Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Some Jokes Write Themselves

Amanda Marcotte has often wrote about how social conservatives aren't trying to protect family values. The Christian Right's true agenda is stopping people from having sex.

Once you grasp how the social right sees this issue, many of the other issues that matter to them make sense: their hatred of Hollywood for suggesting that sex might be something people do for fun; their jihad against pornography; the war on birth control and Planned Parenthood; objections to abortion rights; support for abstinence-only education; and their objections to the HPV vaccine. And of course, extending any rights whatsoever to gay people. It all goes back to sex, and their sense that it’s a filthy thing to do in all circumstances, though of course filthier in some more than others.

Marcotte is absolutely correct. Abstinence-only sex education has been a disaster at preventing teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs. Gov. Rick Perry told gays and lesbians that they too should practice abstinence. A Public Religion Research Institute poll found that the tea party is made of people once identified as part of the Christian Right. The title of this tea party book should come as no surprise.

The Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American: Arming Yourself against Godless Liberals, Dirty Socialists, and Sexy Ideas

I keep looking at the title of this book and think this is something made up by The Onion. It is so hysterically ridiculous that Americans must take up arms against "sexy ideas." It is not so ridiculous if you have been blogging about the Christian Right for years and know that Christian conseratives have some serious hang-ups about sex.

Update: Amanda Marcotte informed me that the book is a parody.

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