Friday, August 01, 2008

"Bigots Against Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

That's the name of a new satirical group that has organized itself to defeat Proposition 8, the Marriage Amendment here in CA.

the "bigots" have some big plans to grab your attention through a campaign of satirical advocacy, the centerpiece of which will be a campaign Web site,, which at press time was not yet operational. But the site will soon have some pretty spectacular content, according to Nelson.

"We have secured [exclusive] interviews some of the worlds favorite bigots; Osama bin Laden, who has been very hard to find. Another one of our very favorite bigots is Saddam Hussein. Kim Jong-Il has also weighed in," said Nelson. The site will also "honor" over a hundred individuals who have veritably advocated for Prop 8, and present the exaggerated arguments in favor of the measure, in the hopes of pointing out the flaws in the arguments for banning gay marriage.

How will they secure an interview with Saddam Hussein? Hold a seance?

At first glance, this might seem like an effective rhetorical strategy: make people feel ashamed for supporting man/woman marriage. But on second thought, it isn't so smart. Lots of people who believe in man/woman marriage know perfectly well that they are not bigots. They know that their views have nothing to do with what they beleive about gay people and everything to do with what they believe about marriage. These people may think to themselves: "Vote NO on Prop 8 is not likely to be the last demand of the gay lobby. Sooner or later they are going to demand that I support something I can't support. I don't care to empower people who are calling me names now, and are likely to keep calling me names. It's time to put a stop to this."

I could be wrong. Mark Nelson, the organizer of "Bigots Against...." could turn out to be the marketing genius of the century.

But I don't think so.


Unknown said...

The CA Secretary of State shows that this organization 'Supports' Prop 8, meaning that they are anti-gay, yet your post suggests that they are pro-gay.

Unknown said...

ok i get what you are saying now, i'm sorry it's a little hard to follow your logic.

Anonymous said...

"Lots of people who believe in man/woman marriage know perfectly well that they are not bigots."

Except for the fact that THAT'S NOT POSSIBLE! To deny other human beings the same rights you grant to yourself is the VERY DEFINITION of bigotry.


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