Duck Dynasty Star & Rosa Parks by Ian Bayne
One of the nicer things about blogging is that I answer to no one other than my readers, I post what I want when I want, and I don't have to worry about what anyone thinks. This blog is also not for profit, so no one can accuse me of sensationalizing on any topic to make money. And yet I still tread with care most of the time to make sure I don't offend people unintentionally. I also know, as a blogger, if I post an opinion there may or may not be consequences to pay in the future. That's how free speech works. So most of the time when it comes to politics I refrain from comment. And, this isn't really a political blog so my commentary doesn't mean much. However, sometimes you just can't ignore certain things...and certain blithering idiots...no matter how hard you try.
In this case, it was a stupid comment made by some unheard of politician in Illinois running for congress, Ian Bayne. I'm sure people in his district know who Ian is, but those of us in NY/NJ and everything in between to CA, never heard of the idiot before. And now, thanks to the fact that he compared Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, to civil rights activist, Rosa Parks, we'll never forget the buffoon's name. Nor do we want to forget it. I think they should be teaching things like this in classrooms...the guy who compared one of the greatest women in the history of the US to a TV reality show star named Phil Robertson who hates gays. Yes, a TV reality show star. And we all know how real reality TV is.
You can read more about Phil Robertson here in my previous post, and about Sarah Palin and Gov. Bobby Jindal. They only twisted free speech. At least they didn't have the audacity to compare Robertson to Rosa Parks.
This is what Ian Bayne said:
"In December 1955, Rosa Parks took a stand against an unjust societal persecution
of black people, and in December 2013, Robertson took a stand against
persecution of Christians," Bayne said in an email to supporters.
"What Parks did was courageous," he added. "What Mr. Robertson did was
Notice how Bayne refers to those of African descent as "black people." I think most of my blog readers know about Rosa Parks, and what she stood for. To my knowledge, Rosa Parks never made a mean comment about anyone in her entire life. She's been dubbed, among other things, "The First Lady of Civil Rights." She is one of the most significant members of the civil rights movement that fought against African American oppression in the middle of the last century.
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps in the twentieth century, including Irene Morgan in 1946, Sarah Louise Keys in 1955, and the members of the Browder v. Gayle lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) arrested months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws though eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts.
Parks fought for equal rights, NOT against them. As far as I know, I have never met a gay person in the world who wanted to persecute Christians or anyone else for that matter. Many gay people ARE Christians and many of the more liberal Christian churches are embracing LGBT people. Christianity is a concept/belief/faith that is NOT reserved for the most stifled and conservative in the US.
You can read more of what Ian Bayne said here.
I don't really think Ian Bayne is a stupid idiot. I think he's a cheesy, hack snak oil salseman looking for attention. I think he's using a twisted form of race baiting to get votes and to get attention by comparing Rosa Parks to Phil Robertson. And, he's a radio talk show host. Ratings are important to him, too. It doesn't take long nowadays with a simple search to put the proverbial pieces of the puzzle together.
It should be interesting to see if Bayne wins. Or where is he five years from now. One of my New Year's resolutions in 2014 is to put together a long running list of people who fought against equality for gays. We tend to forget them in time. But I like to keep lists of these things for future reference.
The photo above of Rosa Parks with President Clinton is in the public domain.