Thursday, September 9, 2010

A new low in Oklahoma politics

Well, it is Oklahoma, but like Texas, there are progressives who live there. One of those progressives is Brittany Novotny, who is running for State Representative.

Novotny happens to be transgender and a fellow congregant of the United Church of Christ. Her opponent's supporters have sent out a truly heinous email denouncing Novotny as a "confused it" who hates God.  The entire email is on Novotny's website.

But here's the money quote:
Brittany used to be a “he”, had a sex change operation to make him
into a “her” but turned out to become a confused “it”. Some have
suggested that having a sex change operation is a person’s greatest
act of rebellion and hatred toward God for His making them what they
Of course, you have to understand that Novotny's opponent, Sally Kern, was quoted in 2008 as saying homosexuals are a bigger threat to America than terrorists.  Her recent "defense" of this statement is really no less vile:
“Here in America we’ve had what maybe three known real big terrorist attacks on our nation,” Kern said. “But every day our young people especially, all of us, but our young people especially are in a sense bombarded with the message that homosexuality is normal and natural.”
 So it really comes as no surprise that Brittany Novotny, who has been open about her gender transition, draws the ire of someone like Charlie Meadows, founder of Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee and source of the email. His group is dedicated to supporting far-right Republicans and openly works to defeat those he deems "Republicans in Name Only", and of course those nasty heathen liberals.

For this kind of person, the very idea that someone like Novotny exists, let alone seeks public office, is an offense. They can't believe that she's Christian or that any respectable church would welcome her. Well, folks, there is at least one - the United Church of Christ.

Novtony tries to focus on the issues her district faces. Issues like jobs, public education and transportation infrastructure; issues where improvements could unquestionably effect everyone. Not the thundering noise of moral outrage at the expense of positive solutions.

That noise is all we seem to hear from Republicans these days. The flavor of the outrage varies by locale but it all really amounts to the same thing: If you're not like me, you're the enemy.

He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. John 8:7

H/T to Joe.My.God, The Dallas Voice and


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LeftLeaningLady said...

I wish I found this shocking, but when all we heard for EIGHT years was that different was wrong, it isn't shocking that people are still clinging to it. Sad times we live in. I will be thinking of Ms. Novotny and hoping that she prevails, in her life, and to help those in Oklahoma who probably need it!