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Religious rightie says DeGeneres not a good choice for raising AIDS awareness

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sometimes, mess coming from the religious right doesn’t need an explanation. It just needs a spotlight to underscore how clueless and homophobic they are.

Recently, openly gay actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was named as special envoy to raise awareness about AIDS.

Janice Crouse

This decision was hailed in many circles. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said DeGeneres will “bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter” to support U.S. efforts to save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

However to the folks on the right, particularly Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, the only thing that matters is that DeGeneres is a lesbian:

“She is openly lesbian and obviously is an activist on the issue of homosexual rights and has taken a very active role in pushing the homosexual agenda. So for her to be the person who’s out front and the face of the Obama administration in the whole fight against AIDS I think is inappropriate,” Crouse decides.

Does that even make any sense? Of course not. The only thing that matters to Crouse is that DeGeneres is a so-called “dirty lesbian” and will somehow taint the fight against AIDS.

The only thing that has tainted the fight against AIDS thus is ignorance and stigmatization – which is what Crouse is showing in spades.

But more than that, it amazes me how some in the religious right will push sexual orientation as a reason for people not being able to do their jobs. It wasn’t that long ago when anti-gay activist Linda Harvey was telling parents to not allow their children to be treated by gay physicians.

It’s fascinating when one looks at both cases and realizes the one thing that Crouse and Harvey vehemently opposes is the fact that these folks  – i.e. DeGeneres and gay physicians – are openly gay and unashamed.

I think that says more about the mindset of Crouse and Harvey than anything else.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. I’m tired of the Fundamentalist Agenda.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:47am
  2. Four words, lady: FUCK WHAT YOU SAY.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:47am
  3. Thats bullshit!

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:48am
  4. What are her reasons? I was glad to hear Ellen was representing.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:49am
  5. The stupid is strong with this one.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:51am
  6. Ugh…*facepalm*

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 8:59am
  7. Of course the religious right feels this way. They would rather all HIV infected people be put in concentration camps. And this is coming from a Christian!!

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:00am
  8. Ellen DeGeneres is articulate, open, well-recognized, and funny. What makes her a “poor choice for raising AIDS awarenss”? AIDS is non-discriminatory in that it’s an illness which can and does strike anyone and affects everyone…does anyone NOT know an HIV-positive person? If Ellen can sell makeup, she sure as hell can talk intelligently about AIDS!

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:01am
  9. Ellen`s a prime example of a loving and monogamous marriage. This woman is a moron! LOL!

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:03am
  10. Psh, this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard today. Exactly, how can Ellen be a poor choice? She’s a great person. This lady is just being a hater. -_-

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:07am
  11. I can’t imagine why not.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:10am
  12. Yet another miserable hedro-sexual. The ones who are truly happy in their lives could care less who is gay or what they do!

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:13am
  13. Ignorant. Fear. Hate.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:23am
  14. go to hell… women don’t even contract aids from eachother…. so actually she’s more qualified than straight people

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:24am
  15. Anyone want to be my friend?

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:28am
  16. Bump the Reich.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:29am
  17. It infuriates me that these people don’t know how wrong they are as they get off on using so much energy to spread hatred and fear. This is the stuff of burnings at the stake and ancient times of the spread of fear based on superstition. It is a continuing problem with the far-right uber-religious nutters who’ve long ago abandoned the actual ideals behind Christianity. I think Ellen is a wonderful choice.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:33am
  18. As the old adage goes, “The Christian Right is neither.”

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 9:34am
  19. That’s not entirely true. Lesbians are a low risk factor, but not a no risk factor.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:21am
  20. Please stop using Christian when describing those who are beyond homophobic and become homobigots. also it was asked earlies does anybody not know anybody who is hiv positive and i can say with all truethfullness i dont personally know any

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:46am
  21. huh?? ellen not a good choice? h-e-l-l-ooooooo….

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 10:46am
  22. I am tired of listening to religious people talk…in general. Ellen is a fantastic person for this position. She is well known, even around the world, and there is no reason why she shouldnt be able to do this. She can sell anything to anyone. She has the knowledge to get the point across to everyone. She can make this world a better place.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:36am
  23. Religion needs to be REMOVED from our government. Not only is that part of seperation of church and state. Religion is getting in the way of our personal rights. Our human rights.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:37am
  24. I dont know any HIV+ people…

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:38am
  25. You can get HIV from anyone HIV+ whether it be a man to a woman, a man to a man or a woman to a woman. It can be transmitted Sexually or Intravenously. So dont try to say that some people are just protected from it because of who they are and how the interact with others.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:43am
  26. I do, and you know what? they’re people. The reason why religious groups want aids awareness to not be taught is because they think its a gay disease and they want us to get it and die.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:47am
  27. Uh, Daniel, not all religious people are homophobic, and not all religious people are idiots.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 1:16pm
  28. That quote about “inappropriate” makes literally no sense at all. People are so backwards.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 2:19pm
  29. i think she is striving for a sense of balance in this issue. after all, ms crouse is a religious zealot who is attempting to forward her own agenda. so ellen degeneres, a smart, articulate compassionate woman, is pushing the agenda of a population bent on informing the world about hiv. see? it all balances out.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:34pm
  30. And what are the religious righties doing to raise AIDS awareness???

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:06pm
  31. If we generalize and stereotype all ‘religious’ people we become as bad as the homophobic and heterosexist. There are many GLBTQI people who have some form of religion or spirituality, as well as religious straight allies. If we say religion is bad and all who practice religion are bad, then we are also calling the LGBTQI who are religious bad as well. I am not saying these bigots aren’t bigots, I am just saying that they are to blame, not religion. Ultimately it is bad people who make bad religious dogma, the religion doesn’t make the person.

    Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:35pm