Did Rick Perry come out in support of gays? (No, of course not, don’t be an idiot)

This is what frustrates me the most about dealing with hypocrites: They can’t keep their bigotry and their demagoguery straight.

Last month, the Texas Governor and GOP hopeless (let’s face it — he can’t be hopeful) ran an ad in Iowa in which he expressed a degree of disgust that “gays can serve openly in the military” but children can’t celebrate Christmas (huh?). He was taken to task by an Iowa teen, and again reiterated his hate-mongering.

But now that the Iowa caucuses are down to the wire, Perry is desperate to show his conservative roots. So all weekend, he’s been touting his serious commitment to supporting veterans who deserve our help — for instance, through care at VA hospitals and with job assistance and family services — after they return from overseas.

Well, since he obviously knows gays actually do serve — one of the few facts he’s gotten right in a while — then it logically follows Perry would condemn any employers who discriminate again a gay serviceman applying for a job, or would endorse an extension to same-sex spouses of veterans of  health another benefits for their injured spouses.

Only I’m sure he doesn’t.

So basically, it means you can believe a word Perry says, because his rules have a litmus test: You must first share his perverse religious faith that teaches hatred toward our fellow man in order to understand who, exactly, is entitled to our support. It seems to me a little like Orwell’s “All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.”

So give us a straight answer, Rick: Do you unconditionally support returning veterans, or did you lie yet again? Because logic demands it be one or the other… though logic never seemed to matter to folks like him before.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Unbelievable article on schadenfreude & the tender egos of anti-gay hypocrites

You have to click over and read this article at Jacksonville.com, “Critics feel justified in bashing fallen pastor.” The meme being developed by the right is that people who gloat over the “misfortunes” of people like alleged sex predator Eddie Long or any of the Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay are simply compassionless regarding the plight of the exposed hypocrite.

Yes, you read that right. And the fundies wind up for the pitch…

And while there is a dispute over whether such public scorn is reserved for conservative Christians – evangelicals say it is, moderates and liberals say it isn’t – they also agree the Long situation is just the latest example of a society that loves to gloat over disgraced public figures.

Sadie Fields, an Atlanta-based political consultant and former head of the conservative Georgia Christian Alliance, said Long should be treading the exemplary path he’s been telling others to follow. Still, she finds it disturbing how viciously his enemies and critics have assailed him before his day in court.

If there’s a flaw to be found it is this kind of piling on and salacious delight” people take in others’ failures, Fields said. “It’s a sad commentary on human nature that people find satisfaction in other people’s pain.”

If there is one point in the piece where you know the reporter, Jeff Brumley, blows any credibility of this meme, it’s when he goes to Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel for comment.

But others say the criticism is fueled by ideology.

“There is a double standard by the media … against pro-family, Christian or conservative individuals,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Counsel, an Orlando-based legal ministry that supports conservative causes.

…Whenever a conservative “falls they pile on them and try to use that human failure to discredit the underlying message,” Staver said, in this case opposition to gay rights.

Um. It does discredit it, Mat. Opposing views are in the article as well, but doesn’t address the fact that these hypocrites, with their messages of hate from their own closets have negatively affected so many lives, and in many cases these exposed closet cases were in positions of authority and power to brainwash their flock with homophobia or legislate against LGBTs.
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—  John Wright

A priest, a rabbi and a minister were having sex…

No, don't click there. Your degree would be as valid as these creeps are
No, don’t click there. Your degree would be as valid as these creeps are

I love hypocrites. Especially religious ones. Here are three stories from newspapers around the world this week.

The minister

From Fox News in Australia (Fox News, so you know it has to be true)

“A pastor who preached ‘no sex before marriage’ will fight to remain head of his church after being accused of having relationships with three women in his flock,” the Fox web site said. Well, at least he wasn’t violating his “no sex before marriage” rule. He had been married.

Apparently Bill Pryor, 69, had sex with three women in his congregation. Members of the church think he should resign. Pryor thinks he should be forgiven.

Even his son thinks he should resign. Guess he’s on mom’s side.

The priest

From Catholic.com:

“Bishop Murray of Limerick Steps Down Amid Scandal” reports Zenit, a Rome-based Catholic news organization.

The Pope has accepted the resignation of Irish bishop Donl Murray, 69, of Limerick for “failing to adequately deal with allegations brought to his attention as prelate.”

A report released last month said that the bishop handled the reports of priests who are child abusers “particularly badly” and didn’t even crack down on the particularly egregious case of Rev. Thomas Naughton. That priest was convicted of rape. Twice.

The rabbi

And this from the Israeli newspaper HaAretz:

This one involves an Orthodox rabbi, Leib Tropper, from Rockland County, N.Y., and a woman from Houston he was in the process of converting.

In a recorded phone call, the rabbi demanded the woman service him and his friends sexually in exchange for her certificate of conversion. In Israel, only conversions by Orthodox rabbis are accepted as valid for purposes of citizenship and other legal rights. Probably because of their strong sense of heterosexual morality.

—  David Taffet