Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Morning Bitchfest

My favorite scene from John Sayles' Lone Star takes place half-way through the movie. Cliff [a white guy], is talking about the family of his girlfriend [a black woman]:

Mickey: Are they gonna be okay with you being a white guy?

Cliff: According to her they'll be happy that I'm a man. Apparently they think any woman over 30 who isn't married is a lesbian.

Mickey: Yeah, its always heartwarming to see a prejudice defeated by a deeper prejudice.

In Jerusalem, ministers, rabbis, and clerics have joined together to demand that the government stop World Pride
. American rabbi Yehuda Levin flew to Jerusalem to warn that there could be violence if the parade continues. Fliers are being distributed putting a $4500 bounty on every queer killed. It doesn't say much for monotheism that the first issue to unite these people since the days of Abraham is hate, not love.

Yeah, I'm feeling cynical this morning. North Korea is playing games with nuclear weapons, terrorists are bombing civilians world-wide with impunity, the US Executive branch keeps trying to overturn the Constitution, the seas are turning acidic and the ice sheets are melting, Iraq is lapsing into civil war ... and yet the Pope's big speech last week was about stopping queers from marrying in Spain, the President's big press conference revolved around taking the Japanese Prime Minister to Graceland, and the big feature on the morning news was Interior Design Using the Zodiac.

Maybe it's this that put me over the edge this morning - seeing the photos again of Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni being executed in Iran for being lovers. July 19 is the first anniversary of their deaths. I never cared for all the breast-beating over Matthew Shepherd's death. It was a tragedy, but the false martyrdom-by-proxy and celebration of victimhood by the activists turned me off. Iran's execution children chills me to the bone.

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