Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Proposition 8 Fallout - The Pot is Calling the Kettle Black


Prop. 8 victors upset by personal attacks

You  know... The headline alone is enough to enrage me. Oh, those poor Prop. 8 supporters are suffering "personal attacks".

Excuse me?

Are these the same people who took my rights away because being gay is an "abomination" and "against God's law" and told me I was going to hell?

In case you were wondering, the answer to that is "yes".

And now they are upset because they feel like they're being "personally attacked"?

My goodness, do these folks need to read a bible.

"Let the person among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." - John 8:7

Perpetrators and financial backers of personal attacks should not call "foul" when they become the victims of personal attacks.

Let's get to some quotes from the article, shall we?

"(Dave) Leatherby and his family donated about $20,000 for the passage of Proposition 8. A devout Catholic and father of 10, Leatherby supported the measure for religious reasons. He said his business has been targeted by bloggers as a result, and that he is particularly confused because his business has participated in the annual gay pride Rainbow Festival."

Basically, what Mr. Leatherby is trying to say is that he thinks dirty homos are good enough to give him money and support his business, but not good enough to have the same civil rights as he does.

Good job, Mr. Leatherby! I can tell you that I'm one dirty homo that will no longer be supporting your business. I will also be urging the local Lambda center not to accept your services at next year's Rainbow Festival (not that I think that will be a hard sell).

"For them to say the voters have spoken and no one should question it is a bit disingenuous," said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. He cited repeated attempts to pass other initiatives. "They believe in the justice of their causes, that's why they return over and over again with the same proposal on parental notification."

Have I mentioned that I totally have a big, gay crush on Mr. Cabaldon?

Here he's bringing up more "pot calling the kettle black" arguments from Prop. 8 supporters. The religious organizations that supported Prop. 8 are the same ones that supported Prop. 4, "Sarah's Law", which failed to pass for the third time on the November 4th ballot. So I guess what they're saying is that it's ok for them to bring the same issue over and over again, but we're "poor sports" if we do.

That's an awesome argument!

"Protesting is a time-honored American tradition," said Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference. Catholic leaders were active in the Yes on 8 campaign. "But it's unfortunate when it steps over into religious bigotry or harassment."

Wow, Mr. Dolejsi! Did it escape your attention that religious bigotry and harassment towards homosexuals is what got you here in the first place? Or do you just think that's ok, because homos don't count and, therefore, couldn't possibly be the victims of bigotry or harassment?

"It's disheartening that he (Scott Eckern) is being singled out," said Lisa West, spokeswoman for the (Mormon) church in the Sacramento area. "We had hoped there would be more tolerance for different viewpoints."

You know what, Ms. West? So did we.

"Others who supported Proposition 8 said they have also been targeted. Scott Purves, of Purves & Associates, a Davis insurance company, said a protester carrying a sign reading "Purves Family Supports Homophobia" picketed his business Monday.

"If this had gone the other way, I can't imagine the backlash if people protested and called the other side names," said Purves."

Mr. Purves, since you apparently didn't pay attention to what was done with your money, let me lay it out for you. People did protest against us and did call us names and they're still doing it.

Further, Mr. Purves, this is the backlash against the way we've been treated, not just in this election, but for decades.

We will not sit quietly by and let you thump your bible into our laws. We will not stand down and let you declare us second class citizens, unworthy of the same protections under the law.

While your bigotry and judgement of us may be directed by your God and your church, our laws are not, nor should they be.

We will not be quiet.

We will not stand down.

We will boycott your businesses.

We will ask everyone we know (and don't know) to boycott them, as well.

If we do not deserve your legal rights, you do not deserve our financial support.

1 comment:

Loki said...

A lovely post, and I'm not sure I could even add to it. One thing that is getting missed, is that it was actually the yes on h8 people who initially threatened businesses who donated for the no on h8 campaign. Those businesses were threatened with boycotts if they didn't donate an equal amount to the yes on h8 campaign. It's so typical that that lot makes a threat, then when it backfires they play the martyr card.

Actually, I think I feel a full on rant coming on......