Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Official Texas GOP Platform on Gays - No Kids Allowed

In pointing out the hypocrisy of Republican hawks who've suddenly become concerned for Iranian gays, Glenn Greenwald provides a link to the official 2006 State Republican Platform of Texas, highlighting these excerpts:
Homosexuality - We believe that the practice of sodomy tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, recognition, or privileges including, but not limited to, marriage between persons of the same sex, custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes - We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

The official GOP platform in Texas is that gay people should not be allowed custody of their children. Before we bomb Iran because they hang gay people, maybe Mr. Bush should have a little talk with his colleagues back home. Taking children away from homosexual parents is not as bad as executing gays, but that's kind of like saying slavery isn't as bad as murder. One wonders how many Texas Republicans would in fact privately support gay executions, considering what they're willing to say in public.


esther said...

Holy crap! What's wrong with the Republican party. They've become a complete parody of themselves. We are witnessing nothing short of the complete collapse of the "Reagan Revolution" and it feels sooo right..

Brandon said...

Thanks for this post, Jewish Atheist. You know, a part of me wants to think that the Ahmadinejad speech will have a positive effect. American religious conservatives, who have so successfully built the Iranian president up as the next Hitler, will not want to be associated in any way with any part of his ideology. This will cause them to moderate their rhetoric and do anything they can to distance themselves from Ahmadinejad's position. I realize, of course, that this is all wishful thinking.

cipher said...

One wonders how many Texas Republicans would in fact privately support gay executions, considering what they're willing to say in public.

I'm certain that there are quite a few of them who do feel that way. Perhaps the most frightening thing about the radical Right (both political and theological) is that the behavior we see, and the ideologies we hear expressed, are those they're willing to demonstrate and express in public.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know the Texas Republican Party replaced the national party and all the state parties.