Is ‘Sodomites’ the new ‘queer’?

Unnatural SinAs we reported in today’s Dallas Voice, Montana is one of four states including Texas that still has its gay-only sodomy law on the books. Apparently, some Montana legislators are attempting to clean up the penal code too.

State Rep. Ellie Boldman Hill posted on her Facebook page a photo, right, of some reading material every legislator received, called The Truth About Homosexuals — 21st Century Sodomites. Hill wrote:

Here’s what all Montana legislators received in their Capitol mailboxes today. There are no words for what is going on up here. — at Montana State Capitol.

Time Magazine named Hill one of their “40 Under 40” and he Missoula Independent named her that city’s best activist three years in a row. But in the Montana House, she’s facing the same opposition that Rep. Garnet Coleman and Sen. Jose Rodriguez will encounter in the Texas Legislature.

Sodomites. I haven’t heard that stupid, mistranslated (yes, I speak Hebrew and that word is mistranslated) word used seriously in years. But every time the right wing loses another argument, they come up with something new. Sodomite seems to be their latest fad and expect to hear it more.

Earlier this week, Right Wing Watch reported Vision America’s Rick Scarborough delivered a guest sermon at at a New Jersey church and said sodomite should be used in place of gay. “They’re not gay … that’s a twist into the words,” Scarborough said. “It won’t be long until we’ll be calling pedophiles ‘happy people.’”

On Monday and Tuesday, Scarborough will be spreading his love in Austin. Monday he’ll be at a private reception with Gov. Rick Perry, who coincidentally has been accused over the years of being a sodomite himself, and on Tuesday at a pro-life march and rally.

Queer used to be a bad word. A terrible insult. Maybe we should appropriate the word sodomite in the same way.

Watch a clip from Scarborough’s sermon below.

—  David Taffet

Novotny takes on Kern’s attack on liberals

Brittany Novotny

Brittany Novotny, a transgender attorney, is challenging incumbent Sally Kern for her seat in the Oklahoma legislature. The district is in Oklahoma City.

She sent Dallas Voice a letter today taking issue with Kern’s appearance at “Wake Up, America” where Kern took a stand against liberals.

Novotny challenged Kern to deal with the state’s real issues. In the past Kern has said that gays and lesbians were a bigger threat to the country than terrorists.

Other speakers at the conference included “Rev.” Noah Hutchings, known for anti-Catholic rhetoric including calling Pope John Paul II the anti-christ. He predicted the world would end in 1987-88. It didn’t.

Another “Wake Up, America” speaker, Baptist minister Rick Scarborough, spoke “In defense of mixing church and state.”

Open Letter to Rep. Sally Kern: How About Taking on Oklahoma’s Real Problems?

Dear Rep. Kern:

One of my supporters forwarded me a speaking schedule for a conference that took place this past weekend called “Wake Up, America!”  According to the speaker schedule, on Saturday you were to present on the topic of “Taking a Stand Against Liberals.”

This led me to ponder a question.  What exactly do you see as your job as a state legislator?  Is this just a game to you?  Oklahoma is facing real issues that will affect the everyday lives of teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners, and most important of all our children.

Instead of spending your weekends and your time in the legislature “taking a stand against liberals,” why aren’t you finding solutions to our budget dilemma that will keep teachers in the classroom, police officers and firefighters on the street, construction workers improving our roads and bridges, and small businesses afloat?

Legislating should not be a political game.  Real lives are affected by what goes on in the legislature.  But if you’re too busy “taking a stand against liberals” (of which there are maybe 5 in the 101 seats of the state legislature) to find real funding solutions, then apparently you believe that legislating is just a game.  As long as you’re taking a brave stand against “liberals,” then people shouldn’t worry about the fact that Putnam City Schools just laid of 40 teachers.

After examining your legislative record of the past six years, it appears that your main goal has been to institute a big brother government that looks into the private bedrooms and physician exam rooms of Oklahomans, while doing nothing to address the issues facing Oklahoma’s public schools (which you have stated are “failing our children”) or our crumbling infrastructure.  Targeted tax incentives are great for economic development; across the board tax cuts that bankrupt our public schools and deplete resources that go to public health and safety will not make Oklahoma a more attractive place to do business.

The Journal Record has already taken you to task for “damaging [Oklahoma’s] credibility and inhibiting our state’s ability to conduct business.”

This is OUR future that you’re playing with.  I’m not willing to just stand by and let your crusade against liberals ruin the future of my home, Oklahoma.  That’s why I decided to challenge you, because Oklahomans deserve legislators that are going to work in the Capitol to try and solve our budget crisis.  Oklahomans deserve legislators looking for ways to help our small businesses create jobs.  Oklahomans deserve legislators looking for innovative education solutions to ensure that all children have the tools they need to succeed.  Oklahomans deserve legislators that understand that economic development requires investment in our transportation infrastructure.

In order to solve these problems, I’m willing to work with all of my fellow legislators and fellow Oklahomans. I’ll work with conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans to find solutions that will help us create a brighter future for all Oklahomans. It’s OUR future, let’s stop the divisiveness and start building something better.

Sincerely,

Brittany M. Novotny

—  David Taffet

'The Daily Show' on Dallas' gay divorce case

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“Do same-sex couples really just want the right to marry that’s afforded to all heterosexual couples, or do they have a more sinister agenda in mind?” Jon Stewart asks at the start of last night’s segment on Texas’ first same-sex divorce case. The segment ends with a straight married couple making out with another woman, and correspondent Jason Jones trying to get in on it. “This is marriage to me,” Jones says. “This is the sanctity of marriage to me. We can’t let gays have all this. No way. They haven’t earned it.” There’s plenty of good stuff in between, including interviews with Dallas attorney Peter Schulte and his client, “J.B.,” as well as East Texas pastor Rick Scarborough, who’s asked whether he’s concerned that “gays are trying to shove their long, thick agenda down your throat repeatedly.” Ultimately Jones concludes that if gays are allowed to divorce, nothing will stop them from the grand abuses of marriage that heterosexuals enjoy, such as furtive gay airport sex. He also says God intended man and woman to be stuck in a loveless union, not gays. Check it out.

—  John Wright