The lefty blogosphere is fuming with rage this afternoon after Michel Bachmann signed a pledge entitled "The Marriage Vow" promoted by a conservative Christian values group named The Family Leader. The pledge's primary purpose is to secure the candidate's opposition to gay marriage but the document weighs in on a whole range of culture warrior fronts, each eliciting a special form of outrage depending on the blogger's particular interest. Here's the landscape of anger:
It's rather racist, writes Tommy Christopher at Mediaite: "There’s a lot to hate in The Marriage Vow, but right at the top of page one is the paragraph that insists that black children born into slavery had a better shot at two-parent glory than those born under President Obama’s watch." Here's the passage:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household* than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.
Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones adds, "Maybe they should get a bit of credit for acknowledging that slavery was 'disastrous' for black Americans. But that passage seems to suggest that maybe things actually were better for black Americans then. Yes, being kept as property, forced into marriages arranged by slave masters, and raped by those masters was great for black people."