Tell the Right Wing How You Feel!

The right-wing, anti-GLBT American Family Association is offering a poll on the issue of marriage equality. Naturally, the fundies’ feelings are well represented in lockstep. As of now, 94.35 percent of respondents oppose same-gender marriage and civil union. Let’s inject some good sense and American equality into the mix. Take the poll and let the Religious Wrong know that you stand for justice and equality for all. And share the link with friends — it would be so thoroughly awesome to flood the poll with progressive thought. Let’s start a landslide of love and justice and fairness!!!

Speaking of the fundie front, frequent AF&O contributor, Ex-Gay Watch writer, opposition researcher, and attorney Michael Hamar is exploring the workings of the Religious Wrong and, as usual, he does not like what he sees.

Yesterday’s Jewish World Review article on the Alliance for Marriage is very interesting and it certainly raises serious questions as to (1) the feigned morality and integrity of the “Christian” Right organizations participating in the Alliance for Marriage, and (2) the integrity of members of the Republican Party who endlessly pander to such organizations. Apparently, the “Christian” Right’s hatred of gays and desire to subvert freedom of religion are stronger than their aversion to working with groups that support Islamic terrorists. I wonder how many in the GOP pandering to the “Christian” Right, including George W. Bush, realize that the Alliance for Marriage includes the Islamic Society of North America (“ISNA”) in its membership.

The following comment in the Jewish World Review article is most telling:

“But if you look at ISNA’s involvement with terrorist groups, its hosting of actual terrorist leaders. Its ideological support for Islamic terrorist groups, you will find that it serves as an umbrella group for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The article also sets out a good test for politicians currently pandering to the “Christian” Right for fund raising and/or would be votes:

” . . .a moral litmus test that most anyone in public life faces at one time: How to choose allies. It’s the stuff that separates men of true integrity from cowards whose adherence to an ends justify the means ethos renders them morally indistinguishable from godless communists.”

As I have maintained for some time now, the leading “Christian” Right organizations are anything but Christian and this article helps to underscore that James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Sandy Rios, Rev. Lois Sheldon, et al, are demagogues driven by an extreme theocratic agenda, intolerance, bigotry and homophobia, not the Gospel message of Christ.

Isn’t it about time that the Republican Party sends Messrs. Dobson, Perkins, Sheldon, et al, packing? What position and action, if any, will George W. Bush, John Warner, George Allen, Ed Schrock, et al, take to distance themselves from the “Christian” Right given this information? Ed Schrock has disingenuously signed on as a sponsor to the Federal Marriage Amendment. George Allen recently spoke at The Family Foundation’s (the Virginia affiliate of the Family Research Counsel and ally of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family) 8th Annual Richmond Awards Gala in Richmond.

Are Congressman Schrock, Senator Allen, and President Bush going to continue to pander to the “Christian” Right organizations even though these groups apparently are willing to ally themselves with those who support terrorists? I hope others will ask them this question and demand answers and action from them.

As do I. Get busy.

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9 thoughts on “Tell the Right Wing How You Feel!

  1. ISNA is not a terrorist organization. If you look at the people who are promoting these views, you will find that they are not your friends. Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is also your enemy. I really hate to see progressives signing on to the smearing of mainstream Muslim organizations as “terrorist”. Especially when being labeled a terrorist can get you locked up without any rights. You don’t have to like Sayyid Syeed, in fact feel free to attack his views on gay rights all you want. But I hope that you will think twice about calling him a “terrorist” on the say-so of the right wing.

  2. Thanks for sharing that viewpoint and information. Hamar’s views are his.

    Pesonally, though, I have no enemies, and beyond ISNA’s anti-GLBT views, I don’t know enough about the organization to form an opinion beyond reviling its homo-hatred. Given its membership in the anti-GLBT/anti-justice/anti-equality Alliance for Marriage, I know enough to know that ISNA is no friend of mine. And I do consider those who work against equality for all to be guilty of at least spiritual terrorism.

  3. Sayyid Syeed is on the board of ISNA, but he is not ISNA and does not have the authority to speak for ISNA’s many thousands of members. I agree with you that he is an irrational homophobe, that he would ally with the Christian right because he hates gays so much. Of course, the same can be said of them, being willing to work with the Muslims that they otherwise hate, because they hate gays even more.

    But I will repeat. This “terrorism” smear comes straight out of Free Republic (freepers) and Little Green Footballs and similar extreme right wing sites. I am sorry that you choose to perpetuate what they say because you disagree with Syeed’s views. That is very similar to what Syeed himself is doing for other reasons.

    I respect you very much, Natalie, and we have worked together very well at OSP, but I feel it would be better for me not to visit your blog if you defend your posting of this material. As I said, accusing someone of terrorism can have very serious, very negative real world consqunces. Sayyid Syeed may have abhorrent views but that does not make him a “terrorist”. I’m sorry that you cannot see that.

  4. “Sayyid Syeed is on the board of ISNA, but he is not ISNA and does not have the authority to speak for ISNA’s many thousands of members.”

    That is a very good point. It would have been better and fairer for me to comment re: Syeed and not ISNA.

    “I agree with you that he is an irrational homophobe, that he would ally with the Christian right because he hates gays so much. Of course, the same can be said of them, being willing to work with the Muslims that they otherwise hate, because they hate gays even more.”

    Absolutely true, and I do consider the Religious Wrongers guilty of spiritual terrorism and spiritual violence. I’ve said so many times.

    “This ‘terrorism’ smear comes straight out of Free Republic (freepers) and Little Green Footballs and similar extreme right wing sites.”

    I am not doing anything on the say-so of the right wing. Obviously, the way in which we use the words differ. LGF et al use the term to denote folks such as suicide bombers and the like. Using the term in the same sense is how I would describe Dubya Bush or Saddam Hussein. But when I use the word (always preceded by the word “spiritual”) for fundie types and Syeed, I am talking about quite another thing. Nuance and context are important. I hope you will consider that before writing off AF&O completely. And, of course, my respect and admiration for you are and will remain boundless.

  5. Natalie, thank you for your response. I did go away for a couple of days, but it was mostly because I needed some time to clear my mind.

    I agree completely with you that people who promote intolerance and hatred are “spiritual terrorists”. That was why I felt so hurt to read the attacks on Syeed calling him a real terrorist. Because that’s what is meant in that article, not spiritual terrorism.

    As I’ve said before, I am not defending Syeed’s participation in anti-gay groups. I consider it inexcusable. How can he complain about bigotry, when he acts like that to other people? Surely he must realize how it hurts and know that he shouldn’t do that to others. Having dealt with people like that before, I have a feeling that he would say, just as they do, “but this is different because gays really are like that”. No, Syeed, it’s not different. It’s exactly the same.

    The only thing that I had a problem with was the particular form of this attack on him. I believe that the people who originally made this accusation have dishonest motives and that we should be careful of using what they say. Even when we are responding to people who are hateful, I believe that we should maintain our own high standards of conduct.

    I have watched in the last few months how, one by one, each of the major Muslim organizations in America is alleged to be “terrorist-supporting”. I have seen how people on extremist websites like Free Republic and LGF use these allegations to attack anybody who seeks to work with the Muslim organizations and call them treasonous for doing so and “aiding the enemy” Kucinich has been attacked like this, so has the ACLU, and interfaith groups. They will even attack their own, right-wingers like Grover Norquist and their allies in the Religious Right, if they have to (I’m not sure why Norquist or some members of the Religious Right were working in any way with Muslims to begin with).

    I am afraid for where this will lead. I am afraid that if it continues unchecked, that no politician or civic group will be willing to meet or work with Muslims because they’re afraid of being attacked for it. I am afraid that Muslims will become more and more excluded from taking part in the political process in America. My identity as a Muslim is something that I will not compromise on. My right to take part in the political process is something that I will not compromise on. As long as there are people out there who are trying to exclude me as a Muslim, I will oppose them.

    I hope you can see from this, why this is such an important issue for me and why I responded so emotionally to it. As I’ve said from the beginning, anything you want to say about Syeed’s homophobia is fine by me. I don’t believe based on what I’ve read about him that he’s a religious fundamentalist across the board. My sense is that he’s irrational on this one issue. A lot of people, especially a lot of men, are. I think that he uses religion to try and justify it instead of examining what his issues really are. That way he doesn’t have to think. This could lead him to take a hard-line stance on other issues, but I don’t think that it has yet. It is something that we need to be watchful for.

    I am happy to remain a reader of your blog. I may not comment very often, but that’s because I hardly comment on any blogs anymore. P6 is the only one I seem to do regularly and most of the time its because of certain stupid people who also comment there, I just can’t help responding to them, lol.

    Take care! 🙂

  6. I am so happy you reconsidered! Your concern is one that I share. This country is supposed to be a land where all are equal. It was founded on the concept of religious freedom. So it really cuts at the soul to see the p owers that be turn their laser lights of particular religious groups. You are correct in stating that most mainstream Muslim organizations are not and do not condone violent terrorism — these are good people and they deserve the same liberty, including the right to participate vocally in the political process, as anyone else. In all honesty, the treatment these organizations receive is part of the reason I find the US government one of the most hypocritical organizations around. And Islam is such a beautiful religion… Christianity and Judaism, for two, are, also. The problem comes when these religions are coopted and used for ill purposes by those with evil agendas. But those “bad people” (for want of a better term) are the minority. The government has to realize that most followers of Islam, Chrisianity, Judaism, et al, are good people.

    I absolutely see why this is an important issue to you. Please be assured that it is for me, as well. The US is lucky to have Muslims as part of its tapestry, just as we all are fortunate and blessed to have Muslims as part of the world. And as far as having Muslims participate in the political process, we need them! I am proud to stand side by side with you to speak out on issues such as the necessity of tolerance and religious freedom and on Dennis Kucinich. I am even prouder to have you as a friend.

  7. What a beautiful comment, Natalie. Thank you. 🙂 This is a time when all people of conscience need to stand together. We can recognize and acknowledge our differences of opinion while working together on our shared goals of making the world a better place. In particular it is very important for minority groups (by which I mean anybody who isn’t white, Christian, and heterosexual) to stand together because I don’t think any of us are safe from being targeted.

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