Another Bigot Wants Russian Law in US

Matt Barber has a new website, Barbwire (which may or may not, as Rob Tinisai points out, be his drag name), which looks to be just a place to reprint by himself and his bigoted friends. One of them is Laurie Higgins of the AFA’s Illinois affiliate, who joins a long list of right wing bigots who want to adopt a Russian-style anti-gay law in this country.

Google’s recent “doodle” announces to the world that Google is gaga over homosexuality-affirming propaganda for minors. Google’s doodle pokes a virtual rainbow-colored flag in the eye of Russian president Vladimir Putin for signing into law a bill that protects minors from homosexuality-affirming propaganda. A financial blockbuster of a company with roots in the country founded to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty” pro-actively endorses the propagandizing of children while a corrupt totalitarian cockalorum opposes it. Curiouser and curiouser.

What is curious is how relentless the bigots are to keep up the pretense that the law only exists to protect children against gay “propaganda.” But since they are arrested people for doing nothing more than waving a rainbow flag, that’s both patently false and a rather blatant violation of free speech.

Exposing minors to homosexuality-affirming propaganda is nowhere more troubling than in our public schools where neither children nor teachers are encouraged to study in depth all sides of issues related to homosexuality. Quite the contrary. Curricula and supplementary resources and activities are controlled by “progressive” dogma, the kind of dogma promulgated by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). (Privately, “progressive” teachers actually scoff at the suggestion that there are sides other than theirs worthy of study.)

I know, right? Just like they don’t encourage children to check out the KKK side when talking about lynch mobs and Jim Crow laws, or to give ample consideration to the pro-slavery side in the Civil War, or to the anti-woman side when discussing womens’ suffrage. It’s an outrage, I tell ya, an outrage!

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  • Sastra

    A financial blockbuster of a company with roots in the country founded to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty” pro-actively endorses the propagandizing of children while a corrupt totalitarian cockalorum opposes it. Curiouser and curiouser.

    Yes. Now USE that curiosity to think real hard about this discrepancy, and why it might be.

  • John Pieret

    Hey, what about the Islamic side in all those supposed cases of anti-Christian persecution? Why aren’t schools teaching the Q’uran and those facts about how many virgins you get if you die killing Christians (and other innocent bystanders)? Why are we exposing minors to Christianity-affirming propaganda?

  • dugglebogey

    What are “all sides of issues related to homosexuality?”

    Seems to me the most dangerous thing about being a homosexual is being discriminated against by bigots just like you.

    Don’t try to claim bullshit like HIV, that is a danger to anyone having sex, not just homosexuals. That danger is pretty low among lesbians too, by the way.

  • busterggi

    Russian anti-gay laws based on antique middle eastern myth are good but laws based on furrine liberal rights are bad. Got it.

  • groucho

    We should also allow tobacco companies to have equal time in schools to promote the positive side of smoking, Teach the controversy!

  • scienceavenger

    Notice that the underlying assumption in all this foolishness is that being gay is a choice, and a damned attractive one at that.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    But since they are arrested people for doing nothing more than waving a rainbow flag, that’s both patently false and a rather blatant violation of free speech.

    To be fair, kids love flags. Vexillology is one of homosexuality’s most powerful recruiting tools.

  • http://www.ponychan.net/chan/dis/ Brony

    Ah, “think of the children”. A cowards way of distracting from their lack of substance for their claims. I wish I could get each of these folks on a platform where they would suffer socially if they were to refuse to back up their claims for real.

    *”Google’s recent “doodle” announces to the world that Google is gaga over homosexuality-affirming propaganda for minors.”

    *”…pro-actively endorses the propagandizing of children while a corrupt totalitarian cockalorum opposes it.”

    It’s about accepting that the reality of the existence of homosexuals, bisexuals and trans folk in the presence of everyone in the public like they actually exist, and with precisely the same amount of sexualization as we currently do for traditionally considered straight folks. But they have to pretend that LGBT folks just want to display themselves to children in ways left implicitly creepy. What they really mean is that they don’t want to see LGBT folks themselves, and they don’t have the courage to say so.

    *”…neither children nor teachers are encouraged to study in depth all sides of issues related to homosexuality.”

    The is mindless “present all sides” mentality of much of our media enables this sort of crap. There needs to be more of a social emphasis on comparing the sides and describing whose side is more consistent with reality. We don’t have many “journalists” doing this, just “opinion repeaters”, and bickering-session moderators. The political right really milks that meme for all it’s worth and it’s as unrealistic in with respect to LGBT as it is in creationism.

    Naturally her bullet list representing the “other side” is a pretty twisted thing that either misrepresents what advocates are really trying to do (it’s amazing the way that many of these folks will utterly refuse to even acknowledge your language and actual positions), or reality itself independently of people and positions.

    *Homosexuality is not being compared to race, the social context of the two social movements are being analogized.

    *”Homosexual acts” are not the issue outside of sex education classes that discuss acts that straights engage in also. The social existence of homosexual persons is the issue.

    *Approval of homosexuality is not the issue. Acceptance of the existence of homosexuals is the issue (like I accept the existence of Laurie Higgans). Approval just tends to come along for the ride when you realize so many people you know are homosexual or LGBT in general.

    *Discussing the morality of sexual acts is not the issue outside of sexual education, and even then the best role of the government is to simply deal with their objective existence from a knowledge and safety standpoint. These acts will simply continue to exist and they are morally neutral because no one has demonstrated how they corrupt anything.

    …and on and on.

  • Chiroptera

    Google’s recent “doodle” announces to the world that Google is gaga over homosexuality-affirming propaganda for minors.

    Yeah. “Hey, kids, remember: what you do in your own private life, how you and your friends, family, and loved ones choose to live, that’s your business and no one else’s.”

    Pretty insidious propaganda. And down right unAmerican!