Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Three GOP Presidential Candidates Sign Pledge To Investigate LGBT Community

From Addicting Info courtesy of AlterNet:

Get ready for another round of McCarthyism. Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum have all signed a pledge to form a commission to investigate the LGBT community if elected President.

This pledge was created by the National Organization For Marriage, and they have a history of extreme views against homosexuals and anyone who votes to extend marriage rights to them.

More here.

Wow. I'd be even more amazed if this wasn't very much like already existing GOP pushes to investigate American Muslims for terrorist sympathies...when the real threat for homegrown terrorism comes from the far right "patriot" movement.

Same thing here. The article goes on to explain that this pledge is coming from a sense that gay activists persecute and harass fundamentalist Christians, and that this problem is ostensibly so severe that it warrants massive show trials in Congress. All this despite the fact that LGBT Americans continue to suffer discrimination, on the job, in housing, from the courts, as well as plain old fashioned gay-bashing beatings out in the street. That is, fundamentalist Christians, who always feel persecuted anyway, think that gay political activism is much more of a national threat than the actual persecution that gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered suffer every fucking day.

It's tempting to chalk this all off to homophobia, which is definitely a factor, but I think the real issue here is that the LGBT movement is pretty much the only organized force in the nation that routinely calls out fundamentalists on their bullshit. So they just don't like being challenged, and are willing to use the power of the US government to inject persecutory fear into the hearts of Queer Americans.

Apparently, the notion of combating gay free speech with fundamentalist free speech is seen as a losing proposition. I guess.