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With the half million dollars you are paying to defend discrimination, you could do some better things! For example…
Put it towards family planning programs. Result: Save the government nearly $2 million down the road. Prevent about 520 unintended pregnancies and nearly 220 abortions.
Put it towards the Pell Grant program. Result: Help 100 additional students from low-income families get a higher education.
Donate it to a few randomly selected bars in the U.S. Result: 125,000 lucky Americans unexpectedly get a free pint after a long day at work.
Commission an artist to create a paper mache sculpture with the dollar bills. Result: DC gets some new public art. Local artist gets a job. Government doesn’t defend discrimination.
Give it to these eagles to build their nest.
Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association reacts to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Apparently, this is the moment the United States “consigned itself to the scrap heap of history” and “sealed its own demise.”
It’s actually kinda heartening to read stuff like this because it sounds so totally off the deep end. Like, dude, did you not hear that nearly 80% of Americans and the military leadership itself supported repeal? Didn’t someone give you that memo? God knows, homophobia is alive and well—in so many pervasive, subtle ways and also in big, scary ways in many corners of this country—but still there is a real sense that the days of open, blatant homophobia are numbered and that those who opposed repealing DADT—and those who oppose marriage equality—are so clearly on the wrong side of history that even they kinda know it. So when you say shit like that, Bryan Fischer? You sound like a ridiculous, delusional old man who has spent the last 15 years talking only to his cats.