Excerpted from an interview of Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council:
Matthews: Do you think we should outlaw gay behavior?
Sprigg: Well, I think certainly it’s defensible.
Matthews: I’m just asking you: Should we outlaw gay behavior?
Sprigg: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned, uh, the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior.
Matthews: So we should outlaw gay behavior.
Sprigg: Uh, yes! [laughs]
Founded by James Dobson, the Family Research Council is the leading voice of Christian conservatives. While their opinions belong on the fringe, the FRC is not. What do you want to bet the national GOP follows their lead and makes repeal of DADT a big issue in the 2010 elections.
If gays are allowed to serve openly in the military, frets Saxby Chambliss, “alcohol use, adultery, fraternization and body art” will become big problems.
“If we change this rule of ‘Don’t Ask, Dont Tell,” he asked, “what are we going to do with these other rules?”
Obviously Chambliss, who received deferments to avoid Vietnam, knows as much about the military as he does gay people. Based on his advice I’m going to open an all-night body ink parlor in Midtown specializing in tattoos of liquor bottles and penises (natch).
Meanwhile, John McCain totally contradicted himself at yesterday’s DADT hearing.
A few years back, the Arizona Republican and 2008 GOP presidential nominee said he would wait until military leaders called for ending the policy that requires gays in the U.S. military to stay in the closet before he would do so.
Now that military leaders have said DADT should be ended, McCain is criticizing them.
It appears McCain, facing a tough primary challenge from Arizona’s version of Sean Hannity, has decided that if you can’t beat the agents of intolerance, join ‘em.
Actually, it’s been a long, slow death — one that was assured the first time Garth Brooks hooked a wire up to his Wranglers.
The big “country” winners at Sunday’s Grammys: A pretty young mall chick fancied by tweens and yet another Southern rock ensemble peddling synthetic patriotism.
“I thank God for my life, And for the stars and stripes, May freedom forever fly, let it ring, Salute the ones who died, And the ones that give their lives, so we don`t have to sacrifice, All the things we love, Like our chicken fried…”
Country music, once dominated by outlaws and big-haired broads, has been effectively neutered — sanitized and Hannitized for the masses.