Perhaps the Ickiest Ad of the Campaign Season: Fundamentalists Turn Proposition 8 into an Issue of Armageddon-Sized Proportions

If you live in California, vote no on 8 (if, for no other reason, to deny the hysterics who made the ad below a victory based on insighting apocalyptic fear and religious alarm against the gay community).

The video below is at once patronizing and excessive—and in its emotionalism, frankly disturbing.

It is also grotesquely smug, as if to say to gay people: “Your free will and right to conscience simply cannot be tolerated because you are making a choice that we simply cannot abide. We might respect free will and conscience with regard to a thousand other groups—Muslims, Jews, Hare Krishnas, atheists—but we simply cannot abide gay people living life according to their own lights.”

In other words, the ad makes it seem that homosexuality, of all the sins or ways of being in the world that are mentioned in the Bible, has a special degree of evil attached to it.

The ad also demonizes the gay community as being in league with powers of “darkness.”

And it gives the impression that if California does not pass Proposition 8, then the country will somehow be under the judgment of God.

The implications are clear. Gay people will then be BLAMED for evil things that occur in this nation (as Jews were once blamed for evil things happening in Europe).

The reified emotions generated in this kind of singular focus upon a particular group is, historically, extraordinarily dangerous.

And the ad is fundamentally dishonest—for it conflates civil marriage—which is what the state recognizes (as a matter of equal treatment of all taxpayers)—with religious marriage.

Further, it is fundamentally dismissive of court protected diversity (the notion that people can have, in a free society, sharply divergent beliefs, but allow one another the space to nevertheless live their lives without interference from competing groups).

In short, gay people, however repugnant to fundamentalists, should not have to go, hat in hand, to every person in the community, and ask—beg—for their basic civil rights and equality under the law.

Not if we are to be a free society.

Anyway, here is the video:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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4 Responses to Perhaps the Ickiest Ad of the Campaign Season: Fundamentalists Turn Proposition 8 into an Issue of Armageddon-Sized Proportions

  1. I’m still at a loss on this issue. I am glad that there are so many blogs helping explain this issue to me.

  2. ice gal says:

    If one person walked into the state capital and started raving that there fictitious friend didn’t like the color of the walls, and the friend would just go all ballistic if it wasn’t changed right away…That person would be carried off to jail.
    But if packs of people and there make believe deities meet once a week they can keep me from being able to share my medical benefits with my girl friend. They can have us harassed at work. We can’t get married, or share each other social security benefits.
    All this is because a group of people have a delusion
    We will keep on keeping on! Regardless of the stupidity. Education is the only redemption, but Christianity will not point them in that direction.
    Peace to all.
    Victory on Tuesday

  3. Of course vote NO on PROP 8, PLEASE, but it is a sickening, disgusting vote in the first place.

    Imagine a heterosexual man sitting back peacefully as society voted on whether he, his wife, and his children deserved the rights and protections of civil marriage. What would HE think of PROP 8 in CA? Would he even THINK of opening up his wallet to fund a PR drive to gain a chance to “win” this civil right? Or would it be “Live Free or Die”?

    Yet we (the gay community), and our allies have agreed – AGREED – to hash out this “debate” with a public PROP 8 lottery (it’s not a debate…I KNOW I DESERVE MARRIAGE).

    Here’s my “NON-Debate for PROP 8” – It really doesn’t matter what others may “think” or “not think” at this point.

    I will not pay an organization for Human Rights, Family Rights, Civil Rights, or Constitutional Rights. I will simply refuse to file my IRS tax returns until my FAMILY is equal under the law.

    VOTE ON THAT!

  4. Paul Holowko says:

    You are an uniform idiot. I love it!!! It is people like you that make the world a hard place to live. It is you who will condemn themselves to Hell. Please burn in Hell for me for being a sinner. You will burn in Hell with me because you did not convert. Sinner! Go ahead and back peddle out of that! Be a hypocrite for jumping fences. You are a joke. You are a sinner for failing to convert me. You are dead and not coming alive again, because you failed to convert me. Devil!!!! Satin…. You have failed. Receive your punishment…. Now!
    Here is reality: Let people be who they are. And let God decide where they will go, not some right mis-guideded group of people lost in the word of God. Look at your lost text, and learn how to be and how it is wrong. This is how you will saved!!!! Ask people who are dying and they will tell you have to live.

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