The GOP’s Gay Sex Obsession Hurts America – Can We Get Some Jobs?

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We have already seen how presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally has become a Demonic No-Go Zone, with the demons being everybody who disagrees with him. Another presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, fresh off exhibiting the moral relativism of his defense of Ted Nugent’s music while attacking Beynocé’s, is now telling us that it isn’t that he hates gay people, it’s just that he can’t give gay people a break because, well – it’s all out of his hands, as he told televangelist Jim Bakker:

We are just people who believe that there is a standard that was not ours, it was God’s, it was given to us and for us to change it we have to get his permission.

Oh. So he’s just following orders. I shudder when I imagine this kind of nonsense coming out of the White House…I’m sorry, Iran, I had to push the button. It was out of my hands.

So Huckabee and his fellow bigots are taking one on the chin for God:

The way that we’ve allowed words like tolerance, bigotry — what has happened to us, we allow ourselves to be called homophobic or bigoted, we’re not.

Oh, you’re stand-up guys all right. And women. Don’t forget Sally Kern’s heroic struggle against gay sex in Oklahoma.

All Huckabee is doing, after all, is acting in defense of his “core moral values,” which apparently tell him it’s okay to sing a Nugent ode to pedophilia while excoriating Beyoncé for corrupting children.

Yeah. I think my brain just said, “I quit.”

I’ll try to push on without it. If Huckabee can do it, so can I.

Liberty Counsel’s Matt “one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’” Barber, meanwhile, wrote an op-ed yesterday for World Net Daily in which he used “an exercise in logic” as he put it, to slap down marriage equality once and for all:

Declared Jesus: “‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female,” and said, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh”? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate'” (Matthew 19:4-6).

Rather conspicuously, and as I’venoted before, Jesus did not say: “At the beginning the Creator made them lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). For this reason a male, female or shemale will leave his, her or whatchahoozie’s father and mother, father and father or mother and mother and be united to his or her wife – and/or husband – and the two or more will become one flesh. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

What is interesting about Barber’s use of this passage is that here, Jesus is talking about divorce, not marriage. He is not attacking gays, as you might think from Barber’s context. He is simply telling his followers that divorce is not allowed, under any circumstances.

Now here is where his clever use of logic comes in:

“Here’s what marriage is not:

“Anything else.”

Just wow. Slayed it in one. The only problem is that Jesus did not condemn any other kind of marriage. And the Bible is full of plenty of examples, as we have pointed out here on more than one occasion. Polygyny, the marriage of one man to X wives, is enshrined in the Law of Moses (Exodus 21:10; Deuteronomy 21:15-17; Deuteronomy 25:5-10).

What Jesus did not say is that marriage is ONLY the union of 1 man + 1 woman. Jesus did not condemn these other types of marriage. He lived in a society where polygyny was practiced by his fellow Jews, and never uttered one word of condemnation. Yet logic dictates, if Jesus believed it was wrong, he must have condemned it. But he didn’t? What gives?

Huckabee says they are not allowed to pick and choose what to believe, but it seems obvious that what Barber wants to do here is pick and choose his biblical passages. I’ve not seen him push, for example, for the stoning of unruly children, which is absolutely required by the Law.

It’s almost as if the rest of the Bible doesn’t exist for Barber. Only the parts about gays, which are very few. By my estimation, the Religious Right’s Bible is not so much a book as a pamphlet – and not really even that. More of a supermarket flyer.

And this isn’t even getting into all the things Jesus said for the poor and against the rich that Barber ignores on a daily basis. If, as Huckabee claims, their hands are tied, why are they attacking the poor and elevating the rich, in complete defiance of Jesus’ words?

Barber says,

So, to be clear, and when measured against Christ’s unambiguous and biologically affirmed definition of marriage, all “same-sex marriages” are “pagan marriages.” They are “mock marriages” insofar as they mock both real marriage and the Christ who created it.

Moreover, the very thing that defines “gay marriage, the biologically and spiritually disordered act of same-sex sodomy,” likewise mocks God’s design for natural sexual intercourse. The Bible, throughout both the Old and New Testaments, unambiguously condemns as sin rising to the level of “an abomination,” all same-sex sexual conduct, be it, “loving, monogamous and committed,” or otherwise.
Homosexuality is mock sexuality.

And “gay marriage” is mock marriage.

It would be swell if Republicans would only devote themselves as much to a war on joblessness as they would their wars on women and gays. It is beyond my own – admittedly limited – ability to understand how legislating against women’s right to control their own reproductive health in any way buttresses the Middle Class or creates jobs, yet the new Congress is rolling out anti-abortion bills as fast as we can track them. Likewise, how does preventing marriage equality strengthen our economy?

I would argue that these are impositions of a narrowly defined and far from universal morality: you’re going to obey our Bible, or else. If these bills aren’t a violation of the First Amendment, I don’t know how to define them. It was their own Ben Carson who argued that Obamacare was unconstitutional because, he claimed, it does not help all Americans. How does banning marriage equality help all Americans? How does banning contraception and abortion help all Americans?

What would help all Americans is creating more jobs, acting in a positive way on behalf of the environment (because there won’t be a lot of marriages taking place under water). Huckabee says he’d like to be president but he doesn’t have any real presidential obsessions. Instead, the father of a dog-torturer wants to lecture us on parenting and on how we can’t ignore God except when we find God’s focus on poor people to be…well, inconvenient when we want to talk about the evils of gay sex.

Barber, meanwhile, has already launched his new campaign, and no, it has nothing to do with saving the environment or boosting the economy or on a very Jesus-focused income inequality. Instead, he is telling us, thanks to marriage equality, incest is The Next Frontier In ‘Reproductive Freedom’. Makes you wonder how the Pope can make it through a day without obsessing on sex.

I’m not seeing anything remotely relevant or meaningful coming out of right wing circles any time soon. I suggest the rest of us let them quietly work out their sexual frustrations and ambiguities while we get on with the important business of not only keeping the country running, but moving it forward in pace with the rest of the world. Eventually, it can be hoped, the right wing will grow up and rejoin us as mature adults.

Don’t expect any miracles by 2016 though. While Ben Carson seems more obsessed with convincing us he’s not crazy than with sex, he’s a black guy in a party that has already made it clear black guys can’t be president. And while Lindsey Graham isn’t obsessing over sex and seems to be flirting with the idea of maybe thinking about the White House, I’m not too certain he can find the courage to crawl out from under his bed to actually run.

No, if we’re going to do this, we’re going to have to do it without the Republican Party, which is unfortunate, because we could use some diversity of thought. It’s just that we aren’t going to find any diversity on that side of the aisle. Or any jobs.

28 Replies to “The GOP’s Gay Sex Obsession Hurts America – Can We Get Some Jobs?”

  1. Well if we can move on without the GOP, can we get the FCC to shut down Hate American(s) radio and Fox News?

    Because–apparently–they aren’t going to be needed where we are going.

  2. “By my estimation, the Religious Right’s Bible is not so much a book as a pamphlet – and not really even that. More of a supermarket flyer”.

    More like Aesop’s Fables

  3. Along with Senator Graham the other South Carolina senator, Tim Scott, decided not to marry. Wonder what the South Carolina senate delegation has against women partners. Not that there is anything wrong being single, but just wondering.

  4. No: those were actually literate.

    I remember one of a proud, strong warhorse who refused to share the burdens of the poor little pack donkey who was faltering under his load. “No,” he’d say, “I’m special! I’m descended straight from Bucephalus. What do you think you’re for?”

    “Brother,” the donkey said, “I can’t go on much longer like this. If my burden isn’t lightened, I’ll die.”

    “Not my problem,” said the horse. “That’s strictly a donkeys’ issue”.

    Finally, the donkey dropped dead. The baggage master looked the situation over and said, “Fortunately, there’s this fine, strong horse. Load him up. And don’t waste that good donkey leather.” So the horse not only had to carry all of the donkey’s burdens, but his skin, besides.

  5. To be fair to Sen. Graham, they don’t conduct wedding services under beds. He would have to come out of hiding first.

  6. Good point, and it would be very crowded under the bed with Senator Graham’s significant other, Senator McCain to give him away, and former Senator Liberman as the maid of honor.

  7. Someone please point out to Huck and the euro-Christians that they are working off a translation, not original text.
    No one in the Roman Empire spoke Elizabethan English.

  8. Many of the rethugs are deeply closeted pathetic cowards. They spend their days obsessing about gay sex.

  9. How about hurting Americans by wasting a he!! Of a lot of time when they could be doing something useful?

  10. The oldest New Testament text is in ancient Greek – which wasn’t the original obviously. In many translations, including the King James, the term “lesbian” is used. Unfortunately, the Greeks didn’t have a word for lesbian, I.e. female homosexual. They were only concerned with males. So the word lesbian was inserted by translators with an agenda.

    These lies go back a very long time.

  11. The original ‘suffer a witch to live’ was actually ‘suffer a poisoner to live.’ That’s why: “Verona’s laws are death to any who utter a poison..” (Romeo & Juliet)

    James was fond of poison. World class misogynist, though. It’s good to be king…..

  12. Magic sperm thinking. I suspect the problem is that uneducated males think their sperm exists separate from the fertilized egg. It’s not the ‘fetus’ they are defending – it is the right of each lucky spermatozoa to reach its glorious destiny of owning its own female. If only for 9 months….

  13. Euro-Christians are positing that any and all translations of the bible are also the ‘inerrant word of god.’ Pushing the credibility envelope.

    The right to claim an inerrant translation caused many people to be burnt at the stake for heresy. Martin Luther claimed that priests were unnecessary when a vernacular translation of ‘god’s word’ was available.
    Those who could escaped to the howling American wilderness.

  14. Maybe the GOP should try gay sex…..they may like it.

    Of course, I understand that lots of straight couples engage in those activities to.

  15. This is just rich. Handkerchiefs wearing Thomas wife a paid a whore for the kochsuckers doesn’t have to recuse himself but theAmerican Taliban wants Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse themselves

    In a laughable display of desperation, the American Family Association is demanding that Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse themselves from the four marriage equality cases it recently agreed to hear. Their unhinged press release titled “Kagan and Ginsburg: Recuse Yourselves!” is a study in head-up-one’s-ass reasoning:
    http://www.afa.net/who-is-afa/press-releases/2015/01-january/kagan-and-ginsburg-recuse-yourselves/

  16. the bible was written by man. It also was written long after the events took place. Stories past down from generation to generation and then put on paper. Think some human put their own prejudices down with the holy words?

  17. I swear the right wing fanatics suffer from oxygen deprivation or some kind of drug induced fantasy,land for sickos. Their obsession with homosexuality and women’s vaginas is beyond normal curiosity or even concern. They have contempt for every male and female who are not totally in agreement with them. Personally I prefer the New Testament which is filled with better news. Since we are all born in the image and likeness of our creator then he loves us all,he made each of us exactly as he wanted us to be. It is man who twists and turns his words to their way of thinking. These people are just purely nasty for their own purposes. My only hope is when they are judged they get to take the Down elevator. They surely deserve it for making others so miserable and having hateful hearts.

  18. I thought we’d decided during the Nuremberg trials that “just following orders” wasn’t an excuse??? No? Just me remembering history here??

  19. The energy the GOP wastes in obesssing about gay sex, the sex that everybody else is having and vaginas could power LA and NYC.

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