Americans back gay marriage. "As public opinion goes, we really rarely see this kind of movement on any issue over a decade's time," Jones said.
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now recognize gay marriage, with bans overturned in several states after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that legally married same-sex couples were eligible for federal benefits.
In short, the combined forces of overwhelming public sentiment, the Supreme Court, pro-gay legislation, and Hollywood are making the Christian Right lose its mind, and like a cornered animal that turns instinctively to confront a predator, the nation’s evangelicals are foaming at the mouth.
This week, Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, wrote an op-ed praising Vladimir Putin’s strong anti-gay legislation, while at the same time lamenting that President Obama isn’t similarly hostile to gay Americans. “Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue — protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda — Russia’s standard is higher than our own?” Graham wrote. He ignored the fact that gay Russians are routinely imprisoned, bashed and murdered simply for being gay, thanks to the impunity Russia’s anti-gay legislations afford its bigoted perpetrators.
Last week, Guinness yanked its sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade in protest of the ban on gay pride signs. The company said, “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”
News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch went mad. He urged “all Irish” to “boycott the stuff.” Murdoch tweeted, “Where will this end? Guinness pulls out of religious paraded bullied by gay orgs who try to take it over.”
The recent annual Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) produced a litany of anti-gay madness. Michele Bachmann said she is tired of LGBT Americans bullying the American people. Obviously still reeling from Governor Jan Brewer’s veto of Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill, Bachmann said, “The gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.”
Disgraced former Lt. Colonel Oliver North urged the GOP to remain firm in working to ban gay marriage just as abolitionists fought to end slavery, warning that, “if we as conservatives cease to be a place where people of faith and those who believe in strong moral values can come, we will cease to be a political force in America.”