The shutdown of our government continues apace, unlikely to end until we run up against the debt limit in a little over a week, so CREDO helps you tell Speaker Boehner to call for a vote on a clean continuing resolution so that our government can operate again. The fun part? CREDO also plans to give Mr. Boehner one pacifier for every person who signs on to their petition. I've been calling right-wingers crybabies for years, but this is some imaginative activism. Remember when right-wingers always called liberals crybabies just for caring about stuff? Now we can give them some of their own. I wouldn't worry about whether sending a hundred thousand pacifiers to John Boehner will "only alienate him more" -- there must be a point where such alienation sickens even him. At least, I have faith that such a point exists. And if getting there requires that he suffer more spiritual hardship in the near term, who am I to question?
Meanwhile, People for the American Way provides an outstanding toolkit with which you may tell your Congressfolk to support ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (If you need contact info for your Congressfolk, use the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page.) I've addressed, on several occasions, the many non-reality-based objections one might have to ENDA -- that it confers "special rights" upon gays (it doesn't even confer affirmative action!), or that it would allow gays to dress flamboyantly at work without reprisals (it pointedly does not abridge a boss's right to determine a dress code for workers) -- but PFAW's toolkit summarizes five "religious" objections to ENDA, and you should brace yourself for how repugnant they are. It destroys our religious freedom! It's Jim Crow revisited! It'll put child molesters in charge of our kids! Well, as the gospel song says, sooner or later God'll cut 'em down.