Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

"When Martin Luther King Jr. called on the nation to 'live up to the meaning of its creed,' he heard an echo from a thousand pulpits. Treating black folks decently was consistent with what Christians had been taught. Dr. King was pushing against an open door. Priests and pastors marched for civil rights. Others preached for civil rights. But if the gay rights agenda is imposed, we could have priests and pastors preaching not acceptance but principled rejection. Prelates could be declaring from pulpits everywhere that the triumph of gay rights is a defeat for God’s Country, and the new laws are immoral and need neither be respected nor obeyed."

-- Pat Buchanan, warning of possible civil disobedience by the religious and religious leaders if gay marriage becomes legal across the United States

This is exactly what I was talking about in the Daily Banter column on religion that I wrote over the weekend. A person's supposed right to adhere to the tenets of his or her faith -- which, if that person is a voter, often winds up being inflicted upon the rest of us -- is in no way equal to the right of living, breathing human beings to be treated the same. Or at least it shouldn't be equal. I don't care whether you feel discriminated against because the law is siding with what gay men and women want over what your imaginary friend wants, but reality should win in any case where it collides with faith.

Also, how much do you love Pat Buchanan pretending to give a shit about black people?


Matt said...

I experienced a great deal of cognitive dissonance reading the first part of that paragraph.

JohnF said...

Pat Buchanan does give a shit about black people. That is, he will give exactly ONE shit.
Just enough to make a point in this article, then he goes back to giving none.

Anonymous said...

So this is about Christian entitlements, right? The Christian right to dictate what can go on with our lives? If that's the case, then fuck their god.

-- Tony

paleotectonics said...

Buchanan was one of the creators of the 60's civil rights movement, referred to as King's best friend in many contemporary sources, he wrote the 'Mountaintop' speech AND 'River Deep, Mountain Top'.
After one long, tender, night, he convinced Bull Connor not to use weapons at Selma, merely dogs and firehoses. He alone is responsible for the late 1970's change in Mormon doctrine allowing that black people may, under very certain circumstances, such as not being in your neighborhood, be people. This world would be a poorer place but for Pat Buchanan and his agitating for the civil rights of all people and Bay Buchanan.

And I am the queen of Romania.