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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2005


    I (heart) Sodomites

    I just have to go back to this In These Times editorial because it's full of crazy-great quotes.

    To sell the idea to the public, the Christian right has gathered under the banner of the Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration. The group’s April 7–8 conference, “Confronting the Judicial War on Faith,” highlighted a number of Christian right luminaries and elected officials. (DeLay had to bow out to attend the pope’s funeral.)

    At the conference, Phyllis Schlafly said Justice Kennedy’s citation of international legal standards in his opinion against executing juveniles was “a good ground for impeachment.”

    Christian legal scholar Edwin Vieira disagreed. He said Kennedy should be impeached because his opinion striking down Texas’ sodomy statute “upholds Marxist, Leninist, Satanic principles drawn from foreign law.”

    Why stop with impeachment? Vieira invoked Joseph Stalin’s infamous line: “Death solves all problems: no man, no problem.” “It worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty,” Vieira said.

    How many folks can pull off quoting Stalin favorably in one breath and denouncing "Marxist, Leninist, Satanic principles" in another? I admire Mr. Vieira: I doubt I would be able to walk with balls that big.

    Oh, the title of this post? I just want to be clear about which side I'm on. I prefer the company of sodomites any day to vicious hatemongers like these people. Well, except when the sodomites are being catty. Then perhaps I'll go get a cup of tea. And lesbians, I generally like their company as well. What's that you say? They don't like to be called sodomites? Well, I think c--ksuckers is rude. Oh, gay? Fine, I'm happy too. (shite. never go for the obvious joke.)

    OK, some of this is jest but it is also quite serious. Back during the beginning of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, there was a distinct whiff of "round the gays up and put them in concentration camps" going around. You know, "for the greater good" kind of thing. That was where I really grasped the concept of solidarity, not in a labor or union struggle, but as a collective statement of "if you want to take this person away, you'll have to take me as well." It may not stop anyone from arresting us all but at least I'm clear on my position. (on my knees? ho-ho.) Very much in the vein of...

    First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a communist;
    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a socialist;
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a trade unionist;
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
    because I was not a Jew;
    Then they came for me--
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    --Martin Niemoeller
    (This is apparently the original quote. I took it from here where there is a bit of explanation of how it is often misquoted or deliberately rewritten.)

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