Friday, August 15, 2008

Republicans, sacrificing our safety, one campaign at a time.

Inspired by:
Death Before Tolerance or Equality
From Austin's Atheist Blog
Thursday August 14, 2008
Even if it's true that "everyone is a little bit racist," or that everyone is at least a little bigoted, there are still degrees of bigotry. One way of separating out the more bigoted from the less bigoted is to see which they would choose: maintaining their bigotry or some other value, like their life. A person who would refuse a blood transfusion from a black person is far more racist than someone who doesn't care. A person who would rather see their company fail than employ highly qualified Jews is far more anti-Semitic than someone who doesn't care.

We arguably face a far more serious choice when it comes to anti-gay bigotry: is it more important that we maintain anti-gay bigotry in the military by kicking gays out, or is it more important that we prevent future terrorist attacks by using Arabic language specialists who happen to be gay? As far as the government and many conservative Christians are concerned, maintaining anti-gay bigotry is far more important and that's why gay language specialists are kicked out of the military. It doesn't matter that there is such a shortage of such specialists that the military is offering bonuses of up to $150,000 for them.
You can read the rest of it here, and at the link provided at the top.

But I think Jon Stewart sums it up best, or at least most humorously. For the full context, it starts at the 3:50 mark, but the money quote (listed below) comes at about the 4:50 mark:

Jon Stewart: “Yes, apparently the only thing worse for these candidates than another terrorist attack, would be a gay hero stopping it.”

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