I learned that it’s my “God-given right” to carry the LINK letter into the polling booth so that I’ll know who to vote for, and I won’t even have to think. (Especially good for women, no doubt.) “We have NEVER supported a Democrat,” the publisher says. And I have to wonder, if you’ve never supported a Democrat, if you vote exactly as someone has told you, then you’re not really thinking for yourself, are you? You’re just buying into and reinforcing stereotypes.
This newsletter gives insights into how these folks think. And it’s pretty scary. Here’s a quote:
The gays are becoming the new “in” group. They say you and I are bigoted, racist, hateful homophobes if we speak out against the harmful lifestyle.
Not sure who “they” is, but I didn’t actually say that. However, I believe people speak the truth about themselves. So yes, I agree that this brand of conservatism is indeed bigoted, racist and homophobic. (Read Rachael’s great post about hatefulness.) Exactly who is suffering from this “harmful lifestyle”? The new “in” group? Really? If “gay is in” who is out?
Texas is the last stand for conservative values in America.
In other words, while the rest of the nation has grown more tolerant, a number of Texans–at least the ones with deep pockets and a soapbox–hold stubbornly to the belief that every person must be the same in color, religion, sexual orientation and political preference. (Yes, every person pictured in this glossy, 16-page newsletter is white.)
I’d like to say that it’s just religion that makes people bad, but like guns, religion is merely a weapon. It’s used to attack anyone standing outside the circle of power who might be a threat: “single” women, minorities, gays and people who’ve been marginalized. No, the GOP cannot survive as a “national force” without God because he’s the club wielded on anyone who doesn’t fit their narrow view of what is “right.” God told these folks that marriage is between one man and one woman. He puts babies into the bellies of female humans (not any other animal). And he doesn’t want immigrants in America taking our jobs.
The rest of us have to stand up against these bullies. We can’t allow a handful of loud obnoxious yahoos work their way into our government with the intention of legislating who others love and what they do with their bodies.
So I am taking my LINK letter to the poll next week, and I’m voting against any candidate or incumbent who stands for intolerance and bigotry.
On another note — for those of you who’ve asked about interviews, I had a great one a few nights ago with some funny atheists from the DFW area. (Yes! There’s more in Texas.) Check out the interview, as well as their other podcasts. (Just a warning, however. They’re fond of profanity!)