It's no secret that conservatives are not happy about the many ways America is changing (becoming more diverse, more secular, more socially liberal). As society evolves past them and their regressive views become increasingly extreme rather than mainstream, they're lashing out angrily and claiming that the erosion of their privilege means they're being "persecuted."
As I've written before, these childish exercises are called privilege tantrums. A few notable examples of such tantrums from the past few days are presented here for your reading pleasure.
The Values Voter Summit: One Giant Privilege Tantrum
The biggest privilege tantrum of the last week is obviously the Values Voter Summit, which I reported about here and here. In addition to Tea Party delusion and ugly anti-LGBT rhetoric, privilege tantrums were a hallmark of the three-day event, where speaker after speaker whined about how difficult it is to be a fundamentalist Christian these days.
"All around the world, Christians are being attacked -- almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or... under early pagan rule," Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul claimed. Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, added, "Our traditional Judeo-Christian values are being attacked in this town," referring to Washington, D.C. And Florida GOP Senator Marco Rubio, widely believed to be preparing for a presidential run in 2016, warned that social conservatives are fighting against a "rising tide of intolerance."
Watch Rubio's whine-fest below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Earth to Rubio: it's not as though anyone's stopping you from believing in whatever "traditional values" you want to -- it's that society has decided that bigotry no longer gets a free pass. I know you don't like having your beliefs called out and challenged, but you'll just have to get used to it.
More vomitrocious privilege tantrums, after the jump.
Queers Don't Need a Piece of Paper
Linda Oliver, mayor of West Union, South Carolina, is in hot water for an anti-gay rant she recently posted to Facebook:
"What's it gonna take to get these queers to realize they don't need a piece of paper. God will not bless their union because he plainly speaks against queers in the Bible. Want to cover your queer with insurance? Buy a policy. Want your queer to get your stuff when you die? Make a will."
Needless to say, Oliver's bigoted remarks drew swift criticism. But she didn't back down, telling FOX Carolina 21, "I don't want [same-sex marriage] rammed down my throat." And of course, in Oliver's world, it's not the targets of her hate speech who are the victims in this case -- it's her.
"All I can say is if people want to crucify me that's fine. I know that following Jesus, I'm going to be crucified... And I got lambasted because I quoted the Bible and stuff like that on Facebook, and that's the way I feel...
I have apologized; it's on there if people would just read the feed. They're focusing on the word "queer," and I apologized for that. If people would read the whole thing they'll see that I plainly said I will not say that anymore, I'll say "homosexual."
Ummmm, thanks? Oliver continued: "What I'm emotional about is because my feelings -- the way I feel towards homosexuals -- is how I've been brought up." (Because that makes everything better...)
Watch FOX Carolina 21's report:
The Holy Spirit Made Me Do It
Wednesday night, as the House of Representatives was voting on whether or not to end the Republican shutdown of the federal government, a House stenographer went on an epic rant about God, the Constitution, and crazy Freemason conspiracy theories.
"He will not be mocked," the stenographer, later identified as Dianne Reidy, yelled into the microphone at the chamber's rostrum. "The greatest deception here is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons. They go against God."
She was quickly escorted away from the lectern by floor staff, but continued: "You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God. Praise be to Jesus."
Reidy is apparently a well-liked figure in the Capitol, and many observers wonder whether she'd had some kind of mental breakdown. Reidy doesn't think so, though -- she told a Fox News reporter that God compelled her to disrupt the House: "For the past 2 and 1/2 weeks, the Holy Spirit has been waking me up in the middle of the night and preparing me (through my reluctance and doubt) to deliver a message in the House Chamber. That is what I did last night."
Let's Sue Teh Gay
In perhaps the craziest privilege tantrum of the week, nutty anti-gay activists Rick Scarborough and Peter LaBarbera discussed the possibility of filing a class action lawsuit against -- get this -- homosexuality itself.
Right Wing Watch has the audio and the transcript:
LaBarbera: We need to work on our conservative, alternate media and say, 'look, don't do the pro-gay thing, why don't you rather step out and support these ex-gays?' We should encourage Fox News to tell their stories. Fox is now telling the stories of black conservatives because the other media is not doing that, we should all get on Fox and say, 'come on, tell these stories, these wonderful stories of happy men and women who have left the homosexual lifestyle.'
Scarborough: Peter, the whole issue of a class action lawsuit, you and I have talked about this a little bit. I just wonder if you've explored that, talked to anyone about it. Obviously, statistically now even the Centers for Disease Control verifies that homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer. And yet the entire nation has rejected smoking, billions of dollars are put into a trust fund to help cancer victims and the tobacco industry was held accountable for that. Any thoughts on that kind of an approach?
LaBarbera: Yeah I think that's great. I would love to see it. We always wanted to see one of the kid in high school who was counseled by the official school counselor to just be gay, then he comes down with HIV. But we never really got the client for that.
By all means, guys, try and figure out how to file a lawsuit against an immutable characteristic shared by millions of people. Best of luck with that!
I hope you've enjoyed this week's selection of Christian privilege tantrums. Until next time!