Making the Point

3 Jul

Some privileged scion of a Mississippi political family, Representative Chip Pickering (R) announced in August 2007 that he was not going to run for re-election. He wanted to spend more time with his family, he said. He’s all set to take a cush lobbying job when he leaves Congress at the end of the year.

Last week, he filed for divorce from his wife, with whom he has five children. I guess spending more time with the family is out of the question, now.

So, why do I bring this up? Why do I care about the personal life of an obscure and undistinguished Republican congressman?

Because he’s one of those self-righteous, moralistic imbeciles who believes that permitting gay marriage somehow harms the sanctity of the institution of marriage. He is against adoption by gay couples, because evidently a child being in an orphanage or some other institutional environment is healthier for that child than to be raised by a loving same-sex couple in a stable home. He does not think that other states should have to recognize same-sex marriages or unions performed in other states. While full faith & credit applies only to judgments, I wonder whether Mr. Pickering would have supported the rights of states not to recognize, e.g., interracial marriages back when some states were ok with them while others weren’t.

The hypocrisy, which is evident even to the most ignorant, is par for the course. There are so many politicians who proclaim their piety and traditionalism to the mountaintops. They quote from the Bible to support policies that oppress people who bother no one.

A gay marriage hurts no one. It doesn’t affect anyone else in the entire world. It will not bring a plague of locusts falling from the sky, and it won’t bring down the wrath of God, and it won’t make God cause terrorists to hijack planes and hurl them into buildings. A gay marriage won’t cause your heterosexual marriage to be cheapened. It won’t make your kids gay. It won’t hurt you in any way, shape, or form. A gay marriage doesn’t alter your political or religious beliefs any more than those beliefs alter the gay couple.

The fact that this self-righteous, pious defender of faith and family is getting divorced (I think the Bible has something to say about that, incidentally), is an actual, physical destruction of a family. It doesn’t get more direct than rending asunder a solemn oath and vow you take with your spouse and your God. It doesn’t get any worse than bringing a quiverfull of kids into the world, and then ripping the family in two.

When contacted about it, Pickering says it’s a painful, private matter and he doesn’t want to comment. No shit it’s painful. Ask your kids, Congressman. But for someone who so publicly assailed the private lives of people different from him, he should be ashamed.

If God will not be mocked, maybe it’s the hypocritical self-righteous Republican values-mongering divorcees who are doing the mocking.

Want to see the erosion of family values? Want to see the sancity and tradition of marriage be mocked and diminished? Look no further than Representative Chip Pickering.

12 Responses to “Making the Point”

  1. leftwny July 3, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    BP,

    Have you ever thought that maybe the guy is not a self-righteous, moralistic imbecile but rather simply saying what his constituents who elected him want?

    While I am a very fiscal conservative and for the most part despise the liberal agenda, I am a Pro-Choice, Pro-Gay Marriage and adoption Roman Catholic. I have found a way to view each issue on its own merit and make a call by myself. The challenge is there is not a single person in the US would would run on the platform that I would like to see.

    Mississippi is well….Mississippi. We know the challenges they have with viewing people who are not white and right as non-equals. Me thinks his claims were partially rooted in simply telling people what they want to hear.

    Look at the elected leaders in WNY or those who represent WNY. They _are_not_that_dumb_ yet they continue to do stupid things. Democrats and Republicans alike. The reason is those dumb things are what most voters, who happen to be dumb or ignorant themselves, want.

    It does not take a smart person to figure out multiple and logical plans to bring back WNY. However, non of these plans are ever done. The reason, IMHO, is that doing what is right is the best way to get a pink slip in politics in NYS.

    The sad truth is EVERY elected official who is called a moron or hateful was elected. Even worse is a lot of these folks are elected multiple times. To me, that is more a reflection of the moronic and hateful people they serve.

  2. Frieda July 3, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    That may be true, but what does that say about a person who would blindly serve those constituents.

  3. hank July 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    I believe strongly that a child adopted by a homosexual couple (HOMOSEXUALS HAVE PERVERTED THE WORD “GAY”) has a much better chance of a normal childhood and a happy, productive adult life than being in the liberal-administrated Foster Care system.

    The void between parents who care for each other and love enough to want to choose a child to raise, and people who perform 24 hour daycare for a check from the state is massive.

    And that fact doesn’t change my belief that a religious union between homosexuals is repugnant to my religious background, education and outlook.

    I’ve seen the effects of divorce on children. I’ve seen the results of children who are raised in a home with no love in it because the parents are staying together “for the good of the kids”. Neither situation is worth a fuck.

    Liberals: IN LIFE THERE ARE SITUATIONS WHERE THERE IS NO GOOD SOLUTION.THE GOD OF GOVERNMENT YOU WORSHIP DOESN’T CHANGE THAT.

    I feel strongly people don’t try hard enough to fix the problems that bring their marriage to the precipice of divorce.

    Alan–don’t bring political affiliation into matters of the heart and relationships—that dog just don’t hunt. Ask Hillary Clinton about it.

  4. mike hudson July 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    gay marriage? we’re going to gay marriage here based on the behavior of some fucked up congressman from the mississippi? what a stupid thing. i think gays should be forced to be married like the rest of us, and up in massachusetts, everyone should have to gay marry.

    but requiring us to spell the two hardest to spell states on this, the day before the fourth of july?

    unamerican i say!

  5. Timothy Domst July 3, 2008 at 9:18 pm #

    I don’t care about the Bible, but what they are doing here is trying to change the law so it says that a man and a man “marrying” or a woman and a woman “marrying” is THE SAME THING as a man and a woman marrying, and that’s ABSURD. What’s wrong with civil unions?

  6. EMS July 4, 2008 at 7:36 pm #

    @Timothy

    does the phrase “separate but equal” ring a bell?

  7. Timothy Domst July 5, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    Okay since you want to compare it to the civil rights movement, show me the scientific evidence that people are born gay in the clear way that they’re born a certain race or sex.

    Even if it were clearly genetic, what’s the difference between calling someone Mr and Ms, why isn’t that “separate but equal”? Who was talking about keeping things separate anyway? It’s not separate, but different. Your analogy is false.

  8. EMS July 6, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    Timothy:

    I don’t have to show you jack shit because the issue at hand is the federal government discriminating against a minority group of consenting adults based solely on sexual orientation.

    No one is forcing churches to ordain same-sex couples as they do heterosexual unions…the crux of the matter is ending discrimination against same-sex couples – call it what you want (marriage, civil union, etc) but same-sex couples should have the same rights (spousal inheritance, hospital visitation, etc) as hetero couples currently enjoy.

  9. hank July 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm #

    No one is forcing churches to ordain same-sex couples as they do heterosexual unions.

    Better look again. Homosexual couples are suing for the right to use church property for their ceremonies. To the congregations they see it as an aberration and an abomination.

    Nothing stops many homosexuals from getting in your face, getting ugly and forcing you to accept them. I don’t care if they accept me for what I am, what the hell is THEIR problem.

  10. EMS July 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    @Hank:

    I’d love to see one verifiable link that shows ONE same-sex couple demanding that a church marry them. Probably in the same article with the Easter Bunny, hippies spitting on soldiers returning from Vietnam and

    I’d love to hear about your daily travails Hank with all those “homosexuals” getting in your face all day. Where the hell do you live – Queer Village? Dykesville? Thunder Gay?

    Methinks you’re projecting a wee bit….odds are good no LGBT has ever “gotten in your face”. I’m sure no gay man has gotten within 20 feet of you, unless he had some fetish for 300-pound, piece of shit racist homophobes.

  11. Timothy Domst July 7, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    EMS said

    I don’t have to show you jack shit because the issue at hand is the federal government discriminating against a minority group of consenting adults based solely on sexual orientation.

    This is completely different than being born a different race, it’s a behavior, but you treat the civil rights movement and gay marriage as the same thing. You “don’t have to show me anything” because you can’t. You’re simply wrong, orientation is not the same as race.

  12. Timothy Domst July 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    The rights of a civil union should be equal to marriage, but the whole controversy is that the people suing won’t stop there, they are demanding that it be called marriage. I guess civil unions might satisfy you, but the people bringing this to court are demanding that it be treated as the same thing by everyone. I can’t see into the future, but would bet if this does go through that there will be a boom in discrimination lawsuits, not against the government.

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