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June 28, 2005

Burial of a Fallen Hero Viciously "Protested"... By Those On The Right

So, a Special Forces soldier was killed. Apparently he was gay. OR WAS HE? See Update below.

So, we've got some morons out there waving placards that read, and I shit you not, "THANK GOD FOR IED'S" and "FAG BODY BAG."

There is homophobia -- of the genuine, not phantasmal sort -- on the right, same as there is genuine racism.

This is sadly undeniable.

Let's assume that these people are correct that God looks quite disfavorably on homosexuality. Does God want his name invoked, in this hateful fashion, at the funeral of a man who gave his life for his country?

I also can't help noticing that the Ten Commandments don't mention anything about homosexuality. Nor did Jesus (I think; feel free to correct me). So, again, assuming these people are right about God's stance on homosexuality, they seem to be elevating that to a higher priority than God Himself made expressly clear.

I'm sure some slain soldiers have coveted their neighbors' wives. Why no protests at the funerals of those soldiers?

These people have issues. I don't like the kneejerk cliche that anyone who opposes some part of the gay agenda must himself be a closeted, panicked gay, but plainly, this isn't just politics to these folks. It's personal. And I wonder what makes it so personal.

Swiped from Andrew Sullivan, whom I only read because I wanted to see his response to Taranto's/my citation of his Rove-like trashing of liberals. So far, he's ducking it; perhaps he's not so stupid as to not know when he's beaten.

Why Hollywood Should Stop Making Racists and Homophobes Like This The Villains In Movies: Because they're fucking stupid, and we all know it, and a good bad guy has to be smart.

"Fag Body Bag"? Are you kidding me wit this shit?

Somehow I get the impression that the meeting of the local MENSA chapter was not adversely affected by the fact that these people had alternate plans.

Not Sure If This Is True, But I Am One of Those Irresponsible Bloggers: Russ tips--

From what I've heard about the situation, the soldier being protested wasn't gay. Phelps and his merry band of morons (most of them family members & in-laws - anyone hear the theme from "Deliverance" playing in the background?) consider those who fail to condemn homosexuality as rabidly as they do to be as bad as the homosexuals themselves. Since the armed forces have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, they are advocating homosexuality in the eyes of Rev. Fred, and might as well go ahead and wear a dress.

Good Heavens.

Reminds me of a favorite quote from Catch-22:

"You'll be convicted," Yossarian told Havermeyer. "It doesn't matter what the evidence is. They hate Jews."

"But I'm not Jewish," Havermeyer said.

"That won't make any difference to them," Yossarian said sagely.

Or something like that.


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