The “We Don’t Serve Your Kind” Law, redux

(Vos Iz Neias) The Xristian Xrazie posse who are so proud to discriminate that they didn’t want to be ID’d. Heh.

Towle Road found out who the people are who posed for the Photo-op at the signing of the We Don’t Serve Your Kind law. From left to right (back row first):

  • - Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”
  • - Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.
  • - Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.
  • - Tony Perkins: the perennial hate-monger who heads the SPLC-designated hate group The Family Research Council and who has past ties to the KKK.
  • - Andy Gipson: a Mississippi state representative who believes gays spread AIDS and should be put to death.
  • - Delbert Hosemann: Mississippi’s secretary of state who supported a “personhood amendment” that would have categorized unborn fetuses as “a living person” and any women who abort or miscarry as murderers.
  • - Ron Matis: a political liaison with the Mississippi District United Pentecostal Church who signed onto a letter written by the anti-gay hate group The Family Research Council that lamented the “comprehensive agenda” of “the pro-homosexual activists.”
  • - Phillip Gandy: a Mississippi state senator who authored the anti-gay bill and called opposition to the bill (and to Chick Fil-A) intolerant.
  • - Mark Formby: a Mississippi state representative who also sponsored a ban against the enforcement of federal gun laws and to allow students to lead prayers in public schools.
  • - Jimmy Porter: the executive director of the lobbying arm of Mississippi’s Southern Baptist convention who threatened to retaliate against any Republican legislators who dared vote against the “license to discriminate” bill.
  • - Rob Chambers: an employee of the Christian Action Commission which told pastors “to urge worshippers at Sunday service to put pressure on their legislators to pass the anti-gay bill.”
  • - Phil Bryant: the Mississippi state governor who signed the bill into law.

Mock, Paper, Scissors has so few readers in Mississippi, I’m not sure if this is doing any good, but if you are from Mississippi and would like to let these people know your thoughts on their deeds, you can now put names to the faces.

Let’s Watch The Xristian Xrazies’ Heads Explode

liza-minnelli-gay-marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday it won’t take up a case in which a New Mexico photography business alleges its rights were violated when it landed in hot water for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding ceremony.

In orders published Monday morning, the court listed the case, Elane Photography v. Willock, without comment among as the cases it won’t consider.

The We Don’t Serve Your Kind law that was recently signed in Mississippi should be looking over its shoulder, so to speak.

(Towle Road)

So much for my claim…

"It's for you!" (Stolen from Dr. Zaius)

“It’s for you!”
(Stolen from Dr. Zaius)

…that I didn’t get your phone call:

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Well, this seems intrusive. I suppose all those mistresses in foreign lands are kinda laughing it off, but the diplomats are probably a little red in the face.

And let’s face it: if they can (and did) do it there, then they can (and have) done it here.

(WaPo)

Rich ‘Sparkle Pants’ Lowry has a sad

Tiger Beat on the Potomac has given voice to the voiceless once again: Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review for some inexplicable reason is guest writing there. (Reminder to self, see if Mike Allen’s email thingy has ads for the National Review.)

Lowry’s thesis is that Jan Brewer blew it and should have legalized discrimination in the name of liberty, because: Jeebus. Now, given that the National Review’s long and well-documented history is, um, rather un-nuanced about bigotry, this should not come as a surprise. It’s another exercise of the variety that notes, “but it doesn’t say ‘Gay’ anywhere in it!”

And then there is the tell, as the card sharps say:

The market has a ready solution for these couples: There are other bakers, photographers and florists. The wedding business is not exactly bristling with hostility to gay people. If one baker won’t make a cake for gay weddings, the baker across town can hang a shingle welcoming all couples for all types of weddings.

Woolworth lunch counter

I might be wrong, but I don’t think the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter has been in bidness for years, so maybe this offensive separate but equal argument is not worth fighting, Rich.

UPDATE 1: This post at The Teabagging Nation is the most over-the-top, rend the garments drama club angst piece I’ve read yet.

Get off the cross, we need the wood

The trailer warns “If homosexual activists achieve their goal, it will be the criminalization of Christianity.” It goes on to claim that: ”Time and freedom are running out”, and that if ”gays win, Christians lose.”

Because no one is more discriminated against and put upon than the Xristian Xrazies.

It’s not a real movie trailer, look at the end, it is the default stuff from Apple’s iMovie software. RightWingWatch tells us that the last film project by Porter (in 2010), True 2 Life, never made it off the ground. Porter is the author of the book The Criminalization of Christianity, which was published in 2009. So… maybe she is trying again?

The Afternoon Quote

“If the Republican Party abandons traditional marriage there is no Republican Party,” he said. “You drive the social conservatives out and throw them to the side of the road, there’s no republican party. They’ll go start a third party.”

–Brian Brown, president of NOM.

First off: do you promise me that, Brian?

Secondly, I’m fine with the GOP breaking into two separate parties that have absolutely no ability to elect anyone again. Please be right, Brian.

(HuffPo)

We’ve seen this movie before

Progress is progress, but the Sen. Portman evolution thing this morning is just another example of how shallow and hollow all the family values stuff is.

Portman tells us now that,

“[His son Will coming out as gay] allowed me to think about this issue from a new perspective and that’s as a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister have,” Portman said.

He never walked a mile in someone else’s shoes? He never thought about it before? The Golden Rule?

I’m always a sap for happy endings in movies, but this one still begs the question: if that’s all it took for a death-bed conversion, then doesn’t that prove the pettiness of his previous position?

The cynic in me also wonders if this is an opening gambit for a 2016 Goat Rodeo bid: he’s getting in front of an issue that the changing demographics like.

I’m all for common decency, and it must be new to a life-long Republican, so huzzah for Portman. Now what is he going to do about it? Let’s see him fight for his son’s rights, maybe stand up for ENDA so his kid cannot be fired for being gay, then I’ll be impressed.

UPDATE 1: Read the interview. This is as shallow as it gets (emphasis mine):

Portman, who backed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, said he now thinks parts of that bill should be repealed, though he hasn’t considered introducing such legislation himself because economic policy issues are his specialty.

Portman said he believes that same-sex couples who marry legally in states where it’s allowed should get the federal benefits that are granted to heterosexual married couples but aren’t currently extended to gay married couples because of DOMA, such as the ability to file joint tax returns. Family law has traditionally been a state responsibility, Portman says, so the federal definition of marriage should not preempt state marriage laws.

If Ohio voters were to reconsider the gay marriage ban they adopted in 2004, Portman said he might support it, depending on its wording, though he would not be likely to take a leadership role on the issue just as he didn’t take a leadership role in 2004. He stressed that he doesn’t want to force his views on others, and that religious institutions shouldn’t be forced to perform weddings or recognize marriages they don’t condone.

He doesn’t want “to force his view on others,” says the man who voted for a Constitutional Amendment. Yeah, this is political calculation and opportunism at its finest.

In his own words

“I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Here’s the lede for the story at Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Think Progress also has the full transcript so you can read it in context. It’s not less shocking.