The Indiana Thought Process


Now, if you recognize the name Phillip Burton, you’ll instantly know that the above passage took place long before Indiana’s Special Rights for Bigots law was enacted.  Burton was a California congressman who died in 1983.

So what is the above passage?

It is taken from the transcript of the first congressional hearing on a federal gay(-only) rights bill, held on Oct. 10, 1980 in San Francisco.

The other person in the conversation was a preacher whose church had been sued for discrimination under the San Francisco gay(-only) rights ordinance.  He and his church had prevailed – in all likelihood, rightfully so.  But, he was also making clear what he felt as though his (special) rights were in the broader context, outside of the church doing business as a church.

If the Government is saying I cannot make a decision on the basis of morality, then the Government is discriminating against me….

The special right to “make a decision on the basis of morality” is what the McIlhennys of Indiana demanded and received.

Pic of the Day: March 29, 2015 (Special ‘In Memoriam’ Edition)

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Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez, pitching for the Clinton Lumberkings against the Great Lakes Loons, at Clinton, on July 22, 2013.

He died yesterday, aged 20, from injuries sustained in a boating accident earlier in the year.

A Question Needs to be Asked

In order to get Ted Olson on board for the challenge to Prop 8, did Chad Griffin have to make a secret deal to never (either with AFER or with the HRC job that Griffin had to at least suspect would be in his future after AFER) make a vigorous, fully-funded challenge against so-called ‘religious liberty,’ as most people in Ted Olson’s world tend to define it?

I Almost Feel Sorry for Kerry Eleveld

Eleveld again takes to the pixelwaves at DailyKos to wonder about how (whether?) a new state ‘special rights for bigots’ law is having an effect on Rhode Island Avenue:

This week Indiana became the second state this year to enact a rabidly anti-LGBT law—Arkansas beat them to it last month and is now trying for a repeat—and one has to wonder, “Where the heck is the Human Rights Campaign?” And maybe more specifically, “Where’s its president, Chad Griffin?”

I say that I almost feel sorry for Eleveld because, upon reading that, I get the feeling that she’s actually shocked at the prospect of an activism-elite millionaire (and if Griffin isn’t a millionaire already, based on HRC’s publicly-disclosed salary structure, he will be by the end of the next fiscal year) fiddling while everything other than the bank accounts of he and his classlings burns.

I get the feeling that she didn’t want to actually believe where her own previous item on this very topic (Arkansas – Griffin’s own home state – rather than Indiana) was heading.

There’s more than a dozen more of these horrific bills waiting in the wings and HRC’s president still doesn’t have his bullhorn out? We’re talking about a guy who engineered having a 400-page book written about the Prop 8 lawsuit by a New York Times reporter who likened Griffin to Rosa Parks.

I get the feeling that she didn’t want to actually believe that HRC would dismiss the lived realities of any group other than trans people.

I get the feeling that she doesn’t want to actually believe that the only thing HRC is actually doing right now is planning its post-Supreme-Court-gay-marriage-decision parties.

Chad Griffin knows how to create a media storm if he wants to. He also knows how to run a national media campaign—as evidenced by the Proposition 8 lawsuit he orchestrated with legal eagles Ted Olson and David Boies that drew headlines for a solid four years and helped change the national conversation.

I am only left to conclude that while Griffin was and still is very much invested in marriage equality, his heart simply isn’t in the fight to beat back the backlash that marriage equality has exacted.

But I get the feeling she’s starting to.

Its too bad that she didn’t pay attention to what (non-token) trans people long have been saying about Griffin and HRC.

Countdown to an Alphonse D’Amato-esque Endorsement of Mark Kirk by HRC in 3…2…1….

From Talking Points Memo:

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) plans to announce as early as Monday that she’ll challenge Republican Mark Kirk for his seat in the U.S. Senate, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.

I’ve Been Telling You So

[Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen (R – The Inquisition)] said, “Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” adding “that would never be allowed.”

And we all know there are currently at least four christianist Republicans on the U.S. Supreme Court who would have no problem with a law like that.

And we all know there are at least some Gay, Inc.-ers who would be fine with it was well – as long as buying membership in a church that recognizes their marriages would insulate them from that and all of the other Pentateuch-ish laws that the Sylvia Allens of America want to inflict on the unwilling.

The Junior Senator from Alberta Wants to be President of the United States

With or without the early twitter announcement – Cruz’s official official announcement is this morning at a far right Christian Evangelical university – Cruz’s detractors were hard at work, having fun mocking him.

Cruz’s original video starts with him saying, “It’s a time for truth.”

Here’s some truth: Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta –  that’s in Canada – to a father who was a citizen of Cuba.

If allegedly being born in Kenya to a Kenyan father makes Barack Obama ineligible to be president, then the unchallenged facts of Ted Cruz’s birth make him ineligible.

In fact..

they would seem to make him an illegal alien.