Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Annals of Asshattery – Continued

If you had any lingering doubts that Rick Perry is a sniveling bigot, this should put your mind at ease.

Rick Perry’s floundering campaign is attempting to build traction with Christian caucus-goers in a new Iowa ad buy that attacks the gay community. In the new commercial, Perry reused a line from his open letter to Herman Cain supporters calling it wrong that gays can serve openly in the military but kids cannot “openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.” Touting his Christian faith, Perry claims he’ll “end Obama’s war on religion” and “fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.” The commercial echoes nasty comments he made yesterday in response to the Obama administration’s plan to advance LGBT human rights around the world, which Perry called a “war on traditional values.

Where to begin? How does the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell have anything to do with religion? As for the claim that kids cannot openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school, that’s demonstrably false. Children can celebrate whatever holiday they want as long as it’s not disruptive to the curriculum, and they can certainly pray in school. The Supreme Court rulings, which started in 1962 when Barack Obama was all of one year old, prohibit the public school administrations from promoting a particular religious holiday or leading prayer services. But laws and court rulings since 1962 have guaranteed that students may organize religious groups, bible study, and as long as there are pop quizzes in algebra, there will be students praying in school.

I could go on, but the hell with it; it’s not worth the pixels to try to make any more sense of it. The ad is the last desperate act of a dying campaign trying to get attention with a vile blast of religious bigotry, loaded with more dog-whistles to the Religious Reich than the discount bin at PetsMart.

I can’t say that I’m surprised. I always knew that beneath that amiably goofy goat-roper exterior there lurked the heart of an evil little troll.