Avani (avani) wrote,

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A Continuing Quest to Understand the Religious Right

(a.k.a., "A Transparent Excuse to Watch Gay Pride Parade Footage")

A new "hate crimes" bill further protecting homosexual activity has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act would increase protection for the kind of activity shown on this video.

The bill is the first step toward silencing any opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. This video will show you the kind of activity this bill protects. The video was shot during an actual homosexual pride parade in Dallas.

Warning! The video is highly offensive, but it is real footage from the actual parade.

Video: http://www.afa.net/videos/chicago_gaypride.html

The AFA hosts this set of clips, with soundtrack, on their site, and claim it is "highly offensive". I wonder if someone there went through footage by hand to create this montage. Much of the video is just shirtless men talking, drinking, laughing, and exhibiting other perfectly heteronormal behaviours. There are a few moments I could see as offensive, such as the public ass-grabbing and the stylized tits one of the guys towards the end had, but on the whole I am mystified as to why someone went to this much trouble to create, essentially, a video showing off hot (ostensibly gay) men. What would they like to do? Would they like to ban shirtless men from the streets? Impose a minimum cloth / surface area covered ratio (and, naturally, impose this fairly on cheerleaders and cocktail waitresses...)? Outlaw public dancing? Ban Christmas?

I understood the religious conservatives I grew up around. They just plain didn't like anything that challenged their norms. They lived in their own little community full of fellow Presbyterians, tolerating the occasional Catholic, and generally kept to themselves. They didn't stop sex-ed classes at school, but they made their kids sit out because they wanted to teach their kids to keep a similar view on sexuality as they had. I don't understand why anyone who feared people who weren't like themselves would move to a city, especially a city the size of Chicago. From this, I conclude that there is some other reason that the AFA folks object so strongly to this, but I'm having a hard time putting a finger on what that is.
Tags: rlp, wackjobs

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