22 October, 2008

Dana's Woodshed Part 2: Bigoted Buffoons

I usually don't filch my news from Pharyngula, considering how many of you are disciples of our Cephalopod Overlord, but George W. pointed this perfect pearl of deluded dumbfuckery, and I have to agree: it's worth reproducing here:

You really don't want to read about another terrifying crazy Republican woman, do you? Too bad. Here it is: a good Christian homeschooling mom who doesn't like gay people. And by "doesn't like", I mean "wants them stoned to death and everything they touch blown up."

A friend recently sent me this article about a "gay-friendly" high school. If we were living in a biblical society, homosexuality would be punishable by death so such a school would be unnecessary. Although I'm against the special accommodations, perhaps this new trend of segregation will protect straight kids from these predators. With any luck, some radical will blow up the gay school. No, I'm not condoning vigilantism--I'm merely saying that it would be poetic justice.

Firstly: I weep for the quality of homeschooling when the schoolers have no fucking clue what "poetic justice" actually is. Since gays aren't in the habit of blowing up "straight" schools, and therefore aren't likely to blow up a gay-friendly school by mistake, there is zero chance of poetic justice.

Secondly: I would like to thank this bigot for providing such a stark demonstration of the moral foundations of Biblical teachings. For those more moderate (read: less murderous) Christians, this should be a rather shocking wake-up call as to what we could expect if our society were, in all its particulars, biblical.

Thirdly: For all of you who don't believe gays don't face homicidal hatred from decent Christian folk, this should have just rudely ripped the scales from your eyes.

As a writer, I shouldn't experience failures of imagination, but I have never been able to wrap my mind around anti-gay animas. I find it easier to comprehend the inner life of a shark. I've often found sharks pleasanter company than these pious folks who believe that sexual orientation is such a threat to civilization that gays should be subjected to a Holocaust.

And finally, a word to the author of this filth: you are most certainly "condoning vigilantism," you fucktard. You can't weasel out of it by saying you're not when your entire piece cheers it on.

People like her convinced me God doesn't exist. I could think of no reason why, if He did, and He was as loving as these morons claimed He is, why He didn't turn them over His knee for a little tough love. It was only much later that the thought occurred to me that He might be the biggest bigot of them all, but by then, I had other reasons not to believe.

Right, then, on to our next bigot: Ames at Submitted to a Candid World recently published a fantastic piece on patterns in presidential elections, which is worth reading in and of itself. But it's the comments I now direct your attention to, and in particular, one RandyT, whose pearls of wisdom include the following:
eletists like you are the reason this country is in such trouble. George Bush has done everything to protect America and you America hating types can only point out the problems not solutions. you solution is more government more goverment more more more. Why? Is it because you don’t have the courage to help yourself? you make me sick.
RandyT, I refuse to be lectured by a nasty, small-minded jerk who can't spell and has such a poor grasp on proper capitalization. You make me sick, you inane lackwit.

Ames is a wonderful human being. He and his readers spent the thread educating RandyT, trying to talk him down from his ledge of stupidity before he could do himself an injury. We need a lot more kind and caring people like them. I wish I could be one. Alas, I am more of the Riggs school of suicide prevention:

Confession time: In my darkest moments, when I've been inundated by the relentless idiocy of wingnuts, religious frothers, and other assorted batshit-insane 28-percenters, along with the other 20% or so of this country still slavishly loyal to the Cons, I do wish McCain would be elected. It is for the same reason that Riggs took that suicide on a several-story fall: I hope it would be the short, sharp shock that would jolt them out of their stupidity. I want them to come begging for Obama's "socialist" policies. I want them to grovel for his foreign policy. I want them to see that the destruction Bush began is only the beginning, and that the worst disaster we've ever faced isn't an African-American in office, but another fucking Con.

But it's not worth destroying America completely just to prove to these people how deluded they are. Besides, unlike a man having a very bad day, they're too lost in their fantasy world for anything so small as the total disintegration of America to snap them out of it.

So. If Ames & Co. can't reach 'em, and a good session with the Smack-o-Matic doesn't correct 'em, fuck 'em. There's enough sane people in America now to push these bigoted fuckwits to the fringes where they belong.


Woozle said...

When I first saw that on Pharyngula last night, I almost posted this comment to the evil blog entry in question -- but then reluctantly decided not to, figuring it was probably a waste of time (and possibly dangerous, but that wouldn't stop me if it weren't for the "waste of time" thing).

I'm now thinking that if I were to post anything, it would be something more like... well, hmm, I seem to have gone and written it as an open letter. These things just happen, I guess...

N.B. said...

A lot of people are reporting that blog to Blogger for violating the ToS--I'd suggest that readers over here do the same. Sure, she has freedom of speech, but blogger's webspace is blogger's property, and they've made it clear that hate speech is not permitted on their servers.

Woozle said...

Actually, ya know, I'd kind of rather not ban it. It won't stop them from thinking it, and I'd rather know what they were thinking.

Making hateful writing illegal works about as well as making drugs illegal: it just goes underground and festers. The religious right sees one more sign that secular society hates them and is out to get them; the wagons are circled tighter, the resentment builds.

Transparency is your friend, even (especially?) when you don't like what you see.

george.w said...

Woozle - I liked your open letter. What danger would there be from posting the comment on Pharyngula?

My wife attends a Mennonite church and not only wouldn't they advocate vigilantism, they are nonviolent altogether, protesting all wars as a matter of principle. But they've struggled with the idea of ordaining gays to the ministry.

My thought is that if they read more stuff like the rant of the scary homeschooling Christianist lady (it's a bit out of their orbit), they'd recognize in the outcast the object of Jesus' compassion. The gay person as a Samaritan, despised by the Pharisees. I think I'll pass it on to some of them.

Cujo359 said...

It's a good letter, Woozle. Hope a few such folks as you're addressing get to read it.

Woozle said...

Please feel free to repost my letter anywhere, or link to it, or whatever. If you repost it, just link back to the original (and maybe add a comment with a link to where you're reposting it), so I can read any feedback.

Also feel free to vote it up on thisisby -- I made 8 cents last month! I'm now officially a profeshnul writer! Yayy!! (...at least, once I get the check.)