Explain *This*

Me flipping off many, many people

One of the favored lines of the self-appointed Conservative Christian Morality Police when it comes to censoring public behavior they disapprove of is "I don't want to have to explain this to my child."  They don't want same-sex partners showing affection in public - even a chaste kiss or holding hands, like any hetero couple could do without eliciting so much as a frown - because "I don't want to have to explain to my child why two men are kissing."  They don't want women breastfeeding in public, because "I don't want to have to explain to my child what that woman is doing with her baby."  The general public is not allowed to engage in any behavior the CCMP does not approve of, because the right of the CCMP to not have to explain the ways of other people to hir child is paramount, taking precedence over the right of other adults to conduct their affairs in any place other than their own home.

Anti-abortion billboard, with a cartoon of a scared-looking pregnant girl. Her thought bubble reads "My mom's going to kill me."  The thought-bubble coming from her uterus reads "My mom REALLY is going to KILL ME."
And yet they're quite happy to post this billboard.  In very public view, near a local school, with the deliberate intent of having as many people view it as possible.  And when someone OTHER than the CCMP says they don't think it's appropriate because they don't want to have to explain it to their child, the asshole who put it up is totally understanding of that, right?


Some have expressed concern about explaining the billboard to children. LifeCore's president says if a child is old enough to understand reproduction, the child is also old enough to understand the issue.

They think breastfeeding mothers ought to hide in the bathroom or never leave the house, and that same-gender couples should pretend to just be friends anytime they walk out their door, to avoid offending the CCMP's sensibilities by forcing them to explain these mundane activities to their kids.  But a billboard with a cartoon fetus saying its mother is "REALLY going to KILL ME"?  Tough shit, everyone else.  Have fun explaining the nuances of the abortion debate to your young child.  

Fucking hypocrites.


Jadelyn said...

If you really think these are not the same, or at least overlapping, groups of people...I don't know what to tell you. You're nitpicking at best, and deliberately being a disingenuous asshole at worst.

Chrysalis said...

@Mark, actually, yes, you can, until people with similar view points come out with something different than their "party line". The "I don't want to have to explain this to my kids" line of thinking is, in my opinion, simply the most convinent example of the line of thinking that runs rampant among the conservative right. Other examples include "you are destroying family values" and the simple but eloquent "you will burn in hell".
It alarms many of my fellow lesbian witches that I have many MANY friends who are straight and Christian. Who do not demonstrate or condone this kind of thinking or behavior. But they are not representitive of the religious right as a whole.
My experience with these people, not on TV but up close and personal in my day to day life is congruent with the example given above. For example, they allow their children to watch soap operas and other shows depicting sexual behavior, but will not allow them to learn about birth control, explaining that sex is "everywhere" but birth control encourages kids to engage in it. (?!?)
It is the nature of the religious right to spout off hypocytical, contradicatve and extreme speech in the name of promoting their cause (I am still trying to figure out what my "gay agenda" is). If this is NOT how you interact with the world in terms of getting your message across, then you are not really a member of the religious right.
Now, I'm off to destroy family values with my lesbianism, because Rush Limbaugh and his 3 divorces did not take care of that for me!!


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