Monday, July 23, 2007

Again, context for right wing Christian stuff

From The Boiling Point, which is cartoonist Mikhaela Reid's blog, which is very good.

" Attention non-virgins: you're nothing but a used-up linty piece of tape
Saw this in the NY Times a few days ago, and had to mention despite my obscene lack of sleep lately:

“You have to look at why sex was created,” Eric Love, the director of the East Texas Abstinence Program, which runs Virginity Rules, said one day, the sounds of Christian contemporary music humming faintly in his Longview office. “Sex was designed to bond two people together.”

To make the point, Mr. Love grabbed a tape dispenser and snapped off two fresh pieces. He slapped them to his filing cabinet and the floor; they trapped dirt, lint, a small metal bolt. “Now when it comes time for them to get married, the marriage pulls apart so easily,” he said, trying to unite the grimy strips. “Why? Because they gave the stickiness away.”

Huh? More on this from Feministing."

This really sucks for kids in East Texas, who get this stuff as part of an effort by the power structure there to control and punish them, but I have to question what relevance it has to the rest of the country beyond giving a heads up to a sad thing going on down there.

The internet has made it very easy to pick up stories from anywhere, meaning that on the one hand a lot of news that would otherwise be obscure, but which is important (maybe because without the internet it would stay obscure and unknown to the rest of the world), but on the other that it's easy to get upset about things happening in these places as if it was happening in your own backyard.

But it's not. It's important to know that things like this are going on in East Texas, but at the same time I know that the few organizations here in the Seattle area that believe this sort of thing have close to no influence beyond a small circle of conservative Christians. So it isn't like this sort of thing is going to take over Seattle tomorrow because it's in East Texas today.

When it comes right down to it, things like this, as well as things like the creationist museum in Ohio, are interesting and important to know about, but perhaps putting them in perspective would be a good idea too.

Just a thought.

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