Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Proposition 8: Hatred and Bigotry in California

At the end of a long, eight-hour drive home from Northern California yesterday, I was assaulted in my own home town by one of the most offensive billboards I've seen in decades. The words were simple:
Protect Our Children: Vote Yes on 8
The message was accompanied by a photograph of a beautiful, smiling white girl, about seven or eight years old.

(For those of you from out of state, Proposition 8 is the amendment to the California constitution that would ban gay marriage.)

What's the message here? Let's break it down:
  • Gay people are all pedophiles.
  • If we give Gay people civil rights, this little girl will be assaulted by sexual perverts

This is religion at its worst. The Yes-On-8 backers are suggesting that our gay and lesbian friends, neighbors and relatives are somehow going to corrupt a cute, innocent little eight-year-old white girl, pollute her in some sexual but ill-defined way. Apparently, the only way to protect this little girl is to take away the civil rights of our gay and lesbian citizens.

This is the height of intellectual and moral corruption. Shame on the Christians who are paying for these disgusting advertisements for Proposition 8. They're the ones demonstrating true moral depravity.


  1. "pollute her in some sexual but ill-defined way"

    I think this nails it perfectly - if there's anything that seems to define the fundamentalist community, it's the crippling fear of their own offspring's developing sexuality - a fear that usually winds up scarring said offspring rather than protecting them.

  2. Strange though how such famous 'anti-gay' evangilists have since been found engaging in what only can be described as 'hot man on man action'.

  3. These people really need to lose their tax-exempt status..

  4. Though I have friends on both sides of this issue, I think that interpretation may be a bit of a stretch. I don't think they are inferring more than the fact that they would like to define what their children are taught rather than letting other people do that for them.


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