December 3, 2008

Jack Black as Jesus.

Mocking the conservatives. And much more, in "Prop 8: The Musical."

118 comments:

Beth said...

Saw it - typically silly Hollywood does politics, but I still love Jack Black. He's one of my straight crushes. And Neil Patrick Harris singing and dancing? Always a treat.

chickenlittle said...

preachy choir

Hoosier Daddy said...

I didn't watch it but I'll wager it didn't mock the 77% of blacks who voted for Prop 8.

Maybe JAC can add that to his list of things which must not be pointed out.

Doyle said...


I didn't watch it but I'll wager it didn't mock the 77% of blacks who voted for Prop 8.


It must be easy to be a wingnut and just get to argue against inconsistencies real and imagined.

mcg said...

Well, Jack Black's Jesus trotted out a very tired argument about Old Testament interpretation---that is, that Christians rely solely on the Torah, while "ignoring" other aspects of the Torah like dietary laws. It's a bogus argument for many reasons but it plays really well with nonbelievers.

Doyle said...
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Doyle said...

It's a bogus argument for many reasons but it plays really well with nonbelievers.

What is the bogus part of the argument and why is it bogus?

And is there really any shortage of arguments against literal interpretation of the Bible?

Host with the Most said...

Doyle,

Do you have an actual point to make?

pduggie said...

The "shellfish is an abomination" counter-argument that Jack Black/Jesus trots out is a fallacy.

There are two very different words in the Hebrew bible. One is used for shellfish in Leviticus 11, and a different one is used in Leviticus 18. The King James version didn't distinguish them, but more modern translations and scholarship do. The ESV, for example, consistently translates "abomination" to refer to sexual and idolatrous practices that are forbidden (Lev 18) and "detestable" for unclean foods (Lev 11).

Even just thinking of the context, the unclean animal laws of Lev 11 are not "moral" in nature, and define Jews from everyone else. They are about cleanness. If you touch a dead pig (say, by accident), you have to WASH.

Lev 18 deals with moral rules for Jew and alien sojourner alike. It includes not sleeping with uncles and not burning infants alive to Molech. You commit those sins and Israel has criminal penalties including death.

Why anyone would trust the biblical scholarship of a Hollywood musical is an interesting side question.

Doyle said...

I'm interested in mcg's for the moment.

laura said...

Politics and musicals - there's something you don't see every day. Anyway, I'm a New Testament girl and will side with the love your neighbor message.

Doyle said...

Why anyone would trust the biblical scholarship of a Hollywood musical is an interesting side question.

Better than listening to Christian fundamentalists.

chickenlittle said...

pretty preachy choir

pduggie said...

Most of them know the contents of their Bible.

Doyle said...

Most of them know the contents of their Bible.

Yeah, and jihadists know their Koran. Doesn't mean they should be listened to.

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

So, it's okay to mock Christians, but not homosexuals?

There was a young faggot named Bloom,
Who had a lesbian up to his room.
They spent the whole night,
In a terrible fight,
Over who would to what, and to whom.

Sorry to disappoint you, folks, but as a general rule people who mock Christians and the bible ... don't know either very well.

Consequently they zero in on the tiny minority of what I call "wooden literalists." These are your six-24-hour-day creation folks. And when Jesus says "I am the door, I'm sure they look for hinges."

If they're not intentionally avoiding thoughtful Christians who find manifold justifications for a non-wooden literal interpretation of the bible ... then they're so ignorant of Christianity that their comments have quite little value.

mcg said...

What is the bogus part of the argument and why is it bogus?

There are quite a few problems with it. I'll point out three; pduggie has picked up on another.

1. The Old Testament isn't the only place where sexual immorality in general, and homosexuality in particular, is addressed; so even for Christians that have an oversimplified "ignore the Old Testament" approach, sexual purity is still within their purview.

2. Specifically where the OT dietary laws were concerned, there is explicit discussion in the New Testament (e.g., the book of Acts) that they have been set aside.

3. The OT laws instituted penalties for certain sins that would easily be considered unduly harsh by today's standards, including stoning for sexual immorality (adultery, homosexual sex, beastiality). There are a variety of approaches to explain why such penalties are not practiced today: Gentiles were never called to the Mosaic covenant, for instance; Jesus himself bore the penalties of sin; etc. But none of those arguments change God's opinion of the sin itself. That which was an abomination in the OT is still an abomination in the NT.

And is there really any shortage of arguments against literal interpretation of the Bible?

If you think the Bible is bogus, don't follow it---and feel free to convince people that the Bible is bogus. It is silly, however, for someone who really doesn't believe in the divine inspiration of scripture to try and convince someone who does that they're "off" in their interpretation in this or that aspect. Come on, man, you think the whole thing's bullshit, just say so!

It's not just a matter of honesty but also effectiveness. All a Bible-believer has to do is to talk to someone reasonable knowledgeable about these arguments and they'll be cleared up. They're likely to be predisposed to assuming Jack Black doesn't know what he's talking about, so the slightest bit of confirmation of that fact will suffice.

I once heard Camille Paglia speak about gays who wanted to change the Catholic church to be more accepting of their lifestyle. She just didn't get it, and thought it was frankly silly that someone would want to be a part of the club that didn't approve of what they were doing. I wonder what she would think about this fellow.

mcg said...

Yeah, and jihadists know their Koran. Doesn't mean they should be listened to.

And you have the better argument than Jack Black.

Doyle said...

Come on, man, you think the whole thing's bullshit, just say so!

How 'bout if I just say you're bullshit instead? I'm actually a Christian with a degree in religious studies.

mcg said...

Well that's good to hear, Doyle. So consider substituting "Jack Black" in for my "If you think the Bible is bogus..." above.

Also feel free to address my arguments.

Jim C. said...

Hoosier, Bart -- Watch the clip and rest assured: it mocks the gays and the blacks too.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Speaking as a mo I don't know if all the recent things done by people on my side are helping.

I support gay marriage but I question some of the tactics since the vote.

My sense it it will take time. If LL Cool J came out that may also help.

mcg said...

Admit it, Titus, you just threw that last bit in for your own sake :)

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Not totally mcg. There was a book written by some black executive in the music business who is gay.

He never used names but he alluded to many black entertainers who were gay but did it on the downlow. LL was one of them.

Of course this could be totally false but yes the thought of it is very exciting.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

I think if straighties against gay marriage met me they would be open to gay marriage.

mcg said...

I think gay marriage will happen. I mean, I think the term is oxymoronic, like government efficiency, but there you go. Prop 8 didn't pass by an overwhelming majority, far smaller than the previous proposition, so the trend is there. And as dumb as Gavin Newson's little celebrations speech proved to be strategically, it did contain a bit of truth... as California goes, so goes the nation, eventually.

Doyle said...

I'm sure you're right, mcg (1 is a given and 2 sounds right but 3 seems murky). I just can't tell how responsive your points are to Black's musical, not having seen it.

Chip Ahoy said...

My family, bless 'em, send me Christian messages all the time. I glance at them and they usually go straight to the trash. I'd much rather they inform me of the contents of their hearts directly, that's always so much more interesting to me than the fluff they circulate among a list of addresses.

So I sent them this, an idea for a Christmas card. Understand, they're sensitive about all things blasphemous so I'm taking a risk.

Didn't watch the video, I can imagine it well enough, the comments, though, were surprisingly hostile. This alarms me. It caused me to dress warmly and to set off for a walk, which to tell the truth, would have happened anyway, then return and produce and consume a standard Cobb salad, with the most extraordinary vinaigrette made with lemon, left-over home-made cranberry relish, ginger from a jar, and Dijon style mustard.

Synova said...

I won't hold my breath, but I still think that the pro-gay marriage side of things would get farther by seriously talking about marriage, traditional marriage and its value to the community than by attacking those who take marriage seriously.

Making fun of opponents doesn't only make fun of their attitudes toward homosexuality, it makes fun of their concerns about the way marriage has and is deteriorating in our culture.

The idea that SSM is an attack on marriage is not an idea that is made from whole cloth, if SSM is seen in the context of and as an extention of the free-love movement of the 60's. People say, "how does my marriage threaten you?" and while marriage doesn't, the people pushing it very much do, and often deliberately so.

Marriage has been attacked as essentially abusive to women. The idea of *fidelity* before and after marriage is attacked in a variety of ways. It's not just homosexuality that we're supposed to accept, it's promiscuity.

Marriage is about giving up sole claim to yourself and your desires to work through life with someone else (who is doing the same.) Free-love and me-first and whatever-I-want-NOW are actively destroying the concept of anything resembling a union of two into one. That's why it's called a *union*.

Also, the idea that children are hurt by divorce and that single parenthood is not equal to having two parents is *definitely* something to put on JAC's list. The Truth That Must Not Be Named.

Making a really big deal about affirming the fact that marriage is under serious attack in our culture would go a long way to supporting the argument that "my marriage doesn't threaten yours."

traditionalguy said...

Homosexuals should be loved and not hated. However I think the same sex marriage push is simply a call out to Christians by the homosexuals wanting a fight like the Jack Palance character in the old western Shane. Lets see how much love comes back to Christians from the gay Jack Palances who have started this effort to show their new found power in a Post-Christian culture. The christians are now looking for a leader to defend their world view who does not run from a fight, even if they have to take a woman from Alaska to find a leader who is not an Amish/Quaker type Christian. McCain used her. Maybe she will be used again, and that's ironic because most Christian men still resist a women in leadership.

Doyle said...

At least I didn't do something really stupid like say "I bet it doesn't address the black vote" without having any idea whether it does or not.

Doyle said...

I won't hold my breath, but I still think that the pro-gay marriage side of things would get farther by seriously talking about marriage, traditional marriage and its value to the community than by attacking those who take marriage seriously.

What does this even mean? That pro-gay marriage people should spend more time sucking up to wingnut bigots than attacking them? Sounds like a plan!

Doyle said...

It's not just homosexuality that we're supposed to accept, it's promiscuity.

This comment just keeps getting dumber and dumber.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Personally I have no interest in gay marriage-for myself.

The thought of a date of dinner and speaking with someone horrifies me. I don't want someone around my house pinching loafs. I enjoy my own loaf but I certainly don't want to see anyone elses.

But for others, sure, go for it, enjoy.

TitusLyposomalDisorder said...

Hi Synova.

mcg said...

but 3 seems murky).

That's because it is!

I just can't tell how responsive your points are to Black's musical, not having seen it.

Well, one of the "Christians" asks Jack "Jesus" Black if the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination: to which he says, yes, but it also says the same thing about this shrimp cocktail. Then he mentions some of the other weird things in the OT and suggests the Christians just "pick and choose."

That may be true; heck, it is true. But I really don't think their point was to encourage Christians to return to stoning adulterers and unruly kids.

Doyle said...

That may be true; heck, it is true.

Onward Christian soldiers ;-)

Oligonicella said...

Doyle --

Why anyone would trust the biblical scholarship of a Hollywood musical is an interesting side question.

Better than listening to Christian fundamentalists.

Equivalent to listening to...

Bissage said...

Now that I’m on the wrong side of 45, I feel absolutely no shame whatsoever that there is no room in my brain (or heart, for that matter) for this so-called “Jack Black” person.

To me he does not even exist.

All of my brain cells that might possibly think of him are dedicated, full-time, to preserving the memory of Blacque Jacque Shellacque a/k/a Black Jack Shellac.

Those are brain cells well-spent, IMHO.

For the young, not-so-young and merely curious, and for all those persons desperately wanting some good-natured parody of a French-Canadian stereotype . . . here . . . for your viewing pleasure, is “Bonanza Bunny.

Enjoy.

Fee Fee?! Heellooo, Fee Fee, bahybeee!

BANG!!!

That Fee Fee . . . shees ah blast . . .

** WUMP **

Michael said...

Hoosier: Blacks constitute about 6% of the population of California and of that 6%, the number that actually voted would be minimal to say the least.

Using them as any kind of example of why Prop 8 passed is rather silly.

It passed because of the standard right wing fear of gays or anything they don't understand.

Michael said...

Bissage: "this so-called “Jack Black” person."

Get out much?

Synova said...

Doyle, you don't want to listen. I understand that. What I meant was clear... marriage is under overt attack by people who want to destroy traditional morality, including marriage, as symbols of patriarchal oppression and whatever else.

Marriage *is* under attack in our culture. That may not bother you, but it bothers some people very much.

I get the idea that you, like a whole lot of those who favor giving homosexuals the right to marry, really see no *value* in marriage at all. So give something away that isn't worth anything... it costs you nothing to give worthlessness to people. It's a word, nothing more, and why get so upset about a meaningless word unless you're a homophobic hater, eh?

It's because you see NO value in marriage that you can see NO reason other than hatred to try to shore up this traditional institution.

And that goes for a whole lot of people who can imagine no reason whatsoever other than hate to oppose same sex marriage.

You don't see marriage as threatened in this culture because it has no value anyhow... it's not alarming that the divorce rate is what it is, or that mothers and fathers (and in my experience it's usually mothers, frankly) leave their spouse and subject their children to a split childhood when the only thing that was wrong with their marriage is that it wasn't fun, or maybe they met someone who was new, and our culture has told them that marriage is worthless, so toss it, and children are FINE when their parents go their own ways, just dump what the other partner was trying to build with them and go. He finally finished paying for your college, or you met a guy who made you feel young... so you've got children together? And we're supposed to accept this because we didn't want to make a woman who was abused *feel bad* for rightfully taking herself and her children out of that situation?

You think this has nothing to do with why some people are really and sincerely worried about marriage in our culture?

You think that gay people who *want* marriage and would like it to *mean* something when they get it can't express support for marriage and support for trying to stem the tide or even turn it without it being a case of "sucking up to wingnut bigots?"

And you wonder, you really wonder, why someone would see SSM as an attack on marriage.

Maybe I'm wrong. I operate on the assumption that a good portion of those homosexuals who want to be married want to be *married*. Maybe even most of them. Even if some activists clearly just want to stick it to the Christians, I figure they're the obnoxious minority.

You may convince me of my error.

Oligonicella said...

Micheal --

"Blacks constitute about 6% of the population of California..."

Wonder what the percentage of Mormons is?

Pogo said...

The clip required much fast-forwarding.

High School Musical: Mock the Christian Retards
or
Footloose 2: A Judy Garland Wedding
would have been funnier.

It's cute and sophomoric, but is it really meant to change someone's mind?
No. It's meant to mock their adversary; it's pablum for the elite, to feel better about their worldview than the damned blacks and christianists.

________________________
P.S. well-stated Synova. Exactly so.

Michael said...

msg: You always trot out the Bible and everything you apparently think you know about what God or Jesus thought about almost everything.

Can you tell me the first time anything about "homosexuality" appears in the Bible, who said it and how it relates to gay marriage or their rights as citizens of the United States of America?

The only actual mention of homogenitality or homosexual sex was within the context of rape, prostitution, and abusive sexual encounters. (www.truthsetsfree.net)

Sodom and Gomorrah certainly do not pertain to homosexual sex and as far as I know nothing about it appears in the Old Testament at all...which I would assume would give pause to the entire notion of God's true message.

*Oh, and the video is really funny.

Michael said...

Oligonicella - Only about 2% but they still poured a massive amount of dough into the state.

*Yesterday I was with a couple of Mormons who jokingly said they made a bundle off the manufacturing of the Vote Yes on 8 signs.

Mark O said...

I'm fine with gay marriage. What about one man and three women? One woman and three men? One man, two women and one 16 year-old with her parents' permission? Take a combination. Does it have to be only two?

Is it only the question of consent or must we find a solid, angry, politically strong group of the others. How much of this is just political correctness making gay marriage boring.

Michael said...

Synova said..."...marriage is under overt attack by people who want to destroy traditional morality, including marriage, as symbols of patriarchal oppression and whatever else."

That's the same old bullshit argument.

Actually "marriage" is under attack by...DIVORCE.

Let's have a poll:

Anybody here ever get divorced?

Have parents who got divorced?

Know people who have been divorced?

pduggie said...

"The only actual mention of homogenitality or homosexual sex was within the context of rape, prostitution, and abusive sexual encounters. "

Michael: two minutes of reading the text of Lev 18 would disabuse you of this mistaken notion.

TosaGuy said...

excellent post, Synova.

Michael said...

Bart Hall said..."So, it's okay to mock Christians, but not homosexuals?"

"Mocking" isn't quite the same as denigrating, fool.

You can make fun of all kinds of people without referring to them as faggots or any other form of bigotry.

Of course, being from Kansas you probably know all about this topic.

*For instance: I call many here morons, assholes, fools, wingnuts, dolts, etc....but I draw the line at bigotry.

Oligonicella said...

Micheal --

"Only about 2% but they still poured a massive amount of dough into the state."

And blacks, numbering three times as many, preach regularly of the sin. The point of soft targets is a valid one.

Michael said...

Mark, what does polygamy have to do with gay marriage?

Are you going to run the bestiality canard up the flagpole, too?

Gays want the same rights as everybody else.

mcg said...

Michael: you're going to point me to a Bible revisionism site like truthsetsfree to bolster your claims? Come on. The overwhelming consensus of Christian scholarship, both Catholic and Protestant, agrees that homosexual sex is sinful---as is all extramarital sex. And a Bible study written by a 21-year old college student is your foundational evidence?

Michael said...

Oligonicella - Bigots come in every color and size.

Hispanics aren't real big on gays either.

mcg said...

Michael: two minutes of reading the text of Lev 18 would disabuse you of this mistaken notion.

pduggie: Oh, no it wouldn't. You should read the contortions that the author of truthsetsfree.net uses to explain away Leviticus 18. That's what he is relying on.

Synova said...

Yes, Michael.

Marriage is under attack by divorce. Divorce and a culture of me-first instant gratification and a weird insistence that it's simply wrong to deny "love" even if it hurts your kids.

But Doyle thinks that those advocating SSM can't possibly make a point of supporting marriage and acknowledging the very real threat to marriage without "sucking up to wing-nut bigots."

mcg said...

Gays want the same rights as everybody else.

They have them. They're free to marry members of the opposite sex just like straights are. And straights currently can't marry members of the same sex, either.

Trooper York said...

This ones for Doyle

New York Post Page Six December 3, 2008

THE ex-wife of Art Shamsky claims the Mets legend gave her a sexually transmitted disease after repeatedly cheating on her with both men and women.

In a sordid lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Kim Shamsky says that during their 13-year marriage the famed outfielder and first baseman "engaged in acts of adultery with both men and women," without her knowledge. His romps included "acts of 'unprotected' sexual and deviate sexual intercourse," according to the suit.

The court papers state that Kim, suspecting her hubby was fooling around, submitted to a number of medical tests. After one examination, she was informed by her doctor she had contracted the human papilloma virus (HPV). Medical experts say HPV can cause problems such as genital warts and cervical cancer.

The suit claims Shamsky continued to have sex with her although he "knew that an individual or individuals with whom he had engaged in sexual relations had contracted HPV or that he had contracted HPV."



Hey buddy good luck. Better get that checked. I hear the Giants players can hook you up with a doc that is pretty discreet.

chickenlittle said...

Anybody here ever get divorced?
No
Have parents who got divorced?
No
Know people who have been divorced?
Yes

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Doyle: .At least I didn't do something really stupid like say "I bet it doesn't address the black vote" without having any idea whether it does or not.

I'm guessing that you don't understand the mechanism or rationale behind betting or gambling. It isn't gambling when you know the answer.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

The stupid thing about the video is that the conservatives are "convinced" to support gay marriage in the end because it means more money. Heaven forbid they change their minds because gays are actually equal human beings.

Once again, those leading the fight for marriage equality have the message all wrong. And we wonder why we lost on Prop 8.

Synova said...

Gays want the same rights as everybody else.

So do polyamorists.

I don't have a problem with that, really, and there really isn't anything in scripture that prohibits marriages of more than two people. Plus, there is a whole lot of historical precedence for marriages of more than two people.

I don't understand why pro-SSM people have kittens every time someone mentions polygamy. (Granted... the polyamorists I know are generally talking about a second husband.)

Scripture fairly clearly *recommends* a marriage of two people... if you must marry at all.

I think I could see Paul's advice that it's better to marry than burn applied reasonably (in doctrinal terms) to homosexuals as well as heterosexuals.

The really bad thing is sex outside of marriage.

Michael said...

mcg: No it's not the "foundation" of my argument.

Using the Bible to point out the ills of the world is ridiculous.

1. Do you believe in slavery? According to the Bible it was established by decree of God and sanctioned in the Bible.

2. Did Noah load up all those animals on the ark?

3. The early Christian Church required members to give all of their possessions to Church leaders.
(Communist Christians?)

4. The Bible mentions unicorns, satyrs and donkeys that talk. Do you buy into that, too?

5. And here's something that makes me think many were Republicans: "A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things." (Ecclesiastes 10:19)

And why did they wait about 30-40 years before writing it?

Can anyone really verify damn near anything in it?

It's really more of a collection of gossip among like-minded individuals with a stake in moving their own visions of what they perceived as the way the world should be.

Michael said...

Synova said...(Gays want the same rights as everybody else.) "So do polyamorists."

Oh, great argument.

So now you're comparing people who like to screw around with more than one partner to gays who want to get married? (Isn't that one of the reasons gays want to get married? To dissuade others from doing just that?)

GFL.

Michael said...

Trooper, whether they be pro-athletes or not, I'll lay heavy odds more (male) athletes caught sexually transmitted diseases from women that other men...by a long shot.

Michael said...

mcg: Your argument (as usual) is based on your belief that gays "choose" their lifestyle versus being born as such.

Right?

mcg said...

OK, Michael, so you believe the Bible is bullshit. Then what's the point of even citing the truthsetsfree.net guy? You fell into the same trap that Jack Black and his cohorts did. Just call it like you see it, and be done with it.

But why waste any breath whatsoever convincing a Christian that the Bible doesn't say what they think it does about homosexuality when in fact your real beef is that they believe it wholesale in the first place?

Synova said...

Anybody here ever get divorced?

No. Nor are any of my siblings divorced.

Have parents who got divorced?

No. Nor did any of my father's eight siblings get divorced. All of my mother's two siblings got divorced.

Know people who have been divorced?

Yes. And none for what would have been legally cause for divorce when such a thing was necessary to prove. No spouse or children abused. The cheaters were usually the ones who left (as opposed to leaving someone cheating on you.) As often as not the person who left only did so after they found a replacement.

I also know people who have just skipped the getting married part because they believed the feminist tenet that one doesn't need a man, even if one wants a child, and so she found a "donor" and found out that the destructors of marriage lied and never warned her that a child came with a host of grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins and various "in-laws" who all felt they had a claim on HER child and she found that her PLAN to make a nice little family of her and her baby now included the baby's father, who was a friend, and she didn't *dare* exclude the extended family because they cared not at all for her PLAN and she feared they'd take the boy if she tried to deny them.

paul a'barge said...

I didn't watch it but I'll wager it didn't mock the 77% of blacks who voted for Prop 8.

Or the Mooslims either.

Gays are not getting any points for courage in this endeavor. Cheap shots are Christians might feel good but ... oh heck, let's be direct ... I can hardly wait for the next time I get to vote against gay interests.

mcg said...

Your argument (as usual) is based on your belief that gays "choose" their lifestyle versus being born as such.

Everyone chooses their lifestyle, Michael; gay or straight. I choose when and where my pecker goes, as do you. What you're so poorly trying to ask about is orientation. And no I really don't think anyone chooses to be gay. But the precise mix of nature and nurture, choice or compulsion, is irrelevant to what the Bible says about sexual acts.

Pogo said...

If 'a little song a little dance alittle seltzer down your pants' could solve the gay marriage objections, La Cage aux Folles would have done so already.

Synova said...

So now you're comparing people who like to screw around with more than one partner to gays who want to get married?

No, Michael. I'm comparing people who sincerely feel that they are wired different than you and I, that they are *born* with the natural preference of forming permanent relationships with more than one other person, to homosexuals who want to get married.

For some reason in my life I seem to meet more polyamorists than gays. Which is weird, I suppose. By and large, those I know seem to be *excessively* prone to setting up very domestic and inter-dependent households. Why is the idea of a legal arrangement threatening?

Stephen Snell said...

Michael just happened to be hanging out with some of his Mormon friends the other day. There are at least 2 fallacies there, verily.

Arguing bible interpretations, losing, and then declaring the bible ridiculous? Stephen 3:16 Says Michael is a Douche.

Michael said...

Stephen, first of all, I didn't say I was "hanging out with anybody." I was on a job site with two clients who happen to be Mormons.

Second: Suck my dick.

Michael said...

Synova: "I'm comparing people who sincerely feel that they are wired different than you and I, that they are *born* with the natural preference of forming permanent relationships with more than one other person, to homosexuals who want to get married."

A complete crock. You don't believe a word of that tripe and you know it.

Some people are "born to be wild?"

Is that your argument against gay marriage?

GFL

Michael said...

mcg: "Everyone chooses their lifestyle, Michael; gay or straight."

Oh, right.

I forgot.

Gays "decide" to be gay.

And think about it: Who wouldn't want to be gay or black or a midget or handicapped?

Michael said...

paul ala bigot: "I can hardly wait for the next time I get to vote against gay interests."

You must be proud.

Big Mike said...

I see that straight-bashing is in vogue these days.

I'm an atheist myself, I suppose, but if I were a Christian I'd feel very much under siege. To a Christian marriage is a sacrement, and I can understand their position that calling a homosexual relationship a "marriage" is a total oxymoron. There ought to be a way that cool heads can get together and arrange for homosexual couples to have the legal rights that married heterosexual couples enjoy (along with the legal miseries, like divorce) without demanding church services and the word "marriage."

As for me, I can contrast the anti-Prop 8 demonstrations with the peaceful civil rights protests pre-1968 I saw and sometimes participated in, and the result is an epic fail for the gay community. I could look at Bull Connor and Gov. Wallace on TV, and read about the exoneration of the murderers of Emmett Till, and I wanted no part of them or that side. And I want no part of a community that thinks it's perfectly okay to threaten a tiny grandmother with violence. People, and I use the term loosely, who would do that do not deserve and will not have my respect. If you want that respect, go earn it. If you want to try to beat some respect out of me, you're welcome to try.

An atheist standing with the Christians. Look what you've gone and made me do!

Michael said...

Synova: Why are all of these people you know getting divorced?

Haven't you explained what a real marriage is all about?

Damn.

Cabbage said...

Leviticus, Levitshmus, I get my scriptual admonishment of homosexuality from Genesis. Course, you need to go back to the ancient greek translation to really find it.

/Don't read greek, even though my dad made me count to ten in it whenever I got angry and had a stolen conquistador artifact
//There is no pun intended in this comment.

Michael said...

mcg: I can't argue about religion with you.

If you "believe"...believe.

And yes, I think he Bible is nothing more than great stories other "believers" threw together over a long period of time to shore up what they themselves wanted to believe. (Are you denying the existence or "truth" of other such tomes...that do not correspond to YOUR Bible?)

*You didn't answer my question: Why the 30-40 year wait?

Michael said...

Big Mike - You give atheists a bad name...and that takes some doing.

What do you care about what others do with their own life?

How does it adversely effect you?

PJ said...

God that's some smarmy sesame street singalong.

They did have a black preacher and churchgoer, but were missing just your average white or black joe.

(Transparency: I voted against Prop 8. I also like Jack Black. This still sucks.)

Mr. Bingley said...

"It passed because of the standard right wing fear of gays or anything they don't understand."

I guess that explains why Obama lost California then, right?

mcg said...
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Trooper York said...

I also heard that Tom Seaver got chlamydia from Jerry Grote but hey that was just a rumor.

mcg said...

You didn't answer my question

I know.

Trooper York said...

Please lets not bring up Mike Piazza.

Its just not fair.

ricpic said...

The Republicans would take back the country in a heartbeat if they'd just come out as the unapologetically straight white regular guys for Palin party.

Republican said...

The skit is pretty hokey, even by Hollywood gay standards.

The idea that our gays can all pull together to put on a show in grandpa's barn to raise awareness in the haters, is silly.

They aren't going to change minds or compel voters to support their causes by acting more gay.

If I oppose, I'd like for people to wonder why. I'd like for my opposition to be taken seriously, not dismissed as being homophobic or VRWC schtick.

A little dignity in asking for my support would be appreciated!

Republican said...

Dear Gays:

If you want my support, you will treat the subject with more class and seriousness.

Hope this helps!

knox said...

Gays are not getting any points for courage in this endeavor.

Everything about this whole event worries me; gay marriage is the least of it. If gay activists--egged on, of course, by the left--keep engaging in this obnoxious behavior, it's going to set gay rights back a generation. At least.

The average person, who doesn't give a shit one way or the other what people do in the bedroom, has enjoyed watching "Queer Eye" or "Ellen", and has a pretty amicable sentiment toward gays, is going to start changing his mind.

Gay marriage was barely on the radar ten years ago, now society is expected to change overnight, and if you're against it, you're a cretin.

I am totally in favor of giving gays rights to marry, but this sort of shallow bullshit is NOT the way to do it. It doesn't take a genius to see that it's utterly counter-productive.

knox said...

An atheist standing with the Christians. Look what you've gone and made me do!


OK, here's exactly what I'm talking about.

I don't care what your cause is, if you act like a total asshole, no one will support it.

Synova said...

Yes, Michael, I actually believe that it's possible that some people are whatever they need to be to most naturally form polyamorist relationships and others simply aren't, even if they want to be. "Screwing around" is not forming a relationship or bond. Your reflexive bigotry in equating people who "screw around" with people who feel that their essential "nuclear" family unit has more than two people in it is telling.

What it tells me is that gay marriage is political for you, and not at all about the people involved who want to do something more profound than live together or have sex.

Is that your argument against gay marriage?

I'm for gay marriage because I think it would contribute positively to the community. Your fantasy world about what you think others thing and why is your own affair, of course.

Trooper York said...

"I don't care what your cause is, if you act like a total asshole, no one will support it."

Not true knox, people still root for the Red Sox.

Big Mike said...

Michael, my friend, in answer to your question it doesn't. That's sort of my point. I'm not appalled by homosexual behavior per se. I am appalled by the nastiness bordering on violence that has characterized the response of the gay community to the passage of Prop 8. Somehow I can't picture Mormons threatening violence to gay bars had it passed.

One of the ways (there are others) I use to decide whose side I'll join (if either) is the tactics each side employs. When one side trys to shout down reasonable discussion, when it tries to employ (or threatens to employ) violence, then that's the wrong side. Because if they had the right of it, they could win without these sorts of tactics.

"Gay" community. What a misnomer! Gay used to be a synonym for happy, but there's no one in the videos I've seen that seems particularly happy. You don't seem particularly happy.

ron st.amant said...

I don't understand why pro-SSM people have kittens every time someone mentions polygamy

Because it's a false argument, that opponents of gay marriage reguritate, conflating two completely separate ideas: polygamy and monogamy...
There is no discrimination in anti-polygamy laws. It is applied equally as no one regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Laws against same-sex marriage however carve out one class "heterosexuals" who are free to marry a person, and another class "homosexuals" who are not.

Lem said...

Not true knox, people still root for the Red Sox.

Fenway Park has the Mayor Leagues record for consecutive sellout crowds.

I just thought I mention that.

Bob said...

I don't live in California so this was just one of those left coast propositions. But Gays really have managed to reinforce the stereotype of drama queens with the way they have gone about whining over this vote. You're not winning over those indifferent to this (like me). Being against this automatically means your homophobic? I don't follow that. And logically, if gays get this right then how does one preclude polygamists? Try a calm reasoned approach and a little patience.

Synova said...

There is no discrimination in anti-polygamy laws. It is applied equally as no one regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

That's not really any different from any other laws about marriage. You can only marry one person of the opposite sex and that person has to not be married to anyone else, not be a relative, not be underage, etc.

The equality argument is weak. NO ONE has a right to marry except in a very narrow set of cases and those cases apply equally to everyone.

The fact that some men are physically attracted only to men and some women only to women doesn't prove they should marry. There are other orientations than homosexual, and they don't count. There's actually a tendency for close relatives, if they haven't been raised together, to feel excessively strong attraction... to fall in love. That's a real *physical* and recognized thing that these people do not *choose* and can not control. Does that negate the rules that say they must not marry? Not at all. (Heck, they don't even get to have sex.)

Of course I'm not arguing that's an argument that homosexuals shouldn't marry. I think they should. It's just not a Right and shouldn't be presented as a Right because *marriage* is not a Right.

And yes, I know that polygamy is used as a slippery slope argument against homosexual marriage. I just don't know why pro-SSM people get so upset about the very idea... like Michael, who thinks it's about "screwing around". There is more Historical support for polygamy and polyandry than homosexual marriage.

I mean... OMG! That Wiccan woman can't have a husband *and* a wife!!! It's teh end of the world!

Of course it's not.

And as much as Michael is prone to Hysterics, polyamorists *do* consider it an orientation... at least those I have talked to do.

Mark O said...

ron st.amant said...
I don't understand why pro-SSM people have kittens every time someone mentions polygamy

Because it's a false argument, that opponents of gay marriage reguritate, conflating two completely separate ideas: polygamy and monogamy...
There is no discrimination in anti-polygamy laws. It is applied equally as no one regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

This bit of unsophistry gets a D-. To me, the question is if domestic arrangements are to be governed by the consent of those arranged, why is that limited to gay marriage? What difference does it make to the law if one's consent comes from being born to be wild, tame or unhinged? Why should gay marriage slide into fashion because it is limited to two? Are there height requirements? Free to be gay; free to be straight; but, not free to be any other consenting arrangement? Eventually, the law will permit it. Let's not pretend there is a rational basis for the distinctions being drawn here.

And, if your best rejoinder is a demand for fellatio, I suggest it be accompanied by a resurgence of lycanthropy.

Smilin' Jack said...

The arguments for gay marriage and polygamy are entirely analogous, and if one is accepted the other must be also. Marriage derives from the biological fact that in our species reproduction depends on a union of *TWO* *DIFFERENT* sexes. If we're going to expand the definition of marriage by disregarding its reproductive origins, then there is no principled reason to drop the *DIFFERENT* and not drop the *TWO*.

hdhouse said...

lewis black perhaps?

Trooper York said...

When Earl Monroe first came into the league and hit those crazy shots his nickname was "Black Jesus."

elHombre said...

If the government is going to endorse homosexuality by redefining marriage, how about a corresponding "warning label"?

Government schools could be required to disclose to students the CDC data on the grossly disproportionate incidence of HIV/AIDS in the US associated with male to male sexual conduct, the studies showing diminished life expectancy for gay and bisexual men, etc.

Schools should be doing that anyway, but since they aren't, perhaps the glbt community could promote it as a trade off.

Maybe if it was set to music ....

Freeman Hunt said...

Others have already said it, but I'll chime in to agree that the Jack Black vid is a bad idea.

The more that the gay marriage movement is aligned with things like making fun of Christians, the more the movement drives away supporters.

For example, I used to support gay marriage wholeheartedly. Now I have mixed feelings on the issue. An endorsement of gay marriage feels more and more like a co-endorsement of mocking religious people and mocking traditional morality because that's what the most vocal elements of the movement are aligning themselves with. I want nothing to do with that, and I won't be associated with it in any way.

Gay marriage must be disentangled from with hostility to Christians. Plus, how lame. Always going after the Christians. Others have pointed it out already, but what about the other groups that stridently oppose gay marriage. We know how the black vote went on Prop 8. As others have also pointed out, how do you think the Muslim vote went down? There's nothing edgy, courageous, or risky about attacking Christians. Attacking them is very much in vogue.

Things like the Jack Black vid make gay marriage proponents look small. Aside from being counterproductive, I'm sure that gay marriage supporters who don't support these tactics loathe the association.

Craig Landon said...

I was pretty agnostic on this issue until I saw this

and

this

That's when I wondered what the real agenda was behind SSM. It's like Islam; when the supposed live-and-let-live folk start actively and persuasively protesting against the extremists, I'll start parsing them. Until then, no.

PatCA said...

That's right, Freeman, it's just another battle in the culture war and not about "equality" at all.

The days are gone when mocking Jesus or Christianity was original or even shocking. It' just boring and mean at this point.

Stephen Snell said...

Michael, I'll type slowly so you can understand...

"I was with a couple of Mormons"

Your exact words, and so convenient. Given your lack of specificity and your general poor disposition, there's no reason to assume you were working (unless your Althouse persona is purely a device for being the you that you're too chickenshit to display in the real world, you DON'T interact with "clients"), so the difference between "I was with" and "I was hanging out with" is so minimal that your reliance on it to avoid your embarassing performance in the debate is as ridiculous as you are.

my insinuation that you'd have friends, let alone friends who differ with you, was facetious.

"Suck my dick."

You wish. At least in this thread you're being an asshole about something you have a personal stake in.

The fact remains that you got smoked (I guess you got what you wanted, but from them, not me, and were too stupid to realize it) in the substantive argument because you were arguing bible with people who are actually educated. don't respond by citing a degree you may or may not have; it doesn't matter. you are an ignoramus.

Duscany said...

Prop 8 passed because all the blacks who came out to vote for Obama also voted for it. If Prop 8 were running on its own today it would lose. All those people who want gay marriage legal again only have to put their proposition on the ballot at a time when Obama is not running for anything. In the meantime, attacking Mormons and destroying the careers of pro-Prop. 8 people in the entertainment industry doesn't gain them anything.

peter hoh said...

There are people on both sides who would like to frame this as The Gays vs. The Christians.

I don't accept that framing.

There is no such thing as "The Gays." All gay people don't think alike, any more than all Christians think alike.

The first same sex marriages I knew involved young people who were steeped in church -- pastors' kids who embraced their faith and wanted to embark on their coupled lives blessed by their families and friends in a religious context.

I believe in marriage. It's more than just a piece of paper, and I accept that marriage is endangered by our culture. Some great ideas about marriage and culture can be found embedded in this presentation given by Bill Doherty.

In our recent past, both extended families and the wider culture encouraged (and enforced) the idea that marriage was a life-long union. Today marriage is a temporary contract that can be terminated at will by one party. While it can be abused, there are some good reasons that states adopted no-fault divorce laws, and I don't see them being revoked.

Marriage has been redefined. When Newt and Rudy can marry their affair partners and still be considered standard bearers for what passes as the conservative party, it's hard to make the case that the lesbian couple a block away should not have the benefits of marriage.

I won't be surprised if self-appointed gay activists and their well-meaning Hollywood friends set back the cause, but I am certain that same sex marriage will come to pass.

I don't want this issue decided by the courts, but there's no mechanism that will prevent individual couples from pressing their cases in court. I wish there were a way to compromise -- to set up the civil union option for same sex couples -- but I don't see it happening.

I accept that there are good people who are very much opposed to the idea of same sex marriage. For some, it may be an anti-gay bias, but for many, there is a sense that marriage is already damaged in this culture, and they are afraid that any other changes will just make things worse.

And I also accept that there are some jerks who favor same sex marriage. One of them posts here under the name of Michael.

Eric said...

Marriage has been redefined. When Newt and Rudy can marry their affair partners and still be considered standard bearers for what passes as the conservative party, ...

No. Newt has been relegated to "the think tank guy" because of his disastrous personal life. And Rudy will never be nominated for national office because of his. Neither of those guys will ever be considered a "conservative standard bearer". Well, never again, in Newt's case.

Anyway, For all his tough-on-crime cred, Rudy is a liberal.

blake said...

How about Jack Black as Satan?

One of the more bizarre sketches I've seen: Take an old, bad joke and make it into a musical.

Hoosier Daddy said...

It must be easy to be a wingnut and just get to argue against inconsistencies real and imagined.

You're right Doyle, I just made the shit up. In reality, the black vote was overwhelmingly in support of gay marriage.

Yep, you caught me on that one you rascal.

peter hoh said...

I want to see a proposition that bans celebrity marriage.

Roger J. said...

I do so enjoy seeing the "Christian haters" drop their liberal facade and resort to hating other people for what those people believe.

jimspice said...

117 comments and not one mention of Andy Richter's short shorts?