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Apr 23 2013

FRC Blames ‘Sexual Liberalism’ for Boston Bombings

You knew this was coming, right? You knew that the wingnuts would be claiming, as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson did the day after the 9/11 bombings, that it’s all the fault of gay people and the non-religious. The Family Research Council sent this email to their followers on Thursday:

In the aftermath of horrible tragedies like Newtown, the government desperately wants to do something–even if that something is the wrong thing. There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us–but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case. The government can’t make us safer until it recognizes that the problem isn’t the instruments of violence–but the environment of it. Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson.

If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it–through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility–is only compounding the problem.

When you read “family breakdown” and “sexual liberalism” you should read “treating gay people like human beings.”

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  1. 1
    fifthdentist

    Well, Charles Manson grew up in the wonderful 1940s and 50s when America was just like “Leave It to Beaver” land. Lots of other serial killers also grew up in the 50s. And nearly every one of them was a white male, and many were raised as Christians to boot.
    Obviously the answer is to closely monitor white, male Christians.

  2. 2
    Rip Steakface

    Yes, religious hostility is a bad thing, Family Research Council. Thank you for finally fucking acknowledging that.

  3. 3
    Chiroptera

    Maybe we can solve this problem by bating more gypsy moth traps with porn. Or whatever that other person in that other blog post was saying.

  4. 4
    danielkast

    Does it count as irony* that at the same time they are criticizing liberals for believing “more laws will protect us”, the FRC is tacitly promoting the idea of MORE LAWS: “abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, [and] religious hostility” can, we are routinely told, only be prevented through laws — draconian abortion restrictions, waiting periods for divorce, bans on sodomy, and the establishment of a state religion have all been proposed in recent weeks…

    (* I’m never sure any more. I blame Alanis Morissette.)

  5. 5
    coragyps

    and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart.

    Is that secretly a reference to Aztec religious practices? Cardio-ectomies will, after all, usually prevent terrorist activities by the recipient. Hell, they’ll even discourage “sexual liberalism!”

  6. 6
    raven

    FRC Blames ‘Sexual Liberalism’ for Boston Bombings

    Yes, of course.

    The Tsarnaev brothers were gay, Islamic…heterosexual atheists.

    It all makes sense. After you become a fundie xian and your brain shrinks to the size of a walnut.

    PS The older brother, who was the leader, was married (to a woman) and had a child. I suppose we can blame heterosexual marriage for his homicidal terrorism.

  7. 7
    busterggi

    Because who supports liberal values and civil rights more than Abrahamic Religious fundies?

  8. 8
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    danielcast:

    Does it count as irony*…

    Since the intended meaning was exactly the stated meaning, it does not count as irony.

    It does, however, count as hypocrisy and outright lying.

  9. 9
    Gretchen

    There seems to be this notion, at least among liberals, that more laws will protect us–but as we all witnessed in Boston, that isn’t necessarily the case.

    ….said an organization which wants to ban abortion, homosexuality, adultery, pornography, and probably blasphemy and divorce.

  10. 10
    Abby Normal

    What the heck is the FRC talking about? The suspected bombers were raised by their parents, who were, and continue to be, married. The elder brother was himself in a traditional marriage. Is the FRC asserting that the brothers attacked because they hate the “moral decay” of America as much as the FRC does? Are they suggesting that we appease potential terrorists by instituting more restrictive laws in hopes that socially conservative terrorists won’t hate our freedom so much?

  11. 11
    cry4turtles

    “Abortion”. I knew my uterus would be implicated.

  12. 12
    democommie

    “FRC Blames ‘Sexual Liberalism’ for Boston Bombings”

    Yeah, cuz’ nothin’ says “Sexual liberalism” like a nice fundy christain girl converting to islam and wearing a hajib every time she goes out in public.

  13. 13
    baal

    The human heart is the problem? no.

    Sexual liberalism’s primary impact is to suggest people follow their hearts and life their lives true to themselves. The other option seems to be cheating, rent bois and airport bathrooms.

    Is there any tragedy the FRC won’t leverage to push their advocacy agenda?

  14. 14
    Synfandel

    Cardio-ectomies will, after all, usually prevent terrorist activities by the recipient. Hell, they’ll even discourage “sexual liberalism!”

    Depends on your personal kink.

  15. 15
    John Pieret

    America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control.

    Self-control” as in the government outlawing abortion, marriage equality, contraception, and any attempt to keep Christians from imposing their rituals, beliefs and “morals” on everyone else.

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  16. 16
    dan4

    Hah, the fact that some people don’t have self-control is a pretty good reason FOR gun control (especially, background checks).

  17. 17
    peterh

    Strike at the root! Call out the Flat Earth Society!

  18. 18
    dan4

    @10: Your comment reminds me of a Focus on the Family broadcast I once listened to (yeah, I was bored). It was soon after the Columbine murders, and Dobson brought up the fact that both Klebold and Harris came from intact families. He almost sounded disappointed in mentioning this, as if it deprived him of an attempt to make a “family breakdown” causal connection to the atrocities those two committed.

  19. 19
    meursalt

    Funny, on Fox News tonight, it was Marco Rubio that was advocating for more laws and strengthening the surveillance state in response to the bombing. Is he a liberal now?

  20. 20
    skinnercitycyclist

    Stronger background checks wouldn’t have prevented the deaths of three people at the finish line on Monday, any more than it would have stopped Floyd Corkins from walking into our lobby and shooting Leo Johnson.

    I notice these nuts keeping gagging up the “Floyd Corkins” hairball every time some incident of right-wing violence erupts. It is probably pretty obscure already, they will likely use it for the next twenty years.

  21. 21
    Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened

    @Fifth Dentist

    Albert Fish, arguably the most disturbed serial killer we know about and certainly the possessor of the highest number of sexual abnormalities known in one human being, including “sadism, masochism, cunnilingus, anilingus, fellatio, flagellation, exhibitionism, voyeurism, piquerism, cannibalism, coprophagia, urophilia, pedophilia and infibulation”. He was a white, Christian American who was born in 1870, when “abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility” were all rather looked down upon. Hell, it was so long ago they listed cunnilingus and anilingus as sexual perversions!

  22. 22
    blf

    The elder brother was himself in a traditional marriage.

    Nah, he was a furriner and a moolsin and that ain’t “traditional”! Therefore, destroying family values male domination. Or something.

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