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Texas gets a cookie; AFA gets nothing. [Apr. 20th, 2009|11:12 pm]

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I was wandering around the internets and found an article on ths conservative news website that's associated with the American Family Association with the headline "Texas promotes transgender 're-education' legislation". Seeing that I live in Texas, the very thought of what this might means horrified me, so I went and looked.

Turns out this is actually a good thing - someone in the Texas government has actually suggested a legal measure that could help trans people. I won't link to the article because I don't want to give them any more pageviews, but I'll quote the relevant parts:
Texas is considering a measure to stiffen penalties for harming transgendered people. The addition is to the state's hate crimes law and does more than just provide stiffer penalties, according to attorney Jonathan Saenz of the Free Market Foundation.

"The judge could order that someone who commits one of these crimes has to go to an education program and really re-learn how to think and agree that they accept the other side and the view of the other side in this particular case," he notes.
And in a move that did not surprise me at all, they took this route:
Saenz believes it is reminiscent of re-education camps used in China and the former Soviet Union.

Jonathan Saenz: "Well, it sure sounds like that. And you know, these laws actually apply to juveniles, too, so you can see an intent there to start off really young trying to re-program [and] focus people -- and [it's] really a form of mind-control," he contends.
Riiiight, because teaching people why it's not okay to hurt other people is exactly what they do in totalitarian regimes. But you know how these people usually roll - if you absolutely cannot find any logical reason why something is wrong and should not happen, just point out how it's kinda-sorta-vaguely similar to what the communists did.
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Homosexuals worse than terrorists? [Mar. 11th, 2008|12:34 pm]

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So I'm sure at least some of you have heard about Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern's remarks about homosexuals being worse than terrorists and "the death knell of this nation."

Really, Mrs. Kern? Worse than terrorists?

I fail to see how my sleeping with another woman (a transgender woman at that! gasp!) is equivalent to--oh wait, no, she said worse than--flying planes into buildings and killing thousands of people. How is my love for another woman worse than strapping a bomb on my chest and blowing up Iraqi civilians along with United States soldiers? I'd really like an explanation of how my private love for my partner hurts anybody else. I'm waiting Mrs. Kern.

Still waiting.

You know, what Sally? When you're okay with someone telling you that your love for your husband (I'm assuming she's married, gotta live that good ol' tighty-righty life) is worse than murder, then I'll tell you that what you've said is not hate speech.

For more, check this out:
Large graphic that links to more about our dear Mrs. Kern. )
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Dear America, [Dec. 18th, 2007|01:09 am]

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Stop being dumb.

No love,

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