Doublespeak Decoder: “Gay marriage rights” / “those who believe in biblical marriage”

Taking a step back for a moment, it’s worth having a brief lesson in spin, here. Opposition to LGBT people and their human rights is being soft-sold among far right groups and to the public at large as opposition to same-sex marriage.  The idea plays on the familiar adage of “hate the sin, love the … Continue reading Doublespeak Decoder: “Gay marriage rights” / “those who believe in biblical marriage”

… in which President Obama and LGBT People Oppress Kenya

President Obama visited Kenya this week, and gave what Vox is calling one of his most important speeches while in office: “While Obama’s address in Kenya was ostensibly about that country’s path to prosperity and the barriers it must overcome to achieve its full potential, it actually offered something much more powerful. In the 43-minute … Continue reading … in which President Obama and LGBT People Oppress Kenya

Persecution

The far right has been intertwining the concepts of religious freedom and religious persecution, weaving a duality in which any limit on the former begets the latter.  In this paradigm, even separation between church and state becomes religious persecution.  There is no middle ground. There is a profound story on the website Homeschoolers Anonymous, where … Continue reading Persecution

The New Oppression Olympics

Today in religious persecution, hardware store owner and Baptist minister Jeff Amyx has been getting some attention for putting a sign in his store window which reads, “No Gays Allowed.” “They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can’t I? They believe their way is right, I believe it’s wrong. But yet I’m going … Continue reading The New Oppression Olympics