The Rainbow Dagger

Mark Hemingway writes, “As recently as the ’90s, even liberal comedians understood that there was something un-American about the overweening pressure to virtue signal. “

10 Comments for “The Rainbow Dagger”

  1. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    People are going to say what they are going to say and all the church ladies in the world won’t stop them.

  2. posted by Edward on

    The pro athlete should be left alone. Disagreed with, but not punished. We got far bigger fish to fry.

    • posted by Tom Scharbach on

      We got far bigger fish to fry.

      Yes, we do.

      Several hundred bills have been introduced in state legislatures this session, including laws restricting health care for transgender children, laws restricting use of athletic and other facilities for transgender students, laws banning LGBT discussions from school curricula, laws banning LGBT books and materials in libraries, laws sanctioning discrimination against LGBTs in healthcare, adoption, foster care and other state funded services, laws pre-empting local anti-discrimination laws affecting LGBTs, and so on.

      All of the bills mandating or sanctioning state-sponsored discrimination against LGBTs were introduced by Republicans, who seem determined to abuse us again this election cycle as a wedge issue to ensure that the Republican base is energized for 2024, just as we were used as political cannon fodder 2004-2006.

      The language of the MAGA right has gotten wilder and wilder over the last year or two, and we are seeing a marked increase in anti-LGBT violence as a predictable result.

  3. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    The AP reports that “North Dakota lawmakers rejected a bill Friday that would have made people pay $1,500 each time they refer to themselves or others with gender pronouns different from the ones they were assigned at birth. … North Dakota lawmakers will consider other bills this session that would obstruct transgender and non-binary people from using their preferred pronouns, criminalize doctors providing gender-affirming care, deter transgender youth from joining school sports teams, penalize drag-show performers and more.”

    Connect the dots yet?

    • posted by Jorge on

      Right-wing autocrats don’t like communists?

  4. posted by Jim Michaud on

    That player still showed his support for the LGBTQ community by playing the game and getting paid. The team was showing its support. He is a member of said team. Rainbow gear or no rainbow gear, he showed his support by simply being present. What he did was just pointless virtue signaling and playing to the cheap seats. If he REALLY wanted to make a powerful statement, he should’ve forfeited the game, stayed away and refuse his salary for that day.

  5. posted by Edward on

    Yeah, i been following the situation in North Dakota as its only a 1 and 30mins, to 2hr drive for me.

  6. posted by Tom Scharbach on

    Yeah, i been following the situation in North Dakota as its only a 1 and 30mins, to 2hr drive for me.

    In Wisconsin, on the other side of Minnesota, Republicans are introducing all the usual bills (most recently, a bill to end Wisconsin’s ban on conversion therapy, which passed) but it is all a dog and pony show. Republicans, who control both the Assembly and the Senate, will pass the bills, Governor Evers will veto the bills, and the Republicans will have wedge issues to energize the Republican base for 2024.

    Nothing, really, has changed in that respect since 2004. It is the old, old story.

  7. posted by Edward on

    Wait, wasn’t Brad P. the same guy that opposed adult leather shows? So, first amendment only applies when he likes it?

    • posted by Tom Scharbach on

      Wait, wasn’t Brad P. the same guy that opposed adult leather shows?

      Brad was quite upset this time last year about DC’s “leather weekend”, which he described as “degenerate”.

      Before that (and every year), he gets upset about Pride: “At almost any Pride event, you’ll find scantily-clad marchers, rainbow-themed sex toys, and profane posters … the hypersexualization of the Pride movement is so extreme that it’s reinforcing the biases some Americans still have against gay people.”

      So, first amendment only applies when he likes it?

      Brad is a church lady who thinks that everyone in the gay community should conform to “family values and bourgeois norms” (as he puts it) so as not to offend social/cultural conservatives, particularly the conservative Christians with whom conservative homosexuals have aligned themselves politically.

      Nothing new. Conservative homosexuals have been making this argument for decades. Not that conservative homosexuals are ever going to get gays and lesbians to behave.

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