The Yahoo news headline shouted “Brad Pitt’s mother pens anti-gay marriage letter” and it caught my eye. I was kind of surprised to see political dissent expressed publicly in the Pitt/Jolie family, considering that they lead a very private family life.
After reading the short 5 sentence letter to the editor of the Springfield News-Leader, I was offended and shocked by the blatantly racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-Obama, anti-Mormon, anti-Muslim message.
I hate to say this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Jane Pitt was merely echoing what she has heard on Fox news, or talk radio..
Regardless, it’s trickery and misleading, and reminds us all that there are individuals in the Republican party, and in Congress, who refuse to extinguish the ugly flames of racism that continues to lurk in the shadows of our cities and towns. I’m sure you have heard some of this rhetoric before, and now you will know what it means.
1. I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion.
When someone says they “differ with the Mormon religion” they are revealing an anti-Mormon bias. Hate speech.
2. I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience.....
A family man with high morals and business experience as a vulture capitalist means what? Romney has no morals, and his ability to read a company’s balance sheet, laying off American workers and outsourcing jobs overseas is not the experience we need a leader to have. Romney is the first major party candidate to donate money to hate groups. How moral is that?
The structure of the sentence suggests that a vote for Obama is a vote for a man without a family, with no morals, and no business experience. How can you discount an incumbent in these trying times? Hate speech.
3. …....who is against abortion
A woman’s right to medical care, and family planning services, and even an abortion, is settled law in the United States. We follow the rule of law as prescribed in our Constitution. Laws are not divinely inspired. Receiving medical care or birth control does not infringe on anyone’s “liberty.” Romney has a very mixed record on abortion, check it out yourself. Ignorance.
4. and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality.....
A Christian conviction concerning homosexuality is often a veiled reference to stoning members of the LGBT community to death. I’m not suggesting that’s what she intended to say, but the statement inappropriately condemns our community, and relies on an incorrect interpretation of scripture. At the very least this is hate speech, which has no place in our society today. Homophobic hate speech.
5. Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama…...
When you see someone write the President’s first name, middle name, and last name - it is like a private code, because they think they are reminding the public of something sinister - when they are really revealing their anti-muslim prejudice. They slyly think that they’re reminding people that we have a Kenyan born, Muslim President in the White House. What we know is that we have a US citizen, and a Christian, in the White House. Racist Islamophobe.
6. a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years.....
This is from the Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sarah Palin school of thought. Reverend Wright made incendiary remarks, so President Obama must feel the same way. Mentioning Reverend Wright during this election is like trying a sleight of hand magic trick that doesn’t work. It’s racism pure and simple. Racist hate speech.
7. did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer.....
I guess Jane Pitt didn’t get the memo that a Federal Judge ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional in 2010. Federal law now prohibits the President from any involvement with a National Day of Prayer. Then again - a Kenyan born muslim President wouldn’t have a ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer - would he? Check your facts. Islamophobic hate speech.
8. is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.
Liberal is the WORST moniker in the world to right-wing extremists. Does anyone else see the oxymoron in “the killing of unborn babies” or is it just me? This statement supports the ignorance, bigotry and prejudice expressed previously in this short letter. Hate speech.
It’s sad, and we should take pity on Jane Pitt. Hearing the truth might hurt her in the short term, but the innuendos and thinly veiled references hurt communities across this vast country of ours much more.
I know I’m being hard on Jane Pitt, and regardless of who the protagonist in this story might be, I would still react the same way.
I truly believe that people can redeem themselves, and It’s already happening in faith communities all around us.
Jane Pitt is not the devil, and as evidence I would point to some pretty terrific kids who don’t share her views, as evidence.
People change and evolve every day - whether guided by the light of God, or the outstretched hand of those who are persecuted, we have to keep the faith to advance equality. Remember that it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
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