This is pretty sad. Our governor is trying to resurrect his gaffe-prone presidential campaign by appealing to Iowa’s evangelical voters, and he has chosen gay-baiting as a way to do that.
Yesterday Perry assailed the Obama administration for directing American officials to consider gay rights abuses when allocating foreign aid and speaking out in favor of gay rights around the world. In response, Perry called the administration’s efforts part of a “war on traditional values”. He even used the term “special rights,” which went out of fashion in the 1990s. We live in a world where gay people are publicly stoned in Nigeria and lynched by mobs in Jamaica, and it appears Perry would have our government blissfully ignore it all.
The same day his putrefying campaign began airing a TV commercial entitled “Strong” in Iowa in which he says, “There’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but children can’t openly celebrate Christmas.” What I find interesting about that is that even if you leave the gays aside, that sentence is still inaccurate. You may be more interested in the turmoil among Perry’s staff that the ad has caused, as Huffington Post reports. Slate goes into the professional history of Perry staffers behind the ad. I won’t embed the video here, but you can watch it in any of the three preceding links. Also, Dallas Voice has fun toting up the users who’ve disliked the video on YouTube.
At this point, it’s easy to think “Who cares?” After all, it’s not like he’s going to get anywhere close to the White House next year. Still, it’s worth noting, especially if you’re a gay Texan, that Perry thinks that Christianity and human rights are for straight people only.
With Perry becoming an Internet target yet again, I’ll leave you with a funny parody video from Second City, fittingly entitled “Weak.”