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Friday, 28 February 2014

Muehlenberg's hypocrisy gauge reaches critical

Bill Muehlenberg is moaning about those nasty gays again.
We now know perfectly well that the homosexual juggernaut is not about ‘live and let live,’ but about the complete and total beating into submission of all those who resist the militants’ agenda
he whines. Though if you change the word "homosexual" for "Christian" then that would be an apt description of Bill's agenda, since he doesn't even think gay people have any right to exist.
And increasingly they have harnessed the might of the State to support them, coercing any and all recalcitrants to fall into line or else,
he goes on to moan. What he means is that he finds it thoroughly objectionable that any state gives equal rights to its tax-paying LGBT citizens.

His solution seems to be along the lines of the proposed legislation in Arizona:
One recent flashpoint over all this is a new bill designed to promote freedom of conscience. Arizona Senate Bill 1062 which was passed last week by the legislature and awaits the Governor’s approval would allow certain groups to not have to provide services for events they object to for religious reasons.
So Muehlenberg wants to harness the might of the state to coerce recalcitrants to his Xtain agenda to force them to fall into line, or else... exactly as he accuses gay people of doing!

As usual, Muehlenberg fails to see the staggering depths of his own hypocrisy.

The thing is I don't know any - literally none - and can find no examples of gay people being unwilling to provide services for straight weddings. Nor do I know of any Arizona atheists who wanted the proposed bill to become law so that they could refuse services to Christians whose supernatural notions insult their intelligence. That's because for all Muehlenberg's bleatings about the "gaystapo" and the "pink jackboot" and "misotheists" - gay people and atheists are vastly more tolerant of Christians and their ridiculous ideas and are prepared to live and let live, asking for no special legal rights to discriminate.

What a shame Christians are so petty-minded and hateful they can't follow the gay and atheist examples and reciprocate the tolerance; which is why they try to ask for legal dispensation to discriminate against gay people using the strong arm of the law.

Muehlenberg despises equal rights for gay people and lobbies to prevent gay people from enjoying the same rights he enjoys, such as marriage. He sees gay people campaigning for equal rights as aggressive and intolerant. At the same time, he endorses Putin's brutal draconian homophobic measures, and the massive increase in gay hate crimes and murders in Russia. He's all for state intervention whenever it's promoting his bigoted worldview. He's welcome to come here and defend himself - but his hypocrisy is indefensible and here laid bare for all to see.

Check out the comments where Muehlenberg and the other haters are whining that the bill has been vetoed, for a hilarious gnashing of bitter fundie teeth.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Muehlenberg's hypocrisy over "freedom of speech"

Within the space of the same 1428-word article, Christian bigot Bill Muehlenberg demonstrates the depths of his breathtaking hypocrisy.

He starts "More Ugly Anti-Christian Bigotry" with an attack upon his favourite target - gay people:
The homosexual ‘tolerance’ brigade is without question the most bigoted, nasty, and hate-filled bunch of folks you will ever encounter. Their mission is simple: in the attempt to force their lifestyle on the rest of society.
Bill, as he so often says, hates "name-calling" and "mud-slinging", which, he often says, is "how the other side argues". Here he just states that gay people are the scum of the earth and asserts that they aim to "force their lifestyle on the rest of society", which is, of course, quite different.

What does Muehlenberg mean by this? Does he mean that gay people are trying to convert the rest of society into being gay? Surely even Bill, notorious for his wild hyperbole and blatant lies, can't really mean that. He probably means that gay people are aiming to live their lives with dignity and not suffer discrimination at the hands of oppressors like religious people, simply on account of their innate sexuality. Yes, shame on them!
And the real cause of this anti-Christian bigotry? Yep, you guessed it: the gaystapo.
Just a quick reminder that Muehlenberg hates name-calling and only "the other side" engages in grotesque attacks that seek to dehumanise the opposition. He wouldn't dream of using such tactics!

From the horse's mouth:
Probably the major way in which the other side engages our side is through the cheap route of name-calling, mud-slinging, verbal abuse and nasty intimidation. Simply swearing a lot, calling names a lot, and getting all hot and sweaty seems to be a major approach of our ideological opponents.
Yes, that doesn't sound at all like you, Bill. What a hypocrite.

So what have the gay people been up to that has Muehlenberg reaching for the tranquillizers again?

Nothing, it turns out. A Catholic has been dismissed from the Australian Army for pushing a political homophobic agenda to exclude gay people from Christian schools. Such an act of bigotry (one that Muehlenberg approves of - he actively campaigns for the exclusion of gay people from society too) is, unsurprisingly, contrary to the demands of his employment, so the dismissed officer can't have grounds for complaint. It's hardly unreasonable for a public sector employer to expect its employees to behave in an inclusive manner and be respectful to all sections of the society they serve.

Muehlenberg then goes on to get his knickers in a twist about the Adelaide Fringe Festival which has a show called "Come Heckle Jesus". Muehlenberg whinges:
why in the world should tax-payers be forced to subsidise this filthy bit of sacrilege? If Christ-haters think it is so very neat, then let them pay for it. Why should tax-payers – the overwhelming majority of whom are Christians – be forced to pay for this crap?
Why the hell should rationalists have to pay for Xtian organizations, which are generally tax exempt? This seems not to have occurred to Muehlenberg. He's too angry about a piece of theatre he's under no obligation to see:
I encourage everyone to make a stink about this.  
You can contact them here and make your concerns known... 
It is high time that Christians rise out of their slumber, and start being a bit concerned when their Lord and Saviour is treated like absolute dirt – especially when SA Christians have to subsidise this ugly attack.
And so he goes on. It's extraordinary that Muehlenberg, who is consistently whinging about a perceived threat to "freedom of speech" whenever right-wing nutters don't get away with abusing, berating and excluding their popular hate-figures (usually gay people), now tries to censure and ban a public performance simply because he personally disapproves of it and it's not to his taste.

Reader Megan Pyne writes:

I wrote to Robert Brokenshire MLC of the Family First Party and he agreed the show was ‘disgraceful’ and said that they would write to the Premier requesting the show be withdrawn. 

You would expect Bill to reply saying, "hang on, even though we might not approve of this performance, other people are entitled to freedom of speech and expression, and nobody who doesn't want to see the show will be forced to attend". But no. He's keen to shut down anyone who doesn't endorse his view of Christianity and his agenda.

Here are a few choice quotes from Bill about freedom of speech:
The good thing about a democracy is that all sides of hotly debated topics can get a hearing. Or at least that is how it is supposed to work.  But increasingly when one side tries to get a hearing, the other side will come around and seek to shut them down, or at least shout them down. 
Many of the anti-discrimination, anti-vilification, and equal opportunity laws are in fact a direct threat not just to freedom of speech but to freedom of conscience and freedom of religion as well. 
You see, the activists who speak the most about tolerance are in fact the least tolerant of any opposing points of view. What they really want is to shut down all public debate, and ban all opposing points of view. They delight in calling differing points of view “hate speech” and they want every person who dares to disagree with them to be subject to “hate crimes” legislation.
It seems Bill Muehlenberg believes freedom of speech should only be extended to people who agree with and endorse the personal opinions of Bill Muehlenberg. The moment anyone wishes to say something that Muehlenberg doesn't want to hear (even when he's not obliged to hear it), then, according to Muehlenberg himself, they must be silenced so none can hear.

It's amazing that Muehlenberg and his nest of vipers don't recognise their own staggering hypocrisy; but then hyposcrisy is, and always has been, a key characteristic of the religious, as Bill Muehlenberg frequently demonstrates.

Society consists only of right-wing Xtians, according to Muehlenberg

Bill entitles an article "Children Targeted by the Militants". From his hyperbole, you could be forgiven for imagining that it must be about children being rounded up and dragged off to concentration camps.

What it's actually about is a Disney Channel kids' show called Good Luck Charlie, which - wait for it! - is to feature a lesbian couple with a child.

This is something Bill describes as "worrying", and indicative that:
Disney [are] pushing the boundaries as part of the pro-homosexual indoctrination campaign.
Bill goes on to make clear that:
Not everyone is happy with this bit of radical social engineering and the indoctrination of children.
stating that bigoted group One Million Moms claims:
Disney should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda… Conservative families need to urge Disney to exclude confusing topics that children are far too young to comprehend.
All this gnashing of teeth from the right-wing simply because Disney have written a gay couple into the show.

Newsflash 1: gay people exist. Gay people and gay parents form part of society and contribute to it. Most people under the age of 65 don't consider the presence of gay people to be "radical" or indicative of an "agenda" or "social engineering". Stop looking for conspiracies in reality, Bill!

Newsflash 2: Many television dramas seek to accurately represent society. In the 1960s there were hardly any black people on television. These days, black, Chinese and every other race are quite rightly represented in dramas, as are gay people, atheists, etc.

What Bill and his kind actually want to see is a total Xtian monopoly on broadcasting, so that only people just like them - conservative, Xtian, white and heterosexual - are portrayed on television: all for the good of society (of course). The ultimate aim of Bill's agenda of hate against the LGBT community is to exclude gay people from society altogether, and he thinks it's "worrying" and part of an "agenda" that gay characters appear in television dramas.

I can't think of any gay people who would seek, or are actively campaigning to exclude television companies from representing Christian characters in their dramas. But then again, gay people are much more tolerant and liberal than extremists like Bill, and are quite happy to live and let live. It's a shame bigots like Bill can't show the same respect and tolerance in turn.

What One Million Moms (and Bill, who quoted and endorsed them) really mean when they urge television companies to:
exclude confusing topics that children are far too young to comprehend.
is that they want excluded all topics that they personally disapprove of. As we already know, Bill supports freedom of speech, but only when it's his freedom of speech that's threatened. Anybody else, he wants to exclude and censor entirely.

Children aren't naturally bigoted, and the real concern of bigots like Bill is that if children see a positive depiction of gay people in their favourite shows, their kids may grow up to - shock horror! - not be bigots like their parents and learn that there's nothing wrong with gay people or with being gay. And then where would the parents' delusions be?!

So long as Bill and his kind campaign for social exclusion of non-Christians, he remains a threat to freedom of speech, freedom of expression, democracy and public decency.