The Dangerous Hypocrisy of the Right: The Josh Duggar Edition

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    Jun 02, 2015 7:57 PM GMT
    Insidious, power, control, ignorance and hypocrisy....(da evil empire) couldn't have said it better myself icon_rolleyes.gif



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-nelson-aviance/the-dangerous-hypocrisy-o_b_7473808.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592


    The real question for me, then, is what purpose does condescension and condemnation by the Duggars, conservative pundits and Republican hopefuls serve? It isn't religious freedom. No one is infringing on the Duggars' right to worship or free speech. On the other hand, many people who hold similar beliefs don't run for office or get in front of a camera. This is then about power and control. Their use of their fame as a tool for expanding their platform in the field of politics makes that clear. They could, instead, be drawing attention to our broken foster care and adoption systems, the suffering of starving children here and abroad or bring attention to people suffering under unjust authoritarian regimes. Instead, they're interested in elections and imposing their conservative social values on public policy.

    Michelle Duggar's equating trans people with sexual predators directly contributes to the climate of intolerance that leads to violence against trans people and suicide. It also reeks of hypocrisy when she and her husband hid their son's sexual predation from their community and the law. Them declaring same-sex spouses and parents - and by inference all LGBTQ people -- inferior reinforces the homophobia so obviously and aggressively expressed by conservatives and right-wing politicians. They quoted Rick Warren's overtly defensive comment that being anti-gay isn't about hatred or fear, which is contradicted by the words and actions of people who echo Warren's statement.

    What's worse, they exploit the ignorance of their audience, people who may not know any gay people or whose opinions are shaped by rich white corporate plutocrats like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter. They encourage their followers to vote for empty suits who cut taxes on rich people and corporations, cut nutrition programs for poor children and yet identify as people of faith. The Duggars demean and vilify people, make no effort to call out self-proclaimed Christians advocating for imprisoning and murdering gay people, immigrants and Muslims, but then claim to be victims. This isn't about religion, scripture or faith. This is about power, an insidious bid for control that directly harms LGBTQ people and families. That's the dangerous hypocrisy of the right.
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    Jun 03, 2015 2:26 AM GMT
    ELNathB saidInsidious, power, control, ignorance and hypocrisy....(da evil empire) couldn't have said it better myself icon_rolleyes.gif



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/j-nelson-aviance/the-dangerous-hypocrisy-o_b_7473808.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592


    The real question for me, then, is what purpose does condescension and condemnation by the Duggars, conservative pundits and Republican hopefuls serve? It isn't religious freedom. No one is infringing on the Duggars' right to worship or free speech. On the other hand, many people who hold similar beliefs don't run for office or get in front of a camera. This is then about power and control. Their use of their fame as a tool for expanding their platform in the field of politics makes that clear. They could, instead, be drawing attention to our broken foster care and adoption systems, the suffering of starving children here and abroad or bring attention to people suffering under unjust authoritarian regimes. Instead, they're interested in elections and imposing their conservative social values on public policy.

    Michelle Duggar's equating trans people with sexual predators directly contributes to the climate of intolerance that leads to violence against trans people and suicide. It also reeks of hypocrisy when she and her husband hid their son's sexual predation from their community and the law. Them declaring same-sex spouses and parents - and by inference all LGBTQ people -- inferior reinforces the homophobia so obviously and aggressively expressed by conservatives and right-wing politicians. They quoted Rick Warren's overtly defensive comment that being anti-gay isn't about hatred or fear, which is contradicted by the words and actions of people who echo Warren's statement.

    What's worse, they exploit the ignorance of their audience, people who may not know any gay people or whose opinions are shaped by rich white corporate plutocrats like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter. They encourage their followers to vote for empty suits who cut taxes on rich people and corporations, cut nutrition programs for poor children and yet identify as people of faith. The Duggars demean and vilify people, make no effort to call out self-proclaimed Christians advocating for imprisoning and murdering gay people, immigrants and Muslims, but then claim to be victims. This isn't about religion, scripture or faith. This is about power, an insidious bid for control that directly harms LGBTQ people and families. That's the dangerous hypocrisy of the right.


    This is exactly right and perfectly articulated.
    Social conservatives like the Duggars hide behind religion and use it as a tool to further their fascist political agenda.
    But I do think our country is waking up to this Republican con job...
    finally.