Friday, May 19, 2006

If Only There Was a Vaccine for Stupidity...

If you're a straight person who thinks that you couldn't possibly have a vested interest in gay marriage, think again. Dan Savage has been sounding the alarm about how the Christianists have a much bigger plan in mind.

From this week's Savage Love:

STRAIGHT RIGHTS UPDATE: I've been running around with my hair on fire trying to convince my straight readers that religious conservatives don't just hate homos. Their attacks on gay people, relationships, parents, and sex get all the press, but the American Taliban has an anti-straight-rights agenda too. As I wrote on March 23: "The GOP's message to straight Americans: If you have sex, we want it to fuck up your lives as much as possible. No birth control, no emergency contraception, no abortion services, no lifesaving vaccines. If you get pregnant, tough shit. You're going to have those babies, ladies, and you're going to make those child-support payments, gentlemen."

After raising the alarm for months back here in the sex ads, I was gratified to read Russell Shorto's brilliant cover story, The War on Contraception, in the New York Times Magazine last weekend. To readers who think I'm being hysterical: So you don't think the religious right would seriously go after birth control? Fine, don't believe me. But maybe you'll believe Shorto when he lays out the American Taliban's plan to deny access to birth control—any and all types, folks, not just emergency contraception.

"In particular, and not to put too fine a point on it, they want to change the way Americans have sex," Shorto writes. "Contraception, by [their] logic, encourages sexual promiscuity, sexual deviance (like homosexuality), and a preoccupation with sex that is unhealthful even within marriage." Shorto quotes Judie Brown, president of the American Life League: "We see a direct connection between the practice of contraception and the practice of abortion. The mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an antichild mind-set.... We oppose all forms of contraception." And there's this from R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: "I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill... Prior to it, every time a couple had sex, there was a good chance of pregnancy. Once that is removed, the entire horizon of the sexual act changes. I think there could be no question that the pill gave incredible license to everything from adultery and affairs to premarital sex and within marriage to a separation of the sex act and procreation."

I'll say it again, breeders: The American Taliban is not just opposed to straight premarital sex, with their abstinence education and hilariously ineffective virginity pledges, or gay sex, with their "ex-gay" campaigns and their anti-gay-marriage amendments. The American Taliban doesn't think married heterosexual couples should be able to use birth control. If you care about your own freedom—not just your right to have premarital sex, but your right to decide whether, when, and how many children you're going to have—you need to read "The War on Contraception." And don't comfort yourself with the notion that these are just some antisex religious wackos: The Bush administration not only listens to these wackos, it appoints them to important positions all over the federal government—and let's not even think about the members of the American Taliban that Bush has already appointed to lifetime positions in the federal judiciary.

This is some serious shit, breeders. You're being attacked. It's time to fight back.

If you're still not convinced that the Christianist kooks are out to control every aspect of your intimate lives at any cost, our good friend eyedoc over at Raging Coconuts has a not-to-be-missed post about why Tony Perkins won't allow his daughter to get a potentially lifesaving cancer vaccine and why he'd be perfectly happy to keep you from it as well.


eyedoc333 said...

Thanks, Fantod!

It's just INCONCEIVABLE (pun intended) to me that the fundies would want to prevent people access to health care, including birth control, legal abortion, or a cervical cancer vaccine.

I have one thing to say to them:
"Keep your grubby government hands off of my body!!!"

Fantod said...

Birth control



Cervical cancer vaccine

Gay Marriage

The Christianists are all for personal freedom until it collides with their morass of arbitrary moral rules. Talk about the party of death. You'd have to be dead from the neck up to believe that they aren't anything but big fat hypocrites. "I believe in liberty! You're free to praise Jeebus any way I say!"

Carl said...

Hm, maybe the Christianists can do right by their words and drink more milk.