The MTV News headline “Brad Pitt’s mother pens anti-gay marriage letter” jumped off the page at me and immediately caught my eye. I was surprised to see political dissent expressed publicly in the Pitt/Jolie family, considering that they lead a very private family life. She wrote:
“I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion. But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon. Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”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 Snooze, 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.
Let’s dissect and examine Jane Pitt’s letter, and I’ll translate some of the coded language and the hidden meaning behind the wording in her letter to the editor. I’m sure you’ve heard some of this rhetoric before, and now you will know what it means.
These eight statements support my conclusion that Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, is bigoted, racist, and a right-wing extremist. It’s Mothergate!
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, and if one “differs” with a religion one doesn’t approve of the religion. This is intolerant hate speech at best.
2. “I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience.....”
This statement is very judgemental. If you don’t vote for Willard Mitt Romney and you’re a Christian, she’s saying that you aren’t a Christian. She has concluded that President Obama isn’t a family man (he is!) with high morals (she is wrong). Jane Pitt thinks Romney is a family man with high morals and business experience because of his vulture capitalist background, when I think that 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? Plus how can you discount an incumbent in these trying times? This is pure hate speech that also infers that our ‘Kenyan Born Muslim President’ is a heretic and immoral leader. Judging someone because of their religious beliefs is the definition of bigotry.
3. “...who is against abortion”
A woman’s right to medical care and family planning services, or an abortion, is settled law in the United States. We follow the rule of law as prescribed in our Constitution, not the laws in the bible or any other religious text. 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. This is meant to inflame anti-abortion groups and reflects ignorance.
4. “and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality…”
A Christian conviction concerning homosexuality is a veiled reference to scripture, and stoning members of the LGBT community to death. I’m not suggesting that she wants gay people killed, but the statement inappropriately condemns our community, and relies on an incorrect interpretation of scripture. At the very least this is bigoted and homophobic hate speech, which has no place in our society today.
5. “Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama…”
Anytime you see someone write the President’s first name, middle name, and last name - it is speaking in code, because they think they are reminding the public of something sinister, and questioning where the president is from (birtherism), when they are really revealing their racist 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 Christian US citizen in the White House, and her coded language reflects racism and Islamophobia.
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 in the past, and with President Obama sitting in the pew, he must feel the same way and he endorses Reverend Wright’s point of view. That is ridiculous and a complete fabrication. Mentioning Reverend Wright during this election is like trying a sleight of hand magic trick that doesn’t work. It reflects intolerance, racism, and hate, pure and simple.
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? She is completely destroying her credibility and revealing bigotry, and 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 about abortion and homosexuality in this short letter.
This letter saddens me, and we should take pity on Jane Pitt. Hearing the truth might hurt her in the short term, but the hate and 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 to support my statement I would point to some pretty terrific kids she raised who don’t share her views.
People’s views and feelings 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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