A quick look at Media Matters reveals these lovely little tidbits from rightist nutcases.
[James] DOBSON: I heard a minister the other day talking about the great injustice and evil of the men in white robes, the Ku Klux Klan, that roamed the country in the South, and they did great wrong to civil rights and to morality. And now we have black-robed men, and that’s what you’re talking about. [MediaMatters.org]
I notice that conservatives only dislike the judicial branch when it rules against them. Isn’t this knee-jerk and childish? More to the point, why in the world have noted public figures (including Congressmen) ranted and raved about the lack of accountability in the judicial system? Didn’t they read any textbooks? That’s the point of the judiciary: they aren’t beholden to the public; they’re independent arbiters. Why else would Supreme Court justices serve life terms?
I should also point out that the KKK was composed largely of religious people, especially Protestants, and while I know that Dobson himself doesn’t represent racial bigotry, he should choose his allusions more carefully.
[Laura] INGRAHAM: We have John Bolton, who is a real reformer. He’s almost a lifetime public servant, a scholar, an intellectual. He’s a firm minded man, and he is brilliant. And for John Kerry and for Joe Biden and to Barbara Boxer, with all those other issues that the Democrats can be grabbing onto, to actually be on the side of, what, Kim Jong Il and the European intellectuals who are attacking John Bolton, it makes no sense. [MediaMatters.org]
Uhhhh… what? I was a vegetarian for seven years. Hitler was a vegetarian. Does that make me on Hitler’s side? Nevermind that John Bolton, even if he is a scholar and intellectual (Colmes disagrees), is unfit for role as U.N. ambassador for reasons that Ingraham naturally doesn’t mention, for instance, saying that the U.N. “doesn’t exist.” This is a no-brainer, folks.
[William] DONOHUE: Look, look, there’s a new strain of HIV available in New York City. It’s because of gay men. All right? All the talk about condoms —
RACHEL MADDOW (guest and Air America radio host): Or virology.
DONOHUE: The fact of the matter is it’s due to the behavioral recklessness of gay men in New York City, that they’re endangering the lives of everybody. So, you want to talk about the Catholic Church intervening in other people’s lives? The gay community has yet to apologize to straight people for all the damage that they have done — for contaminating the blood supply in New York City and around the country. And I find it amazing that, when people are acting so morally delinquent, that they’re asking for more rights at the same time.
It seems to me that gay people in this country should apologize to the rest of the people, the way the pope has apologized to other people, and practice sexual reticence. Practice restraint, and you won’t have the problem. It’s entirely a result of behavioral recklessness that we have this disease [HIV/AIDS]. And it’s a politically correct disease, isn’t it? [MediaMatters.org]
Contaminating the blood supply? Why hasn’t the straight community apologizes to gays for belittling, abusing, marginalizing, and even killing them?
[Bill] O’REILLY: So this is just the beginning, ladies and gentlemen, of this crazy gay marriage insanity — is gonna lead to all kinds of things like this. Courts are gonna be clogged. Every nut in the world is gonna — somebody’s gonna come in and say, “I wanna marry the goat.” You’ll see it; I guarantee you’ll see it. [MediaMatters.org]
In Bill’s defense, he’s not a total bigot. Still, I hate it when moderate requests for liberty are viewed through the filter of some conspiratorial domino effect. Asking for equal legal rights (“marriage” or no) for homosexuals is not an endorsement of sex with children (NAMBLA is still not exactly a force majeure in Washington), sex with animals, or any irresponsible sexuality. Conservatives paint homosexuals as nothing but swingers and degenerates, and I’m sure there’s at least as high a percentage as in the heteresexual populace, but the gays who are trying to get married are doing so in search of the very domestic values that conservatives claim they are destroying: a stable family, a monogamous relationship, &c.