February 2010

We have seen our fair share of stupidity, racism, misogyny and homophobia the last three years. It seems the election of a young black man in the White House unleashed a series of right-wing radical group therapies. From Sarah Palin’s hand notes being “a poor man’s teleprompter“, to Sen. Al Franken having the hardest time making the Senate understand that raping women is actually not okay, everything peaked when Utah criminalized miscarriage – and criminalized women, by extension, no longer being victims of abuse or medical recklessness, but just of their own existence and the fact it is conditioned by creating and caring for fetuses. That was bad. That was really bad.

Trent Franks: a little confused.

It is so bad, in fact, that some Senators are starting to miss the good ol’ days, fondly remembering a productive, efficient, proficient past, when everyone lived happily as separate but equal, when women were tending to their duties without whining like overeducated feminists, when those who were not white and rich would simply know their place and tip their stray hats to whomever would come strollin’ on by. Trent Franks is one of them; and it is with the confidence of the man who knows he’s digging himself a watery grave that he stated that “black people were better off under slavery”. If you think I am paraphrasing, or adding my own personal bias, I hereby swear that I am only directly quoting from this interview (starting around 6’20”).

Here is the full quote, for the YouTubophobiacs:

In this country, we had slavery for God knows how long. [sic] And now we look back on it and we say “How brave were they? What was the matter with them? You know, I can’t believe, you know, four million slaves. This is incredible.” And we’re right, we’re right. We should look back on that with criticism. [re-sic] It is a crushing mark on America’s soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery. And I think, What does it take to get us to wake up?

This is not how one celebrates the achievements of Martin Luther King, Senator. Not knowing the duration of slavery? That was the first thing that tipped me off. I grew extremely uncomfortable as he then recalled the “bravery” of slaves and the “criticism” (sic) that must be thrown at the advocates of slavery. You know, in case there are elected members of Congress besides Senator Franks that still think slavery was the best thing that happened to the United States. It is indeed a very sad day when one realises an elected official is incapable of making the difference between institutional racism and the psychological, social and economic ramifications behind abortion in a given fringe of the population. After Rick Warren comparing abortion to the Holocaust, we now have Franks comparing it to another human disaster. The need to improve the American educational system is increasing every time one Republican senator speaks publicly. Do something.

Franks is not done, though. He emphasizes his point by stating it was not a temporary lapse of judgement. It is always better to highlight your stupidity by claiming it is actually intelligent and that your interlocutor can simply not decipher your thought process. Franks tells the bemused reporter,

“[S]ometimes we get angry and say things that we shouldn’t say, and I apologize…[for saying things] that are intemperate. But I don’t want to hide from the truth.”

Let’s not. ThinkProgress mentions that Franks’ comments are similar to that new (and slightly frightening) ad campaign targeting “urban black areas” and reading “black children are an endangered species”.  If this is the way Senator Franks is trying to emulate his spokesperson, Michael Steele, and win over the black vote, I call a fail.


I woke up today knowing was something was about to change. Granted, this change might not be permanent; it might even be the start of something different yet not entirely ground-breaking. Still, James Dobson stepping down from his long-lasting radio show “focus on the family” is one thing to be happy about, one voice we are surely not going to miss anytime soon.

James Dobson detached from his mother, his hair, and his brain.

James Dobson, one of the founders of today’s evangelical movement – a right-wing, gun-toting, women-hating, gay-lynching, anti-government political force – is turning the microphones off in Colorado Springs, CO… for the time being. Moving on to a yet unnamed radio show in the forthcoming months, the arrival of spring is giving us the possibility of a renewal and the opportunity of being free of any raving and irrational homophobic rants.  Ever since 1977, Dr. Dobson has vowed to “nurture and defend the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide.” Even if the terms under which Focus on the Family was founded does not allow Dobson to publicly fund and endorse political candidates, the assumption that “defend the institution” clearly stated a widespread political position. He was one of the first to advise George W. Bush, published a magazine (Citizen) entirely devoted to the art of political religious spin, and offered the world a wonderful Welcome Center that helps the anti-science movement, and produce C.S. Lewis’ plays (for those defending the author, he did authorize Focus on the Family not just to release the audio play, but made this audio tape the only one available for The Screwtape Letters.)

Focus On The Family is not warm, reassuring, comforting and overall supportive as it sounds. Based on spiteful hatred, Dobson’s enemies ranked diverse and numerous – abortion, obviously, feminism, homosexuality pornography, legalized gambling, any sex outside of wedlock (pre-marital, extra-martial), and anything having to do with physics. The list of what he supports is appalling: school-sponsored prayer, corporal punishment, zionism, the Supreme Court, and last but not least, Barack Obama, although this most certainly is not a surprise. Although Dobson announced last year that he would also step down from FotF’s Board, he was still actively contributing. This year’s SuperBowl ad proved that not only were the group not afraid of branching out into the mainstream media and ruin everyone’s entertainment, they also feel the need to put their money where the money is in order to make more money. What can I say, they may hate science, but they do know a lot about economics.

For those who still believe that Dobson is a legitimate and rational political or ideological contender, here are a few quotes compiled at change.org that clearly reflect the spirits of Focus on the Family.

“Passing the Federal Marriage Amendment is Like Struggling for Civil Rights” manages to be both homophobic and racist at the same time, adding a wonderfully unedited “How long did it take to get the civil rights legislation passed? It took years and years and years … We’re not going to give up.” I can only assume that Dr. Dobson does not celebrate Black History Month.

“Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.” Since James does not believe in global warming or anything having to do with the Big Bang, he had to find another explanation for the earthquake of a devastating 8.8 scale that just struck down in Chile today. What Dr. Dobson didn’t know, however, is the divorce/separation rate of heterosexual couples: 3.5 per 1,000 … for a 7.1 per 1,000 married couples. That’s a little over a half, James. Heterosexual couples are destroying the institution of marriage.  Heterosexual couples are not monogamous either. That’s one piece of reality that has never entered his Welcome Center.

“Mothers Make Us All Queer” now, again, let’s underline this once more, Dr. Dobson only has the “theological PhD” aspect of the doctorate. He certainly does not do anything remotely scientific, not even the thinking process of it. He does not like it at all. It appears to be taking him away from God. This is however one of the most outlandish statement I have ever heard. Let’s hear the rest of the argument: “[Homosexuality] has to do with an identity crisis that occurs too early to remember, … where a boy is born with an attachment to his mother and she is everything to him for about 18 months, and between 18 months and five years, he needs to detach from her and to reattach to his father.” Now, two points: 1) if it occurs too early to remember, how can you still blame a gay person for making a conscious choice to be gay? 2) I thought that the destruction of marriage and the detachement from the family was the cause of the Earth’s demise? So why would we tell people to detach from their mothers and ruin the equilibrium of a family and an education? Oh, James. You can’t even organize your own theories, can you?

So long, James, and don’t forget to let us know what you’re onto next, especially if it involves a well-deserved retirement home.