Christian extremist openly celebrates rape.
Dean Saxton, a junior, is notorious for giving inflammatory sermons in the middle of campus. This time, he argued that women are responsible for their rapes because of the way they dress and act. Saxton’s stunt may have been planned in response to the “Take Back the Night” protest against sexual violence scheduled Tuesday night.
Saxton cut right to the chase, bluntly stating that girls who dress like “a whore” have it coming:
Saxton, a junior studying classics and religious studies, said his sermon was meant to convey that “if you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’re probably going to get raped.”
“I think that girls that dress and act like it,” Saxton said, “they should realize that they do have partial responsibility, because I believe that they’re pretty much asking for it.”
The most obvious point to strike me was that, by Saxton’s own reasoning, he’s just begging for a beating. After all, people aren’t responsible for their own actions, because we’re just mindless Pavlovian meat machines that can only react to things we see. If someone were to read his sign and decide he dearly needed a few whacks in the mouth, you could hardly blame them. After all, Saxton was right out there in the open, being an insufferable asshole with an offensive sign… really, what did he expect to happen?
And of course, the fact that he left that day without feeling the sole of a shoe against his face completely disproves his little theory.
The second to strike me was that no one will accuse all Christians of agreeing with Saxton. But, imagine what the rightwing blogs would do with a pro-rape sign held by a Muslim student.
A day of tragedy, made worse by rightwing media feeding frenzy.
Amy Davidson, The New Yorker: A twenty-year-old man who had been watching the Boston Marathon had his body torn into by the force of a bomb. He wasn’t alone; a hundred and seventy-six people were injured and three were killed. But he was the only one who, while in the hospital being treated for his wounds, had his apartment searched in “a startling show of force,” as his fellow-tenants described it to the Boston Herald, with a “phalanx” of officers and agents and two K9 units. He was the one whose belongings were carried out in paper bags as his neighbors watched; whose roommate, also a student, was questioned for five hours (“I was scared”) before coming out to say that he didn’t think his friend was someone who’d plant a bomb—that he was a nice guy who liked sports. “Let me go to school, dude,” the roommate said later in the day, covering his face with his hands and almost crying, as a Fox News producer followed him and asked him, again and again, if he was sure he hadn’t been living with a killer.
Why the search, the interrogation, the dogs, the bomb squad, and the injured man’s name tweeted out, attached to the word “suspect”? After the bombs went off, people were running in every direction—so was the young man. Many, like him, were hurt badly; many of them were saved by the unflinching kindness of strangers, who carried them or stopped the bleeding with their own hands and improvised tourniquets. “Exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood,” President Obama said. “They helped one another, consoled one another,” Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, said. In the midst of that, according to a CBS News report, a bystander saw the young man running, badly hurt, rushed to him, and then “tackled” him, bringing him down. People thought he looked suspicious.
What made them suspect him? He was running—so was everyone. The police reportedly thought he smelled like explosives; his wounds might have suggested why. He said something about thinking there would be a second bomb—as there was, and often is, to target responders. If that was the reason he gave for running, it was a sensible one. He asked if anyone was dead—a question people were screaming. And he was from Saudi Arabia, which is around where the logic stops. Was it just the way he looked, or did he, in the chaos, maybe call for God with a name that someone found strange?
A can’t quote the entire thing here, but you can go and check it out. It’s definitely worth your time. Most of the media failed miserably to rise to the occasion, but it was the rightwing media who dropped a giant turd on an already horrible day by tormenting a witness, rumor mongering, and fear mongering. The New York Post ran with wildly inaccurate reports, which the rightwing media immediately fell for. As wee see here, Fox harassed an innocent person. Then useless wingnut blogger Jim Hoft posted photos of the Saudi witness, taken from his Facebook page, in a way that served no rational purpose. The stupid, cowardly, panic-stricken rightwing media stampeded between ridiculously obvious false stories, stupid speculation, and baseless assumptions all day.
And the worst part is that, if you take a trip through these blogs and news sites, you get no sense of shame at all. In fact, you get the feeling that they have no idea that they should be ashamed. They’re all just plugging along in blissful ignorance, still guessing stupidly (and often pointlessly) as to what the truth might be, rather than waiting patiently until we know.
Hey GOP, here’s your biggest problem winning over voters: your base is so exhausting, no one wants anything to do with them. Between the panic and the fake outrage and the real (but misplaced) outrage and the other panic and the outrage with that and on and on and on and on, no one can keep up. The relentless stupidity just wears you down.
For fuck’s sake give it a break. Don’t you guys ever get tired of being outraged, panicked, and wrong?
Top religious right leader: “Don’t give to the GOP.”
Speaking of people who aren’t helping…
Politico: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins is calling on social conservatives to stop donating to national Republicans until the GOP stops going wobbly on gay marriage.
“Until the RNC and the other national Republican organizations grow a backbone and start defending core principles, don’t send them a dime of your hard-earned money,” Perkins wrote on Thursday in an e-mail obtained by CNN. “If you want to invest in the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who reflect your values and organizations you trust-like FRC Action.”
The RNC’s post-election autopsy released last month suggested the party moderate its tone on gay marriage to better appeal to younger voters. Still, the party is expected to vote on Friday to reaffirm its position against gay marriage. A majority of the country now backs gay marriage in public opinion polling.
Sure, Perkins is still saying that people should give to Republicans, just not the party proper. But that means that people who think like Perkins will be strengthening the exact sort of candidates that have Republicans losing national and statewide races. And that’s bad news for the party and, frankly, bad news for Perkins.
After all, it’s pretty well established that the Republican Party isn’t interested in actually changing any policies, just in changing the way they talk about those policies. While it’s the policies that are the problem, maybe enough voters will be hoodwinked by the softer tone into electing Republicans whose policies they’d otherwise reject. Todd Akin wasn’t saying anything that’s not a common belief on the right, after all — the party would just rather candidates kept this stuff to themselves. Perkins would get fewer Republicans elected because he’s unhappy with the way they speak. Not the way they vote, mind you, which wouldn’t change one iota and would be as much to Perkins’ liking as the guys they have today. Just the way they talk. It’s a massive overreaction and it harms Perkins’ cause.
Not that that’s a bad thing, from the perspective of rational people. Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins is most definitely not helping the Republican Party. But that’s what the Republican Party gets for aligning themselves with a hate group.
Westboro to protest Ebert’s funeral.
Raw Story: The anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church says that it will picket the funeral of movie critic Roger Ebert.
The Hollywood Reporter reported on Sunday that leaders of the Kansas church were angry because Ebert had insulted them on Twitter before he died.
“GOD HATES FAG ENABLER ROGER EBERT!” the church said in a press release. “LORD WILLING, WBC TO PICKET IN LAWFUL PROXIMITY TO THE FUNERAL OF FAG ENABLER ROGER EBERT AT “PREISTS [sic] RAPE BOYS” HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL.”
At this point, the Westboro hate cult has rubbed the outrage nerve raw. This isn’t shocking anymore, it’s just tiresome. How about we all declare that having your funeral protested by the Westboro Baptist Church is a badge of honor? Because no one these people would ever actually mourn could possibly be worth a cold bowl of crap.
Tennessee Republicans realize bill doesn’t suck quite bad enough.
[Religious bigotry is on display] in Tennessee, where a plan to transfer taxpayer money to religious academies is running into trouble as GOP lawmakers slowly realize that all religions will be eligible for public funds (via Adam Peck).
“This is an issue we must address,” state Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) said. “I don’t know whether we can simply amend the bill in such a way that will fix the issue at this point.”
State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Tracy each expressed their concerns Friday over Senate Bill 0196, commonly called the “School Voucher Bill” and sponsored by fellow Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), which would give parents of children attending failing public schools a voucher with which to enroll in a private school.
No, they can’t “simply amend the bill in such a way” as to exclude Muslim schools. Nor Jewish or Wiccan or atheist or Satanic schools, for that matter. The Supreme Court will put up with a lot from rightwing Christian fanatics, but I can guarantee that wouldn’t fly.
But imagine how completely removed from logic these people must be. Here they are, complaining that taxpayer money may go to a religion they don’t support or belong to, while trying to “fix” a bill designed to take taxpayer money and give it to religions those taxpayers may not support or belong to. And they seem to have no idea what would be the problem with that. It simply never occurs to them that they’re trying to do the very thing to others that they find so worrisome now.
Tracy and Ketron have almost literally been blinded by their own hatred. The people of Tennessee don’t need to be saved from Muslims, they need to be saved from American Taliban like their own Republican legislators.
Kid’s mind warped without the influence of same-sex parents.
A child in North Carolina spent part of his Easter Sunday morning protesting outside a Winston-Salem church that has vowed not to host any wedding ceremonies until same sex marriage is legalized.
Kelly Carpenter, the pastor of Green Street United Methodist Church, said last month that no weddings were being scheduled because his congregation was becoming more diverse and the heterosexual members wanted same sex couples to “share a sense of the love that they have found.”
Anti-LGBT activist Brian Cranford, who says that the “Lord has called Me specifically into evangelism Street ministry,” on Sunday posted a YouTube video of an unidentified child standing outside Green Street Church and yelling at the congregation as they exited after Easter services.
“You have your chance to repent, to stop your sinning, to quit affirming the gay people!” the kid shouts in the eight-minute video clip. “The Bible talks about the homosexuals, they’re worthy of death!”
“And you people approve of that! And that’s why you’re going to hell! You can turn from your sin. You can turn to Jesus or go to hell!”
Now color me confused. I thought we were all afraid that having same-sex parents screws up kids’ heads. This boy seems to be evidence that it’s not the gender of the parents, but their character that counts.
Tennessee offers proof that bigots are stupid.
Vocally “anti-Sharia law” GOP lawmakers in Tennessee had their fears quelled this week when they were assured that a mop sink in one state Capitol building was not secretly installed for use as a Muslim foot-washing station.
Tennessee’s legislature has long been the stage for some “anti-Sharia” efforts, including a 2011 bill proposal to make following certain tenets of the Muslim code a felony. The law, pushed by GOP lawmakers Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Judd Matheny, would have made illegal the Muslim practice of foot-washing before prayer, as well as some religion-specific dietary restrictions.
Of course, when you believe Sharia law is creeping into every facet of your daily life, you will likely believe that recent renovations to the state’s House Chamber building included the installation of a sink for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.
With that in mind, guess who was allegedly worried that a simple mop sink was secretly a post for Muslim foot-washing? If you guessed Ketron and Matheny, you win a good, hearty chuckle.
I have to admit, I did get a laugh out of this. These two seem to be determined to make complete asses of themselves. But the bigotry quickly takes all the fun out of it. If Ketron and Matheny get tons of mockery, it’s deserved mockery — but don’t forget the clowns who elected them.
They haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory. either.
But it’s silly to worry about rightwing extremists and guns, right?
Sources tell FOX31 Denver a car involved in a high-speed chase and shootout in Texas may be linked to both the shooting death of Colorado DOC director Tom Clements and the slaying of a Domino’s pizza delivery driver.
“We don’t know if it is or it is not connected” to the Clements slaying, Wise County Sheriff David Walker said during an afternoon news conference.
Sources, however, have told FOX31 Denver investigators are looking at a Clements connection, as well as one to the slaying of Nathan Leon, a Domino’s pizza delivery driver who was found dead in Golden. The source could only talk about the case anonymously because they are not allowed to speak publicly.
FOX31 Denver has separately confirmed that a Domino’s pizza box and uniform were found in the Cadillac involved in the Texas chase. Investigators said whoever killed Clements may have used a delivery driver disguise to convince him to open the door.
The driver in the Texas chase is believed to be Evan Ebel, 28, a parolee in the Denver area. Ebel has an extensive criminal history including convictions for assault, robbery and weapons violations. He is thought to be a member of a white supremacist prison gang.
I can’t wait to see how the rightwing blogosphere manages to play the victim card on this one. It’s their only real talent.