Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Step Lively

Let’s take a closer look at that, shall we?

“When you see the gay pride parade going down the street in the major cities, what banner are they flying over them? They’re flying the banner of the rainbow. What is the rainbow? The rainbow is God’s covenant with man never to destroy the Earth by water again …”

Anyone out there familiar with the Gospel classic “Mary Don’t You Weep”?

Here’s Aretha singing a bit of it with the late Don Cornelius at her side.

Absent from the above mini-rendition is the verse that goes

“God gave Noah the rainbow sign
No more water
The Fire Next Time”

A verse a black gay man named James Baldwin

JB

took very much to heart.

As for the Lively Scott –

“Scott Douglas Lively is an American author, attorney and activist, noted for his opposition to LGBT rights and his involvement in the ex-gay movement. Lively is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization located in Temecula, California. Abiding Truth Ministries is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Lively has called for the criminalization of “the public advocacy of homosexuality” as far back as 2007. He is also directly linked to pending anti-gay legislation in Uganda, which would, if passed, make homosexual conduct punishable by a lengthy prison sentence or death.”

In other words there is no doubt that Scott Lively is what he himself would call a “practising homosexual.”

Though in his case practice does not make perfect.

“Along with Kevin E. Abrams, he co-authored the book The Pink Swastika,

Pink

which states in the preface that “homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities.” Several academic historians have questioned the book’s claims and selective use of research.”

You don’t say!

“Lively is the former state director for the California branch of the American Family Association and formed Watchmen on the Walls based in Riga, Latvia”

A criminal gang dedicated to the mass murder of gays and lesbians.

“According to a January 2011 profile, Lively “has not changed his view that gays are ‘agents of America’s moral decline’ but has refocused his approach to fit his flock in Springfield, Massachusetts” and “is toning down his antigay rhetoric and shifting his focus to helping the downtrodden.”

Like this “downtrodden” sex criminal Lively employed at his “Christian” Coffee shop, until the authorities were notified.

SO

To most sane people, regardless of sexual orientation, the Rainbow as a gay political symbol started here

As we all know the Stonewall Uprising took place the night of Judy’s funeral. Pointing this out is not frivolity. Nor is the confluence of these events mere “coincidence” — as Vito would be sure to tell you were he (and his good pal Elizabeth) still here.

Vito

Still the progress we have made over the Livelys of this world continues to frighten the Nervous Nellies like Peter Montgomery of Alternet

“The Religious Right is losing the public opinion battle when it comes to support for equality for LGBT Americans, where progress has been extraordinary. The hard-fought end to the ban on military service is a sign that laws are beginning to catch up with public opinion.
But just because the Religious Right is a minority does not make it a powerless one. They and their allies in Congress have managed to prevent passage of federal anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity in spite of overwhelming public support for such measures. And they have managed to pass dozens of state-level constitutional amendments denying same-sex couples the right to marry – many of those provisions also preventing even the most basic legal recognition and protection for gay couples and their families. In 2010, Maine voters overturned an equality law after opponents forced it onto the ballot. New Yorkers won marriage equality last year (barely), but residents in Maryland and New Jersey did not. There will be several tests in legislatures and the ballot box, both pro and con, in 2012; we may see additional victories, but they are far from assured.
It is good news that support for equality is high among younger Americans, so time seems to be on our side when it comes to LGBT equality, but to cite an economic aphorism, “in the long run we’re all dead.” Many individuals and families have been harmed and will continue to be harmed by anti-equality campaigns waged by the Religious Right and its allies in the Catholic and Mormon hierarchies.
Progress is not linear or irreversible. Reconstruction gave way to Jim Crow. Kazin looks at statistics about young people’s attitudes, and at the growing group of Americans who claim no religious affiliation, and declares “the end of the Christian Right.” But the increasing number of secular-minded Americans does not prevent the well-organized forces of the Religious Right from continuing to impact public policy, especially in areas of the country where they are strongest. This political and cultural movement will not be sinking beneath the horizon anytime soon.”

Really dear? Well your bitching and moaning about it is such a help!

I’ve got a flag to fly.

rainbow

Judy will sing us out.