West Union, S.C. mayor Linda Oliver has the Palmetto State back in the national news for all the wrong reasons.
Oliver became irritated when a North Carolina county official decided to start accepting same sex marriage petitions – and took to Facebook to express her displeasure (never a good idea).
“What’s it gonna take to get these queers to realize they don’t need a piece of paper,” Oliver wrote. “God will not bless their union because He plainly speaks against queers in the Bible. Want to cover your queer with insurance? Buy a policy. Want your queer to get your stuff when you die? Make a will.”
Oliver later removed the post … but not before it had been screen-capped. She later apologized … sort of.
“All I can say is if people want to crucify me that’s fine,” Oliver told Fox Carolina. “I know that following Jesus, I’m going to be crucified … and I got lambasted because I quoted the bible and stuff like that on Facebook and that’s the way I feel … I have apologized, it’s on there if people would just read the feed. They’re focusing on the word and I apologized for that. If people would read the whole thing they’ll see that I plainly said I will not say that anymore, I’ll say homosexual.”
In other words she’ll continue to discriminate … she’ll just do it politely from now on.
Oliver wasn’t done, though …
“What I’m emotional about is because my feelings – the way I feel toward homosexuals is how I’ve been brought up,” she added.
Great … so now it’s the whole state’s fault.
Anyway, West Union’s town council accepted an apology from Oliver on Friday.
We’ve written extensively on the whole gay marriage debate in the past, arguing government should have no role whatsoever in sanctioning or banning marriage – gay or straight.
“Marriage – as we’ve noted ad nauseam in the past – ought to be the exclusive purview of local congregations. Gay or straight,” we wrote recently. “In no instance should government (federal, state or local) ban congregations from marrying whomever they want … but similarly in no instance should government (federal, state or local) compel these congregations to marry couples against their will.”
S.C. Religious right politicians and Tea Party politicians never have a hard time embarrassing both themselves and our state.
Our hearts were young and gay.
The gay Klan should send her a message. They should send two flaming fags to have sex in her yard.
What can I do to get them to send a couple of hot lesbians to have sex in my house?
How can you tell when a town is really small? —–The local hooker stands under a flashlight.
Oh, ummm, that explains a few things about last Friday.
Her Honor, without makeup and with the “sensible” haircut posing in front of her pickup truck by her trailer mobile home , looks pretty butch to TBG…
TBG will try to locate that Condon lady and send them up your way.
What’s your address, Corruption?
No, No, No, TBG! I said “hot”, not “Butch”.
Here, let me show you an example of what I’m talking about.
lol….only in SC could you get a response involving hot lesbian SISTERS!
Uh Oh! Shifty watched the video — now he’s corrupted!
Saturday a used car salesman showed me this one car. It had sleek lines, gorgeous curves, was soft to the touch, and purred. I bought the car and took it to the nearest motel!
DAMN YOU TBG!!!!!!!!!!! I clicked on the hyperlink you had under “Condon lady” and lost the four hour erection I was working on while hitting the “replay” button of the link I just posted.
What’s worse, is I may never get it back again.
A guy goes to his doctor for help with a little problem called premature ejaculation. The doctor gives him a tube of cream which will help him. The next day the guy calls the doctor, “Dammit! I ejaculated while wiping it on!”
There’s little difference between Oliver and Fits on this issue.Both are stubborn,backwards,and just ain’t thinking straight;so to speak…
Is there any better pictures of this woman? In this one she looks like she might be missing a few chromosomes. Clearly she is eating well.
…she looks like she might be missing a few chromosomes.”
… or has an extra one.
You’ve got it backwards. Marriage IS a state sanctioned institution, and I could give a rat’s ass about getting religious married. I’d call that matrimony, and you can keep it. I just want the same benefits and responsibilities with my same sex partner as heterosexuals have with theirs. I certainly wouldn’t want a church of some sort to decide if I can get married or not. Leave it up to the federal and state governments to issue marriage licenses, and I will gladly go before the justice of the peace, nor will I ever darken your church’s door.
Religion is simply the beliefs/faiths a single individual has, which he/she may share with other individuals. Religious marriages are simply marriages that fall within the beliefs and practices of said religion.
Government is (well, it should be) a fair representative of the people at large and an enforcer of laws. Government’s involvement in marriage is (well, it should be) really just to acknowledge persons who should be treated as “married” according to the law and then enforcing those respective laws.
It is not, nor should it ever be, government’s role to enforce religious doctrine in the determination of who it acknowledges as married, regardless of religion. No one religion is compatible with all other religions, thus such enforcement would be ultimately oppressive towards other individuals. Government should remain secular and fair towards all beliefs.
There is a reason there should be a wall of separation between the government and religion.
Very well stated.
Sic Willy is still confused about the distinction between a religious rite and a legal marriage contract. The religious rite is totally meaningless unless the religious officiant “by the power invested by the state” signs and returns the marriage license to the court that issued it.
Only the state can dissolve a marriage through divorce.
All of this is intimately tied into legal matters of legitimacy, duty to support offspring, inheritance, taxes, etc.
People are confused about the difference between government and religion. But that difference is inherently and deliberately blurred.
The difference is blurred because throughout most of recorded western history, the religion was government. We have only had a few hundred years to work on changing that.
There’s also a concerted effort against that change. Beating it is good for everyone, religious or not.
West Union is North of Hell, South of Sodom and Gomorrah and East of I Don’t Give a Damn
How to tell if your hometown is small —-
1) — you need exact change to buy a house
2) — it doesn’t have a porno movie house, so once a week somebody leaves the shades up
3) — you call your parents and the operator tells you, “I don’t think they’re home. The car is gone.”
4) — the local café has only one flavor of ice cream — “Guess”
ManrayAnd west of Pickens.
The state and the state alone determines the legality of the marriage, period. That is to protect the children of the marriage and the property of the marriage. Getting married in a church or any other religious institution without a license from the state just won’t cut it.
Actually the state recognizes “common law” marriages which, if they meet certain criteria, can be deemed in affect when the parties separate or if one passes on (though probably are not recognized by the state for same-sex partnerships) or perhaps other situations. People could get married in a church not have filed a marriage license but still receive the consequences and/or benefits of marriage.
My next comment to this woman is that if she opposes same sex relationships so much, then by all means, she should definitely NOT ENTER INTO ONE. Finding any relationship is enough of a challenge.
To each its own……we still have the freedom to our opinions, don’t we?
As long as your opinion is politically correct, if not, the PC police will be called.
So a public official makes a public statement on a public service, and that should not be reported? Not sure how that has anything to do with the “PC police”.
I would encourage all politicians who believe as this lady does to say so publicly. How else are people supposed to know who they are voting for.
Far right politicians are always the most likely to lie about their beliefs to get elected. They cite as you do the PC police. Well there are no PC police except the voting public. If you think the public believes as you do, i.e. Gays are evil, victims of rape can’t get pregnant, etc, why do you hide the beliefs, or lie by apologizing for what you believe.
Voting for people who believe as you do is how democracy works.
William, have you ever thought of joining the PC police and get paid for posting?
“Far right politicians are always the most likely to lie about their beliefs to get elected.” Speaks volumes about giving the far left a pass.
““What I’m emotional about is because my feelings – the way I feel toward homosexuals is how I’ve been brought up,” she added
Great … so now it’s the whole state’s fault.”
How did I become responsible for the idiotic statements of a fat, inbred hick, from West Union?
The same way it’s everyone’s fault our politicians are corrupt, the nations buried in debt, and we’re waging multiple undeclared wars.
It’s called, “guilt by association”.
I’ll take a hit for the “goobernor” and Miss Lindsey et al. but the mayor of a town I’m not sure I’ve ever been through?!?
“I’ll take a hit for the “goobernor” and Miss Lindsey”
You will? lol…you’re too hard on yourself.
You only voted 1 time for them, although by doing so you do claim ownership of every screw up they make….hmm….well at least you can only claim a single screw up versus their ongoing screwups.
Tis better not to make the mistake to begin with:
“Don’t vote, it only encourages them.”
Hey, Mayor Linda, the Bible also says judge not. Guess that part doesn’t apply to you, does it?
Why is that when people get called out for making hate speech about gays they claim, as this woman has, that they are being crucified for their religous beliefs? People like Oliver need to quit trying to hide behind religion and accept that it is their own prejudices and hate that draws criticisims. Since when did Christianity advocate hate?
People of this state need to stop electing fools that continue to make us look bad.