Dark clouds are gathering

So, the recent legislative vote in Vermont to permit gay marriage and the state Supreme Court decision in Iowa to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage have got the anti-gay bigots and biblical fundamentalists in a tizzy about the certain decimation of western civilization and god too, both entities apparently being the 98 pound weaklings that homo-Atlas kicked sand at.

Here’s the ad that the National Organization for Marriage just put out:

Matt Yglesias analyzes:

One of the problems facing opponents of marriage equality is that it’s not as if straight people are being asked to give anything up when gay and lesbian couples want to get married. The lives of heterosexuals will just continue as before. The National Organization for Marriage, however, is ready to try to mobilize people into a state of inchoate fear with this ad designed to make you think that gay marriage is an urgent threat to your liberty:

The closest thing to a legitimate issue here seems to have to do with the Massachusetts public schools. Clearly, a state adopting a non-discriminatory marriage policy doesn’t actually force the state to teach non-discriminatory values in schools. But the two tend to go together. We not only don’t have Jim Crow anymore, but we teach people that racism is wrong. This is, it’s true, a big imposition on racists. And people who don’t like gay people can be legitimately concerned that the spread of gay equality will create an environment in which their children are less likely to share their own prejudices.

On the other hand, that’s all pretty tautological. But what’s the deal with the woman who says “I’m a California doctor forced to choose between my faith and my job”? What is it she wants to do? Does her faith prohibit her from giving medical care to gays and lesbians? That sounds like a pretty sick faith. And a clear violation of existing medical ethics anyway.

And for our final fun, Andrew Sullivan has posted the actor auditions for the ad above which somebody had leaked…

Update: And as Andrew introduces this offering, “Well, that didn’t take long.”  Somebody has gone and spliced in one of my favorite life-affirming songs into this bleak world of homophobic paranoia.  It’s wonderful.  Hoping for many more like it.

2 responses to “Dark clouds are gathering

  1. I saw this ad yesterday and was appalled. I cannot believe they could find a group of people that looked more like zombied, lobotomized drones, than those in this ad. Frightening.

    These auditions prove me wrong.

    Will they never get that paranoia might be initially alluring, but most people (at least I hope so) have the common sense to shrug it off and just see the idiocy for what it is?

    Surely they could have come up with something less bizarre and troubling than this.

  2. Hi Lulu
    You describe the casting, acting and script very well.

    This is Maggie Gallagher’s group. She’d written a column the day before at Townhall that I’d read and she did at least one talk show yesterday.

    She’s on the rabid side, as you might suppose, with that rigid self-certainty that sanctimonious people muster up to justify their authoritarian relationships with others.

    On this issue, these folks are losing. Most know it and some have publicly admitted that they know it. For the worst of them, to be losing such a battle merely validates their sense of victimization and their worldview of dark, oppressive forces aiming at their unique goodness and holiness.

    They are pretty seriously fucked up folks, a lot of them, and Maggie seems to be one.

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