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“Legalize Polygamy!”

7 May

Slate.com had a piece week titled “Legalize Polygamy!:  No. I am not kidding”

Recently, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council reintroduced a tired refrain: Legalized gay marriage could lead to other legal forms of marriage disaster, such as polygamy. Rick Santorum, Bill O’Reilly, and other social conservatives have made similar claims. It’s hardly a new prediction—we’ve been hearing it for years. Gay marriage is a slippery slope! A gateway drug! If we legalize it, then what’s next? Legalized polygamy?

We can only hope.

Yes, really. While the Supreme Court and the rest of us are all focused on the human right of marriage equality, let’s not forget that the fight doesn’t end with same-sex marriage. We need to legalize polygamy, too. Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist, and sex-positive choice. More importantly, it would actually help protect, empower, and strengthen women, children, and families.

Well, at least the author of this piece is honest.  And she is correct in that much of the opposition to homosexuals getting married is that it could lead to other things, like polygamy.  Apparently the opposition was right to worry about that.  Not only could it lead to polygamy, apparently there are already people out there (like the author of this piece) who are championing the virtues of polygamy already.

She went on to defending a woman’s right to choose:

As a feminist, it’s easy and intuitive to support women who choose education, independence, and careers. It’s not as intuitive to support women who choose values and lifestyles that seem outdated or even sexist, but those women deserve our respect just as much as any others. It’s condescending, not supportive, to minimize them as mere “victims” without considering the possibility that some of them have simply made a different choice.

I wonder what the author thinks about women who choose to be a Conservative or Republican?  Or who choose to be Pro-Life?  I wonder if they are as praise-worthy as the ones who choose polygamy?

She wraps it up nicely:

The definition of marriage is plastic. Just like heterosexual marriage is no better or worse than homosexual marriage, marriage between two consenting adults is not inherently more or less “correct” than marriage among three (or four, or six) consenting adults. Though polygamists are a minority—a tiny minority, in fact—freedom has no value unless it extends to even the smallest and most marginalized groups among us. So let’s fight for marriage equality until it extends to every same-sex couple in the United States—and then let’s keep fighting. We’re not done yet.

What if Jason Collins Admitted He Was a Republican?

29 Apr

 

Seriously.  What do you think that the reaction would have been?  I bet Stacey Dash has a pretty good idea.  Who knows, he may have even been called a “cornball brother ” by some:

 

 

Rob Parker of ESPN appeared on First Take and discussed that Griffin might be a “cornball brother” and “not one of us.”

“My question, which is just a straight honest question: is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother?” Parker asked to much confusion among the show’s other participants. “Well, [that] he’s black, he kind of does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause, he’s not one of us.

“He’s kind of black, but he’s not really the guy you’d really want to hang out with, because he’s off to do something else.”

“I want to find about him,” Parker said. “I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all.

I bet it would not have been pretty. Gay is one thing…but admitting that you are a Republican is a sin not soon forgiven.

Nice Knowing You, Chris Broussard

29 Apr

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The big story of the day (to some) was NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay.  Collins became the first active players in one of the major pro sports to do so.  As expected, Democrats were elated.  Michelle Obama gave him a big shout out.  Bill Clinton joined in as well.  And least surprising of all, Barack Obama made sure to get a phone call in (and make sure that everyone in the media was aware of it).

Everything was going great until Chris Broussard appeared on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” Broussard is an NBA analyst and routinely appears on ESPN.  During a discussion of the big news that Jason Collins had come out as gay, Broussard has this to say:

“I’m a Christian. I don’t agree with homosexuality,” Broussard said. “I think it’s a sin, as I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is.

“If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin … that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ,” he added.

Uh-oh.  Not good.  I’m sure that the higher-ups at ESPN nearly fell over when they heard about this.

As expected, #firechrisbroussard is already up and running on Twitter…created, of course, by the “tolerant” ones out there.

This subject is a tough one for me.  Gay people don’t bother me.  Religious people don’t bother me either.  Although there are exceptions, religious people typically are not tolerant of gay people (particularly gay people getting married).  But liberals, gay or otherwise, are definitely not tolerant or respectful of religious people.  So, I don’t see liberals ever having much of a leg to stand on when it comes to calls for tolerance.  If they ever practiced it, it might carry more weight when they demand it.

Tolerance is not simply being for gay people getting married or being pro-choice.  It is being tolerant of people with whom you disagree.  And I don’t see much of that coming from liberals these days.

I will be surprised if Broussard is not relieved of his duties at ESPN within the next day or so.