Star Parker
Star Parker carrying water for Donald Trump

via C-SPAN

Star Parker is shrewd — I will give her that — but not very bright. Parker knows what her constituency wants to hear and she delivers. Thursday she tells the faithful: Equality Act Is About Civil Tyranny, Not Civil Rights. Christianists seem obligated to dispense end-of-world hyperbole over HR5 to their followers.

Speaking of shrewd, Parker is also milking the hell out of her nonprofit which doesn’t seem to actually do anything. Her corporate credit card debt at the end of 2017 was over $50,000 and I am reasonably sure that is all attributable to one person: Star Parker. Parker has gone from receiving state-supplied welfare to nonprofit org welfare (which we all subsidize). Parker has also had multiple abortions. Now, of course, she is opposed to both welfare and reproductive rights. I digress.

Returning to the Equality Act, Parker writes (in part):

Civil rights law was designed to protect human dignity by preventing individuals from being reduced to pre-existing realities not connected to their personal choices, such as race. Now with this law, the sexual behavior they choose, and the sex they decide they are, will receive the same protections.

There is a spiritual as well as a legal price that we’re already starting to pay for this insanity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the U.S. birthrate is the lowest it has been in 30 years. The general fertility rate, the number of births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, dropped 3% from 2016 to 2017, to a record low.

The CDC also reports a 33% increase in the rate of suicide from 1999 to 2017.

I confess that I have no clue what a “pre-existing realit[y]” is or how it applies to nondiscrimination laws. Does that have anything to do with preexisting condition insurance coverage which is rapidly waning? It is clear, however, that Parker is claiming that sexual orientation and sexual identity are; a) behaviors and; b) choices.

People like Parker avoid any situation where their beliefs and assertions might be challenged or where someone might ask: “Is religion not a ‘personal choice’?” Even if she did put herself in that position, Parker rarely comes up for air.

I do not know how Parker defines “this insanity” but claiming that a drop in birthrate due to sexual orientation and gender identity might be a very good place to start. The same can be true for correlating sexual orientation and gender identity to an increase in suicide. Furthermore, the CDC (Mortality and Morbidity) report on suicide is from 1999 to 2016, not 2017. The largest increase, by the way, was in North Dakota where the suicide rate more than doubled with an increase of 57.6%.

You probably did not need to know about North Dakota but I am anal retentive. Sometimes I cannot help myself. Parker’s post is quite lengthy. A considerable amount of verbiage is necessary to get out all that hyperbolic bigotry. The recurring theme of Parker’s verbosity is that accepting the scientific consensus regarding sexuality means that we are all crazy. A psychologist might call that “projection.”

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.