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October 24, 2014 7:23 AM

October 24, 2014 7:13 AM

On his radio show Wednesday, Glenn Beck let it be known that he does not approve of a new PSA from the group FCKH8.com that features young girls repeatedly dropping the f-bomb in the name of feminism. “It’s despicable,” Beck said of the ad that has successfully drummed up controversy since it was posted online this week…. “No parent says to a six year-old girl, ‘Hey, hey, hey, you can say this,’” Beck said. “Go ahead. It’s cool. Use the F-word. Drop the F-bomb a few times. Nobody says that. Nobody! Nobody who is a decent parent ever would say that.”…. “It’s despicable,” he continued. “This is going to scar them. This is setting their feet on a path. They have shaped these girls and taught these girls something that you will never be able to unteach them.” He predicted that if he spoke to the girls in the video 25 years from now, he would be able to see the damage done.

You might find the language of this video offensive. You might even find the idea of very young girls liberally using the word, “FUCK!!” to be off-putting. If those things are offensive, what about the message of the video, the very simple- yet evidently quite radical- idea that girls and women deserve to be treated as equal to boys and men?

Sadly- yet all too predictably- Conservatives are incensed…INCENSED!!…that young, impressionable snowflakes are employing profanity with such gusto and verve. Right-wing ideologues like Beck are more than willing to kill the messenger, because doing so means that their bluster will completely fog over the real issue. What better way to maintain the status quo and ignore the real problem than by focusing on something shiny?

The real obscenities are things like income inequality, rape, and the war on a woman’s right to control her own body. THOSE are the things we should be focusing on, not young girls using “bad” words. Of course, under normal circumstances, no one would want their daughter screaming variations of “FUCK!!” But what’s normal about a world in which one of every five American women experience sexual assault? What’s normal about an economic system that pays women less than 80% of what women get for similar work? What’s normal about a legislative environment dedicated to reducing women to second-class status as the property of men? Kirsten Powers even equated the video to child abuse:

Conservatives want to focus on the messenger while completely ignoring the truth of the message. When you’re dedicated to maintaining the status quo in which White Males get to take what they want when they want, you truly are the problem. For my part, I salute FCKH8 for creatively spotlighting a very real problem. If repeatedly screaming “FUCK!!” helps to effect change and shock people into understanding the challenges women and girls face in achieving equality to men and boys, we should all be screaming, “FUCK!!”

By the way, if you’re far more concerning that using profanity will scar girls…even as you teach them that they’re “less than” men, you’re a pretty sorry excuse for humanity, don’tchathink?? If you think that teaching girls that income inequality, second-class status, and rape are simply what they should expect out of life, you truly are part of the problem.

October 24, 2014 6:59 AM

October 24, 2014 6:40 AM

In a country founded on the principle of individual freedom — to speak, to gather, to worship — we are right to be ever cautious of the state’s power and to jealously guard against intrusions into our liberties. That’s why the city of Houston’s recent sweeping subpoena seeking the sermons of five conservative pastors should rankle us all, regardless of political affiliation. Federal law strictly limits nonprofit churches, and preachers and pastors, from using the pulpit for politics. But there is a long and important tradition in our country of government staying far from the church door and knocking lightly when it must. That tradition wasn’t respected in Houston, to the discredit of its first openly gay mayor, Annise Parker.

Over the past week or so, there’s been a lot of Sturm und Drang over and disinformation peddled about the City of Houston issuing subpoenas to churches demanding copies of sermons. It’s been alleged Houston’s first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, along with her gay stormtrooper lawyers, are bullying churches into submission. How DARE she try to intimidate those who preach the word of God?…or so the outraged talking heads have us demanding.

The facts, as a reasonable person might imagine, are somewhat different from the breathless cries of “RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION!!” The subpoenas, issued by pro bono lawyers working for the city, aren’t things that Parker would likely have seen, much less authorized…not that this fact will stop those with an agenda from demanding Parker’s head on a pike. It’s a case of foolish, self-righteous, borderline irrationality, but the American Taliban seldom misses an opportunity to vent their considerable rage. With an openly lesbian mayor ruling Houston, it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to imagine the degree of righteous fervor being employed to thwart her at every turn.

The City of Houston has pushed hard for equal rights…not a popular thing to be doing in the heart of a deeply godly and Conservative state. There are those who’d leave no stone unturned in their efforts to return the LGBT community to second-class status. Some of those efforts have originated in the pulpits of Houston’s churches. While those who call themselves Christians are certainly free to voice their opinions and work to effect whatever change they may deem appropriate, there’s a very real problem when churches become involved.

The federal tax code grants churches tax exempt status. In exchange for that status, the law requires churches to refrain from political advocacy. In the s—tstorm over the subpoenas, those claiming to be outraged have conveniently managed to forget this fact, because…God. You can’t have your cake and eat it, too: churches are certainly free to engage in political advocacy…but they cannot simultaneously enjoy tax exempt status.

Yes, the subpoenas were ham-handed and poorly thought out; of that there’s no question…but let’s not forget the other side of the equation. Churches simply don’t get to do and say what they wish when they wish to do so- unless they agree to pay their fair share of taxes. They can speak their mind…and pay their taxes, or they can refrain from engaging in political advocacy and maintain their tax exempt status.

Pretty simple, eh?

All this silliness aside, though, Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News did pose a very interesting question worthy of consideration: What if the City of Houston had gone after mosques instead of churches? Would the champions of religious freedom run over each other to get in front of the cameras and microphones? Somehow I think the righteous outrage would have been…muted at best.

Move along; no hypocrisy here, y’all….

October 24, 2014 6:26 AM

October 24, 2014 6:16 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Tuesday that he’s “tired” of hearing discussion on the minimum wage and seemed to suggest that a higher minimum wage isn’t something to “aspire to.”

“I gotta tell you the truth, I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am,” Christie said during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, according to a recording of his remarks by the liberal opposition research group American Bridge.

“I don’t think there’s a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table tonight in America who are saying, ‘You know honey, if my son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, my God, all our dreams would be realized,” he added. “Is that what parents aspire to for their children?”

The governor went on to say that parents aspire to an America where their children can make more money and achieve greater success, according to The Hill. He said those aspirations weren’t about a “higher minimum wage.”

Christie’s comments come a week after fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin said that he doesn’t think the minimum wage “serves a purpose.” Unlike Christie, Walker is up for re-election in November against Democrat Mary Burke, who supports raising the minimum age to $10.10 an hour.

October 23, 2014 7:01 AM

October 23, 2014 6:47 AM

WorldNetDaily pundit Gina Loudon is out with a new column titled “8 Reasons Why Democrats Hate Traditional Marriage.”…. We won’t get into all of the reasons that Loudon has uncovered, but she does tell us that Democrats want to bring an end to “traditional marriage” since they want couples to be sick, poor and childless. Loudon even claims that Democrats seek to “destroy marriage” because they are “opposed to people being mentally healthier,” arguing that Democrats secretly hope for a “mentally deranged person to act out violently” so they can “rush to a TV camera to call for more gun control” and make sure that “all guns were banned.”

I was really hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but now that Ms. Loudon is on to us, it’s time for Democrats to come clean once and for all. After years of living and working in the shadows it feels good to finally be able to get this off my chest and out into the open. You have NO idea how difficult it’s been living a lie, duplicitously planning the downfall of America so it can be turned over to our new homosexual Islamofascist overlords. Now I can speak the truth, and though it may well place me in mortal peril (the Homosexual Nazi Mafia is just that ruthless), that truth will set me free.

Despite protestations to the contrary, Democrats have planned all along to use the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage as the gateway to destroying traditional marriage. Time was when we were content to work within the system and attempt to change things through conventional means…like winning elections- you know, what Republicans long ago stopped trying to create any pretense of. We thought America would live up to its promise- one man, one vote. Democracy works, right?

Except when it doesn’t.

October 23, 2014 6:28 AM

October 23, 2014 6:20 AM

Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt on Wednesday lashed out at atheists who had asked that Christian plaques be removed from public schools in Texas, saying that they “need to understand the culture” in the South…. The South Carolina native continued: “And I think, growing up in the South, people in Wisconsin, these atheists in other cities need to understand the culture in the South, and how church is a very integral part of our childhood and growing up, and it’s a very important part for the Southern culture.”

I’ve come across a number of specious arguments presented on behalf of allowing religion into our public…but I don’t know that I’ve heard one so thin and vacuous as Earhardt’s. If I understand her correctly- and I believe I do- we should be OK with religion in public schools in the South because…God.

Right. Never mind the fact that the South already has wonderful institutions designed and ready-made to cater to the needs of Christians. They’re called “churches.”

“Culture in the South” aside, if Earhardt had bothered to stay awake during American History class, she’d understand that America is NOT a Christian nation. In fact, this country was founded by people fleeing religious persecution in England. The Founding Fathers were clear in their intent that American governance be secular in nature. No, American isn’t a Christian nation; it’s a secular nation with a Christian majority, and the Constitution simply doesn’t provide for those who wish to turn America into a theocracy.

Churches are for religion. Public schools are for education. There’s no overlap in the mission of each, and since the tax dollars of ALL Americans go to support our public schools, it seems reasonable to expect that education not be used to push Christianity on students. Especially when one considers the sorts of things religion is used to justify in the South.

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