How To Become The Most Dangerous Woman In America

On the same day Barbara Bush died, another woman also died. Her name was Donna Red Wing. She lived in Des Moines, Iowa, and was well known.

She was not wealthy nor did she hold political office. She commanded no armies nor held any government post. Yet, the Christian Coalition called her, “The most dangerous woman in America.”

It is quite an accomplishment to be described that way. How did she do it?

She did it by being an in-your-face advocate for LGBT citizens. It is impossible to overstate the fear of the Christian Right over LGBT people. That they should have the same opportunities as everyone else is unthinkable. And, when someone effectively makes the case of what obviously should be a right, that person is labeled “dangerous.”

Today the right has renamed its prejudices, “Religious Liberty”. It is driven by the same blinding fear.

The southern wing of the religious right held a fear of black people for over a hundred years. They were certain God had put people of different races on different continents and did not want interracial marriages. Many bills appeared before Congress outlawing interracial marriage.

What group will be demonized next? Certainly, Muslims have been run up the flag as potential candidates. Whatever groups it is, there will be money and propaganda pouring in against it.

Perhaps, waiting in the wings, is someone who will be at the forefront of defending the next “evil” group. Maybe that someone will be called the “most dangerous woman in America.”

 

16 Responses

  1. Jinx II

    An American hero for sure, one day her dream of equality for all will come true as long as we keep the Bullies at bay. Not one of us is fit to judge another, kindness goes a long way.

  2. MJB

    The generalizations made in this article are fascinating. Are All Athiest “free thinking”, highly educated, childhood of broken homes where religion or faith not practiced, anti-military or atleast to self important to serve in forces, self absorbed humanists, dedicated to acadamia and liberalism?

    Or maybe a better question why do Athiests tend to be hostile to people who believe in God yet demand respect for their beliefs?

    I know these are not all to be true…

    Steriotypes are biased and generate labels and racism. People(s), groups that operate this way find ways to confirm bias which is not free thinking rather ignorant.

    Seek to understand rather than generalize it is a far better approach to achieve outcomes of greater discourse and appreciation of differences.

    Jon you are losing me…

    1. MLB 7:26 Good post. Generalizations, that is the hazard of a brief blog like this one. I always try to use the term “religious right” when I generalize about anti gay political/religious positions though I can’t define exactly what that includes. Further, I know that not all “religious right” people hold the same views on this or many other topics.

      This blog was factual in the accusation of “most dangerous woman” was reported in the press to have been made by a person representing a known religious group. Further, it was factual in that there have been, and continue to be, Christian groups that demonize minorities. I make the assumption, rightly or wrongly, they will continue to do so.

      Are atheists born “enlightened?” No, they are born into the same society as believers and pick up what is there. The only difference is that Christians who demonize groups do so holding up a sacred book. Atheists do not claim divine guidance for their whatever misguided views they might hold.

  3. The first Republican POTUS, Abe Lincoln, freed the slaves. The Democrats were the hold-outs on the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s. The South flipped from Democrats to Republicans. Christianity holds that homosexual acts are sinful. The LGBT movement wants to normalize sexual acts which are anathema to Christianity. LGBT people are hired and maintain employment at liberal and conservative leaning companies all through the USA. However, people tire of the “movement” always in one’s face and demanding the normalization of things thought unthinkable in all prior years of US history, e.g. men in womens’ restrooms and dressing rooms, men playing on women’s athletic teams.

    There is no monolithic “Christian Right”. And there certainly isn’t one that demonizes LGBT people. If anyone is demonized it is conservatives and Christians. Apparently, one can’t continue to hold certain moral values anymore if they interfere with a political movement that demands universal conformance.

    I’ve chosen my leader. His name is Jesus Christ. Where He leads, I follow. I will not be led by the PC police who demand conformance to crazy notions.

  4. Juan Ruiz

    “The first Republican POTUS, Abe Lincoln, freed the slaves. ”

    Only those in the Confederate states, not in the North.

    1. Henry

      8:51, Technically correct in a strict read of only the EP. This is the danger of atheist hyperliteralism. Did Abe Lincoln the Republican free the slaves? We all know he did. Even he had to be political in order to free ALL the slaves. Now extend this atheist hyperliteralism to the Gospels, and they just confound themselves, spinning in circles. These atheist kids just don’t know how to learn anymore. You would surely disappoint François-Marie Arouet.

      1. mark anthony

        You are correct: no slaves were really freed by the EP. yet the proclamation did make clear an intention, an intention which soon became a reality. It also discouraged the Brits and the French from becoming too cozy with CSA. And it may have been intended to stir up a slave rebellion in the South.

  5. Juan Ruiz

    ” in a strict read of only the EP. ”

    How are you supposed to read it? Metaphorically? Symbolically? Allegorically?

    Fact is, the EP was window dressing, PR. It had no teeth and was unenforceable. Then, once the slaves were freed, how did they end up? Poor share croppers. For a century victims of segregation, Jim Crow, and poll taxes.

          1. Juan Ruiz

            It was. As I said, it only affected the Confederate states, and was unenforceable. Notice Abe didn’t free the slaves in the North, did he? And there plenty of them from Maryland up the coast to NY and CT.

          2. Rewrite the history books. The EP was no big deal. Neither were such non-binding events such as the MLK speech, Kennedy assassination, the Watergate …

          3. Juan Ruiz

            “Rewrite the history books. ”

            No, read a something more than the sugar coated pill of high school history books for an accurate depiction of the true effect of the EP.

    1. Jinx II

      fakechristianjuice, surely sexual misconduct doesn’t bother you, you voter for a known womanizer, adulturer and sexual abuser who’s been divorced 2 or 3 times AND say nothing about clergy who sexually abuse children or the catholic church who moved the pedophiles around to protect the church’s reputation.

      Such hypocrisy is disgusting.

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