Quote# 89830

Aside from my own near-sightedness, astigmatisms and presbyopia, three family members have lost an eye – for a variety of unrelated reasons. Two of them wear prosthetic eyes. Yet everywhere I look, it is a two-eyed world. When was the last time you saw someone on television take out his prosthetic eye? My family started a campaign; you may have seen some of our bumper stickers: “Monoculars Unite!” “Blind is Good!” “End Binocular-Normativity!”

Textbooks should show more people with no eyes or one eye – why do they all assume people have two eyes? Kids with glasses get teased and called “four eyes.” Our national anthem is an insult – no, I can’t “see by the dawn’s early light” – until I fumble around and find my glasses. I spent a month protesting 20/20-vision-normativity by not wearing my glasses. After a couple car accidents, my wife made me put them on again. People with good vision don’t have to spend thousands of dollars over their lifetime for glasses, contacts, prosthetic eyes, LASIK, cataract surgery, seeing-eye dogs or learning braille. It’s just not fair.

Jeff Johnston, Citizenlink 55 Comments [9/30/2012 7:43:32 AM]
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In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Good advertising slogan for the monocular awareness campaign.

9/30/2012 7:48:25 AM


Do they teach "Stupidity" as a specialized course in the US? Because surely, you can't attain this level of idiocy without some significant effort.

9/30/2012 7:50:46 AM


I'm not sure what bothers me more; the thought of half-blind people driving around to show off their 'monocular support' bumper stickers, or the raging dafuq this entire post represents.

9/30/2012 7:54:41 AM

Filin De Blanc

You do seem pretty short-sighted, I'll grant you that.

9/30/2012 7:56:56 AM

Citizen Justin

He's talking about homosexuality as a disability. However, 'stopped clock' mode applies because...

"People with good vision don’t have to spend thousands of dollars over their lifetime for glasses, contacts, prosthetic eyes, LASIK, cataract surgery, seeing-eye dogs or learning braille. It’s just not fair"

...is actually a valid point, albeit one unintentionally made. Particularly given recent politics in the USA.

Still, I doubt very much he is in favour of the healthcare thing.

9/30/2012 7:57:32 AM


For the information of anyone who can't be bothered to read the friendly source, the author is comparing the LGBT movement with a hypothetical movement advocating that blindness (and other forms of vision-impariment) be given equal standing to healthy vision. He is not seriously advocating the accommodation of people with visual disabilities.

9/30/2012 8:00:03 AM


True, but no one ever promised you fair.

9/30/2012 8:11:08 AM


Well, I figured this was not any campaign on behalf of the vision impaired. As for me, I lost my glasses over a year ago and have been unable to replace them. Now, excuse me, they're playing my song. It's "The Peer Squint Suite".

9/30/2012 8:37:43 AM

Doubting Thomas

It’s just not fair.

Bring it up with your perfect God who gives people crappy eyesight (myself included).

That being said, I don't know WTF this guy is trying to make an analogy to but I get the idea it has something to do with gay rights. The problem is that both homosexuality and poor eyesight are inborn traits.

9/30/2012 8:41:10 AM



Maybe he would have made a better comparison by not picking a disability I can sympathize with. If he wants Cyclopean Pride, knock yourselves out dude. If you seriously wanted to raise vision impaired awareness, more power to you.

9/30/2012 8:53:29 AM


You'd think he could make his point a bit better if he didn't sound like a raving whackaloon....

9/30/2012 9:12:25 AM

rubber chicken

Without context, this is hardly fundie.

However, having been monocular since the age of 4, where can I get these bumper stickers ?

9/30/2012 9:23:50 AM


Reading the original article, you must have taken a good hour to type all that shit out. That's an hour of your life you could have spent doing something you like. Oh, wait, maybe that's what you did. Do you actually enjoy being an intolerant prick?

9/30/2012 9:37:32 AM


For a moment, I thought this was our first eyesight fundamentalist. Thanks, people, for letting me know that it is in fact just your average anti-LGBT hater.

9/30/2012 9:37:56 AM


To the person who shared this OP's quote...PUT THE CONTEXT IN!

I can't tell from this rant that it's a dorky anti-gay analogy....at first glance it's a weirdo getting anal & OCD over "Crappy Eyesight Rights".

9/30/2012 9:47:38 AM

Good to see some "Liberal Fundies" on here, they can be hilarious too.

9/30/2012 9:48:21 AM

Arctic Knight

"Citizenlink - A Focus on the Family Affiliate"

With idiots like this, I am even more proud to have the "Focus on your own family" bumper sticker on my car (and I live in the city where FOTF has its headquarters).

9/30/2012 9:51:10 AM


The worst part is that things are so ridiculous now that its easy to take it seriously.

9/30/2012 10:13:15 AM


@SpukiKitty: Honestly, even without context, I can easily tell this is a ridiculous, piss-poor attempt at an analogy to homosexuality. I've just personally seen and had to put up with these knuckle-draggers to the point that their bullshit sticks out like a sore thumb to me and is about as predictable as rolling snake eyes on a pair of dice with all ones.

But, fuck, I'm bored, so I'll bite and take a stab at this guy's jackassery. Here goes nothing.

@ OP: Okay, first of all, vision loss can be a serious, life-impairing disability. People with impaired eyesight aren't allowed to drive or operate heavy machinery without adequate vision correction, because being allowed to do so would present a clear and immediate danger to others and their property. Conversely, homosexuality is not a life-impairing disability—having to deal with the shit people like you spew about it notwithstanding, but that problem lies with you, not with homosexuality. That means driving and operating heavy machinery while queer does not pose any danger. Good grief, actually having to explain that homosexuality is not a disability is painful. There's a reason why "driving while not seeing straight" is not the same as "driving while not being straight." What is this? The 1970s? Is same-sex attraction still classified as a mental disorder in your delusional version of reality?

Then again, on the other hand, impaired vision, like homosexuality, is not a character flaw or something to be ashamed of. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of people realize and accept that. I am able to wear my glasses out in public without being a potential hate-crime victim for it, and I am not accused of "flaunting" my "myopic debauchery" or "shoving" my "perverted, degenerated vision in everyone's face" for wearing glasses. Similarly, I am not denied basic rights that people with better eyesight have, so your "I-can't-see-for-shit pride" is not necessary. If that weren't the case, however, most of the things you describe would be more or less justified, save for driving while blind like an idiot, but such caveats inevitably come with such flawed analogies.

Want "LGBT pride" to go away? Stop being a dick and embrace equality. It exists specifically because of bigots like you. Stop shaming LGBT people, obstructing justice, and turning your metaphorical blind eye when our faces get pounded in for who we are, and we'll stop shoving in your face that we're not ashamed of being queer, that we're normal, and that we demand to be treated with the same rights, respect, and dignity as cisgendered and heterosexual individuals. It really is as simple as that. Hell, I actually long for the day that "queer pride" is a cause without a purpose; it would mean we've made much more progress than I expected to see in my lifetime.

9/30/2012 10:16:21 AM


Well I don't see how this has anything to do with, well, anything, but to each his own. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm late for a rally to end marriage and equal partner benefits for blind/near-sighted people. Why should they be given the basic dignity when what they've got goes against God's righteous plan for the eyeballs?

(In case anyone should try to get the wrong impression)

9/30/2012 10:36:56 AM


Jeff, leave the wit to people who can actually pull it off. You're a gay-hating mythologist just like all the others.

9/30/2012 10:38:02 AM


Having car accidents because of poor vision hurts people, gayness hurts nothing but your sensibilities.

I think it's sad that the only time I've ever seen a Fundie being generous or thoughtful towards anybody but themselves and their little clique it was an attempt at what they saw as ridiculous satire.

9/30/2012 10:43:13 AM

Krimzon Flygon

Poe. God in heaven, please, POE!

9/30/2012 11:09:02 AM

Oh My Dog!

9/30/2012 11:56:18 AM

Lady Evil

"When was the last time you saw someone on television take out his prosthetic eye?"

Well, back in the 80's a lot of soap opera characters wore eye patches. And there was a cartoon called "Danger Mouse" that had the title character wear an eye patch. It seems on TV an eye patch is shorthand for "This guy's a badass!" Might be a Trope. I'll check.

9/30/2012 12:02:19 PM

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