Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Special Rights"

Nothing gets my blood boiling more than conservatives using the term "special rights" when referring to gays and lesbians seeking EQUAL RIGHTS.

Watch and listen to this interview by CNN's Don Lemon (who happens to be an out gay, good for him - hear that Anderson?) and the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins.  About halfway through the interview Don shows Tony a short video of a gay man being viscously attacked on a street corner for no other reason that for the fact he is gay.  Don asks Tony Perkins what is the Family Research's position on such an attack.  Listen to Tony's response.  He uses the right wing flash word "special rights" when referring to gays and lesbians seeking EQUAL RIGHTS.

I'm sorry folks but every time I hear this lie from an otherwise, seemingly intelligent person like Tony Perkins, I wonder how many others in this country think the way this holier than thou homophobe bigot thinks.  Does anyone really think that people like Tony Perkins actually care for that gay man being beaten on that street corner?

Also listen to Perkins linking homosexuality to promiscuity, referring no doubt to the gay man on the street corner who was probably cruising.  Perhaps Mr. Perkins thinks that gay man deserved his beating.  I'll let the reader decide.

We've come a long way folks in this country towards EQUAL RIGHT for gays and lesbians but we still have a long way to go as long as so called "decent" people like Tony Perkins is in a position of power and influence.  The Journey is far from finished.


Ur-spo said...

Unhappily, the conservatives control the language, and this is a big point gained. If you control the language you have an advantage. "Special rights" is a loaded and (alas) successful word.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,

Again, you are exactly right. The conservative right controls the language and the liberal "progressive" left lets them get away with it. When I heard this interview and the term "special rights" come up again, I wanted to scream at the anchor on the TV screen and say "Don't let him get away with that!" But alas, the TV news guys (and gals) always let it slide. Thus the Language of the Right becomes embedded in our culture and the Low Information Voters believe it.

anne marie in philly said...

"low information voters" - bwhahahaha! love it! too many of these folks in this country and natural selection is not working fast enough to rid us of this cancer.

Ron said...

Anne Marie,

The "low information" voter IS the Fox News (oxymoron) audience.