Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The tale of the bug-killing cockroach...

The fact that we are even still talking about Tom Delay as though it’s possible for thinking people to come down on either side of the question seriously worries me about the media and the public’s ability to absorb and analyze information.

Apparently, it takes more than being elected to congress to turn someone into a statesman whose greatest accomplishment up to that point was the ability to kill bugs. Tom Delay is the most morally corrupt politician to hit Washington since Huey P. Long, and nobody since Nixon has shown more open contempt for the public trust, to the point that the House Ethics Committee even had to change its rules to accommodate Delay’s behavior.

Delay has shown himself to be so self-aggrandizing, self-involved and ethically rotten to the core that I can’t believe that he doesn’t actually smell. He’s an embarrassment to me as a Texan, and he should be over. In the immortal words of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, "He sho do look like plant food to me!"

Well, guess what? He isn't. The spitting, foaming wingnut alleged conservatives are already showing what they're made of. "I don't see any wavering of the support for the leader. I think a lot of members think he's taking arrows for all of us," said Rep. Roy Blunt, third-ranking among GOP leaders. Uh-huh...

And what about the sputtering threats some conservative leaders are issuing to their own rank and file? How about this plum, from Morton Blackwell, president of the scary conservative Leadership Institute:

“Any politician that hopes to have conservative support in the future better be in the forefront as we attack those who attack Tom DeLay.”

You know, I'm kind of glad so many of these freaks are hitching their wagon to Tom DeLay's star so blindly, because the media, and even Matt Drudge, seem to smell blood in the water, and as we know only too well, they love blood in the water, and they seldom care whose blood it is.

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Legacy of a Pope...

Let me say first that my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have loved and been touched by Pope John Paul II, a man of faith who understood the importance of religious dialogue, and did much to advance the cause of human rights through compassion.

That being said, I shall not be among those grieving the death of John Paul II.

The Catholic church has been guilty of open hostility toward gays and lesbians, to the point of labeling us "morally disordered" and even "evil." And for that, we have John Paul II to thank.

I recall his 1986 “Halloween” letter, which declared gays and lesbians "disordered," "self-indulgent" individuals who "threaten the lives and well-being of a large number of people." This set the moral tone for millions of people the world over who believe that the Pope is God’s representative on earth. Bishops who were weak on the Pope’s position on gays were essentially marginalized. Gay Catholics who refused to abandon their faith, even as it reviled them, formed Dignity, the Catholic organization for gays and lesbians, which under John Paul II was banned from holding services in Catholic churches. Nice.

The shocking and consistent hate language aimed at gays has been particularly remarkable against the backdrop of pedophile priests, and the relentless scandals which plagued the church through the last 15 years or so, and you would think that would have a moderating effect on John Paul II’s small-minded diatribes against gay and lesbian people, 99.9% of whom have never harmed a child. But rather than strong statements condemning pedophile priests and the diocese officials who had for years tried to protect them, the Pontiff escalated his attacks against the world’s gays and lesbians.

I do recall a statement issued by U.S. Catholic bishops in 1997 which encouraged all people to reject the language of hate, with these words: "The teaching of the Church makes it clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any form of injustice, oppression or violence against them." Seemed encouraging at the time, however…

The Pope remained unmoved by such sentiments. He has never been too sick or frail to attack gays. His new book, released just about the time he was recovering from his tracheotomy last month, characterizes the gay rights movement, and efforts to legitimize gay marriage, as part of an “ideology of evil” which attempts to pit “human rights against the family, and against man.”

Evil?????!!!!! God, how I longed for the pasty old hate monger to shut the hell up. Who knows how many hate crimes against gays and lesbians have been motivated and justified in the sick minds of the gay bashers by feelings of hate which have been articulated by God’s inerrant messenger on earth, the late John Paul II?

Now that he’s dead, maybe he knows exactly how much of that he was responsible for.