But then I look at the field of Republican candidates and I just feel trapped, as our election process has become less about which candidate you prefer and more like which limb you want to cut off. The only GOP candidate I find myself wanting to hear more from is Jon Huntsman, who, when I last checked, finished a hair below Lady Gaga and a handful of rocks in the latest Gallup poll.” —
My thoughts exactly.
i love when laura brings me my daily vitamin. she is the best.
National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, opining about the “second-class status” proponents of LGBTQ rights are conferring upon Christians.
You seriously think Christians are an oppressed minority? I’m sick of this shit.
I can’t even… You’re not, okay? You’re not.
No one has launched a war on Christmas. No one is proposing your churches be forced to marry same-sex couples. No one is suggesting Christians be second-class citizens. If you’ll notice, your operatives are allowed to testify before state legislatures on how horrible same-sex marriage will be, even though you possess no scientific evidence and distort the facts about the LGBTQ community in such a way that it’s purely hateful.
LGBTQ Americans are the ones who are being treated as second-class citizens. Not you. In fact, folks like you have a history of oppressing those who don’t agree with you or are different, but always out of ‘love’ and concern-trolling for their eternal souls. Mr. Brown and his NOM cronies have a twisted view of love.
I can’t even…
Christians are not very popular today, and many of them get “the look” where I’m from. However, their ideals, expectations, and values still determine the vast majority of legislation and treatment of various groups in this country (not to mention that this whole nation was largely built on that ideology). How many presidents have we had who weren’t Christian, or Catholic, or of some religion that followed God? That’s all I’m going to say on this right now.
If getting “the look” is the extent of your “oppression”, you are privileged beyond words. The same is true for conservatives in liberal spaces, white people in neighborhoods of color, etc.
I used to hear this all the time when I lived in Iowa City— that Christians are an oppressed minority who are constantly picked on by the secular, liberal “majority.” Similar thinking is what spawned “Conservative Coming Out Week” on the UI campus. This is the following announcement that seems to find its way into my inbox every single year:
“Conservatives in Iowa City: it is time to come out of the closet!
I know at times it feels like you are the only person that disagrees with this liberal town, but you are not alone! We are asking all Republicans, Independents leaning right, or just anyone slightly frustrated with the current one party controlling every level of Johnson County, and some levels of Iowa and U.S. government to STAND UP!
Conservative Coming Out Week will be April 18th – April 22nd. Here is the schedule of events that will be going on throughout the week:
Monday: Who is Conservative Anyway? Guess which athletes, movie stars, and performing artists are Republican. 11-1 on Kautz Plaza off of the T. Anne Cleary Walkway
Tuesday: Red vs. Blue Blood Drive from 2 to 6pm at the Carnival Room in Burge. Competition between the Republicans and Democrats for a good cause!
-College Republican meeting that night at 8pm in 71 Schaeffer Hall with showing of “Journeys with George” in honor of President George W. Bush.
Wednesday: Come pick up your Doctors Notice to miss class for “sick of stress”, just like the Wisconsin public employees during the union protests from 11 to 1 on the Pentacrest. (“HI, I’M HERE FOR THE PRIVILEGE PARADE!”)
Thursday : Red vs Blue games! Beat the UDems in kickball and flag football from 4-6 in Hubbard Park. Wear your respective political party’s color!
Stick around for an Animal Rights BBQ at 6pm.
Friday: Wear RED Day! Come out of the closet and show your true colors!
Should be a great week! Lets come out!”
After all, being part of a powerful majority in an area where it might not be quite as big of a majority as the rest of the country = the same as being an oppressed minority. Y’know. The kinds that have harder times paying bills, finding employment, finding health-care necessary to their situation, having the safety to move about town unimpeded, etc.