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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Katherine Kersten's Korner

Wow, she's got stupid firing on all cylinders. I guess she is in the midst of some kind of "Best of Right-Wing Idiocy: the Anti-Homo Amendment", because she has yet another kolumn about the marriage amendment. This time, it's about how evil Senate Democrats are keeping entirely reasonable, thoughtful, people, the crème de la crème as it were, from voting to prevent the LGBT community from ever having relationships that get the kind of public respect that Britney Spear's and Liz Taylor's marriages do.

Wingnuttia Level: 10 (She's gonna blow!)

Are people who want to permanently enshrine in our state constitution the fact that they don't like homosexual "bigots"? Well, I'm not sure. But what I do know is that I can't think of a single positive thing to say about them. There's no point to this amendment.

Kersten reveals this herself when she says, "What's the upshot of this view? That, as a group, Minnesotans who support the marriage amendment are foolish, motivated by an irrational animus against homosexuals. If you believe that children need a mother and a father, you are the equivalent of a Southern bigot who demands that blacks and whites use separate bathrooms."

See, if people really cared about "children needing a mother and a father", they would be banning divorce and mandating that any woman who gets pregnant out of wedlock marry the father. It's that simple. The fact that Kersten and the other wingnuts behind the amendment aren't arguing this shows that this has nothing, nothing to do with the kids. So stop pretending.

She then moves on to another favorite argument, that if this amendment doesn't pass, then criticizing homosexuality will become illegal. Come on, this is America: making this kind of speech illegal would be like making it illegal to protest the president. Uh...all kidding aside, this kind of irrational fearmongering makes about as much sense as the polygamy argument. Pointing out that there are hyper-sensitive pro gay-rights groups out there, something conservatives love to do, doesn't mean a thing.

Hey, Star Tribune: are you embarassed yet? What is it going to take?

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