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"Time" Calls Obama a Bigot
(Kilian Melloy, EDGE Boston,Dec 22, 2008)
The GLBT community and liberals have joined in their condemnation of President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection of mega-church pastor Rick Warren to deliver the Inaugural Invocation. Now Time Magazine has joined the chorus. . . . "Homosexuality, Pastor Warren explained in the virtually content-free language of the dogmatist, is 'not the natural way.'" . . . Cloud recollected that Warren, speaking with an interviewer, had compared marriage equality with incest and pedophiles, and wrote, "I wish the reporter had asked the next logical follow-up: If gays are like child-sex offenders, shouldn't we incarcerate them?" . . . Added Cloud, "Gays and lesbians are angry that Barack Obama has honored Warren, but they shouldn’t be surprised. . . . "Obama has proved himself repeatedly to be a very tolerant, very rational-sounding sort of bigot. He is far too careful and measured a man to say anything about body parts fitting together or marriage being reserved for the nonpedophilic, but all the same, he opposes equality for gay people when it comes to the basic recognition of their relationships."j . . . Cloud compared Obama to Richard Russell, Jr., "the longtime Senator from Georgia who--as historian Robert Caro has noted--cultivated a reputation as a thoughtful, tolerant politician even as he defended inequality and segregation for decades." . . . Wrote Cloud, "Obama gave a wonderfully Russellian defense of Warren on Thursday at a press conference. Americans, he said, need to ’come together’ even when they disagree on social issues." . . . Added Cloud, "Russell would often use the same tactic to deflect criticism of his civil rights record. It was a distraction, Russell said, from the important business of the day uniting all Americans." . . . Cloud's editorial went on, "Obama also said today that he is a 'fierce advocate for equality' for gays, which is--given his opposition to equal marriage rights--simply a lie. . . . "It recalls the time Russell said, 'I'm as interested in the Negro people of my state as anyone in the Senate. I love them.'" . . . Addressing the popular speculation that Obama's repeated claim not to believe in marriage equality is ideological smoke concealing a more equitable disposition toward gay and lesbian families, Cloud noted, "People seemed to feel that once he had won, he would find a way--in his contemplative style--to help convince Americans that gay people really do deserve basic equality. . . . "Instead, he has found a way to insult gay people deeply."

posted by Lorenzo 10:05 AM

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