22 June 2005

take your toys and go home...

Jerry Falwell is at it again. Minimalizing the lives of other people, as usual, with his favorite group - gays.

This time, he wants his followers and all "moral minded" Americans to boycott Kraft Foods for supporting the Gay Games VII 2006 in Chicago.

Falwell wants like-minded [likened to his mind] to flood Kraft with phone calls, letters and emails.

"I urge everyone to take a stand for decency by participating in this national effort to defend traditional family values. In addition, I am calling on pastors across the country to urge their congregations this Sunday to get involved in this action. We must let Kraft (and other big companies that are watching this situation) know that we are holding them accountable for their actions."

Traditional values or values that he has decided are the only ones Americans should hold?

In the past he blamed, "'...the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen,'" referring to the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11.

He believes that he has the mandate to push his "agenda." In last year's election campaign he worked with Republicans to use same-sex marriage as a wedge issue. A week after the November election he announced he was organizing battle plans for what he called an "evangelical revolution." Falwell said that the election showed that Americans want to return to "traditional values".

Again, traditional values or values that he has decided are the only ones Americans should hold?

How else would you interpret his following quote: "I am dedicating my talents, time and energies over the next few years to the passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which will protect the traditional family from its enemies who wish to legalize same-sex marriage and other diverse 'family' forms...." Poll after poll reports that the majority of Americans want no Constitutional Amendment regarding same-sex marriage. It is a states' rights issue, historically and constitutionally.

What say do other people have? As usual, when the opposition questions his "pronouncements," he turns the tables around and blames his opposition for fomenting discord and the attacks on the American fiber. "Falwell dismiss[es] allegations of gay activists that he is promoting hate, saying, "'that’s far from true. That’s the typical whiny mantra of homosexual-rights activists when people raise objections to their activities.'"

What about objections to his activities? What about his whininess when he doesn't get his way (say)? What about the hate he is promoting against groups that do not hold his views? Isn't the call for a boycott of Kraft Foods whiny?

As children, when we don't get our way in what or how we play, we take our toys and go home.

would someone ask Mr. Falwell to take his toys and go home...


Thanks to 365gay.com

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