Postcards from the culture wars

Love the bigot, hate the bigotry.”

“Conservative evangelicals, your hurt feelings for being called a bigot and for being viewed as reprehensible, your frustration with seeing the ‘equal’ signs on Facebook, and your losses in the so-called culture war are nowhere near the pain inflicted upon many in the LGBT community.”

“One pastor whom you would know, I won’t name him, he said to me this week, ‘we’re losing ground morally all the time,’ and he said, ‘I’ve told my people get ready for persecution because it’s coming, it’s coming to everyone who is a vocal believer in Jesus Christ,’ and he said that he really expects to end his life in prison.”

“I know there’s [a game] called Dungeons & Dragons that literally destroyed people’s lives. I mean, they got this and it was like, almost demonic.”

“Poole’s intention was to teach the power of cultural symbolism. Given the overreaction we’ve seen by the conservative media … it looks like the lesson worked.”

“I’ve got no problem if a school board, a local school board, says we want to teach our kids about creationism.”

“There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it’s the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used.”

“Wheaton is hardly the only evangelical college that’s seeing a growing spectrum of responses toward homosexuality among students, alumni and staff.”

“All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours.”

“He and his cohort are losing control, and the people wresting it from them aren’t just indifferent about who’s gay and who isn’t, but are also strange creatures from the future who seem to speak an entirely different language.”

“Justice Scalia and the rest of you haters — game over. You lose. Love wins. Enjoy your future home in the dustbin of history.”

“We get this skewed picture where straight people have relationships and gay people have sex, where straight people have lives and gay people have lifestyles.”

“‘This place has a tan,’ said Ulrich, a 51-year-old postal worker, who wore a wireless phone device in his ear and shorts that revealed a large cross ‘in the colors of the American flag’ tattooed on his calf.”

Plan B and Ella are not abortifacients. Plan B (the morning-after pill) and Ella prevent ovulation and prevent a woman from getting pregnant after sex. Nonetheless, those claiming that the birth control benefit infringes their religious liberty remain happily unconvinced.”

“A not-inconsiderable segment of the GOP base believes ‘the pill’ is infanticide.”

“Not to put too fine a point on it, but the non-religious reasons are simply rationalizations for the religious results they want. They’re the situation ethics of social conservatives.”

“Is it good that people who can believe facts are wrong also believe it is good to walk amongst their peers with hidden firearms on their person?”

“Today’s day and age, has gotten so crazy. Shoot, man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything.”

“The effective separation of rat sex from rat procreation may be one of the most important defining marks of our age — and one of the most ominous.”

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