Bigot of the Week Award: July 22

22 Jul

Bigot of the Week

As always, TSM is distressed to see how many viable nominees there are for this award. This week, a nomination from Clarknt67 at Daily Kos takes top honors: three jeers to Senator Charles Grassley (R – IA). Despite his reputation as a moderate Republican, Sen. Grassley’s behavior at this week’s hearings for the Respect for Marriage Act earns him this week’s BWA.

As the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley was allowed to make an early statement on the Act. His comments betray his artificial “christianity” and willingness to push a religious agenda above civil rights for all Americans. (The Senator is a member of the ultra-secretive “Jesus-loving” organization known as both The Fellowship and The Family.) In his remarks, Grassley relies on every lie and stereotype about marriage, including the myth that it has been “unchanged” for 6,000 years and that procreation is the only true foundation for the institution. One of the most amazing whoppers in his testimony is

One of the witnesses before us today says that DOMA was passed for only one reason: “to express disapproval of gay and lesbian people.”  I know this to be false.

Really, Mr. Senator?!? What other reason could there be? Sen. Grassley also distorts the record of President Obama, claiming that he supported DOMA (which he never did, despite his tepid record on marriage equality until recently). Grassley also maintains that many witnesses refused to testify against the Respect for Marriage Act for fear of retribution? Again I say, really, Mr. Senator?!? When the law of the land makes LGBTQ Americans second-class citizens, what fear do the hate-mongers reasonbly have? Your words are an insult to the thousands of bullied, discriminated against, assaulted, and abused Americans that you so blithely refuse their rights.  Senator Grassley, how sad that your legacy will be one of hate rather than one of leadership and courage!

2 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: July 22”

  1. Jay July 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    The whopper about 6000 years of marriage being unchanged is so blatantly counter-factual that it almost makes me weep. We could talk about polygamy; or about marriage as a property transaction (between father and son-in-law); or about vast changes in divorce law; or about spousal rape (which was long an oxymoron); or about arranged marriages. But what would be the point? Whether Grassley’s motivation is bigotry, cynical pandering, willful ignorance, or some combination of these or other factors, the result is the same: evidence is irrelevant.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      Your comment was eloquent, tragic, and comical all at the same time. Wonderfully stated!

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