Burning Shame Award: Misogyny Loves Company

This week’s Burning Shame Award is a truly a tag-team effort and goes to Mr. Harvie Christian for his asinine comment to an asinine Letter to the Editor in the online edition of the KPT-TN written by one Charlton Rhinehart of Kingsport, Tennessee.  The letter, a lament on the the possible loss of DADT , is bad enough to garner the award one its own merit:

The military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy is one of the last laws against gays to end. Originally, all states had laws against gays, some as much as the death penalty. But those days are done, and anyone who thinks we can still turn back is out of touch. However, what is destined to happen if allowed is that government will be promoting gays. At Capitol Park in Sacramento, Calif., a memorial reads, “In honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender veterans killed in action.” Why couldn’t a memorial for all veterans be suitable? We are not honoring their service, but their lifestyle. Many sinful acts are legal, but none are promoted by government yet. Gays will soon have government-backed holidays, scholarships and recognition. Homosexuals are not a minority deserving special treatment, but a group by choice. It is one thing to not discriminate against a lifestyle, but to promote is intolerable. Homosexuality will remain objectionable to much of America as long as there is freedom of religion. For government to go beyond tolerating to promoting would be devastating. But without serious opposition, it is destined for all America.

Rhinehart waxes rhapsodic for the good ol’ days, you know, when you could kill a gay.  And now, as if not being able to kill the gays isn’t bad enough, we might actually start giving them “special treatment.”  I presume by “special treatment,” he means not killing them. No – I am sorry, he means not discriminating against them. Because not discriminating against the Gays is the same as promoting them?  And by Jesus we have a God-given right to hate the Gays! WTFB? [“WTFB” = WTFbigot?  i just got tired of writing it out all the time].

So yes, the original letter is shitty enough. But then our man Harvie fucking takes it to the hoop of insane omniphobia.  He sees Rhinehart’s homophobia and religiously-justified hate and RAISES HIM A TRUCKLOAD OF MISOGYNY.  Check this shit out:

“What ever happened to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Just wondering.”

Man got married and women were given equal rights. That is what happened to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To solve the unemployment in the United States all we have to do is insure the male workers are making sufficient salaries to support their families and send the woman back home where she should be working doing her job keeping the house clean, doing the everyday chores, and properly brining up her kids. If the women were taken out of the work force then all those jobs would become available to men and the unemployment problem would cease to exist. This is highly unlikely to happen though since women will never be satisfied in their God given role now that they have tasted the freedom to work outside their home and not take care of their kids. Why do we have so many messed up kids in the world today? Simply because motherhood has gone out the window. Women are willing to work for a lesser salary than men so the companies are happy to hire them and keep the salary’s of the men down. This feeds itself because the men do not make enough to support their families thus forcing the woman to go to work. It is all greed of the big companies and the owners of these big companies are generally conservatives. Now back to the original story about the promotion of homosexuality. That has been taking place since at least the late 60’s and early 70’s when gays were first encouraged to come out of the closet. I doubt the number of homosexuals has increased that much in percentage to heterosexual people but they just don’t live in day to day fear like they once were forced to. Being a homosexual is not a lifestyle choice. You are either born as a homosexual or you are not. Regardless of what lifestyle the homosexual lives he or she is still a homosexual. I would think that we should encourage homosexuals to be true to their lifestyle because then they would not reproduce and no reproduction should logically cut down on their numbers considerably. Homosexual men don’t go out looking for relations with straight men because in order for a relationship to develope between a straight man and a homosexual man the straight man would have to be sexually attracted to the gay man and by definition that would make the straight man gay. I would think that straight men would be more acceptable of gay men because by being gay the homosexual is not in competition for the females. Since Jesus never got married or had relations with a female and always surrounded himself with men and taught them to be fishers of men in today’s society he would be considered homosexual.

Strangely, Harvie goes on to acknowledge that homosexuality is not a choice, but then advocates to simply breed it out of existence.  Again, WTFB?

So Harvie and Charlton, our Burning Shame Award goes out to you. You ought to be ashamed.

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Holy Crap: Ted Haggard Begs For Our Forgiveness

Ted Haggard was here last week, begging for our forgiveness. No really, people. Ted Haggard was HERE as in HERE – East Tennessee. Apparently, some local church paid Ted and the Mrs. to come and speak to them. Well, they paid Ted to come and beg for forgiveness; Mrs. Ted spoke about said forgiveness, which you may also read about in the book she just recently “wrote.”

Ted’s speech was very Christmas Sweater-y. In fact, Glenn Beck is going to be really pissed when he finds out that Ted is totally stealing his redemption schtick. And as we all know, Glenn Beck will mock your miscarriage on his radio show, so imagine what he will do to poor Ted.

And yes, I DO mean “poor Ted.” I find people that insist that homosexuality is “wrong” to be sad and generally loathsome. That said, I have some sympathy for Ted (due in large part to Alexandra Pelosi’s documentary) and wish very much that he had the ability to accept himself as he is. Which OF COURSE does not absolve him of all the damage that he has done; but neither does it cost us anything to acknowledge his suffering.

Yes, he is responsible for perpetrating many ills and fanning much bigotry in the name of religion. But it would also serve us well to remember that this is a man who hates what he is.  And while he personally is responsible for his perpetuation of hate and fearmongering, we must also recognize that he is also the product of such hate and fear.

You see, I believe that people are not born bigots. I believe that bigots are created. Unlike the bigots who believe that people “choose” to be gay, I do not believe that people “choose” to become bigots – although I do believe that at some point they do choose to continue being bigots. But in some unfortunate cases, people are so insulated in their bigotry that their hate and fear is affirmed by everyone and everything in their life at every turn. Like Ted.

Ted and Mrs. Ted both suggest that true Christians should not be so judgmental, but at no point does anyone even suggest that Christians should rethink the whole rejection thing. Forgiveness and redemption – but absolutely no mention of acceptance. And Ted so firmly and absolutely believes that being gay is wrong, that it is something he can choose or reject, that “choosing” acceptance is almost entirely impossible.

Ted considers his “sin” of being gay so awful and so great that he is going around the country begging the forgiveness of any and every judgmental fuck who attends a church that has paid Ted to come and beg for forgiveness.

Pardon me, but I think there is something very sick and very sad about this.

Here are some experts from the KPT Times-News article:

In 2005, Haggard was listed by Time magazine as one of the top 25 most influential evangelicals in America. He is the founder of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., which at the time of his crisis had 14,000 members.  In 2006, Haggard resigned from all of his church leadership positions after admitting to soliciting a male prostitute for sex and methamphetamine. “I need to know, are you willing to forgive me?” Haggard asked the congregation. His question was met with applause.

He described the crisis as a “moral failure involving sex and drugs.” “There’s incredible shame and pain, and in this Internet age, nothing ever goes away,” he said. “There’s not time, nor is there distance because of the Internet.” Haggard noted that the Lord will always forgive our sins, but people here on Earth aren’t always so forgiving. He added that the forgiveness he has received, especially from people close to him, created an atmosphere in which he could be healed. It’s a lesson that everyone can learn from, he added.

Haggard said, “When the crisis happened she (his daughter) said ‘I am so relieved. I have always seen you as so perfect. Now I can relate to you.’ Before, people thought so highly of me that when they met me they’d be disappointed. Now they think so poorly of me when they meet me they’re relieved.” Gayle Haggard said that when she was told about her husband’s involvement in a drug and sex scandal, she felt as if her life — which she described as perfect to that point — was over. She’d lost her husband, the dignity of her children, and the church she loved.

She added, “We’re really missing it when we think that Christianity is about our own righteousness. I love the way Martin Luther says we’re at the same time saints and sinners. When Ted and I were pastoring we tried to be as compassionate and merciful as we knew how to be — as much as we understood. But what we did not know was what it felt like to be the person who needed mercy and compassion, until we walked through this.”

Haggard noted that Jesus died on the cross for a reason, and the reason is all around us every day. “We all equally need the Lord,” he said. “That’s not to minimize my sin. My sin is great and severe. I need all of the blood of Jesus that’s available to me, and there’s an adequate amount available. But so do all of us.”

Sad. So freaking sad. How can you love something that utterly rejects who you are? Worse still – how can you continue to promote and support such a stance, when there really are other options?