Wednesday :: Nov 17, 2004

Outing The Shouters


by pessimist

There are many examples of GOP hypocrisy. This post presents only one of them.

THE 'moral value' that drove many 'compassionate' conservative Christians to put down Leviticus and engage in the consensual secular activity of voting was marriage. Their votes were to see to it that gays not receive the same rights as all others because marriage is 'sacred'. It's quite interesting for me to see all of these 'good' Christians forgetting the Word of God: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." (Matt. 25:31-46)

Gay bashing, and opposition to gay rights, is a staple of Republican policies. That's why it's intriguing to discover that many major Republican Party officials are themselves gay!

‘Gay’ Bush campaign chair to join openly gay chief financial officer at helm of GOP

Republicans who are openly gay: the Chief Financial Officer of the Republican Party Jay Banning, and the party’s number two political director and National Field Director Daniel Gurley. Both confirmed that they were gay and refused to answer questions about the party’s positions on gay marriage in telephone calls published by RAW STORY in September.

Banning, who is out at work, has been CFO for the Republican Party since 1983. While collecting nearly $300 million in the 2004 election cycle for the most explicitly anti-gay platform the party has held in history, said he has no problem with spending tens of millions of dollars to restrict the rights of a group he’s part of. “I don’t seem to have a problem with it,” Banning said in September. “I’m not in the policy area.”

Maybe not. But others do.

Intolerance Is Not a 'Value'

Here's what Republicans of conscience have to understand about the machinations of Karl Rove and company. Fear isn't some emotion that can be easily bottled back up after it's been -- viciously -- unleashed. It isn't a once-every-four-years vehicle that can be wheeled out for a few months, then stowed back in the garage to be retooled for the next election cycle. Encouraging fundamentalist preachers to pound their pulpits and inveigh against gay people has consequences. It puts men and women in communities across this country at personal and professional risk. There's nothing more despicable than creating a phony political issue (just how many gay couples are clamoring for marriage certificates in the state of Ohio, anyhow?) and preying on people's prejudices.

So now it's up to discerning Republicans to wrestle with this quandary: You won all right, but at what cost? What happened to the party that once shared Abraham Lincoln's faith in the "better angels of our nature"?

There are a lot of Republicans troubled by their party's exploitation of contemporary know-nothingism. You know who you are. And before your party's degeneracy is complete, you ought to do something about it. Because camouflaging the fear and loathing of gay people as "moral values" isn't the base alloy of hypocrisy. It's hypocrisy itself.

And another:

Intolerance and Racism

I've lived in the South for nearly 60 years and I can tell you with absolute certainty that the Christian Confederate prejudices of the 1950's are still alive and thriving in the south, living right below the surface of the new Southern society. It is a prejudice that has learned the nuance of how to sell division as patriotism and exclusion as godliness, a movement that has spent the last 50 years circling the wagons of discrimination and disguising itself in a new language of bigotry and hatred that is heavily veiled in religious syntax.

As we approach 2005 it is acceptable to despise homosexuals in the South as long you define it as "defence of marriage" or "defence of family" and it is patriotic, even noble to marginalize blacks and hispanics, ethnic and religious minorities as long as you frame it as "protecting values" or "protecting cultural values."

In the week before the presidential election, a co-worker, describing her son's dilemma over whether to vote for Bush or Kerry, made the following announcement to the entire office, "my son can't make up his mind whether to vote against the war, or against the queers."

I cringed because I am one of those queers and as I walked away from the chorus of laughter I wondered how many of us queers have given our lives in service to this country so that she can freely exhibit her ignorance with such hateful and malicious disregard for the feelings of others.

Like all other minorities this election has proven to me that my government is no longer on my side. It will not protect me from the majority voices of hatred and intolerance any longer. In fact it will make intolerance a ballot initiative and allow the majority to cast a vote of social exclusion against me. It will strip me of social equality, it will rob me of my humanity and send me on my way alone to wonder when a nation of the people, by the people and for the people wandered from the path of liberty and justice for all.

Carolyn in Tennessee

That process began in 1980 and was essentially consummated in 2004. But, as long as one is a good Republican and pulls in lots of campaign contributions, one's homosexuality - and disdain for 'moral values' is overlooked.

Sort of reminds me of the numerous stories of SS officers having Jewish mistresses to play with behind the backs of their Aryan wives - an act that would have been considered criminal if performed by a mere German citizen and would have gotten him sent to Dachau. And in these reports, not all of these Jewish mistresses were female - andother crime in Hitler's Thousand Year Reich.

Someday, maybe all of these 'moral values' types will accidently open up their Bibles to the New Testament. I hope that they are sitting down at that time, because I wouldn't want them to hurt themselves falling down in shock when they discover that Jesus was a liberal.


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