Sunday, April 24, 2005

Frank Rich on the So-Called "Justice Sunday" Anti-Gay Propaganda Appearance by Sen. Bill Frist

Mr. Rich takes the appearance by Dr. Frist at the Justice Sunday telecast on TV this evening and makes clear what it is all about. I must say that Mr. Rich has an extraordinarily clear view of politics and society. And... it's not just because I agree with him. The money quote:

The "Justice Sunday" mob is also lying when it claims to despise activist judges as a matter of principle. Only weeks ago it was desperately seeking activist judges who might intervene in the Terri Schiavo case as boldly as Scalia & Co. had in Bush v. Gore. The real "Justice Sunday" agenda lies elsewhere. As Bill Maher summed it up for Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show last week: " 'Activist judges' is a code word for gay." The judges being verbally tarred and feathered are those who have decriminalized gay sex (in a Supreme Court decision written by Justice Kennedy) as they once did abortion and who countenance marriage rights for same-sex couples. This is the animus that dares not speak its name tonight. To paraphrase the "Justice Sunday" flier, now it's the anti-filibuster campaign that is being abused to protect bias, this time against gay people.

The text of the column is here courtesy of the New York Times. If I can hold my dinner down, I will try to watch this vilification of American citizens and attack on our democracy.

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