Love, Equality, and Justice… almost.

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This morning’s announcement of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of Marriage Equality has left me numbed. For hours I have sat here reading one analysis after another, one news story or blog posting after another, and finally it has all sunk in.

We have reached a significant and world-changing moment in our times, nation and society. A moment which I couldn’t have imagined even 20 years ago, as we stood at the brink of the AIDS abyss and hauled back against oblivion until our hearts bled and broke.

Now… well, now what? Our love is equal and recognized in the eyes of the Law, federal, state and local. Our long battle – up hill, and valiant every step of the way – is at last done. The victory is ours… or is it? Already, the usual vermin have been flooding the airwaves and presses of every venue they can lay their blood-stained hands on to proclaim their disgust, and make strident statements that they will defy the Supreme Court of the United States in every way they can. Mommie Dammit, for one, expected as much.

Just as in the case of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I fully expect demonstrations, speeches, protests, even violence now that Marriage Equality is the Law of the Land. We have had them all along, but I believe we will see them more often… and more strident. And just as then, it falls on us, O’ My Children, to be the bearers of the Light – to prove ourselves the Better Men and Women, to meet their hate and violence with Peace and Strength. The battle may have been won this day, but the war is far from over.

Old as I am, my memory goes back decades far easier than it does days and this day I am reminded of the time when I campaigned for Empress IX of the Imperial Court of Nebraska. I sought for weeks for a slogan, a quote, something that would embody what I saw as my role and the path I wished to set my reign upon.

I found it in the words of Eugene V. Debs, and I share with you now the paraphrase that graced my campaign posters and fliers.  For tho’ we are victorious this day, the war remains un-won with many battles yet to fight – both to protect today’s victory, and to attain the victories yet before us…

“Long ago I realized my kinship with all my Gay Brothers and Sisters, and that none of us is any greater than the least of us. Then as now, I believe that while one of us sleeps in the streets I am homeless. While one of us is battered or abused I suffer. And as long as one law stands against us I AM NOT FREE!

Justice Scalia is an Ass!

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As you may or may not be aware, yesterday Justice Antonin Scalia took yet another opportunity to draw parallels between homosexuals and murderers. Speaking before a crowd of students at Princeton University, Scalia claimed that legislators had a right to ban that which they had a moral objection to. When asked by 16 y.o. freshman, Duncan Hosie, why he equated bans on homosexuality with those against bestiality and murder Scalia responded, “It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the `reduction to the absurd… If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?” Scalia is a master of snide, sarcastic and specious comments, and has proven that mastery on many occasions. He went so far as to belittle Hosie with the sarcastic comment, “I’m surprised you aren’t persuaded.”

This is but the latest example of Scalia’s bigotry, his homophobic and prejudicial writings extending all the way back to his dissenting opinion in Lawrence v. Texas, the judgement that finally struck down anti-sodomy laws. Mommie Dammit says enough already! This flatulent toad has disgraced the Supreme Court for too long – proof that our vaunted Forefathers weren’t as wise as we’d like to believe when they made these appointments life-long… but then, in their day, the average life expectancy was 50… hmm… pause, consider, sip coffee… enjoy the malevolent thoughts for a moment… AHEM!

So, rather than ineffectually venting my spleen here and moving on, Mommie Dammit has decided to get back in the saddle…. don’t even go there you ungrateful little wretches! … and put on my activist panties once more. I have taken myself to We The People, the petition Web site for the White House and the Obama Administration, and created a petition to demand that Justice (cough-oxymoronalert-hack) Antonin Scalia be recused from the upcoming Prop 8 and DOMA cases that the Supreme Court announced last Friday that they will hear during their current session.

I have no delusions here, O’ My Children – Mommie Dammit knows full well that the President has no power to force a sitting Supreme Court Justice to recuse themselves from an upcoming case. That is not the point of the petition. Our aim here is to raise awareness in the general public of this blight on our highest bench, to generate enough publicity in the media, and to create a broad and loud discussion – both on Scalia’s unfitness for the Bench, and the fact that he is clearly unqualified to sit these cases.He was unfit when appointed by President Reagan, railroaded through a Republican-dominated Senate, and he proved it again when he cast is concurring vote in Citizens United. Throughout his history on the Supreme Court bench Scalia has proven his hypocrisy by twisting the Constitution to meet his own views while vehemently attacking those who view the Constitution as a “living document” whose interpretation must evolve with our society. By creating the petition at We The People we create the avenue for the Obama Administration to weigh in on the cases, and to take a position on Scalia’s lack of qualifications to sit in judgement on them. Even if the President takes no position, or states the fact that the Executive has no such authority over the Judicial branch, it is still the point that this is about generating heat. If we bring enough heat to bear, focus enough light of public scrutiny on Scalia’s bigotry, we stand the chance that he might grow a sense of responsibility…. oh, alright, I had a brain-fart… hmmm…. can’t use “that he would be shamed enough…” either as we all know the man has none. Perhaps, then, the best hope here is that we may force the rest of the Court to demand that Scalia recuse himself – and that works well enough for Mommie Dammit.

Those of you who’ve been thinking – don’t deny it, I can smell the smoke from here – are also aware that Scalia’s recusal would also eliminate what is sure to be one of the nay-votes from the Bench. You’re not the only one to realize this. Our friends and enemies will also realize it, and it will create its own firestorm in the media. That’s all to the good! The more discussion, the more Scalia’s unfitness for the bench becomes public knowledge, and the less credibility and influence this homophobic, sexist, racist, corrupt man will wield.

We’re playing the long game here, O’ My Children. Recusal of Antonin Scalia is but a ripple in the tidal wave of change we are about to embrace. Winning the Supreme Court decisions is only the beginning of what will be a long, uphill battle. It is entirely likely that the Justices will pass a narrow ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, limiting the effect of their ruling to the State of California. If that happens we must then carry the battle to each of the other 29 states that have enacted laws or constitutional amendments denying us our Civil Right to equal protection under the law and to have our legally recognized marriage, entered into in one state, recognized by all. This is to say nothing of the various ways the Court could rule on DOMA.

Antonin Scalia portrays himself as a “textualist” and “originalist” where the Constitution and civil laws are concerned – meaning that we must interpret these documents in the context of the period in which they were written. This didn’t stop him from concluding that – though the Constitution makes no reference to corporations anywhere within its contents, and certainly never grants them the same rights as living, breathing, individual human beings who are citizens of this nation – the original framers of the Constitution merely left corporations out because such an entity did not exist at the time. Furthermore, since corporations are made up of individual human beings, those rights must be conferred upon the artificial entity of the corporation as well. So much for originalism and textualism.

In his dissenting opinion to Lawrence v. Texas, Scalia makes a central meme out of his idea that the Constitution is a “DEAD” document. As such, reading into it a socially evolved interpretation of the original text to include the rights to privacy and equal protection under the law for homosexuals is wrong – such rights, according to Scalia, do not exist.

Mommie Dammit is certain that I am not the only person who immediately sees the falacy in that opinion – let alone is repulsed by the sheer hypocrisy. If the original text of the Constitution of the United States is a “DEAD” document, one which is not open to interpretation within the context of an evolved society, then tell me… why in the hell did the original framers of the Constitution provide for the means to ammend it?

Indeed, had they not and were the original Constitution a “DEAD” document, then Black people would still be slaves, women – as well as anyone who was not a white male property owner over the age of 25 – would not have the right to vote, prohibition would never have happened let alone been repealed, and Presidents could run for as many terms in office as they damned well pleased. There would be no right to privacy, no right to equal protection under the law, no right to have a legal contract entered into in one state (such as marriage!) honored and upheld by all the other states. All of these rights that we hold precious, that we believe are the foundations of our nation, are ARTICLES and AMENDMENTS to the original document of the Constitution. CHANGES made to it by the original framers and subsequent generations of people with a far greater  understanding, and greater intellectual honesty, than Antonin Scalia of what our Constitution is, means, and how it exists within the framework of the society of each successive generation.

And so I ask you, O’ My Children, to join with me in creating this public debate – let us focus the spot light of media attention on this bigoted man foisted upon our highest court by a railroaded Senate and a criminal President  – let us join together and demand that he recuse himself from the Bench for these most critical Civil Rights cases of our generation. Join me in signing my petition, repost the link to it – and this post, the link or the entirety – wherever and whenever you will. Tweet it, Facebook it, email it to every- and anyone you know. Make your voice heard at any and every opportunity.

UPDATE:

The White House decided that my petition was outside the parameters of the We The People forum, and the petition has been removed. HOWEVER – another has been started for the same purpose on Change.org

All You Ever Need to Understand American Politics…

After the tragic farce that was the RNC … after the slick, well-oiled love-fest-made-sorry-assed-joke that turned out to be the DNC … Well, let’s just say that Mommie Dammit is glad that she stocked up on the Stoli.

I won’t bother shredding some ass pontificating about the participation of certain self-deluded masochists pretending to be Gay AND Republican… nor will I bother working up a sweat over Ryan lying his ass off for the past 6 weeks (hell, what am I saying?! He’s never stopped lying since he learned English!)… I can’t even find it in me to disembowel Romney for turning the tragic deaths and senseless, juvenile violence in the Islamic states into an opportunity to open his mouth and sink to a new low of ignorance and delusions of grandeur.

While the DNC spectacle was less painful to watch, I found myself amused… in a deeply sarcastic, jaded sense that only a bitter old drag queen can feel … by all of the ass-kissing the Democratic lights were falling all over themselves to do. And then it was all ruined by a blatant, transparently spineless cave-in to the pressures of the talking heads on Fux Moos. Never in all my millenia of being amused by the human animal have I seen a more bald-faced abortion of democracy than the chairman’s pre-scripted railroading of the party platform to include language about “God” and “Jerusalem” that was written for him by Hannety and crew…  Oh, wait… Yeah. There was that entire farce known as the 2004 election when the Shrub got his brother Gomer to steal the entire state of Florida and then got his cronies on the SCROTUM SCOTUS to back him on it.

So – in the midst of my disgust-turned-dismissal – I went to check in with that handsome devil Russ, over at Blue Truck Red State. I needed a dose of his common sense, perhaps of his sense of humor… and he did not fail me.  Just when I began to wonder how much bigger I’d have to make my hoopskirt for all the smoke that’s just been blown up it – dear ol’ Russ comes to my rescue.

Funny as hell, dead on the mark, and perfectly frames my thoughts for the whole damned mess… enjoy.

At the bottom of the well…

Of all the things I’ve been holding back on, thinking through, and getting angry about over the past month this has been the most painful. On May 5th Defense Secretary Leon Panetta released a statement calling on our troops to increase discipline and display “integrity” after a series of what some have called “P.R. Disasters” hit the world media. Referencing the incidents of photos and videos that were released showing troops urinating on Taliban corpses, burning copies of the Koran, and displaying body parts allegedly taken from insurgents and Taliban forces, Panetta said the incidents showed “a lack of judgment, a lack of professionalism, and a lack of leadership…”

Panetta’s statement echoed earlier ones from Army and Marine Corps leadership. The Marine Corps commandant, Gen. James Almos, released a “white paper” prior to Panetta’s statement that made the bald statement to his commanders, “We are allowing our standards to erode… A number of recent widely publicized incidents have brought discredit on the Marine Corps and reverberated at the strategic level.” Almos then went on a tour of U.S. bases to drive his point home with the troops.

What I wish more than anything is to line up Secretary Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander-In-Chief shoulder-to-shoulder so I could walk down the line and bitch-slap each and every one… hard… repeatedly… preferably with a plank. The statements released by Panetta and Almos show clearly that the Brass just doesn’t get it. They have no clue as to what’s happening to our troops, and no answers on how to address the crisis.

This isn’t an “erosion of discipline”, it’s an erosion of our men and women under the weight and horror of over 12 years of constant guerrilla warfare, repeated deployments, and a completely under-staffed, under-funded, and misdirected stateside infrastructure. As I pointed out in an earlier post, the Veterans Administration had massively underestimated the numbers of Gulf and Afghan veterans who would need their services. When the tidal wave hit, the V.A. collapsed under the strain and has been playing “catch-up” ever since with poor-to-middling results. No speech by any general is going to reverse the growing suicide rate amongst our military ranks. No press release from the Secretary of Defense will address the nightmare of PTSD and TBI rates in our returning children in uniform. The fact that our men and women in uniform are returning home from these two onerous wars afflicted with mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and severe depression in ever-increasing numbers will not be addressed by any of the posturing out of the Pentagon.

In a recent article by Kristina Wong for ABC News, “Rising Suicides Stump Military Leaders”, Ms. Wong made the asinine statement that “military suicides are not necessarily linked to overseas deployments…” but then contradicted her own words by reporting that, according to testimony before a congressional hearing by Army Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Thomas Bostick, there is “evidence of an increase in suicides among those who have had more than one deployment.”

No shit! Really? You’re just catching on to this? Why don’t we take a look at the figures, General… I mean there’s only been a climbing number of suicides since The Shrub started this whole fiasco, but – typical of our military’s leadership – you’re only now seeing the correlation? Which filing cabinet have they been hiding you under, I wonder… During the same congressional hearing, it was no surprise that some Rethuglican dick-weed had to interject a little fear-mongering and pandering to his corporate masters in the military supply-chain. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., chairman of the House Armed Services personnel subcommittee worried, “I am very concerned those stressors will only get worse in the coming months as debate regarding cuts to the Department of Defense budget intensifies.” Wilson is referring to the most common triggers and stressors, risk factors identified in suicide victims and those who have attempted suicide within our armed forces – those being relationship issues, work-related problems, financial pressure, legal concerns, alcoholism and substance abuse. While these are contributors to, and indicators of the possibility of a suicide attempt they are not – in and of themselves – the root causes.

Tell me, Congressman Wilson, how exactly will ending the funding for development of the F-22 Raptor – a flaming pile of crap that has never worked properly since its inception, and is now found to be asphyxiating our pilots on top of engine failures, failure of its stealth features if it gets wet, and a tendency to be a real bitch to fly – how is that going to make the hell our boys and girls are living with worse? How is taking tasks such as base security, food preparation and laundry services away from cost-gouging, incompetent and unprofessional contractors and returning it to U.S. Military service personnel going to make the PTSD and TBI rates worse than they already are? You’re a tool, Wilson, and it speaks poorly of the intelligence of South Carolinians that they fell for your bullshit during the last election.

Perhaps the one thing that Mommie Dammit found most perplexing (as in I read it and immediately thought YOU’VE GOT TO BE FUCKIN’ KIDDING ME!!!) was the disclosure that the Marines’ answer to the mental health crisis is some mind-fart called “Telehealth”. I shit you not. The Corps hands a marine a smart-phone, the beleaguered leatherneck then downloads an app and he can access a Web chat, or make a phone call to talk to another Marine about the shit he’s living in. Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead Jr., Marine Corps deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, said of the effort: “Marines, when we call a number, if we get a social worker or someone, they’re going to know it’s not a Marine. But when there’s a Marine there or someone that talks Marine, then they’ll open up.” There may be some small truth to that, but over all I call BULLSHIT! Peer support works, decades of Alcoholics Anonymous speaks well to that, but it is never, never attempted without experienced, professional supervision. Even A.A. follows guidelines developed over decades with the input of medical professionals and research. I have to work very hard to keep from ringing up the V.A. and screaming, “Why the fuck don’t you give ’em all a subscription to Grindr while you’re at it! It’d do them more good, and relieve a lot more stress, DAMMIT!!!”

To give the devil his due, there is some small modicum of sense to this approach. There is a huge stigma attached to mental health issues, and military culture magnifies this. There is a huge reluctance to admit to, and seek help for personal problems from sources within the military’s active-duty structure – or as the article puts it, you’re not likely to run to your sergeant and tell him you’ve got a drinking problem. So the “Telehealth” initiative gives the troops some measure of discretion in dealing with the burdens facing them. It also makes a dent in the shortage of availability for troops in rural, or remote areas. When my brain-damaged-children-in-uniform come home from deployment, they’re supposed to go through a processing session in which they are interviewed and screened for medical and/or mental health issues. Unfortunately, when they come home they come home en masse – which means that the already under-staffed facilities are hit with a flood of exhausted, over-stressed, homesick soldiers and far too many of them fall through the cracks. There has also been a tendency on the part of the Pentagon to downplay the level of injury, disability, and mental issues they find in our returning troops – this lately has been coupled with the V.A. downgrading an already established disability in our veteran troops, thereby cutting the level of compensation and disability assistance the veteran is allowed.

The great majority of our troops don’t live next door to a military base, or a V.A. hospital, and the Telehealth effort may offer greater access to the facilities they need… but there is something about it that still smacks of “self-medicating” to Mommie Dammit. Discretion and ease-of-access are one thing, but getting the soldier to use it in the first place is another. I can imagine that there are plenty of my flea-bitten children who want and need help facing the waking nightmare that over a decade of continuous guerrilla warfare has wrought. But I can also see the very real likelihood of those who stay in denial, shutting themselves off from friends and love ones, and spiraling inward until they find themselves with the business end of a Glock in their mouth and their finger tensing on the trigger. I know, I’ve watched helplessly while it happened. Love him with all you have in you, reach out to him with every fiber of your being, hold him tight while he screams through the nightmare that wont let him sleep… and then cry bitterly for months after he’s gone somewhere you can never find him, nobody knows him, and hangs himself from a bridge.

We have in each of us a well of resilience that we tap when faced with violence, horror, pain and fear. Some of us stand toe-to-toe with the beast, drive it away once more, and find our well deeper than before. Some of us will do battle with it and find that our well is just that much emptied, the water gone and what remains is somehow fouled. Eventually we reach a point where doing battle with the monster inside leaves us nothing, and a horde awaits outside the door. Here is where we break – the fine line that divides human from beast, man from monster finally crossed and no safe road back to sanity lies before us. Some turn to alcohol or drugs to blur the waking nightmare, others turn to violence to push back against the screaming in our heads. Some are utterly defeated and find no strength, no will to rise to fight again – save but for one bullet.

For you and I, living in the safety of our homes and the relative sanity of our streets, the need to tap the well of strength and resilience within us is seldom, and rarely deep. For our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq the need comes with nearly every waking hour, and with a thirst that you and I will never experience. With deployments lasting between 9 and 16 months at a stretch for the Army, and leave limited to 75 days at most, the pressures on our troops are enormous. I remembered a particular segment from 60 minutes that set off alarm bells all up and down Mommie Dammit’s spine. Not for the general content of the segment, which brings to the fore all manner of other issues, but for the reactions, body language, and brutally obvious stresses already present in the voices and faces of the soldiers interviewed during the segment. It’s a fairly long chunk of footage, but you’ll never notice it as you’ll quickly be immersed in what I think is one of the best pieces of journalism to come out of this heinous mess.

In particular, pay close attention to Captain John Hintz (sp?) (U.S. Army 101st Airborne) throughout the video, but especially at 11:50 when Lara asks him what his hardest task is. If this isn’t a man on the edge of breaking, then in all my 50 years on this little blue mud-ball I’ve never seen one.

Losing my kids. The pain in that simple statement is written all over the Captain’s handsome face, in the breaking of his voice. “You’re a failure…” is a statement I will never get out of my ears. I feel my little black heart wrench inside me when he says this, and I want to scream in denial of it. You are not a failure, John. The failure was in an American quasi-dictator foisting on us a war that we can never win, who lied about everything in order to drive us into a conflict that was never about securing freedom but about filling the coffers of Haliburton and expanding the Corporate American Empire over resources not within our borders.

Our nation has not fought an honorable war in over 70 years. Instead, we have sent the treasure of our nation on the backs of our youth to fight and die for oil profits, mineral wealth, and the egos of evil old men. If the blame for failure belongs on anyone’s heads it belongs squarely on the politicians, their corporate masters, and the American people for not saying “NO!”

Savage Biblical Bullshit…

Sometimes it takes Mommie Dammit a minute or two – or twenty – to pause, collect my thoughts and form my words into something that doesn’t come across as 30-grit sandpaper on the testicles… Other times, as you’re well aware, I fire from the lip and damn the consequences.

This time I needed to take a pause for reflection, a little research, and a bit of cooling for my temper. Back on April 28th, Dan Savage spoke before a large group of journalism students at an event sponsored by the National Scholastic Press Association. The event was held at a high school, and attended by over 2,800 students. During his speech Mr. Savage referred to the anti-homosexuality verses in the Bible as “bullshit” – at which point several students walked out of the lecture, while the vast majority remained and even applauded Savage’s remarks. (1)

Savage stated during his lecture, “We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible and what it says about gay people,” pointing out the hypocrisy of the acceptance of homophobic teachings while ignoring the verses which support slavery and condemn eating shellfish. In reaction to the students who walked out, Savage said, ““It’s funny, as someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.”

Afterward the NSPA defended Savage with the following statement by the executive director on Fox News:

 “We appreciate the level of thoughtfulness and deliberation regarding Dan Savage’s keynote address… Some audience members who felt hurt by his words and tone decided to leave in the middle of his speech, and to this, we want to make our point very clear: While as a journalist it’s important to be able to listen to speech that offends you, these students and advisers had simply reached their tolerance level for what they were willing to hear.”

Mr Savage himself apologized if anyone was hurt by his comments, but said he would not apologize for what he said. However, in a following statement, he did apologize for the use of “pansy-assed”, saying it amounted to name-calling, and that it was wrong. (2)

…pause, sip Stoli, winks to Sharkfu, continue…

I can hear you thinking… grinding gears usually are quite noisy, ya know. “So what? Nothing he said was, in essence, wrong. And you’ve devoted more than a few kilobytes on the contradictions and bullshit in the Bible… So what’s your point?” That would be a good question, Che’, and I’m proud of you for thinking of it. Fact is, I had a bit of a struggle with myself along those same lines. But what it comes down to is that – while I agree with the message, it’s the delivery that leaves me wanting.

First of all “bullshit” and “pansy-assed”… really? You’ve set yourself up as an internationally recognized spokesman for the LGBT community, Dan, and then you go in front of a bunch of teenagers and THIS is the language you choose?!? OK, fine, there isn’t but three of these wet-nosed delinquents who hasn’t used worse – and likely did so immediately following the lecture. But you, a grown adult, in front of a group of kids, and in your capacity as a spokesperson… frankly, Dan, if I could stomach the thought of two lay-overs I’d fly out there and beat your ass like a drum… and I wouldn’t let Terry watch, either. You are well known for not pulling a punch, and the depths of your dementia are well known with the Santorum reference… but for fuck’s sake, Daniel Keenan, show a little maturity and professionalism once in a while. While “bullshit” is something that registers very low on the obscenity Richter scale, it’s use in combination with “pansy-assed” in front of a group of aspiring journalists at an event sponsored by NSPA…? The original hit, combined with the aftershock, in such a setting puts this at about a 6.8. Am I getting the point across, Daniel? Frankly, it makes me wonder who the bigger delinquent in the room really is.

Second, I have no issue with pointing out the hypocrisy of people adhering to Leviticus 18:20 and 19:20 to justify their homophobia, while ignoring the plethora of other “abominations” listed in the same book. It’s a valid point, and worth the making. BUT(you just knew there had to be a big “but”… shut up) there is so much more to the failing of Leviticus that could have brought your point to fruition, far better than labeling it bullshit.

First would be the mistranslation of the Hebrew toevot to mean “abomination” when it means “foreign” or “unclean” in reference to cultural taboos that are forbidden to the ancient Israelites. (3) In the vast majority of usage throughout the Old Testament, toevot refers to cultic practices of other nations that the Israelites encountered as they entered another nation’s lands. These practices were foreign to Israel, and therefor “unclean” or “taboo”. Old Testament verse also refers to Israeli practices as “toevot” to other nations – so if toevot meant “abomination”, this would mean the Israelites were abominable as well.

Second is the various words that have been mistranslated from the ancient Hebrew and Greek to mean “homosexual” or “homosexuality.” The first problem with this is that “homosex-anything” didn’t exist in the time of reference. The word was first coined into the English language in 1886, and the concept didn’t emerge as a defining characteristic in personality until around 1830. None of the Hebraic or Greek words used in the original texts of the Old and New Testaments refer to adult male-male sexual/romantic pairings. Malakoi, as used in 1 Corinthians 6:9, refers to “soft” or “effeminate” clothing. Arsenokoitai, as used in 1 Timothy 1:10, refers to the Pagan cultic temple practice of male “sacred” prostitution, and didn’t originally exist in the ancient Greek language until it was coined by Paul. Interestingly enough, neither of these mistranslations existed in the Bible until the King James Version – which some biblical historians and scholars suggest was because the men hired by King James were repulsed by his open homosexuality and various male lovers. (4)

Finally, a rhetorical point… If homosexuality is so abominable, then why did David become king of Israel? He wasn’t in the line of succession, he wasn’t even a blood relative of King Saul. But he was King Saul’s son’s lover. (5)

Now, I realize that all of this may be difficult, or perhaps a bit too much, information for the average high school kid to fathom. The Gods know it’s difficult enough for some full-grown adults! Many can’t seem to grasp that the Bible as they know it is not the literal “word of God” but is, instead, the literary collection and record of an oral tradition, translated innumerable times and always flawed.

References:

1. PinkNews.com.uk “Christian Students Walk Out as Dan Savage Attacks the Bible”

Edmund Broch; April 28, 2012

2. Conservative Groups Accuse Dan Savage Of ‘Bullying’ After He Highlights Their Hypocrisy

Igor Volsky: April 30, 2012

3. Does the Bible Really Call Homosexuality an “Abomination”?

Jay Michaelson; July 1, 2010

4. Homosexuality Is Not a Sin

Canadian Content; June 11, 2009

5. Sorry Right-wingers But King David Was Gay

Ben Kamin; February 5, 2009

Thank You Mr. Vice President!

Mommie Dammit loves me some Joe Biden.

UPDATE:

To be followed 24 hours later, on Morning Joe, by Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Short and sweet, “I do!”

Between the comments from these two gentlemen, some of the mainstream media have begun speculating as to whether this signals a shift in the Obama administration’s stance on marriage equality… pfffft!

If you believe that, then I want some of what you’re smoking. What this represents is – at best – these two men’s opinion, outside of the President’s policies. At worst, and as Mommie Dammit is a world-class cynic where all politicians are concerned, this represents a calculated attempt to soften the growing disappointment in Obama amongst the LGBT community.

Had these statements NOT followed closely on the heels of Obama’s refusal to sign an Executive-Order-equivalent of ENDA, I might have been inclined to be a bit more charitable.   In reality, I take the balance of actions I’ve seen come down the pipe in the last three years and they can only add up to one thing.

Starting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s magnificent opus before the United Nations, joining that to the decision to stop defending the heinous DOMA in court, mix in V.P. Biden’s comments and Secretary Duncan’s baldly stated “I do” and what you get is both a pandering for LGBT votes and money – and a tease that the second term will see the administration take up the cause of the Respect for Marriage Act.

I’m not buying. The only time we will ever see this president, or any other, take up the cause of full equality for the LGBT community will be when they do not care about a second term or when they are far enough along in their second term that the flak from the Reich Wing will no longer threaten their remaining days in office. The timing of this would also be convenient for that president, as when the efforts fail – and you can believe that they will, at least for the first few rounds – the then-outgoing president and his administration can wring their hands in false angst that “there just wasn’t enough time to build support” … blah, blah, blah…

We’ve heard it all before. The talking heads who think they lead or represent the LGBT community have swallowed it before – hook, line and sinker… yeah, Salomonese, I’m looking at your sorry ass. But Mommie Dammit never has been, isn’t now, and never will be taken in by you or the sock puppets you slobber over.

Deny it all you want, HRC. The DNC can send me a thousand emails a day begging for more and more and more and … ad nauseum, of my hard-earned money. I will sit here in the Throne Room, quietly hatching my plots for World Domination, smilingly and gleefully hitting the Delete button.

Show me real, substantive support. Show me real, incontrovertible proof that you stand for full legal and constitutional equality for ALL my children. Show me solid, tangible results – and then, and ONLY then, will Mommie Dammit lay down my poison pen… maybe.