So much for that “no religious tests” for office malarkey, at least in the Palmetto State.
Wow. Just wow.
The times they are a-changing (though climate change is likely to erase all the changes, but that’s a different post).
Eich’s decision, announced Thursday, came a few days after the dating website OkCupid started blocking Mozilla’s Firefox browser from accessing the dating site because Eich “is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples.”
Normally, I don’t approve of browser sniffing, but I will make an exception in this case.
As I’ve said before, nothing that ever happened in a same-sex bedroom has affected a marriage of mine.
I cannot say the same for opposite se–oh, never mind.
Wingnut World is claiming that Eich’s “freedom of speech” has been somehow violated. Seems to me he got to speak all he wanted to.
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.
Also, what the Booman said.
Addendum, That Afternoon:
John Aravosis has an incisive analysis of the wingnut weaction. A nugget:
There’s always something charming about getting a lecture on tolerance from a party that routinely bashes gays, women, blacks, Latinos, Muslims and immigrants, and increasingly pays at the ballot box for its intolerance. Sadly, conservatives only worry about “freedom” when it’s their freedom being called into question.
Leonard Pitts, Jr., comments on the death of Fred Phelps of “God Hates Fags” fame. A nugget:
If God hates anything, surely God hates that.
Dick Polman considers the legacy of Fred Phelps and draws a surprising conclusion: that his bigotry and hate-full-ness rebounded against itself. A snippet (emphasis added):
Phelps and his followers – including some of his kids, who are still very much alive (one daughter has said that our soldiers are worse than al Qaeda because they’re “fighting for same-sex marriage”) – have been so unhinged and hateful that they’ve actually done gay Americans a big favor. They’ve reduced the anti-gay mission to a pitiful cartoon, baring its cruelest primitivism, demonstrating what intolerance really looks like when all the euphemisms are stripped away.
A kinder, gentler KKK, my anatomy (emphasis in the orginal).
Ancona’s KKK group has been tossing racist fliers onto residents lawns in Chesterfield County in the middle of the night. The fliers include a phone number, an email address and information about two websites that claim the KKK is a non-violent group that is not the “enem[y] of the colored and mongrel races.”
In a typically long post on the same issue, Chauncey Devega also addresses Republican racist dog whistling. Here’s a snippet:
Paul Ryan and other conservatives can claim that they are innocent of their racist political arson. But, they are repeatedly caught, hiding behind the dumpster, or in the bushes, as the building burns. One hand is busy, down the trousers, working in onanistic fervor as the conflagration spreads. The other hand is concealing a lighter. The police approach, shake their heads, and say “you again!”
Chauncey Devega finds the appeal of George Zimmerman’s autograph to be disturbing; I must say, he has a point.
Here’s a snippet–he does not mince words:
Zimmerman’s signed photo is also a way for his supporters to be closer to him, and to “own” part of his “success” and “power”.
The autograph of George Zimmerman, a man who is “famous” only because he stalked, hunted, and killed an unarmed black teenager, is for those who seek it, a validation of their right to kill and murder at will those people that they deem to be the Other and somehow “less than”. The South’s hyper-masculine and racialized norms of honor both legitimate and sustain such logic.
Do read the rest.