Jane Pitt, Homophobia and Religious Bigotry

Springfield Missouri is famous for its ultra-conservative leanings, devout fundamentalist Christians and Brad Pitt. Now, it has a second celebrity, Brad’s mother, Jane Pitt. But Springfield may be a bit embarrassed of this one.

Even the Springfield News-Ledger needed to recheck to verify that “the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.” (Brad has a brother?)

Her letter was definitely not in support of the President. I am not sure if she is supporting Mitt Romney. That is alright, everyone is due their say no matter how outrageous it may be.

So what did Momma Pitt say? Let’s start from the beginning.

Richard Stoecker of Sparta, MO was featured as a letter writer on June 15 by the News-Ledger. In his tirade, Stoecker says that voting for a Mormon is against Christian principles.

But the conscience of many Christians will not allow them to vote for a Mormon. Like me, their vote will be for none of the above, or as Romney protester the Rev. Bill Keller has suggested, they might write in the name of Jesus on their ballots.

(Mr. Stoecher, voting for a dead guy is as silly as voting for a dog… Wait one doggone minute. Didn’t a dog win a mayor’s race a few years back? Oh yes, in 2008 a Border collie named Lucy Lou was elected Mayor of the unincorporated town of Rabbit Hash, KY. I heard it was a dog-eat-dog race. And she won her first re-election bid! Then there is the mayor of Lajitas, TX, a Billy-goat.)

For some reason Stoecher’s words inflamed Mrs. Pitt. Considering her son’s and Angelina’s politics and non-theistic beliefs, you would think that Jane would denounce Stoecher for his lunacy. No, she just added to it.

Her anger was simple; not voting or writing in a name did not help the “cause,” the Christian conservative takeover of the government. Then she took it one step further. Mrs. Pitt wrote:

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

I think Mrs. Pitt set some sort of record, insulting Mormons, the President, the LBGT community, those who support women’s health and choice, and misrepresenting the 2012 National Day of Prayer in one sentence. Though the Guinness Book of World Records does not have a category for political stupidity, insulting or  homophobia, I am sure this woman would be the first entry.

Back to Mrs. Pitt and her band of Christians rabble-rousers wanting their religion written into every law passed by federal and state congresses.

Jane then opens the door for Christians, however “Christian” is being defined today, to vote for that heathen Mormon.

I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.

Those in the Right of Choice and LGBT communities should be outraged by this letter. Christians should be mad about this letter. Mormons should be furious. As an atheist, I laughed and laughed, then started to write.

Don’t be mad at Brad. This is not guilt by relationship or association. Remember one of his reasons for not getting married to the ever so beautiful Angelina they would not marry until everyone, including lesbians and gays, can legally be married.

I do not advocate a screaming match with those protesting at Planned Parenthood centers or same-sex weddings. I do advocate writing letters to the editor of the News-Ledger denouncing the use of religious standards as a criteria for the office of the President. I advocate you repeating the words of then Senator and presidential candidate John Kennedy said at the annual meeting of the Houston Ministerial Association,

I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end, where all men and all churches are treated as equals, where every man has the same right to attend or not to attend the church of his choice, where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind, and where Catholics, Protestants, and Jews, at both the lay and the pastoral levels, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood.

Yes, Texas governor Rick Perry may be leaning over his porcelain thrown waiting to throw up, but one’s faith or non-faith neither qualifies nor disqualifies that person’s ability to lead our nation. Our Secular nation.

While you are reading this, follow this link to the News-Ledger Web-page and write your letter denouncing Jane Pitt’s and other of her ilk for being un-American and a threat to our society. Remember, keep it to under 300-words and be civil. Better still, spend $0.44 and send a hand written letter to:

David Stoeffler, Executive Editor
Springfield News-Leader
651 N. Boonville
Springfield, MO 65806 

To paraphrase Arlo Guthrie,

Can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day mailing a letter to David Stoeffler and your local newspapers identifying the homophobic and un-American practices of those who wish to force their religion on everyone? And friends, they may think it’s a movement, it would be a movement. The Real Americans Anti-Stupidity Movement. And all you need to do is pick up your pen and write.


David Rosman’s book, “A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs,” is now available through Amazon.com in paperback or eBook versions.

His second book, “The Clobber Passages: The biblical denouncement of homosexuality examined,” in which the nine biblical passages used to denounce homosexuality are reviewed, is due for release on September 1 as an eBook and September 15 in paperback.

David is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and preforms weddings as well as divorce and unbaptismal ceremonies

You can contact David to speak to your group or organization or to officiate your event by writing him at Info@InkandVoice.com. 

About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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