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Do you guys even check your SlogTip mail folder anymore?
The reference to the "yellow cross" is an apocryphal attempt to suggest that people of all faiths were persecuted by the Nazis. Only a few sects of Chrstianity, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, were persecuted explicitly and these were labeled with a purple triangle, not a yellow cross.
This brand of Christian seems to possess a serious martyr complex (which, IMO is simply a latent expression of a deep psychological tendency towards masochistic behavior); pining for the "good old days" when they would have been tossed into the arena with the lions for the amusement of the plebes.
An excerpt from "Tales Designed to Thrizzle", by Michael Kupperman.
These people are just nuts...
Recently, Rod Dreher was complaining about anti-gay Christias being afraid of ostracism and job loss if they don't tow the line on SSM. He was doing this right around the time the Williams Institute put out a study saying nearly half of openly gay people had been harassed at work ,and some small but significant percentage had been fired or denied a promotion because of their sexuality. Hell, even frickin' college professor don't feel comfortable being out (from what I remember, one recent survey had something like 11% being out, and 90% percent of those being uncomfortable).
Back in the bad ol' days (late 70s), the cops raided a gay bar here - we're talking *lots* of cops - and it was all pretty much harrassment like ID checks. Community leaders went to a sympathetic city council member, and she got the crime reports for that neighborhood at the time the raid took place. (Coincidentally, the bar was in her council district.) She then called the police chief on the carpet, publicly, while reciting the statistics about how many robberies, burglaries, car thefts, traffic accidents etc had occurred while X number of cops were at the bar.
Never happened again.
Persecuted: The Movie. Here's the trailer (which just premiered at CPAC):
It stars Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davison, and James Remar.
Yep, that's right, the Candy-Colored-Clown-They-Call-The-Sandman, the guy who starred in one of the most important movies about the AIDS crisis, and Dexter's dad are now all shills for rightwing religion's persecution complex.
Seriously, other than starring in a Depends commercial, could an actor's career sink any lower?
P.S. - I hear the rattlesnakes are particularly active this time of year. How about a little picnic east of the mountains? You can catch a few for the witnessing season . . .
Basically they (and Christians) had their asses kissed as the epitome of "what makes America great" for so long that anything other than unquestioning adulation makes them feel really insecure. Even the mildest form of widespread criticism freaks them out.
@19: Thanks for that bobbyjoe, but this (as well as another film) were already mentioned on Slog a ways back. Apparently, there's two Christian-funded delusional films by that same name coming out soon, though I don't see a link to the trailer for the other (I'm sure it's so good that they don't want to spoil it by advertising for it!)
Nobody knows what gofer wood is.