Posts tagged with " the values coalition"

Why the Matt Shepard bill needs to pass

Wednesday, 29/04/2009 ≅16:57 ©brainycat

I don't normally have the patience to sit through "fact finding" youtube videos, but this one is worth it. A systematic explanation of the lies coming from the Traditional Values Coalition regarding the federal effort to add sexual orientation to the federal hate crime list. It's really well done, succinct, and not preachy. And has plenty of details to inform your discussions on the subject.

What I can't understand is WHY these crazy people are allowed to spew their bullshit? Besides the moment of fact checking it takes to disprove their blatant lies, where's the historical perspective? Doesn't anyone remember the movement for racial rights, and how the same idiots trotted out these same tired old lies? Civil rights are a definition, not a finite resource. Giving people rights doesn't mean that you're taking them away from someone else. I've heard the argument from rightwing wackos that "my values will be compromised if I have to treat people equally at my job". Too fucking bad, moron. If your momma didn't teach you to play nice with everyone, I guess someone else is going to have to step in and do the job for her.

My wife and I couldn't have gotten married 50 years ago, just because we have different concentrations of melanin in our skin. And like gay couples, we live our lives and do our thing and it makes no difference either way to anyone else. Watch this video and see the evidence that a) gay bashing is a very real threat to a lot of people living in America today, and b) making it a hate crime will only result in positive outcomes for our society.

And tell your representative too.