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A Modest Proposal

Jim Burroway

September 11th, 2009

Something to think about from the folks behind the 2010 California Marriage Protection Act:

Hell is eternal — just like your marriage was supposed to be.

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Alex
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

Ha! I like it.

Richard W. Fitch
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

Again, it seems to show the carefully examined thinking by anti-gay marriage advocates.

Penguinsaur
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

This will just be written off a a joke *and a funny one*, but its true. Anyone who claims to be ‘protecting marriage’ but allows divorce is a liar and a hypocrite. Theirs no way to argue otherwise.

tavdy79
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

The biggest problem I have with following American political blogs is that, because the right-wing Americans are often so wacky (from a European perspective) it gets extremely difficult to tell the difference between the Religulous Reich being serious, and moderate/left-wing Americans taking the piss. That site is a wonderful example of what I mean – it took me several minutes to be sure that it’s actually a wind-up. At least, I hope it is – there can’t really people out there who think like that, can there?

I think that says more about the Religulous Reich than anything else.

GreenEyedLilo
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

That is too many kinds of awesome to count. Thank you.

@ Tavdy79: All you have to do is look at Landover Baptist’s website. They get more and more outrageous, and people still write them e-mails thinking they’re for real!

Richard W. Fitch
September 11th, 2009 | LINK

@GreenEyedLilo:(with egg on my face) As soon as I saw “Landover Baptist” in your post I realized I’d been had. ;-) That’s what comes of not looking before one leaps, I guess. I do sympathize with Tavdy79. American humour and European humour are enough dissimilar it is not always easy to sniff out a spoof. ….well, even I got caught…

tavdy79
September 12th, 2009 | LINK

GreenEyedLilo, the reason so many get fooled by Landover Baptist is people like Steven Anderson, the Westboro Baptists and the LDS church.

Richard W. Fitch, it’s not that American and European humour are significantly different. It’s that the “reality” some Americans live in is so outrageous that it’s extremely difficult to differentiate between them being serious and others mocking them. Parody is a well-established form of humour in Britain – we did export it to the US, after all – but how do you parody someone like Fred Phelps or Steven Anderson, who’s a walking talking caricature to start with?

John
September 12th, 2009 | LINK

Penguinsaur: And the Catholic Church is near the head of the list of hypocrites if they do not become as involved in ending divorce as they are with preventing SSM. Both are against Church teaching, yet for now they only feel motivated to become active against SSM…

Reilly
September 13th, 2009 | LINK

John – A great observation, and I suspect it’s the usual cynical political mathematics. Railing against divorce would cost the Church the support of the 70% or so of Catholics who believe divorce should be allowed. Railing against SSM, they only sacrifice a few percent of the flock for the benefit of galvanizing the rest into unity and action.

Playing the numbers with people’s rights (and even lives): how “moral” indeed.

David
September 13th, 2009 | LINK

tavdy

the proposed ban on divorce is more a case of ‘turn about is fair play’ than a joke or spoof.

Throughout all of the anti-same-sex marriage campaigns, conservative religionists have used the ‘we have to save marriage’ meme, and cited the Bible to defend their case for discrimination.

Well, Jesus condemned divorce, saying Moses only gave permission because people were so hard-hearted, and Jesus said that anyone who remarries after divorce, commits adultery.

Personally, I wish the proposal were to make remarriage after divorce illegal, grandfathered 40 years or so, punishable by life in prison.

Then we could watch the fundies speechless rage at the thought of having their divorces reversed and having to move back in with their ex’s, or go to prison. They reversed people’s marriages, we ought to reverse their divorces.

Richard W. Fitch
September 13th, 2009 | LINK

@David: You’d have to be careful how far back you grandfather this or it might just end up to be the legaization of polygamy in CA.

Timothy (TRiG)
September 14th, 2009 | LINK

Poe’s Law.

TRiG.

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