Tuesday, August 16, 2011

X-Post: NoH8, Dr. Douglas - Highlighting the work of activist Christina Santiago after her sudden death at age 29 isn't "crass exploitation" *UPDATED: Donald Douglas Doubles Down*

Alisha Marie Brennon (left) and Christina Santiago (right) pose for their NOH8 Campaign photo nearly 1 year ago.

It seems Donald Douglas has once again allowed his political and sociological beliefs to cloud his humanity.

After reading about the death of LGBT, marriage equality, and woman's rights activist Christina Santiago at the Indiana State Fair (she was one of five people who died when the concert stage blew over just before the Sugarland concert), and seeing the touching tribute paid to her by the NOH8 Campaign-- Christina and her partner, Alisha Marie Brennon, who was with Christina at the concert and is currently in intensive care, participated in an open call NOH8 photo shoot in 2010 --let his emotions and his bigotry take over, resulting in the following post:
Extremist NOH8 Campaign Exploits Christina Santiago Death for Crass Political Gain
This is disgusting.

They couldn't just giver her a beautiful commemoration. They had to turn Ms. Santiago death into sick sympathy shakedown:

Tragedies like this just illustrate how important it is for couples to have the rights that allow them to celebrate their love and their lives now.

Christina and Alisha were one of the first couples to get a civil union in Cook County when civil unions became legal in Illinois earlier this year. Those who claim the issue of same sex marriages and civil unions can "wait" should think hard about that idea after reading stories like these. This beautiful couple only had a short few months together to celebrate their civil union -- but we take solace in the fact they at least had that opportunity to prove their love to the world, however brief.
A beautiful young woman is dead. And LGBT ASFL NOH8 couldn't simply commemorate her life with dignity. These idiots had to turn it into some kind of epic guilt trip about "only" a few months to celebrate a civil union.

People die. And always, every death reminds us for whom the bell tolls. It toll for thee.

A much more reserved article at Chicago Tribune, "Health center mourns staffer killed in Indiana State Fair stage accident"

Read the NOH8 Campaign post "Remembering Christina Santiago"--the one Donald refers to as a "sick sympathy shakedown"--and decide for yourself whether it was suitably dignified and reserved, or an "epic guilt trip." But Donald's habit of making these kinda pronouncements so soon after folks die (See his series on the death of Elizabeth Edwards, for example. Links below.) is the real "crass exploitation for political gain," as far as I'm concerned...

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
- John Donne
8/17/11: A most humble thanks to fellow nihilist henchman (yeah, he's on the "enemies" list at right)/complete stranger/internet "friend" Thers at Eschaton and Whiskey Fire, AND John Cole at Balloon Juice, AND @AmandaMarcotte on Twitter, for throwing us a link and more'n'likely doubling tripling quadrupling quintupling sextupling septupling octupling nonupling decupling our usual traffic for the month in one day... We do it for love, but it's nice to get read by more than the usual suspects, once in awhile... We'll certainly pay it forward, if we can find anyone deserving who has fewer hits than we generally do...

Added 8/18: Video dedicated to Christina by Antigone Rising:

"We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragedy that took place at the Indiana State Fair. Yesterday, we received news that one of the victim's was a long time fan and friend of the AR family, Christina Santiago. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to all the families and friends affected by this terrible incident."

***UPDATE: Donald Douglas Doubles Down***: Donald Douglas Attacks People Mourning the Death of Marriage Equality Activist Christina Santiago... ...and then attacks them again, for noticing...

American Power: Extremist NOH8 Campaign Exploits Christina Santiago Death for Crass Political Gain

Remembering Christina Santiago | NOH8 Campaign

Health center mourns staffer killed in Indiana State Fair stage accident - chicagotribune.com

Donald Douglas - On Teh Gay

Elizabeth Edwards Series (Donald's attack on Elizabeth Edwards, and then his attacks on anyone who disagreed with his initial attack on her):
American Power: Elizabeth Edwards' Parting Statement Omits Mention of Faith in God
American Power: Rest in Peace: Elizabeth Edwards Dies of Cancer at 61
American Power: Dancing On Elizabeth Edwards' Grave?
American Power: Elizabeth Edwards Died Before Leftists Could Figure Out WTF Was Going On
American Power: Religion Writers Ponder Elizabeth Edwards' Faith
American Power: Why Elizabeth Edwards Left Out God
American Power: Nihilism and Progressivism
American Power: Hate Mail
American Power: Imagine There's No Hatred
American Power: Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Elizabeth Edwards Funeral
American Power: Leftists Chant for the Death of Ann Althouse — UPDATED!!
American Power: Creepy Stalker Shows Up at Christianity Today
American Power: Elizabeth Edwards Eulogized
American Power: Are Boing Boing Trolls Flaming Adam Lambert Fans?
American Power: The Case for Faith
American Power: The Secular Religion of Radical Progressivism

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