Mefferd: Bigots Treated Just Like Jews Under Nazis!

A public high school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan this week canceled a school assembly to be held later this month featuring former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum. Naturally, that has the wingnuts freaking out about how horribly persecuted they are. Like Janet Mefferd on Facebook:

I can see the potential future unfolding, moving us toward a day when every Christian who supports real marriage might be made to wear a yellow patch on the sleeve, a “badge of shame” to identify us as “anti-gay haters.” Kind of like the Jews in Nazi Germany.

You mean like the gay people you hate so much, who had to wear pink triangles on their bodies? You mean like we make racists wear badges of shame to identify them? Oh wait, we don’t? How about that. Maybe your persecution complex is complete bullshit.

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  • matty1

    We don’t need to shame bigots, they shame themselves every time they speak.

  • lanir

    So… “kind of like” apparently has an unstated “but really in no way related or even comparable” added after it. This is not something I learned in English class. I must’ve missed something. Seems to happen a lot when referring to anything surrounding the Third Reich.

  • raven

    A public high school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan this week canceled a school assembly to be held later this month featuring former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

    I don’t see that Satanorum has anything worthwhile to say to students.

    “We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country,” Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, told the audience at the Omni Shoreham hotel. “We will never have the elite, smart people on our side.”

    1. He is on record as disliking and fearing, “elite, smart people”.

    2. Satanorum also has three degrees, one a law degree from good public universities. He uses those to make several million dollars a year. Guy is a outrageous hypocrite.

    He is an elite, smart person pandering to the ignorant and uneducated for money and power. A demagogue.

  • Pyra

    Seriously… I’ve never met a single anti-gay bigot who was embarrassed enough to hide it. They let it spew from their mouths every chance they get. No need for a damned badge.

  • raven

    A public high school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan this week canceled a school assembly to be held later this month featuring former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.


    “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

    What in Cthulhu’s name were the clowns running this high school thinking? It would have been a comedy-horror show at best.

    Satanorum has nothing to say that anyone sane needs to hear.

    Among other things, he opposes using birth control.

    OK kids, breed like rabbits. Whether you can afford 15 kids or not. Whether you want to or can raise 15 kids or not. The worst that can happen is some will starve to death after my colleagues finish destroying the social safety net.

    Satanorum wasn’t running for president. He wants to be a new Dark Age Pope.

  • tuibguy

    I think they should let him speak and get boo’ed. Hooted off the stage. He deserves a good humiliation like Rand Paul got at Howard this past week.

  • tuibguy

    But, yes, I get the larger point about the hurts feelz of the bigoted.

  • raven


    “The idea that the Crusades and the fight of Christendom against Islam is somehow an aggression on our part is absolutely anti-historical. And that is what the perception is by the American Left who hates Christendom. … What I’m talking about is onward American soldiers. What we’re talking about are core American values.”

    Playing the let’s have a world war between 2 billion xians and 1.4 billion Moslems here.

    Because our last two wars in the middle east worked out so well.

    Two of the crusades were against other xians. The Albigensian genocide killed around a million and was a complete success. They got everyone of them. Another was against those heretics, the Eastern Orthodox xians. IIRC, they sacked Constantinople.

  • @raven….but this time, let’s use nukes. Insanetorum is itching for the end of the world. How can the end of the world happen unless there’s war? Says so right in the book.

    Why anyone would actually vote for someone in favor of the end of the world is beyond my comprehension.

  • Larry

    He wants to be a new Dark Age Pope

    That was one of the most frightening things about the republican clown car of candidates last year. They all pretty much seemed to believe being president meant being able to control who you could fuck and under what circumstances, Senator Frothy being amongst the worst.

  • Meh. The New Dark Age Pope aren’t that great. The only original member is the drummer. They used to be good, though. I saw The Dark Age Pope in CBGB back in ’82…Now that was a band.

  • Rip Steakface

    I went to the Auschwitz and Birkenau museums in Oswiecim, Poland on Wednesday.

    I stood exactly where the selections occurred, where hundreds of thousands were immediately sent to their deaths. I walked down that road. I saw the damn gas chamber.

    If anti-gay bigots just got badges labeling them as such, that would be a luxury compared to what I saw.

  • The real problems they don’t like:

    Freedom of expression means that when bigots express themselves, we also have the freedom to criticize them, express disapproval, point and laugh derisively, boo them, and plenty of other means to counter their free expression with our free expression.

    Freedom of association means that when someone expresses a bigoted opinion, we can choose to shun them, sever economic and political ties, and otherwise wash our hands of those who choose to associate with bigotry.

    In short, they aren’t entitled to popularity, immunity from social consequences, or from criticism. They want to go back to the bad old days when they had those unearned privileges.

  • Obi Wan Kenobi: “Luke, use the power of projection.”

  • cactuswren

    What I like best is that he’ll whine about Christians being an oppressed and persecuted remnant … and in the next breath claim that Christians are really the dominant power in this Christian nation.

  • Moggie

    First they came for the bigots, and I didn’t speak out, because fuck them, they’re bigots.

    It doesn’t feel right to refer to this as a persecution complex. I associate that term with troubled individuals who are not happy with their imagined persecution. People like Mefferd, on the other hand, seem to actively relish that state – provided it involves only pretend suffering. After all, being oppressed is a more honourable state than being the oppressor, and pious suffering plays such an important part in their religion.

  • “Maybe your persecution complex is complete bullshit.”

    The ideation is complete bullshit, the complex is all too real.

    Why won’t a brave, KKKristian warrior like Sanscrotum take the step that will demonstrate the power of JESUS. Why won’t he just put a gun in his mouth and end HIS world, just so’s his REDEEMER can bring him back?

  • Sastra

    The outrage Santorum feels is no doubt fed by his assumption that in a fair and just society any belief which is grounded in religion in general or Christianity in particular is off limits to criticism. Doesn’t matter if you believe in heaven or believe that gays are sinners. Doesn’t matter if you never eat pork or always pray before you dig into the Easter ham. Faith is a virtue. Piety is admirable.

    And there’s a social convention at work here: even if you don’t share the religion you know to respect what comes out of it. Don’t call it stupid, misguided, or bigoted. And don’t call religious people who follow it stupid, misguided, or bigoted either. Santorum thinks he ought to have immunity. As I used to say when I was a kid, “I’m on GOOL!!!” No tags. I can’t be “it.”

    Nope. Tag. You’re “it.” Bigot.

    We don’t CARE if this moral belief came out of someone’s religion. That doesn’t place the believer beyond condemnation. If we’re supposed to keep in mind that the person who thinks homosexuality is an abomination only thinks this because this is what his religion believes about God — then the responsibility isn’t lifted, it just spreads over. We don’t agree there’s no bigotry involved any more. We just note that he’s a bigot because his religion is bigoted.

    Come on. If you don’t like being called a bigot, then just have another Holy-Ghost guided revelation that allows you to re-interpret the Bible the RIGHT way. You will eventually anyway. Do it sooner rather than later.

  • Have these people ever actually read a book about Nazi Germany? Or if that’s too much effort, watched a documentary? Strange stuff indeed.

  • meg

    Has the school actually said why the assembly was cancelled?

  • dan4

    @20: Yes, they said it was because Santorum didn’t and wouldn’t provide a copy of his speech beforehand (he was apparently going to “wing it”). That doesn’t sound like an unreasonable demand as a condition for speaking to high school students at a event where attendance is mandatory (welll, I assume that, anyway. At my high school, attendance at assemblies was indeed mandatory).

  • Randomfactor

    Not badges. Dunce caps.

  • dingojack

    Badges? Badgers? They don’ nee’ no steenkin’ badges!


  • Jordan Genso

    One thing of note that I heard on the radio was that the reason Santorum was appearing at the school (do people still immediately think of the other meaning of ‘Santorum’ when reading his name?) was because he was invited by a student group that raised the money for his speaking fee.

  • Michael Heath

    Jordan Genso writes:

    . . . (do people still immediately think of the other meaning of ‘Santorum’ when reading his name?) . . .

    I don’t. Perhaps because I find his statements and behavior far more disgusting than the other meaning for ‘Santorum’.

  • “. (do people still immediately think of the other meaning of ‘Santorum’ when reading his name?) . . .

    I don’t. Perhaps because I find his statements and behavior far more disgusting than the other meaning for ‘Santorum’.”

    Well, that sort of asks for this:

    What is the difference between the name, “Santorum” and the urban dictionary’s definition of “Santorum”?

    That’s easy! One is a totally disgusting wad of slime and an affront to decency; the other is just the exudate resulting from anal fornication.

  • Erik

    As silly as their paranoia is, I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit that at least part of me is pretty okay with this. Tattoo their bigotry on their foreheads for all I care. When I’m emperor of the universe…

  • Oh geez – that’s where my kids went to school. I am so glad they are adults now so I do not have to decide to give them permission to attend or not. It’s still awfully slimy. Maybe I should go protest outside the school or something?