Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monserrate's Adam Drags Eve, Part II

     Well, he's back and trying to reclaim his seat, and he's up to his old homophobic and bigoted tactics.

     The New York Daily News reports:
     Supporters of ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate are claiming his rival, Assemblyman Jose Peralta, is a pawn of "mega-rich gay fanatics" in an anti-gay flyer being handed out at churches in their Queens district.
     Monserrate and Peralta - both Democrats - and several other candidates will face off in a special election next Tuesday to fill Monserrate's old seat. He is running to win back the job he was booted from by colleagues last month after being convicted of misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend.
     The flyer says Peralta, who has the support of many gay leaders and groups, is the "leading spokesperson for the gay community's [sic] in N.Y.C." It says those groups "are dedicated to destroying our way of life and creating same sex marriage."
     In a statement, Peralta shot back: "This flyer is just another example of how Hiram Monserrate thrives on bullying and hate-mongering."
     Gay and lesbian groups have targeted Monserrate for his opposition to gay marriage. "With each hate-mongering, fear-rattling, equality-stunting volley, Hiram Monserrate digs another foot down into his political grave," said Valerie Berlin, a spokeswoman for the gay advocacy group Fight Back New York.
     Here is the flyer in question.  It reconfirms what we already know to be true.  Monserrate is a bully, bigot, and not worthy of anyone's vote.

Roy Ashburn's Compartmentalized Coming Out Interview

    Embedded below is the AM 1180 KERN interview of outed antigay, Republican, California state Senator Roy Ashburn by Inga Barks. (Notice their prominent direct link to FOX News.)

     Here's the gist of the interview: 

     Barking: Ms. Barks spends the much of her time barking about the media and the blogosphere and how unjust it has been for people to call out her Republican hero's hypocrisy and double life.  Wait, didn't Jesus call out the political-religious zealots of his day for their hypocrisies?
  • Matthew 23:27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of filth.
     Two Faces of Compartmentalization Are Okay:  Both Roy and Inga see politicians' personal lives and public lives as separate (unless you are Bill Clinton, John Edwards, or any other Democrat).  What Republicans do in the dark, doesn't matter in the light.  Their savior would be so proud of them.
  • 1 Timothy 5:20 "Those [elders] who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that others may take warning."
      Double Life:  Roy would have gone on happily blowing random tricks in the closet while publicly presenting himself as a good Catholic Republican and denouncing the civil rights of committed, monogamous, honest, same sex couples.
  • Proverbs 4:19 "The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble."
     Hypocrisy:  While Roy, Inga, and their brood hold the distinction between conservatives' private and public lives sacred, they keep sticking their legislative noses into the private lives of LGBT persons.  When the public invades one of their private lives and calls one of them to moral accountability, that's vindictive, mean, reprehensible, but when they legislate the private lives of "free" American citizens, it's patriotic.
      Still Anti-Gay:  Roy-Toy is going to continue to vote against gay rights for the remainder of his term, when he will thankfully not run for reelection.  (He's not man enough to resign.) He's voted anti-gay all along, because it's what his (bigoted) constituents want.
  • 1 John 2:9-11 "Anyone who claims to be 'in the light' and hates his brother is, in fact, still in complete darkness. The man who loves his brother lives in the light and has no reason to stumble. But the man who hates his brother is shut off from the light and gropes his way in the dark without knowing where he is going. For darkness has made him blind."
     Pray for Me:  When Barks asked him what people can to do help, Senator Assborn asked for people's prayers.  Yes, pray away the gay.  Subtext: "This is all about me and hast nothing to do with the lives of the people I've voted to destroy, all the while pretending that I wasn't one of them.  Pray for me.  It's about me, me, me, me, poor little crucified ME!"
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation: "Nothing fails like prayer."
     Republicans Love Minorities:  Barks assured Aspbin that his conservative base will continue to support him, because, unlike the evil liberal media, Republicans are unconcerned with the private lives of their politicians and race, creed, and sexual orientation do not matter in the eyes of the conservative base.  Seriously, she is delusional.
     The Party of "No":  Barks sent Assburn back to the legislature with the great Republican commission: Go forth and vote NO on everything
  • I doubt she meant No on Prop 8.
    I still stand by what I wrote last night, in hopes of Roy Ashburn becoming an honest champion of LGBT civil rights.  Sadly, this interview indicates that he is still lost in compartmentalization, denial, and shame, and that he is incapable of even comprehending the damage his voting record has done to own kind.

     Here are the recordings of the interviews.

     Part One: the interview starts at 4:35. If you want to hear Inga's shaming of the press and the blogosphere for calling Ashburn on his hypocrisy, start at the beginning.

Part Two: this one is all Roy, all the time.

Florida, the Sunshine Hate

     Are you still sitting that feature length spec of Chip 'n Dale Take Key West?  Looking to shoot the next great Brokeback Mountain or Six Feet Under in Florida?  Well, if Rep. Stephen Precourt gets his way you can go elsewhere, because to him homosexuality is not "family friendly."  Gays in the media are as dangerous and damaging as smoking, sex, nudity, profane language, and gratuitous violence.  I guess that rumored upcoming Disney World vacation for the Mad Men firm is out.

     The Miami New Times reports:
     Well, our hopes for a sequel to The Birdcage just got dampened. That's because a new bill that increases tax incentives to lure television and movie production to Florida would deny those tax breaks to films that feature gay characters. And unlike the ultraconservative Republican politician in The Birdcage, it doesn't seem the bill's sponsor, Rep. Stephen Precourt, will have a change of heart anytime soon.
     Current laws prevent tax breaks for films that feature smoking, sex, nudity, or profane language. The proposed changes make Florida guidelines seem even more like the Hays Code that censored Hollywood from the the '30s to the '60s. Thankfully, Precourt hasn't borrowed more ideas from that censorship office and written in language that would also disallow interracial relationships, suggestive dancing, and "lustful kisses."
     What is Precourt's reasoning?  The Florida AP reports:
     The proposal by Republican Rep. Stephen Precourt of Orlando would increase the credit and expand the field of disqualified productions as those that include any "exhibit or implied act" of nontraditional family values and gratuitous violence.
     Precourt says he's not targeting the gay community but that shows with gay characters would not be something he'd want "to invest public dollars in."
     Florida Together director Ted Howard says "instituting 1950s-style movie censorship does nothing to support real-life families."
     Of course, Mr. Precourt is "not targeting the gay community," but would he be able to get away with such a law if he were representing all the people who don't want their tax dollars invested in fundamentalist Christian-themed films?  I doubt it.

     Does this mean that everything even remotely gay has to be removed from Disney World?  Good luck with that one.

Divorced, Catholic, Republican, Antigay Legislator Roy Ashburn Comes Out, Doesn't Resign

     He's gay!  Duh.

     The Mail Online reports:
    A California state senator who has been a staunch opponent of homosexual rights now admits he is gay.
    Republican lawmaker Roy Ashburn came out Monday on KERN radio, saying he felt compelled to address rumors that he had visited a gay nightclub near the Capitol before his arrest last week for drunk driving.
    The 55-year-old father of four said he had broken the law, putting people at risk, so he owed the public an explanation.
    Ashburn has consistently voted against gay rights measures since he was elected to the state Assembly in 1996.
    He has said those votes reflected the way constituents in his district wanted him to vote.
     Well, Roy, are you going be a man and resign, or do you prefer to keep voting the way your Republican constituents want you to vote, even at the expense of your own civil rights?  You've only got one face now, so wear it with pride.

     I do wish you the best in your healing from this scandal and hope that you have the support of people who are truly supportive of you.  My advice: forget the scorpions and snakes of the Catholic church and the self-loathing of its "Courage."  Turn to your LGBT brothers and sisters, ask for help and forgiveness.

     If you start sticking up for your own kind, you will find that we are a very understanding and forgiving bunch.  There is a freedom and authenticity that comes from baring it all in honesty and truth.  Nearly all of us were in the closet at some point and had to overcome the mind-screw of our cognitive distortions and religious conditioning.  There is life beyond the shame.

     (Oh!  And use condoms.)
(Picture via Los Angeles Times)