And still I link

Glenn Greenwald argues that the FBI’s efforts to infiltrate Muslims and provoke them to violence (so they can be busted) is as bad as under Hoover 50 years ago (as noted in the article, those efforts were bad and unconstitutional).
•Conservatives really are beating the drum to argue that people should be getting married instead of screwing without benefit of wedlock. I presume this is sleight-of-hand like David Brooks loves to pull: Yes, the economy may be bad, but the real reason poor people are poor is that they aren’t married.
To the best of my knowledge, the evidence that marriage causes more financial success, as opposed to the two being linked but not cause/effect, is minimal (feel free to correct me). And to the extent there is a link, it’s mostly for men—women often do worse financially and career-wise (but women should marry anyway because it’s their duty to America).
•Yes Means Yes says (and I agree) that for the rapists and their friends in Steubenville, humiliating the victim was half the fun. Which didn’t stop one former NAACP leader in Steubenville blaming the victim. And not accurately either—a passed-out woman, even if she was drinking, is not consenting to sex!
•Is the USPS more likely to mislay boxes labeled “atheist?”
•The Intuit company that sells tax-preparation software fights to keep taxes from becoming simpler.
•An attorney defending DOMA insists it’s goal is to make sure all states treat gay marriage the same. Which makes no sense, and the Supreme Court, it seems, was not impressed. Meanwhile, Wonkette rips into Megan McArdle’s views on gay marriage,which I linked to yesterday.
•Slacktivist suggests the right-wing delusion they’re being persecuted in this debate is that conservatives have always held onto the belief they had the moral high ground. Now, in the eyes of millions of Americans, they’re on the wrong side, and they can’t stand that.
I’ve noticed for years that conservatives equate criticism with repression. Rick Santorum wrote last year that it’s painful to be Catholic in politics—ignoring that he’s not being persecuted for being Catholic, his views would get just as much flak if he were secular. Likewise, at the Wonkette link, one right-winger bemoans that being criticized and belittled for opposing gay marriage is “a different type of ridicule but it’s still ridicule.”
Except, of course, the issue isn’t that gays are being belittled. It’s that they’re being denied the right to marry the people they want to be with (a key difference between gay marriage and the supposed incestuous and polygamous equivalents is that the latter say “You cannot marry certain specific people you find attractive), such as a second wife or a close kin.” That’s not the same as laws saying you can’t marry anyone you find attractive). Some extremists, such as Santorum, want to ban homosexuality. And of course, there’s bullying, job discrimination, hate crimes … so no, ridicule is a side issue.
And no, Christians aren’t like civil-rights marchers attacked by police dogs either.

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  1. Pingback: The marriage-go-round | Fraser Sherman's Blog

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