Sometimes you read something and have to do a double take. One of those shake-your-head, cartoon-sound-effect "Huh??" moments.
That's what happened when I read the Liberty Council's Mat Staver's quote in the Florida Baptist Witness. The article was discussing the Obama transition website and its inclusion of LGBT rights. The gist of the article was "be afraid, be very afraid" of the evil Obama coming to take away your religious freedom by promoting the "homosexual agenda."
Not surprising, right? Pretty standard reading from the far-right. But then I got to this little gem from Staver:
Social conservatives and religious organizations, Staver said, could learn much from studying the case of Bob Jones University, which lost its tax-exempt status during the 1970s because it prohibited interracial dating and marriage...
Wow. More after the jump...
Staver's heavy dose of racism came as the article was talking about ENDA, which obviously Staver and his ilk are against:
Staver said the case nonetheless could be used in the future against churches and religious organizations viewed as discriminating on the basis of "sexual orientation," particularly if "sexual orientation" is placed alongside race as a protected class in federal law. The goal of homosexual activists, Staver said, is to transform society so much that it views opponents of "gay marriage" in the same light it views racists.
So you back-up case about how opposing equal rights is the right thing to do is to reference the "good old days" when interracial marriage was illegal and racists could be as racist as they wanted to be?
That's some moral high ground there, Staver.
The rest of the article goes on to attack Obama's stated support of repealing DOMA, DADT, and restrictive adoption policies. I wonder what race baiting, bigoted references Staver is working up to support those positions...
So way to go, Liberty Council's Mat Staver- nothing like a some racism mixed with your morning dose of homophobia. Thanks for explicitly saying what we all knew of you were thinking.
At least Staver seems to believe in some kind of equality- he is bigoted against everyone.