Quote of the Day

cartoon image of angry white male preacher, to which I've added text reading 'Mad as Hell,' with the 'Hell' crossed out and replaced with 'Usual'."What will religion look like in the year 2060? Conservative Christians will be treated as second class citizens, much like African Americans were prior to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Family as we know it will be drastically changed with the state taking charge of the children beginning at birth. Marriage will include two, three, four or any number of participants. Marriage will not be important, with individuals moving in and out of a 'family' group at will. Churchbuildings will be little used, with many sold to secular buyers and the money received going to the government. Churches will not be allowed to discuss any political issues, even if it affects the church directly. Tax credit given to churches and non-profit organizations will cease. Christian broadcasting will be declared illegal based on the separation of church and state. The airwaves belong to the government, therefore they cannot be used for any religious purpose. We will have, or have had, a Muslim president. Cities with a name from the Bible such as St. Petersburg, Bethlehem, etc. will be forced to change their name due to separation of church and state. Groups connected to any religious affiliation will be forced out of health care. Health centers get tax money from the state, making it a violation of church and state. Get involved! Sign THE STATEMENT." — Don Wildmon, Dipshit-in-Chief of the American Family Association, in an email to his garbage organization's members this morning, warning them of the grim future for Christians in the US.

I can understand why they're so terrified. Ahem.

There is, obviously, a lot to love about this quote. Like the idea that there is still not institutional discrimination against African Americans. That's EXTRA delightful in an email employing the racist rhetorical device of implying our black Christian president is a secret Muslim!

And like the idea that "the state [will take] charge of the children beginning at birth." Fearmongering over state intervention in reproduction is especially rich coming from a group that fervently supports state ownership of bodies with uteri and state-imposed forcible birth.

And like the idea that it's A TERRIBLE THING for people to form families of choice, despite the fact that many of us are ostracized from families of origin because of failure to adhere to (what would be self-marginalizing) religious/conservative beliefs and behaviors hostile to consent, agency, and intrinsic identity—mores ardently advocated by the AFA.

Et cetera.

I do hope he's right about rescinding the tax credit, though. I will never fail to find it absurd and contemptible that hate groups operating under the auspices of religion are subsidized by my tax dollars.

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