Monday, May 07, 2007

Another Day...Another Dose of WingNut Madness

Tornadoes ripped through the plains states over the weekend, an explosion rocked a Vegas parking garage and Queen Elizabeth is wrapping up her visit to the US. Lots of big stories in the news today, but leave it to the folks over at WorldNetDaily to veer off the beaten path.

The top story at WND today involves cups used at Starbucks shops around the world. You read that right...a customer didn't like the words printed on the cup of coffee she purchased. An opinion campaign started by Starbucks, in the interest of sharing ideas and generating discussion, gathered comments and selected some to be featured on the cups as part of their "The Way I See It" project. This particular story is about an Ohio woman who didn't appreciate the "anti-God" sentiment printed on her cup. Here's the actual comment...

"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As
cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our
imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to
overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we
need to endure."

How dare someone have an opinion different from hers? Honestly, what would this woman have said if someone complained about an evangelical comment on their Starbucks cup?'ve got too much free time!

In other WND news, fundies are still trying to decry gay rights groups through misinformation and general fear-mongering. In this story of interest on today's WND front page, gay activists are accused of telling a California group that they'd "BURY" them. Well, that's what the headline said, anyway. Here are the facts...

The players: Equality
vs. Capitol
Resource Institute

The issue: SB
, legislation that would require California schools to remove anything
that reflects negatively on homosexuality.

The quote: 'Gay'
activist says 'We will BURY you'Threats made against Christian workers opposing
homosexual agenda

The actual quote: "I
am a firm supporter of freedom of speech, and therefore I support yours, even if
it in direct contrast with my own. However, we all use the media and the internet to spread our
message: and with no hubris intended, I advise you -- if you continue your
efforts, we will BURY you ... with public opinion, with media, and ultimately
with legislation. EQCA passed NINE bills last year to protect basic
dignities and we have every intention of yours going down, as have others who
oppose decency and human rights."

If any threat exists in that quote (and I'm using the word 'threat' very, very loosely), it's the exact same penalty with which gay activists are threatened. At one time or another, the major organizations have all used similar language and directed it at various gay advocacy groups. I find it humorous that they have a problem with and feel so threatened by having the tables turned.

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