The Boston Marathon bombers right wing blame game

By Cathy Kristofferson, April 19, 2013.

Screen Shot 2013-04-19 at 9.09.33 PMFirst things first – we all know the Boston Marathon Bombing is the gays fault. I’m a Massachusetts native and have been waiting for the sky to fall or the apocalypse to occur since 2004; so I guess this is it. And the Phelps girls (courtesy Westboro Baptist Church) tell me it is so via their tweet: “GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER F*G MARRIAGE!”  I question that he’s pretty slow, their “God”, since marriage equality has been around here since 2004 but whatever you say Shirley or Marge or whoever sent the tweet.

All week I have been saying out loud ‘Please… straight white men, let the bombers be straight white men”. I even lost my head and asked someone to pray that for me since I do not have anyone to pray to myself. But desperate times call for desperate measures, as already we saw a plane at Logan grounded because two men were ‘talking Arabic,’  Tuesday morning and then on Wednesday we  had an undoubtedly lovely Muslim lady accosted on the streets of Medford because, of course, all Muslims are terrorists and she was wearing a head scarf so she must be connected to the Marathon bombings.  So please – not dark skinned as CNN erroneously reported, and no Muslim religion as everyone already assumes, and not queer just please not that…

Today Tony Perkins of the hate group Family Research Council, as designated by the SPLC,  blamed the bombings on just about everything on the progressive menu with his statement:

“If Congress wants to stop these tragedies, then it has to address the government’s own hostility to the institution of the family and organizations that can address the real problem: the human heart. As I’ve said before, America doesn’t need gun control, it needs self-control. And a Congress that actively discourages it — through abortion, family breakdown, sexual liberalism, or religious hostility — is only compounding the problem.”

Abortion! He managed to work abortion into the Boston Marathon bombings. Now that takes talent.  The only bombings I think of are the ones the religious lunatics carry out on abortion clinics.  And the only religious hostility I see is the right’s hostility towards the LGBTI community.

But not to be outdone today, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), saw the ‘immigrant’ status of the Bombers as reason to doubt ALL immigrants and thus any idea of Comprehensive Immigration Reform should be off the table.  His Iowan compatriot Steve King agreed by citing the bombing as reason to believe ‘any talk of a path to legalization should be put on hold’.  Very timely and convenient for two Senators who were unlikely to ever support immigration reform in the first place.  Well, by that I mean the only likely immigration reform in their book would have been higher fences and tougher penalties.

So now that they have the younger brother of the bombing pair in custody will we learn anything new? Will the Chechens get relief, or the Muslims, or immigrants in general? We know that “White privilege is knowing that if the bomber turns out to be white, no one will label all white people as terrorists.”  But we also know that any deviation from that surely would.  Lindsey Graham (R-SC) even wants ‘Bomber #2’ held as ‘an enemy combatant’.  No Miranda rights.  Will there be a suggestion to hold him at Guantanamo too?

Oh, and let me not forget to mention that none of us liberals are ‘cowering’ as some jackass Arkansas legislator suggested last night:

“@NateBell4AR I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine? #2A”

Because we know that there would not have been anything like the ultimate peaceful conclusion to a bloody nightmare had everyone in that Watertown neighborhood embraced the streets brandishing assault rifles.  Just as arming the teachers is a stupid idea, so is arming everyone in every neighborhood ‘just in case’…

Only the light of day tomorrow will show what other inconceivable conclusions can be disgustingly drawn from such a heinous act.


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5 Comments on “The Boston Marathon bombers right wing blame game”

  1. dakotahgeo April 20, 2013 at 5:34 AM #

    100% correct and on the mark! I am so ashamed to be called Christian because of dunderheads like Tony Perkins, et al. The fact that that I’m Caucasian also makes my skin crawl when I read these horror stories! Thank you, Cathy!

  2. Dr. Rex April 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Excellent way of expressing who things get to convoluted in out so dysfunctional lawmakers environment. Where do they have their minds, their souls, their common sense?? Oh wait …. they don’t have any!!!

  3. JLee April 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM #

    A lot of liberal commentators were right there with you! If there is one privelege the media has, it’s the privilege to always start off by insinuating it’s probably some right-wing Christian male, even if it turns out to be a liberal suburban couple (Texas DA killings), or a Chechen-American kid from Cambridge Rindge and Latin. How exactly is that a privilege???

    How is your obvious bigotry against straight white guys different from another’s obvious bigotry against a Muslim guy?

    And somewhat off-topic, but why do liberals HATE conservative Christians for belief in God, wars on women, gay marriage – take your pick of issues – and yet feel very differently against followers of Islam who often have much harsher laws and practices, especially regarding women and gays. It seems like a contradiction, and I’ve always genuinely wondered about it. Is it because it’s okay if the views towards women and gays are more extreme as long as you vote Democrat, or is it because it’s okay if the views towards women and gays are more extreme as long as you’re non-white? It just seems illogical.

    • Melanie Nathan April 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM #

      Well I am not the author of the piece, though I completely understand where she is coming from. White straight men happen to be the most privileged class of human on earth and because they are not a target and wield the greatest power in the USA us liberals would much rather the culprit would have been one – why? Because of the usual backlash and attacks against the weaker minority that usually occurs when a person from such a minority is caught doing something bad. However when a right wing hite straight guy does something bad the entire population of white males do NOT become a target. Cathy even uses the argument of the Muslim woman in a head scraf being a target of profiling.

      So JLee when white straight men become the minority out of power group of humans in the USA, I am sure we will be rooting for them NOT to be the group to which a potential perpetrator belongs. I actually look forward to that day when straight white men are out of power and perhaps ven in the minority in America – it may be a better place – less war, better gun control, no invasion on women’s bodies, extreme punishment for rape, more compassion, health care for everyone, equality for all, no racial profiling etc.

      How stupid to say “liberals hate conservative Christians because of their belief in God”. Have you been reading some Scott Lively Glenn Be ck Limbaugh talking points – Most the Liberals I know are liberal Christians who love God. You cant eb a Christian surely if you dont love God. So how do you think only conservative Christians love God?

      I happen to be liberal – who loves God. I happen to be a lesbian liberal who loves God.

      At least you admit the WAR on women by conservative Christians. And you admit The War on Gays. That is what us liberal hate – it is WAR!!! And your comment admits it! Thank you for that.

      Unfortunately I cannot Answer your last 2 questions because they make no sense to me. Let us say this for as long as White straight men hold power and as long as minorities such as immigrants and Muslims and people of color are always discriminated against because they are perceived badly for the wrong acts of a few while not being in power and while being a victimized minority, maybe we will always hope that the extremely bad crimes were not attributed to them so that the rest of the innocent in those populations are not hurt.

    • Cathy Kristofferson April 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM #

      Seriously? The only description I’ve ever heard the media ‘start off’ with is dark skinned as CNN did this time, or Muslim as seems to happen every time. I’ve never heard right-wing Christian male be the first guess!

      And I am not bigoted towards straight white guys I just know that if it turns out to be from that group that the entire group of people will not be labeled ‘terrorists’ as keeps happening for other groups. My article gave you the example of the Muslim woman in Medford the morning after the bombing. Here is the local news report for that in case you think I’m making it up: Heba Abolaban, a Muslim woman, was punched in Boston by a white assailant on Wednesday morning. “He was screaming ‘Fuck you Muslims! You are terrorists! I hate you! You are involved in the Boston explosions! Fuck you!’

      And I didn’t realize all liberals HATE conservative Christians. I presume that is your opinion since I know it to not be true. Though it is interesting you admit they have a war on women, though their war is not on gay marriage alone but on our status as equal human beings and our equal rights in general. And I also wonder where you get the idea that skin color or voting tendencies excuse oppression… though with that I would agree with you that just about everything in your last paragraph is illogical.

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