Tag: gay rights

The Acceptable Prejudice

So this happened:

Occurring a day ahead of Chicago’s enormous Pride Parade, the Dyke March has always billed itself as a social justice-driven gathering that seeks to build alliances across race, religion, class, gender identity and immigration status.

At its core, organizers say, the march is designed to celebrate inclusiveness.

At this year’s march, however, some participants accused organizers of excluding them for expressing their Jewish pride. Laurie Grauer, 35, told The Washington Post that she was one of three marchers who were asked to leave the event because they were carrying Jewish Pride flags — a symbol that some in the crowd viewed as a symbol of Palestinian oppression.

The Dyke March has defended their decision, as have several other Leftist organizations. They claim that Israel’s oppression of Palestine justified kicking these people out. They further claim that Israel’s record on LGBT rights — which is the best in the entire continent of Asia — is simply “pinkwashing” their crimes against Palestinians. Because clearly Israel, with millions of conservative Jews, decided to embrace LGBT rights so no one would notice Gaza.

Now pair that reaction to this incident in Toronto in which Antifa activists tried to stop LGBT Muslims from demonstrating in the gay pride parade and calling out homophobia in Islamic countries. Their reason, they said, was that this would provide fuel to Islamophobes. This is not an isolated incident: there has been a curious silence from many on the Left about the oppression of LGBT folk in Muslim countries. This is the exact reason they give every time: they don’t want to promote hatred of Muslims. I understand that instinct. Oppression of LGBT people in majority-Mulim countries is sometimes used as a club to bash Muslims by people who don’t care about LGBT rights to begin with. But is pretending that gays don’t get murdered by Islamic radicals helping anyone? Why is it OK to call out Israel for Palestine but not to call out, say, Saudi Arabia, over gays?

Ask yourself: if you were an LGBT Muslim, which country would you rather live in? Israel, which grant full rights to Muslims and has the most gay-friendly legal regime on the continent? Or literally any other country in the Middle East? Tel Aviv is known as one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world. They don’t just have an annual gay pride parade; they have a gay pride week. There is literally no other country in that region where a gay pride parade would not be met with violence and oppression.

This is just one more piece of evidence that this “intersectionality” stuff is mostly garbage.

Intersectionality is the big idea of today’s progressive left. In theory, it’s the benign notion that every form of social oppression is linked to every other social oppression. This observation — coined in 1989 by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw — sounds like just another way of rephrasing a slogan from a poster I had in college: My liberation is bound up with yours. That is, the fight for women’s rights is tied up with the fight for gay rights and civil rights and so forth. Who would dissent from the seductive notion of a global sisterhood?

Well, in practice, intersectionality functions as kind of caste system, in which people are judged according to how much their particular caste has suffered throughout history. Victimhood, in the intersectional way of seeing the world, is akin to sainthood; power and privilege are profane.

By that hierarchy, you might imagine that the Jewish people — enduring yet another wave of anti-Semitism here and abroad — should be registered as victims. Not quite.

Why? Largely because of Israel, the Jewish state, which today’s progressives see only as a vehicle for oppression of the Palestinians — no matter that Israel has repeatedly sought to meet Palestinian claims with peaceful compromise, and no matter that progressives hold no other country to the same standard. China may brutalize Buddhists in Tibet and Muslims in Xinjiang, while denying basic rights to the rest of its 1.3 billion citizens, but “woke” activists pushing intersectionality keep mum on all that.

The Left feels free to throw “intersectionality” out the window whenever it comes into conflict with their agenda — be it anti-Israel sentiment or anti-Islamophobia. To be fair: balancing various political interests is always a delicate dance. Just witness the mess going on in the Republican Congress as they try to balance Trumpers, establishment conservatives, mainstream conservatives, Tea Partiers and the needs of the country. But to be really fair, the Left has a long history of doing that dance by throwing anyone under the bus who they think is doing the wrong steps.

Who’s Dollars Do You Want?

The profit motive should be job one in any business, part and parcel of this axiom is that the more customers you have the better business (and profits) will be. So picking sides in controversies can not only be dicey (Am I picking the right side?) but usually your strategy takes a while to play out. We saw Mr. Cathy and his chicken business inadvertently get thrown onto the stage by comments made on a radio show. So far he has handled the controversy well, reiterating not only that all are welcome in his restaurants (and his business) but that he respects opinions that deviate from his own. It is still unclear whether these public statements will hurt his business, but most people have a pretty good bullshit meter and can weigh the probative value of most controversies.

Another business boss (this time with a publicly traded company involving shareholders) made a business decision, aligning himself willingly with a specific side of an issue, but he didn’t pick so well, profits are down and the shareholders are not pleased:

Carbonite famously dropped Rush Limbaugh on a Saturday Night at the height of the Sandra Fluke controversy. Carbonite became the poster child for the Rush boycott movement organized by Media Matters, which coordinated the effort with so-called independent groups.

At the time I examined Carbonite’s SEC filings, and how Carbonite had built its business model based on high growth driven, in significant part, by the promotion of Carbonite by Limbaugh. I predicted that Carbonite had shot itself in the foot, and put political correctness before the interests of its shareholders.
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On August 1 Carbonite released its 2d Quarter 2012 results, the first full quarter after dropping Limbaugh in March. The results shocked Wall Street, as Carbonite did not meet its growth targets, causing multiple analysts to drop the target price. The stock dropped 15% in a day. (h/t reader W)

Most important, in a conference call held on August 1, the CEO David Friend admitted that dropping Limbaugh damaged Carbonite’s growth, and is likely to do so for at least one or two more quarters.

Yes, he did. Advertising on the biggest radio show in the country, seems like a smart move, and the bottom line proved it a savvy business decision, all the way up until he decided to turn scaredycat. Aligning yourself with the squeaky wheel, the bullies, is rarely a good strategy. And since most people are a good a judge of BS controversies, Rush’s show has never been more popular and Carbonite is going the way of the betamax.

A few years back when prop. 8 was on the ballot I wrote a post about a Chinese restaurant in Berkeley who got itself into the crosshairs of the militant gay community. Somehow it got leaked to the press (kinda like James Vandersloot, a small business owner that made the unforgivable sin of donating to the Romney campaign, the Obama thugs found out, they outed him with all his customers then turned him over to the IRS for an anal pounding) that the owners made a small ( a couple hundred bucks)donation to the prop 8 campaign. Although they were very small contributors, they were low hanging fruit and easily accessible, so they were basically run out of town, the building vandalized, protesters outside picketing and scaring all the customers away, thuggery at its most basic and vile.

I bring this up because intolerance comes in many flavors:

The owner of a cake shop in Lakewood, Colorado said that, following a refusal to provide a wedding cake for a homosexual couple his business has more than doubled.

Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, told local media that this wasn’t the first time he had turned away homosexuals seeking wedding cakes, but it is the first time his stand for Christian principles has resulted in so much media attention and some death threats.

We got the trifecta here, a knuckelheaded owner that does not know/care that he is breaking the law, an apparent groundswell of support stemming from the illegal act, and even more criminal conduct in the form of death threats, they all look bad.

The right of public accommodation is protected under the Federal Civil Rights Act, as well as the American Disability Act. Some wiggle room has been granted through the judiciary allowing for individual acts of refusal; the errant drunk, the smelly homeless guy, or the gang brandishing colors, but whole cloth refusal due to sexual preference, not good.

I remember reading several stories in the last few years of establishments declining to serve gays (flower shops, bed and breakfast inns) and got sued for their troubles. These businesses can’t hide under that church/state separation blanket (like say a church who by policy does not do gay weddings) they have to abide by the law and they break that law when they refuse to serve gay people.

“If gays come in and want to order birthday cakes or any cakes for any occasion, graduations, or whatever, I have no prejudice against that whatsoever,” Phillips said. “It’s just the wedding cake, not the people, not their lifestyle.”

An interesting distinction, hopefully he has a good lawyer.

FCKing Fail

Back when the Deepwater Horizon was flowing fast and furious and ruining the gulf, a not particularly clever T-shirt company made a video hawking their product and using some colorful language in the process. You can view their masterpiece here.

Well, another cause celebre, another chance at some profits, and this time they get to hide behind the gay rights movement.

 

So what do you think?

 

My initial criticisms reflect that of their other video, it creeps me out to see toodlers throwing around f-bombs, ditto with those old enough to be my grand mom. I understand the teenage attraction, rebelling against the establishment, oh, “and we get to swear in a video, how cool is that?”. See, despite their attempts, I don’t see this as that cutting edge. I get the profit motive and all that, but children using profanity? yep, that will get me on their side. It also drives me crazy that, in the liberal world, if you are against anything, you are a hater.

Most clear thinking adults would be on their side anyway, their lame attempt to repulse notwithstanding. I think most people are sympathetic to most of the gay cause, everyone should be treated the same and should not suffer discrimination, this is a given, but venture into special treatment land and we got a problem.

The offending law in question would ban teaching homosexuality in schools (I didn’t know that sort of thing was taught, I thought you just knew it naturally):

A Tennessee State Senate committee has approved a bill that would prohibit elementary and middle school teachers from discussing homosexuality in their classrooms. Time magazine reported that the legislation, which has been nicknamed the “don’t say gay” bill, “would mandate that before ninth grade, teachers not ‘provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality.’”

OK, first of all, we have to remember, this is Tennessee, they have a history of being behind the times. And I understand the noble intentions, that some (most) parents want more control over what their kids are exposed to sexually. The problem is that we passed that bridge years ago where schools only teach what they are suppose to teach. From kindergarten on the kids are victims of the social experiment, indoctrinated about politics, values, morals, and sexual propriety.

Then, on the flip side we have the other extreme:

A landmark bill passed Thursday by the California Senate requires gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people to be added to the list of social and ethnic groups that public schools must include in social-studies lessons.

Oh boy, gay history taught right after the American Revolution, “Class, today we are going to learn about Albert Jones, that gay man that invented anal beads, and tomorrow we are going to study San Francisco bath houses and their link to the AIDS epidemic”.

I get the fact that bullying in schools is a problem and everything should be done to combat it, but I would bet that for every boy that talks with a lisp or likes the color chartreuse, there are 100 kids bullied because they are fat, or funny looking or have big ears, or dress funny.

I’m looking for a company to print up some “FCK those FCKH8.com people” T-shirts, I’ll get me one of those. Oh, and did everyone catch the SEIU purple in the background? Yeah, just my imagination.