Friday, April 01, 2005

Arrogant, out of control, unaccountable


Tom DeLay not only doesn’t clarify yesterday’s fatwa, even to call for there to be no violence against judges in the Schiavo case, but threatens to impeach those judges, who he describes, in a pot-calling-the-kettle-black moment, as “arrogant, out of control, unaccountable.” It’s called the separation of powers, Bug Boy: they’re not supposed to be under your control, they are not accountable to you.

I’ve finally looked at the government website 4parents.gov there’s been all the fuss about. Yup, it really calls for parents to take their gay children to therapists “who share your values,” and implies that homosexuality is a choice or a “lifestyle.” Here’s a sentence that hasn’t been widely quoted, but invokes the Christian right’s fears that children are “recruited” into homosexuality: “Since adolescents are impressionable, parents need to address the issue of sexual orientation within the context of their own value system.”

Georgia passes a law requiring photo ID for elections. Leaving aside the obvious bad faith behind this, it’s unconstitutional if Georgia doesn’t provide picture ID’s for free (Georgia has some sort of provision for doing that for the indigent or elderly, but it has to be universal).

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