Sen. Tom Cotton: Dear Muslima…

Sen. Tom Cotton, the latest Tea Party trainwreck to be unleashed on the country, offered up his own “Dear Muslima” comment in response to the controversy over Indiana’s RFRA law and the question of whether businesses should be allowed to discriminate against gay people.

Appearing yesterday on CNN, Senator Tom Cotton (R) urged critics of Indiana’s “religious freedom” law to get “perspective,” suggesting the treatment of LGBT people in Indiana compared favorably to countries where gay people are executed.

“I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

Yeah, so stop whining! Sure, you’re discriminated against and often the victims of violence, but at least you aren’t executed, you overly sensitive, politically correct gay people! You should be focusing on the real victims of persecution in this country, Christians, who are on the verge of being round up and thrown into FEMA concentration camps by the homofascists in the Gaystapo! Seriously, a right-wing Christian telling gay people to get some perspective on persecution and discrimination. Irony is alive and well.

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  • RickR

    suggesting the treatment of LGBT people in Indiana compared favorably to countries where gay people are executed.

    I just….wow.

  • laurentweppe

    Am I the only one reading this a not very subtle implicit threat?

    Sure we want to discriminate against you, but we could afford to do much worse if we so wanted, so you should display a little more gratefulness toward our generous benevolence before it runs out

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Tom Cotton needs to get some perspective. Pulling his head out of his ass would be a small start.

    There are so many responses to this that it’s hard to pick just a few. Some proverb about motes and logs might be a good place to start. We need to clean up our own house before we start demanding that others clean up theirs. The idea that we can only deal with one problem, the most “serious” by some subjective measure, fails on pragmatic grounds. I can do far more to address intolerance towards gays here than I can in any other country. I’m going to apply my efforts where they can do the most good.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Actually, I’m hearing surprisingly little from the Christian Reich types about the murder of Christians in places like Kenya and Syria. You’d think they’d be screaming about it from every WSJ and NYT front page and every prime-time Fox show. Maybe I’m listening to the wrong sources, but all I’ve heard so far was Pope Smirky trying to wave a bloody shirt (AFTER explicitly condoning the murder of unarmed cartoonists and critics of religion).

    Maybe they’re afraid someone will pull a “Dear Muslima” on them?

  • radium

    @Raging Bee:

    As Ann Coulter put it:

    “It’s Christianity that the left hates most of all, because that is the foundation of our country and all of our freedoms come from that – freedom of association, freedom of speech. This is a direct attack on the Christians and I wouldn’t [put] so much stress on what’s happening in other countries.

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/04/03/ann-coulter-people-would-rather-risk-getting-ebola-that-being-called-a-homophobe/

  • Chris J

    “I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

    “Here in the US,” he continued, “we don’t hang you for the crime of being gay. All we want to do is to be able to refuse you service for the crime of being gay. It’s actually rather reasonable in comparison.”

  • Hoosier X

    It sounds to me like Rep. Cotton is jealous.

  • Chiroptera

    “I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,” Cotton said. “In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.”

    Right, and in China they force women to have abortions, so Hobby Lobby and other right wing fucks should shut the hell up when it comes to paying for women’s health care in the US.

  • Hoosier X

    He’s a senator. Sorry. I guess my fingers couldn’t believe it so they typed “Rep.” instead.

  • colnago80

    Tom Cotton, graduate of Harvard Law School. Apparently they don’t teach critical thinking in Cambridge.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    So Ann Coulter has gone from “Invade their countries, kill their leaders, convert them to Christianity” to “I wouldn’t [put] so much stress on what’s happening in other countries [except Israel which America exists to support].” Yet another teatard retreats to isolationism [except for Israel] after finding out that the world [including Israel] is more complex than she’d originally thought.

  • scienceavenger

    @Raging Bee – the Fox morning show has been all over the killing of Christians in foreign lands.

    As for Tom Cotton [for brains], it’s true that being discriminated against isn’t as bad as being hanged. It’s also true that being forced to do business with gays the way you do busines with everyone else, even if you don’t want to, isn’t as bad as being discriminated against.

    Give em enough rope…

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Cotton: “Yay for us because we’re somewhat less awful than the other guys!”

    Sounds to me like he’s pushing for a spokesperson job with the Democratic Party.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    We should just stomp on christian bigots because it’s not as bad as what Rome used to do to them.

  • John Pieret

    Umm … In a large parts of the Middle East and Africa Christians are being killed just for being Christians and you’re complaining about Christians having to bake a cake for pay? Get a perspective, indeed.

  • laurentweppe

    Actually, I’m hearing surprisingly little from the Christian Reich types about the murder of Christians in places like Kenya and Syria.

    Well, french catholic fundies started making some noise a few month back until people started talking about using french soil as a haven for christian refugees, at which point they suddenly became a lot more discreet.

    Turns out, self-righteous christian Whites love dark skinned Christians only insofar as they remain distant martyrs. Who’d have thought, huh?

  • blf

    laurentweppe@16, Ha! I believe you, but I must admit I hadn’t heard / seen that — despite living in France. Could I ask for a reference, please (I must admit I’d prefer English (which is perhaps why I’m unawares of what you say…))?

  • http://www.facebook.com/whumenansky williamhumenansky

    “crime of being gay.” More than a little judgemental. Perhaps, one day, the “crime of being bigoted” will be a hanging offense.

  • laurentweppe

    @ blf

    Last year, Christine Boutin (among other rightwingers) occupied the french media, demanding that Hollande do more to help the iraqi Christians in the aftermath of Mosul’s fall to Daesh.

    http://www.lejdd.fr/Politique/Boutin-et-Dati-se-mobilisent-pour-les-chretiens-d-Irak-677574

    French authorities actually did welcome a few eastern Christians, but not much, (there were around 5.000 eastern Christians refugees living in France last december, but that number include people who left the region at the beginning of the syrian civil war, years before Boutin & co noticed their existence, only 1.500 arrived in France since Mosul’s fall last June)

    http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2015/03/21/la-france-a-accorde-1-500-visas-d-asile-a-des-chretiens-d-orient-depuis-l-ete-2014_4598607_3224.html

    And since a few hundreds of refugees started arriving in France, including young people who openly stated that they intended to stay in France and build up their lives here… Boutin & co have become silent.

    (I’d put more links but the comment section tends to blow a fuse and erase comments which have more than two links)