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What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Conservative Tolerance

First up: my new column has been posted to CounterBias. If you're a new visitor to What's In Scott's Head, give it a read and let me know what you think.

Conservatives like to complain that liberals whine too much, but that's not just true. Conservatives have to be the largest group of whining cry-babies, saying on one hand how they want limited federal government interference in their affairs, and on the other, crying to the FCC whenever their sensibilities are offended. Good grief people, just turn the fucking channel or shut off the radio if you don't like what you're hearing.

I had heard about some sort of controversy at ABC with a commercial that aired during a football game. It was a sort of promo for ABC's show Desperate Housewives (I've never seen that show) and the premise was some woman from the show was trying to seduce a football player. Don't ask me who was involved as I don't care. The woman, dressed only in a towel, drops the towel, we see her bare back, and she and the football player embrace.

Offended conservatives quickly bitched and moaned about this promo. I'm sure some of these folks have the FCC on speed dial. Frankly, I didn't see what the big deal was. I don't think a child watching it would have really understood what was going on. Who knows.

Conservatives have a bizarre fixation with sex. On one hand they're all offended when a network airs a Victoria's Secret special featuring women in underwear, but think watching pro wrestling with the kids is good, wholesome family fun. Yes, a woman in her underwear is a much worse image than a guy being beaten with a metal chair.

Conservatives like to silence anyone who doesn't agree with them. Case in point: the Stop The ACLU Coalition. This group's mission is:

This site exists for one purpose -- to mobilize missions of God fearing patriotic Americans to stand up to the ACLU agenda and consigning it to the ash heap of history (or exporting it to Communist regions). Here you will read how the ACLU is reconstructing civilization and working to conform America previous generations couldn't fathom. (??) But more importantly, you will have the opportunity to participate in two unprecedented activities to send your message that you oppose what they stand for and you will do your part to block their agenda.

Whatever happened to the marketplace dictating supply and demand? You know, good old fashioned capitalism? Does the ACLU really need to be stopped? They have every right to do what they do. Hell, they even defended Rush Limbaugh when the state of Florida wanted to poke around his medical records.

Here's just how crazy the Stop ACLU Coalition is. They claim the ACLU is trying to spread gay marriage across America, and provide a chart where you can see which states the ACLU is hard at work in promoting their "agenda."

So, out of the 50 states, the ACLU has lawsuits in 13 states. That's it. How is this an "assault" on marriage?

The Stop The ACLU Coalition also is really eager to put prayer back in public schools.

Folks, if you're conservative, or religious, and want prayer in school...send your child to a religious school! Homeschool them! There is no law preventing kids from praying, quietly, to themselves. How much more prayer do you want? Do it at church. Do it at home. There are many opportunities for prayer that do not involve getting public schools involved.

Also, if people are so upset over lawsuits filed by the ACLU, how come they're not complaining to the organizations that cave in to the ACLU? How about whipping up a grassroots effort to help out a group or organization that has been sued by the ACLU?

That would be too easy. Conservatives want the world molded to their vision, not anyone else. The fact that so many conservatives are so excited by the number of "red states" just goes to show how intolerant these people are. They don't want differing opinions or debate or discussion.
I'd bet many conservatives would love for this country to become a theocracy. Well, take a look at Saudi Arabia as your example. You can see just how free a nation is living under religious rule.



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