Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ryan T. Anderson needs to find a new direction

Ryan T. Anderson
Our favorite Knight Templar, Ryan T. Anderson, is obsessed with promoting marriage discrimination.

Yesterday, at the Heritage Foundation blog (Ryan's boss is now Jim DeMint), Anderson's little BS machine was busy manufacturing intellectually dishonest talking points. One of the problems with guys like Ryan is that they must think that we are all profoundly stupid.
Fourteen months ago, President Barack Obama was a bigot. Now he is simply wrong. That's what you have to believe to agree with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's majority opinion for the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Kennedy writes that the only reason Congress had for passing DOMA - which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman for the purposes of federal law - was to "disparage," "injure," "degrade," "demean" and "humiliate" gay and lesbian Americans.

So in 2008 when the American people elected a president opposed to redefining marriage, they elected a bigot. Got it?
No Mr. Anderson. No. 

In 2008, President Obama promised to help repeal DOMA, undo DADT and enact the hate crimes law. He was opposed to same-sex marriage while favoring civil unions. With respect to marriage Mr. Obama was neither strident nor certain. He told Rick Warren something to the effect that he was confident that his marriage would not be weakened by same-sex marriage.

From 2008 until he endorsed marriage equality in 2012, President Obama never worked to advance discrimination. He was also the steward of the repeal of DADT and the enactment of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The Obama administration also refused to defend DOMA. He was certainly not a bigot.

Opus Dei Cross
Mr. Anderson on the other hand is never uncertain. That's because (among other things) in 2005, then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a treatise on same-sex unions when he was the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith     formerly known as the Inquisition. Therein, the Cardinal wrote that the Catholic Church opposed any form of recognition for gay couples.

On information and belief, Mr. Anderson is a member of Opus Dei. It is his duty to obey the bishops of the Catholic Church. There is no room for doubt or for critical thinking. No intellectual curiosity is required. In fact, intellectual honesty is optional. Mr. Anderson is a religious zealot.

Mr. Anderson seems to devote his every waking moment to marriage discrimination. He doesn't care about the needs of gay people nor is he interested in their children. In fact Mr. Anderson believes that gay couples should never have children. Mr. Anderson was also a party (along with his mentor, Robert P. George) to a disingenuous amicus brief in the marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

By any reasonable definition, Mr. Anderson is a bigot; President Obama is not.
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