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Paul Weyrich is Dead

Timothy Kincaid

December 18th, 2008

Paul Weyrich has always opposed all matters of equality for gay Americans. His activism was based not in idealism but in populism; his opposition was not based on principles but rather on biases and bigotry. He’s considered the father of the movement of emotions-based conservatives known as the moral majority.

Weyrich is dead at age 66. Life expectancy in the US is 77.

To commemorate Weyrich’s way of thinking, I’ll make an outlandish claim. Using a sample size of one, and applying Paul Cameron’s methods of analysis, I now declare that being a anti-gay activist will take 11 years off your life.

For your reading pleasure, here’s some wildly frothing (but fairly typical) homophobic ranting from the late Mr. Weyrich:

Give same-sex couples the “right” to marry and we can expect some severe consequences. For one, the concept of faithfulness to one’s spouse will be further undermined given that many so-called committed homosexual partners have a high rate of multiple sexual partners outside their relationship. Don’t expect a civil union or marriage certificate to change this.

Rising insurance rates for married heterosexual couples could easily be on the horizon as the negative health consequences of sexual promiscuity in the homosexual community add to the overall health insurance burden.

Permitting same-sex marriage will help lead to more homosexual adoptions which will almost certainly make children from fractured backgrounds even more confused in their interactions with society.

Frankly, if the Indiana homosexuals are so concerned about divorce, then they should look first at their own ranks. Who among them can be urged to renounce their current lifestyle and reconcile with the opposite-sex spouse they left behind? Let’s see if they have the guts and decency to stop their publicity stunt and do that.

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Rick
December 18th, 2008 | LINK

Does this mean being a pro-gay activist will add 22 years to one’s life? Activist math is hard.

L. Junius Brutus
December 18th, 2008 | LINK

“To commemorate Weyrich’s way of thinking, I’ll make an outlandish claim. Using a sample size of one, and applying Paul Cameron’s methods of analysis, I now declare that being a anti-gay activist will take 11 years off your life.”

LOL!

GaySolomon
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

Ding dong…the witch is… (oh you know the rest)

werdna
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

I’m reminded of Betty Davis’ (likely apocryphal) quote on the death of Joan Crawford…

cowboy
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

You mean: Bette Davis? …Forgive me for being the one with the red pencil and circling that misspelling.

Scott
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

As much as I’d like to keep the concept of not speaking ill of the dead, some one who inflicted Jerry Falwell and the rest of the religious right on us should be punished for something. I’d be willing to imagine a hell for him

werdna
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

Yikes, cowboy, thanks for catching that… You are right, of course.

Robert Robles
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

Hate is disgusting whether it be from an anti-gay opposing homosexuals, or as it appears in many of the above comments. I would hope that we would not be in the same class as the bigots, but some of these posts aimed at a deceased person, whether agreed with or disagreed with show that many of us are no better than the bigots.

GaySolomon
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

@ Robert Robles,

You confuse hate with disrespect. We did not respect Mr. Weyrich in life, why should we respect him in death?

Don’t shed too many tears. The dead are beyond being hurt. The living…not so much.

People such as Mr. Weyrich have hurt millions of living LGBT citizens. He reaps what he has sown. Trust me, he is not hurt by our disrespect.

If you could convert some of your overwrought sympathy for a dead bigot into a bit of compassion for the living, you might have a bit more credibility.

Robert Robles
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

Actually, GaySolomon, I am capable of having compassion for both. I don’t find that because I can have compassion for one that it means I cannot have compassion for the rest. Just what makes you think that because some of us have an abundance of compassion for our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters, that we can’t also show appropriate respect for someone who has died, even if we disagree completely with their ideology? Sometimes if you have nothing good to say about someone who has died, it is better to say nothing at all. And no, I am not confusing hate with disrespect. That is the kind of argument that bigots and Bible Thumpers could use. “We don’t hate you, we just don’t agree with what you are doing” How many times have I heard that from the hateful far-right? Sorry, GaySolomon, to me you are trying to defend the indefensible.

Timothy Kincaid
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

I’ve removed some of the comments above for being in violation of our Comments Policy.

Buffy
December 19th, 2008 | LINK

I won’t dance on his grave, but I’m certainly not crying over the death of this rabid homophobe. He was a blight upon humanity.

And while I’d previously wished for him to be burning in his own hell, I changed my mind after a Satanist accquaintance told me that the Satanist’s hell involves the person learning the error of their ways through experience. Weyrich would have to be a gay person suffering the pain of homophobia, a pregnant teenager trying to get an abortion while screaming protesters blocked access to the clinic, a transgender woman being physically abused by hatemongers, etc–over and over again until he *got it*. So much more effective than merely burning and being poked with pitchforks IMO.

Rick
December 20th, 2008 | LINK

Paul Weyrich is still dead.

GaySolomon
December 22nd, 2008 | LINK

@ Robert Robles

Not all disrespect is hate. Not all people who disagree with you are just like “bible thumpers” and the “far right”.

Its all very well and good that your personal code of beliefs says that we must say nothing nasty about the dead, but you still give us no reason to follow your code. After all – you have electronically wagged your finger at us all…so now tell us why.

Why do some (or perhaps all) people in death deserve respect, while in life they did very little to earn it?

Weyrich was a bigot. Weyrich hurt all of us. Weyrich is dead. Why should we not rejoice at the fact that the world has one less bigot?

Timothy Kincaid
December 22nd, 2008 | LINK

GaySolomon,

As far as I’m concerned comments about Weyrich, alive or dead, will be in compliance with our Comments Policy.

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