Bil Browning

#CONY2012 Slacktavism Edition [What You Need to Know]

Filed By Bil Browning | March 15, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Amish, GLAAD, hate crimes law, KONY 2012, Rush Limbaugh, Scott Lively, Sean Patrick Maloney, Uganda

As the KONY 2012 video has gone viral, there's been a brouhaha about the group sponsoring the social media push. Is Invisible Children really a religious right front group? Are they over simplifying the issue? coney-2012.jpgAre they really hot dog push cart vendors? Wait. What?! Oh. That's #CONY2012. My mistake. (Clickety to embiggen).

So what else do you need to know today? Here it is:

  • Speaking of Uganda, LGBT activists are suing noted religious right nutjob Scott Lively for inciting anti-gay violence by pushing the "Kill the Gays" bill. "The suit claims that Mr. Lively's actions resulted in the persecution, arrest, torture and murder of homosexuals in Uganda." Yes. Yes, it has.
  • An openly gay aide to New York governors Patterson and Spitzer, Sean Patrick Maloney, has announced he will run for Congress. He's most famous for this quote during a bid for NY Attorney General:""I'm tired of relying on straight politicians. No one would say to an African-American, 'Don't run; a white guy knows this stuff better than you.' This is a hostage mentality."
  • GLAAD has launched the "Commentator Accountability Project" in conjunction with Jeremy Hooper from Good As You blog. They will provide media outlets with the facts behind the anti-gay talking heads they book so the booking agents can see for themselves just how extreme some of these whackjobs really are.
  • Rush Limbaugh's syndicator has announced that there will be no national advertising on the blowhard's radio show for the next two weeks. Seems no one want to be associated with the guy now? I hate to break the news, but this kinda shit has been going on for a while now with the occasional blow back. They'll all come back soon enough when people's attention switches to the latest outrage.
  • An Amish sect from Ohio is trying to get the federal hate crimes law overturned. Strangely enough, I rather agree with them. The loopholes the feds wrote into the law require "interstate commerce" to be affected for the Justice Department to intervene - which has allowed many hate crimes in places like Indiana to go unpunished since there is no state-level hate crimes law there. You can beat up a queer there, just don't order from Amazon before you do. Or something.

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