The sad thing is that there’s seemingly no limit to how low the right wing will go. I just listened to John McCain spouting the most ridiculous line of bull I’ve heard from him yet, his face reddening as he called Barack Obama a socialist and insisted that he wants to “spread the wealth.” Every 4 or 5 days there’s a new talking point as his campaign desperately finds a message that will stick; so far, every message they’ve tried does nothing to increase his following but instead energizes his base into showing their true face — bigots, hypocrites, jingotastic freaks.
Here in California we’re watching fundamentalists from all over the country (the majority of them seem to be from the Church of Latter Day Saints) converge to demonize gay people. Jesus is weeping.
Their commercials have been disgusting, a festival of almost surreal stereotypes and claim that Our!Children! will be taught all about GAY SEX in school! Of course, everyone knows that if there’s anything likely to stop SEX it’s MARRIAGE.
Today they’ve sunk to yet another new low, and that’s saying something. Get this:
Leaders of the campaign to outlaw same-sex marriage in California are warning businesses that have given money to the state’s largest gay rights group they will be publicly identified as opponents of traditional unions unless they contribute to the gay marriage ban, too.
ProtectMarriage.com, the umbrella group behind a ballot initiative that would overturn the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage, sent a certified letter this week asking companies to withdraw their support of Equality California, a nonprofit organization that is helping lead the campaign against Proposition 8.
“Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error,” reads the letter. “Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. … The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published.”
The letter was signed by four members of the group’s executive committee: campaign chairman Ron Prentice; Edward Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference; Mark Jansson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and Andrew Pugno, the lawyer for ProtectMarriage.com. A donation form was attached. The letter did not say where the names would be published. [SF Gate]
Just so they know, my business — Cowan Creative — made a donation to fight this bigoted, anti-freedom, anti-American proposition. And I don’t mind at all if they want to “out” me. I hadn’t planned on mentioning that I’d donated, partly because it would kind of sully it and partly because I wish I could have given more; but hey. If these people think it’s something people should know then have at it.