Little Green Footballs
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Longime LGF fave Orson Scott Card has proudly joined up with a Mormon-backed group called the National Organization for Marriage in its jihad against same-sex marriage in the U.S.
As recently as last November, Charles was praising Card for his anti-Obama and -MSM screeds, for example:
He seems to have either overlooked or forgotten that Card is also a fervent defender of intelligent design.
And now Card, who has previously issued statements like:
Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down
is not only a supporter, but an executive director, of an organization that does very little to hide its theocratic bent. In other words, Card is a Card-carrying member of the loony right -- the very same folks against whom Charles now spends a good deal of his time railing.
EDIT: P.S. This.
Monday, April 20, 2009
However, I have learned (to my dismay) that many of the people who portray themselves as "anti-jihad" are simply paranoid bigots, and/or religious fanatics with hidden motives, who have hitched a ride on the justifiable outrage most of us felt after the 9/11 attacks.
Charles Johnson, blogger and incredibly slow learner.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Charles Johnson, Tuesday:
This turn toward the extreme right on the part of Fox News is troubling, and will achieve nothing in the long run except further marginalization of the GOP—unless people start behaving like adults instead of angry kids throwing tantrums and ranting about conspiracies and revolution.
Charles' faithful doppelgänger Zombie, yesterday:
The goal of the “gay agenda,” or whatever you want to call it, is (according to the queer theorists themselves) to recast all of culture, and I mean all of culture, from a queer perspective. It is to forever bring an end to “heteronormativity,” which means the presumptive interpretation of reality through a straight lens. This is to be replaced with the presumptive interpretation of reality through a gay lens. Hence all of history, all of contemporary society, all of literature, all of social sciences, all of politics, all social norms are to reinterpreted from a queer perspective — or at least what the activists have defined as a queer perspective.
This goal has absolutely nothing to do with “equal rights” or “gay marriage” or anything like that. The goal is to forge yet another form of “identity politics,” to contrive a new significant minority group. And the reason for that is to create yet one more stress fracture through society, to accelerate its splintering into a million warring factions, so that there is a general breakdown of society, as a necessary prerequisite for revolution. Complete fundamental revolution — not just a political revolution.
Any feeling of unity among people, of trans-divisional solidarity, of contentment, needs to be wiped away. Because a contented society will never consent to revolution. This is the whole purpose of identity politics, or race-baiters, of “queer studies,” of the whole seemingly incomprehensible obsession with “race, class and gender,” of any movement which intentionally causes rifts in the cohesion of American society: the ultimate goal is the eradication of all pre-existing social norms, so that we can “start afresh” with an entirely new moral code and social structure after a fundamental revolution.
Some queer theorists are aware of this ultimate goal, but some are not. They go through the motions, not even cognizant of why they’re doing it, content to go with the flow. But if you read the foundational documents, the deep theorists, then the overarching goal is laid out plain to see.
I’m all for equal rights for everyone, just as you are — but you are dreadfully naive if you think this has anything to do with equal rights or even with sexuality per se, bi- or otherwise. This is about the push for revolution.
And I’m not calling it a “communist” revolution for a reason, because it goes way beyond mere “communism,” way beyond just economics. I think even Marx himself would be shocked and mortified at what he has unleashed, or at least what he has inspired. But actually it’s not his fault: there have been attempts at Total Revolution in the past, some successful, some not: the Christianization of the Roman Empire; the Islamic conquest of the Middle East; the French Revolution; the Great Leap Forward/Cultural Revolution in China; the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia; etc. In most cases, successful or not, the end result was wholesale slaughter, and the subsequent new social order and moral code was no better than the one it replaced.
Evidently Charles' post was directed at the "teabagging" movement, not at fellow-travelers conjuring up evidence of a sinister homosexual conspiracy to press Little Pink Books into the hands of all Americans and force everyone into same-sex marriages. Nonetheless, Zombie's rant has more than a whiff of lunatic paranoia about it.
To this day, we still don't know where Charles stands on the issue of same-sex marriage, and we suspect that won't change anytime soon; but as the desperate opponents of equal rights -- many of whom are allied, blogospherically and otherwise, with Charles' most fervent enemies -- frantically ramp up their mendacious attacks on gay and lesbian Americans, the issue will become more and more difficult for him to ignore.
Monday, April 06, 2009
Is Charles Johnson reverting back to hippiedom?
First a bit of petulance.
Then some criticism of the far-right.
Criticism of Bush.
And to top it all off, he's advocating legalizing marijuana.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Here's some fauxtography that Charles Johnson didn't (and probably will never) report about:
Papers alter Israel cabinet photo
Two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers have altered a photo of Israel's new cabinet, removing two female ministers.
Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver were grouped with the rest of the 30-member cabinet for their inaugural photo.
But Yated Neeman newspaper digitally changed the picture by replacing them with two men. The Shaa Tova newspaper blacked the women out.
Publishing pictures of women is viewed by many ultra-orthodox Jews as a violation of female modesty.
Other Israeli papers reprinted the altered images next to the original photos, with one headlining it "Find the lady".
The ultra-Orthodox community separates itself from mainstream society through its traditional religious practices and distinctive attire of black hats, coats and sidelocks for the men and long skirts and sleeves for the women.
Restrictions include using only Kosher telephones, and not accessing websites with content deemed inappropriate.
For a comparison between real and fake picture, click here. Now imagine for a moment if that had happened in (say) Egypt..