JC Penny recently hired Ellen DeGeneres as their new spokesperson, seemingly a good move, considering how well Ellen is received in society, and how well-liked, and accepted, she clearly is by the American public. However, the conservative group One Million Moms (OneMillionMoms.com [A Project of the American Family Association]) is bashing JC Penny for hiring an active, open lesbian as spokesperson. JC Penny’s customers are people with traditional family values, who will be very offended by Ellen, OMM claims on their website. JC Penny is standing by their decision to make Ellen their frontwoman. They are standing by Ellen, which, I think, is a good thing.
So does Bill O’Reilly. He has a pretty big problem with the social-conservative witch-hunting of Ellen, and he said so on The Factor: “The essential question is that a conservative group in this country is asking a private company to fire an American citizen based upon her lifestyle. I don’t think that’s correct.”
In fact, it’s blatant gay bashing wrapped in a blanket of Christian family values. I’m reminded of Max Von Sydow’s line from Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters: “If Jesus came back and saw what was going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.”
Strange how, at a time when some conservatives are calling Obama a Nazi for trying to require that the Catholic Church obey the same standards as other organizations when acting as an employer (i.e., providing health insurance coverage of birth control), many of those same conservatives and conservative groups are aggressively attempting to relegate a whole segment of American society to second-class citizenship.
Perhaps they should re-read the poem “First They Came” by Martin Niemoller, which is being grotesquely brandied about to paint a picture of the Obama administration as nothing more than a pack of brown shirts, and apply it to their own urges.
People, newspapers, and corporations are not always what they appear to be.
Karen Handel, former senior vice president of public policy at Susan B. Komen, may indeed be more at home at One Million Mean Moms. She certainly wouldn’t have to lie to the public about her motivations and could actively pursue such lofty goals as cutting low-income women off from breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood.
Which brings me to my own urge to point out that Planned Parenthood may offer abortion services at some of their clinics, or, more commonly, access to information about how and where to obtain an abortion, but it certainly isn’t promoting abortion. It promotes birth control, aggressively. I think it’s fair and safe to say that Planned Parenthood has prevented far more abortions than it ever facilitated, which is another good thing.
Komen has the right to be foundationally pro-life, and Planned Parenthood has the right to be foundationally pro-choice. Komen can choose to associate, or not, with Planned Parenthood. But blowing smoke up women’s arses about why it is pulling funding from Planned Parenthood is plain lying, it is offensive, and it is wrong. Which is why supporters of Susan B. Komen need to take a closer look at this organization. Karen Handel didn’t just so happen to trip and fall into her senior position at Komen. Komen leaders chose to hire her as senior vice president of public policy, knowing her personal politics and goals.
Clearly, Komen has for a long time wanted out of its relationship with Planned Parenthood because of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the provision of — legal, by the way — abortions. Fine. They should have said that, and they never should have donated to Planned Parenthood in the first place, if associating with Planned Parenthood was so offensive to its pro-life values. Instead they baited and switched. Or tried to. Hypocrisy can be expensive.
The increasingly prominent social-conservative attack on the provision and availability of birth control is noxious as well. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which support the availability of birth control for all women, not only help to improve the lives of women, children, and men by providing preventive health care, they help to prevent abortions.
We the people need to start examining, very carefully, the organizations wielding so much power and influence in our country, and in our individual lives. Groups like the American Family Association that don’t like gays marrying their loved ones and participating in society; churches that believe they are above the law; charities that claim to profess one set of values while covertly advocating for the opposite values all endanger our individual liberty.
It’s time to take off the blind folds and stick the pins in the real Nazis’ hearts.