I first heard about this at Buffoon Juice:
June 29, 2015 at 3:02 pm
Just a reminder – 6 black churches have burned in 4 states in the last week. I’ll give you 11 guesses which 4 states.
More proof that racism in the US is a thing of the past, and that flags are heritage but churches are not.
That is quite alarming! Why aren’t we hearing more about this?
Arsonists are suspected of attacking at least two black churches across the South last week, but no arrests have been made or suspects identified, officials told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.
None of the late-night attacks have been a declared a hate crime and it’s unclear whether any of the fires are linked. Social media reports that six black churches have been burned down in arson attacks are not accurate, according to local officials’ accounts of the fires.
One of the churches was a white church. One fire was caused by lightning. Another was caused by a falling tree limb that struck a power line. But two cases of arson neither of which is definitely a racial hate crime just doesn’t have the same zing.
Let me be clear – torching a church for any reason is despicable. The same goes for torching a mosque, synagogue, temple or any other house of worship, and that includes the Wasilla Bible Church. But let’s stick to the facts.
Meanwhile, Ana Marie Cox demonstrates her ignorance:
Expecting for the second time out of wedlock, the Palin scion has been forced to defend her pregnancy as ‘planned’—because what other reason could there be for sex before marriage?
Who will bake Bristol Palin’s wedding cake?
I’m only half-joking. With her second out-of-wedlock child on the way, the one-time “abstinence ambassador” has shown a disregard for “traditional marriage” that should offend any number of devout patisserie owners and pizzeria proprietors.
The young Palin’s recent remarks defending the pregnancy as “planned” are actually quite damning in that regard. She asserts, “Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family” and that she believed herself to be “heading that way”—an oblique reference to her broken engagement to Dakota Meyer—but that “things did not go according to plan.”
When everything does “not go according to plan,” that usually means the result is “unplanned,” but here I take it that by “planned” she means “wanted.” (If she needed the difference between “planned” and “wanted” clarified, and maybe avoid other situations that “did not go according to plan,” there’s a place she could go that helpfully has “planned” in its very name.)
I’m thrilled the baby is wanted, but Palin’s own narrative, and delight in growing her family, gives lie to the line conservatives continue to push: that traditional marriage is fundamental to family. By many conservatives’ definition, one 24-year-old and two kids is not a meaningful family. And, certainly, “heading that way” is not “marriage.” Jim Obergefell could have told her that years ago.
However flimsy they are as excuses, Palin needs to invoke “heading that way” and “having a family,” because those are the only reasons a “good” Christian can possibly give for sex before marriage. The alternatives are either unrealistic (IVF mixup? The supernatural?) or, among conservative Christians, unspeakable.
Just watch this clip of Palin stiffly bantering with premature has-been Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. They spend much of the minute and a half euphemizing themselves. “Trust me, though, I’m not getting myself into another situation,” she says. “I avoid situations.” Welp.
So how could we possibly expect Palin now to admit a completely plausible truth: that however much she wanted a family, or believed that she would be married, she had sex before marriage because she wanted to have sex before marriage?
Imagine that. I mean, I’m sure there’s some fan fiction out there.
Because Palin says she wanted to have kids and thought she was about to get married, I imagine most of her conservative Christian brethren will be quick to forgive her. They may not even recognize her trespass as a very troubling sin. If she were to admit that she was less family-minded and more DTF, well, at least the sex was procreative. It’s not like she was gay.
That gay sex is non-procreative is one of the main the reason so many Christians find it troubling. (Well, I suspect there are others, less easily brought to light.) They have created a kind of catch-22 of sin by using that argument as a reason gay people shouldn’t be able to get married, and (in their minds, and Texas) eliminate the category of marriage as a possibility.
Indeed, one irony of the post-Obergefell world is that, finally, unmarried gays will get to live in sin.
If she were to admit that she was less family-minded and more DTF, well, at least the sex was procreative. It’s not like she was gay.
Such a designation is easy to take lightly, especially if you’ve been sinning by others’ definition for years, but Palin’s defiant announcement reminds us that in many quarters, marriage equality will do little for how people think about LGBT people. For conservative Christians, the problem with sex will always be sex, not marriage.
Ms. Cox began her blogging career writing about the joys of buttsex. She should stick to that.
Gee, you think maybe we’re not spending enough? It’s as if socialism was unsustainable. I blame greedy rich people.