Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Please go over to Bullies -1, Sanity - 0 on Brilliant At Breakfast and read what has happened to Amanda Marcotte. For those of you who don't know, Amanda is the feminist blogger at Pandagon who was hired by the John Edwards campaign. Over the last few days, Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and an anti-Semite if I have ever read one, has mounted an attack at Amanda, aimed at getting Edwards to fire her, because of some opinions which he considers bigoted that she expressed on her own site, prior to being hired by Edwards. It seems, that as a feminist, Amanda doesn't like the stance of the religious right, including the Catholic church, on abortion, contraception, women's rights, and condoms. She considers the Catholic church to practice full-throated misogyny. Donohue, as I said is an anti-Semite (he has claimed that "Hollywood is controlled by secular Jews who hate Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular ... Hollywood likes anal sex.") Go here and read how his followers have responded to his call for action, but only if you a. have a strong stomach and b. can bear the sight of just how ugly the human mind can get. It truly astounds me that these people are saying these things in what they consider to be the defense of the Catholic faith. Of course, it astounds me that people who talk like this can go out in public and be mistaken for human beings.

Amanda, in order to not detract from the Edwards campaign, has resigned and gone back to tending her blog. And tend it she must, since it is being gang raped by the simple tactic of going there and hitting the refresh button again and again. It looks like all of the wingnuts are giving a good 7,000 hits for every vile drop of hatred in their souls. She reports something like 100 hate e-mails in a 12-hour period.

Not only that, but other feminist blogs are also being attacked. I've tried three this morning and found them full of incoherent code.


AlwaysQuestion said...

It isn't hard to imagine these people in their crisp black uniforms with their SS insignia policing their vision of superiority.
Religion can be very, very scary... not for the fear of hell, but of the religious.

Ally Bean said...

I've been following this story, too. It reminds me of a personal experience when I first started blogging. A very conservative woman who I know in real life was shocked/horrified that I'd have a blog. She couldn't get over the idea that I had opinions of my own and that I'd tell them to the world. It all seemed so very wrong to her.

Amazing how a woman, any woman, with opinions is a threat to some people.

Ginger said...

Happy Valentine's Day. Thanks for sticking up for people like Amanda!

Deja Pseu said...

It just pisses me off no end that these conservative religionists seem to feel that we all have to coddle them and their beliefs at the same time they're calling the rest of us traitors/whores/sluts/ Satan's spawn and gleefully wish us to burn in hell. I've always felt that it's those who are the most insecure in their beliefs who can't tolerate different opinions. Meanwhile they whine and wrap themselves in the cloak of victimhood.

Bitty said...

As you probably know, it's gone a step further now, in that Melissa has also resigned -- in large part, it seems, due to threats of violence.

To quote the Dixie Chicks:

It's a sad sad story
That a mother will teach her daughter
that she ought to hate a perfect stranger.
And how in the world
Can the words that I said
Send somebody so over the edge
That they'd write me a letter
Saying that I better shut up and sing
Or my life will be over

It appears more than a few of our citizens are totally unhinged.