Star Parker is a conservative Christian who, like many of her fellow conservative Christians, is *virulently anti-gay. In keeping with this fine tradition, she appeared on last week's Fox & Friends where her homophobia and general crazy talk got warm validation from Steve Doocy!
Doocy introduced Parker who was there to complain about how "big government" produces a sense of entitlement which, in Foxworld, is code talk for those lazy, black folks who, unlike Ms. Parker, just want to lay around and collect welfare. The banner framed the propaganda message in patented Fox black and white terminology: "Government vs. Values: Parker, Traditions Eroded for Bigger Government." But as it turned out, "big government" took a back burner to her screed about same sex marriage.
After Doocy asked her to explain her recent column (featured in right wing websites) in which she opines that "traditional values mean bigger government," she spoke of how Justice Kennedy "redefined marriage." She described how "the Bible clearly defined marriage and hundreds of millions agreed with that definition but the court has changed it." In reinforcing the popular Fox & Friends core theme of persecuted Christianity, she whined that Christians "have to hire lobbyists to protect their interests." Instead of mentioning that the American law is not based on the Bible, Doocy agreed. When, in presumably talking about the LGBT community, she said "they're swelling government," (HUH?) Doocy said "no kidding."
Doocy wanted to take the conversation elsewhere, but Parker was on a roll. She accused the "homosexual activist community" of having "opened the door to expand all entitlements." She claimed that "they're asking the EEOC, looking for new hiring policies, they're at HUD looking for new housing policies so this is going to be very costly, this decision of the courts as well as the implications on the church community." Doocy, who kept nodding his head in agreement with every thing she said, responded "indeed."
I guess Parker is alluding to the the LGBT community's push, in light of the SCOTUS same sex marriage decision, for protection against job and housing discrimination. Obviously Doocy doesn't either know or care that in many states, LGBT folks can be fired for being LGBT and denied housing. But in Foxworld, that's just fine. Indeed!
*Parker has said that gays, who are "enemies of God," are pushing Christians "into the closet." She claims that gays "have hijacked the Civil Rights movement" and "are destroying black communities." She fears "the homosexual agenda." According to Parker, the Baltimore riots were a result of "the war on marriage."
I am puzzled by her argument. Does she believe that the legalization of same sex marriage will somehow enlarge the government? All that the legalization of same sex marriage does is to ensure that marriages between gay persons are treated in the same manner as marriages between heterosexual persons. Such same sex marriages should have precisely the OPPOSITE effect to that which she claims is the case; same sex couples can pool their resources, purchase or rent common homes, bring their children up without having to fear that the death of one partner could lead to the other partner losing custody of the children (in states which have had the abysmal distinction of permitting only one adult to adopt, and which will now be required to enable married gay couples to adopt jointly).
As regards other aspects of her argument — is she, or is she not, aware of the fact that the law permits married heterosexual couples to move to the suburbs and breed, at taxpayer expense (they receive an exemption for every child born into wedlock)? Is she aware of the fact that the more children a married heterosexual couple has, the more the government permits them to maintain exemptions for the purposes of paying income and other forms of taxes? Does she regard this as “big government?”
How exactly can the “one man-one woman” view of marriage be considered “traditional” BUT she then whines that “traditional values mean bigger government?”
I guess it just goes to prove that there really are some people who should NOT open their mouths until AFTER their brains have completed a thought. (Or maybe it’s just further proof that right-wingers can be for AND against things at the same time.)
I’m also kind of interested in Star’s personal life. Star claims to be a “conservative Christian” but Star’s Wiki page mentions NO spouse (current OR former) nor any children. And Star’s Facebook page is empty of any reference to a spouse or children. Now, a right-wing website carries an article in which Star alleges having had four abortions (because, apparently, Star fell for “liberal lies”—meaning Star was too stupid to be a parent in the first place) but I had no interest in actually reading the article. But it seems very strange to me that a “conservative Christian” woman would NOT marry (as “God intended”—that IS the typical “conservative Christian” meme, is it not?). Why is Star so upset at marriage being “redefined” when Star doesn’t seem interested enough in the institution to mention any spouse in any personal information? Then again—that is SOP for right-wingers: Make a big huff about something that doesn’t affect you in the least but may affect others very deeply.
And Doocy further lived up to his nickname of Douchey.