“Help! We’re being oppressed!” is the constant cry of the far-right Religious Reich. Crying “victim!” and spreading lies and fear translates into “Give us more money to support our grifter lifestyles!” Accusing Apple of becoming Big Brother, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and their cohorts, conveniently forget one very large and very simple concept: First Amendment free speech rights apply to government censorship of speech, not to privately owned companies deciding what ideas they will promote. Apple has decided that they will not promote hate speech and lies. They ignore the fact that everyone’s Free Speech has consequences in the public sphere — hate speech is free speech, but hate speech will never go unchallenged.
The Manhattan Declaration (there was an app for that!) was promptly removed from the Apple apps store after much outrage from citizens who have respect for human rights. Go to the above link for GoodAsYou.org’s breakdown of NOM’s latest email blasting Steve Jobs, and a reminder look at the vile, hate-filled document called the Manhattan Declaration, which the Religious Reich tries to portray as loving and Truth™-filled, complete with fluffy puppies and honey dew drops.
The basic tenet of the Manhattan Declaration is that the undersigned pledge to disobey any law of the land that they deem to be against their apparently very fragile faith. It was drawn up by people who have publicly stated that they want gay people completely shut out of life, shut out of employment, housing, society, or want them imprisoned, exiled, or executed. All on record. Also, some of the undersigned have ties with white supremacist and christian supremacist groups. Never be fooled what these people stand for.
Good for Apple, good for Steve Jobs for not bowing to the demands of the American Taliban. A good lesson, though never learned, for the likes of NOM, the “Family Research” Council, the American “Family” Association, ad nauseum.
These groups also have zero regard, and mountains of scorn, for any Christians who do not share their hard-line stance. There are plenty of progressive Christians, people who choose the “love your neighbor” and “do not judge others” parts of the Bible, and reject the “vengeance-kill-destroy” parts; they reject the parts that violate women’s and minorities’ rights and human rights in general.
But these are the Christians who are run over like road-kill, out-voiced by the extremists and fundamentalists, who have taken possession of the souls of many of our congressmen and women, unabashedly working to theocratize the United States of America. When they’re finished with Teh Gays, so they think, they will then turn on the “lesser” Christians and other religions, and on each other.
They believe that they are above criticism, above reproach. To question them, to fact-check them and point to their outright fabrications and demands for religious rule, is what they call hate speech. I, for one, am all for their right to freely hate-speech because it gets their lies all out in the open for public scrutiny and it exposes them for what they are. They have plenty of their own venues to display their views, but both Apple and their customers don’t want a part in it.
They believe that they are speaking for an actual deity — they are holy and righteous, and everyone else is evil and of the devil and hates god and should be subjected to their religious totalitarian rule. For this reason, they will never, ever come to grips with the reality of the real world, but they will always have a job.
via Good As You ..