Daily Archives: March 26th, 2012

Culture Warriors vs. Sex for Pleasure: Why the Right Wing is Wrong When it Comes to Sex

If prescribing to dogmatic absolutes worked, then the most conservative Christian red states wouldn’t have the highest rates of teen pregnancy, divorce and porn consumption.   

By Lara Riscol, March 25, 2012

Like most Americans from strict traditional homes, I’d learn the hard way that having no framework other than “death do you part” for deciding when, how, if, and with whom to express your sexuality offers more pitfalls than protection.

The stories I’ve told myself about sex and self have shifted dramatically since I was kicked out of my house at 17. From being a born-again Christian taught that man was made for God and woman for man, Barbie the cheerleader whose primary survival tool was flirting, and Sergeant Riscol the tank mechanic who voted for President Reagan—to now feminist mom and sex journalist—I’ve traveled Star Trek planets to know the danger of absolutes, and the pleasure of moral agency and self-determination.

[http://www.alternet.org/story/154690/]

Contraception uproar: It’s the ’60s all over again

Rick Santorum and other conservatives find fertile ground touting values they believe held sway before an era of social upheaval.

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles TimesMarch 24, 2012, 8:10 p.m.

Last fall, before he became a front-runner in the Republican presidential race, Rick Santorum told a conservative Christian blogger in Iowa that he would use the White House bully pulpit to promote his concerns about something most people considered settled: birth control.

One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about is, I think, the dangers of contraceptives in this country,” the former senator from Pennsylvania told Shane Vander Hart of the blog Caffeinated Thoughts. “The whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, ‘Contraception’s OK.’ It is not OK. It’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

The comments struck some as anachronistic. After all, it has been 50 years since the pill came to market, unleashing the sexual revolution and modern American feminism.

[http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gop-race-sixties-20120325,0,1351074.story]

For decades, Republicans have recruited outside groups and individuals to amplify their party’s message and its influence

The Outsourced Party

March 24, 2012, 4:28 pm

By KEVIN BAKER

Who speaks for the Republican party? The answer is that everyone does — and therefore, no one does.

Much air time and many trees have been wasted trying to explain the division, rancor and lethargy that have beset the Republican nominating campaign, now into its second year and threatening to run all the way to the party’s national convention in late August. But it’s no great mystery. Republicans have fallen prey to one of the favorite tactics of just the sort of heedless, improvident, twenty-first century capitalism they revere. Their party has been outsourced.

For decades, Republicans have recruited outside groups and individuals to amplify their party’s message and its influence. This is a legitimate democratic tactic that they have carried off brilliantly, helping to shift the political spectrum in the United States significantly to the right.

When Republicans came to believe in the 1960s that they were up against a “liberal biased” media that would never give them a fair shake, they began the long march to build their own, alternative information establishment. As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Mark Fowler, led the fight to abolish the “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987, further empowering what was already a legion of right-wing talk radio programs.

[http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/the-outsourced-party/]

Kony 2012: Conservative Religious Fundamentalists, US Military and Disinformation Blowback

Kony 2012: Militarization And Disinformation Blowback

“In this disinformation blowback, we have been given a very clear window into how the military information operatives are studying ‘social media’ to ‘cleverly target’ young persons in order to lobotomize them in preparation for the era of singularity. This week I will place the Kony2012 campaign into the failure of the planners of the US military and the conservative republican forces who want to dominate the US military and corporate spaces. From this outline of the linkages between the Conservatives in the United States and the Ugandan leadership around Yoweri Musevieni, this contribution will analyze the linkages between Jason Russell and the conservative religious fundamentalists in the United States. The manipulation and exploitation of his own son in this ‘production’ brought us face to face with the mental pathology that Frantz Fanon warned about in his analysis of colonial wars and mental disorders. One of the challenges of the peace movement is to work for healing in a way that supports peace and reconstruction at home and in Africa. Jason Russell and the authors of Invisible Children are in need of healing. However, in order to heal, there must be truth telling. This Kony2012 video has reinforced my own conviction that demilitarization and peace in Africa is intricately connected to demilitarization and peace in the United States”.  [http://www.eurasiareview.com/22032012-kony-2012-militarization-and-disinformation-blowback-oped/]

Christian hate group plans campaign to harass LGBT youth

March 22, 2012,

Focus on the Family, an anti-gay Christian hate group, has announced plans to  encourage Christian youth to harass and intimidate LGBT youth on April 19.

Deceptively called  a “Day of Dialogue,” the event is an invitation for conservative Christian youth to harass and  intimidate LGBT youth by preaching about God’s “redemptive design for marriage  and sexuality.”

As one critic points out, the Day of Dialogue is in reality  a “day to tell gay kids they’re going to hell if they don’t accept Jesus in  their lives.” It is a license for Christian kids to verbally bully and harass  other students who do not share their religious superstitions.

[http://www.examiner.com/humanist-in-national/christian-hate-group-plans-campaign-to-harass-lgbt-youth]

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