Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Passion of the Whine

Argh, too many open windows, need to blog this subject before I can get on with things! Okay, yesterday (which was International Day Against Homophobia by the way) Pam Spaulding wrote about a website which provides a "service to families and business travelers who don't want to stay in hotels that offer in-room pornography." Asks Pam, "Can they just not order the porn?" Her Big Brass Blog-mate Shakespeare's Sister then pens a letter to the Dominionists chastising them at their lack of self-control. Then today, John at AmericaBlog reproes a bit from Dominionist hate organ AgapePress whining about how "American Christians could be facing a new form of inquisition. Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families senses that anti-Christian feelings are on the rise among some segments of America."

And I'm like all, you know what? When you go beyond controlling your own morality (which as we've seen of late few of these purported Christians seem to do) and seek to control other people's private lives, TV watching habits and the like, yeah, it's entirely possible you're going to find that some of those other people won't turn the other cheek, and will come to resent your hypocritical proselytizing. Kinda like, you know, if we kill a bunch of Iraqis and lie to Americans about it claiming we're doing it as some kind of war against terrorism, and then lo and behold Iraq becomes a hotbed of terrorism entirely due to our invasion - well, we've only ourselves to blame. If you bully someone then run crying to Mommy and Daddy that you're the one being picked on because they protest your bullying, you'll quickly learn you can't have it both ways.

So today I read two "Christian Soldiers" bits that I wanted to pass along: first, Tom Tomorrow's "Onward Christian Soldiers" reminding us that, as Marc Maron calls them, "the Christo-Fascist Zombie Brigade" in no way encompasses all Christians, particularly not those who actually act like Christians, but that the CFZB is a very real threat indeed; and Nancy Goldstein's "Hold On, Christian Soldiers" about some very real anti-non-evangelical-Christian actions on the part of these wackos. She also gives my One Creche More or Less post a nice plug (thanks Nancy!), and I still stand by what I said - these people are bullies, nothing more or less; they're not about tending to their own morality so much as trying to control what other people do; they certainly aren't Christian in their actions; and they deserve no compromise, period.