Terrance Heath

Wingnut Week In Review: Forever Hold Their Peace

Filed By Terrance Heath | October 13, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Ebola, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court

The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of marriage equality states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.

On Monday, the Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in five states, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in 30 states. On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court reaffirmed same-sex couples' right to marry in Idaho and Nevada, and cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in Alaska, Montana, and Arizona.

The sound of wedding bells ringing across the country was punctuated by the sound of wingnut heads exploding on Twitter.

Needless to say, it didn't end there (not that anyone expected conservatives to "forever hold their peace"). The best of the worst wingnut marriage-equality meltdowns is after the break.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced that he would introduce a constitutional amendment barring the federal government and the courts from overturning state marriage laws.
  • Republican Utah State Representative Kraig Powell introduced a bill to rewrite state law to refer to same-sex marriages as "pairages" -- an idea that openly gay Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis dismissed as "apartheid marriage."
  • In an interview with talk show host Steve Deace, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee recommended that governors simply ignore the Court's decision.
  • Another guest on Deace's show, Maryland GOP politician Michael Peroutka, warned that the aim of the LGBT rights movement is to "recruit your children" into their "deathstyle."
  • In an appearance on The Janet Mefferd Show, Mat Barber said that judges shouldn't be making decisions about state marriage laws, and that state legislatures don't "have the right" to pass marriage equality laws.
  • Political Scientist and National Review contributor Matthew J. Franck called the Supreme Court's gradual embrace of marriage equality "a slow-motion Dred Scott for the twenty-first century."
  • The American Family Association hate group's Bryan Fischer spent two segments of his radio show blasting the Court for having issued the "de facto Roe vs. Wade of sodomy-based marriage" by "imposing on every state in the union marriage that is based on the infamous crime against nature."
  • Fischer also said that gay activism and radical Islam both operate underneath the same "dark, totalitarian" spirit.
  • Fischer's fellow AFA broadcaster Sandy Rios warned that "we're going to see riots in the street, we're going to see starvation, we're going to see things we have never seen before," as well as a "complete breakdown" of law enforcement, as a result of the Court's decision.
  • In an interview on WorldNet Daily's Radio America, anti-gay legal activist and hate group spokesman Mat Staver said, "This is something that I believe is the beginning of the end of western civilization."
  • Staver told "Crosstalk" host Jim Schneider that the Court was endangering public health, and that same-sex marriage should remain illegal because "we know male-male sexual relationships are notoriously harmful, physically as well as mentally, and also female-female, same kinds of things."

Meanwhile, Ebola caused an outbreak of idiocy on the right.

  • Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) blocked $750 million to fund the fight against Ebola, until the Department of Defense provided details on how it would be spent.
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) urged his senate colleagues to vote against President Obama's Ebola aid plan because it "focuses on Africa, and largely ignores our own borders."
  • Fox News contributor Dr. Keith Ablow said that the Obama administration is not acting forcefully enough to combat Ebola because the president believes "we should suffer along with less fortunate nations."
  • WorldNet Daily columnist Eric Rush is "just asking" if President Obama trying "to facilitate an Ebola outbreak in the United States."
  • Talk show host Laurie Roth said that ISIS has "peppered" people affected with Ebola "throughout many cities," which President Obama has allowed so that he can institute martial law and a "forced vaccination plan" that will "release something potentially fatal into our system, but also act as a tracker."
  • Fox News host Elizabeth Hasselbeck said government officials should close the borders in West African countries to prevent the spread of Ebola, only to get taken to school by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
  • America is without its top doctor as Ebola spreads, thanks to Republicans keeping the surgeon general nomination on hold because the nominee dared stand up to the NRA.

Fortunately, Americans aren't buying the GOP's fear-mongering on Ebola.


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