Thursday, August 21, 2008


From the Archives (5 May 2007) I subscribe to the American Family Association's (AFA) action alert service so that I can alert my progressive friends to the need to counter fundie protests. Hence I know that the Christianists really have their panties in a wad this week.

The fundies are worried SICK about the possibility of the Hate Crimes Act actually passing, so yesterday they urged folks to ask PrezBush to veto the act should it reach his desk.

The AFA also warned religious brethren that they will no longer be able to spew their hatred in church or on the Web or in a public setting without being arrested unless if they fail to successfully defeat this act.

Reasonable people would say that folks who target victims because of their sexual orientation should be charged with a hate crime, since these people are committing an act of hatred—remind me to tell you all about the joys of having queer spray-painted onto your car when you’re sixteen years old and living in a small southern town if you doubt that—but the AFA insists that "liberal leaders" just want to extend special rights to us queer folks.

(No. No. You're confused. Special rights are those things that you and your ilk extend only to heterosexuals who fall in love.)

So. Today the AFA has taken a particularly dishonorable stand and resorted to equating pedophilia with queer love.

(Yes, yes, I suppose you could get the two confused, since the government insists on placing the names of queers who engage in consensual sex on the same sex0offender lists as the men who kidnap and molest your toddlers.)

Yep. Today's Action Alert warns that, since the definition of sexual orientation is not spelled out in the act, Christians will be forced to stop discriminating against ANY form of sexual orientation.

Then (because they're nothing if not thorough), the AFA includes the following list of sexual orientations (er sex crimes)—a list that the logic-challenged will no doubt assume lists acts that will be protected under the Hate Crimes Act.

(Note how many times queer people crop up, when most sex crimes are committed by heterosexual men.)

Interesting that lewdness is defined as a sexual orientation too.
Coprophilia—sexual arousal associated with feces

Exhibitionism—the act of exposing one's genitals to an unwilling observer to obtain sexual gratification

Fetishism/Sexual Fetishism—obtaining sexual excitement primarily or exclusively from an inanimate object or a particular part of the body

Frotteurism—approaching an unknown woman from the rear and pressing or rubbing the penis against her buttocks

Gay/Homosexual—people who form sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with members of their own gender

Gerontosexuality—distinct preference for sexual relationships primarily or exclusively with an elderly partner

Incest—sex with a sibling or parent

Kleptophilia—obtaining sexual excitement from stealing

Klismaphilia—erotic pleasure derived from enemas

Lesbian—a homosexual female

Lewdness—sexually unchaste; inciting to lust or debauchery

Masturbation—erotic stimulation of one's own genitals

Necrophilia—sexual arousal and/or activity with a corpse

Paraphilia—a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme

Partialism—A fetish in which a person is sexually attracted to a specific body part exclusive of the person

Pederasty—Sex between an adult and a child, usually an adult male and a male child

Pedophilia—Sexual contact between an adult and a child—Bisexual Pedophilia—term used for an adult who derives sexual gratification from sexual contact with a child without regard to the sex of the child

Heterosexual Pedophilia—term used for an adult who derives sexual gratification from sexual contact with a child of the opposite sex

Gay Pedophilia—term used for a male adult who derives sexual gratification from sexual contact with a child of the same sex

Lesbian Pedophilia—term used for a female adult who derives sexual gratification from sexual contact with a child of the same sex

Prostitution—the act or practice of offering sexual stimulation or intercourse for money

Sexual Masochism—obtaining sexual gratification by being subjected to pain or humiliation

Sexual Sadism—the intentional infliction of pain or humiliation on another person in order to achieve sexual excitement

Telephone Scatalogia—sexual arousal associated with making or receiving obscene phone calls

Toucherism—characterized by a strong desire to touch the breast or genitals of an unknown woman without her consent; often occurs in conjunction with other paraphilia

Transsexual—a person whose gender identity is different from his or her anatomical gender

Transvestite—a person who is sexually stimulated or gratified by wearing the clothes of the other gender

Urophilia—sexual arousal associated with urine

Voyeurism—obtaining sexual arousal by observing people without their consent when they are undressed or engaged in sexual activity

Zoophilia/Bestiality—engaging in sexual activity with animals

The um good folks at Don Wildmon's wet-n-wild ranch would have you believe that this is really a 'Thought Control Bill," but no one is saying that people can be charged with a hate crime for what they think.

So listen up, Bubba: we're talking actions here.

It's your ACTIONS, how you express your bigotry, that are being put on notice. Spewing hatred has real consequences and your campaign against queers causes real crimes.

And you don't get to violate other people's rights just because you don't approve of their choices.


Okay. Life will be saner after this weekend, when my chorus's concert and my (gulp) duet are behind me.

(The first performance went fine, despite my stage fright, and a woman in the audience even told me that my cello-rich voice brought tears to her eyes.)

Sweet, huh?

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