"It's the most absurd thing I've ever heard."
That's the quote from Dina Matos McGreevey, the former wife of former New Jersey Governor and former heterosexual Jim McGreevey, regarding this news bulletin...
Jim McGreevey will be entering a seminary later this year to possibly become a priest.
Yes, Mr. McGreevey, the new Professor of Ethics and Leadership for Kean University has been accepted to study at Chelsea's General Theological Seminary.
He has become an Episcopalian and enrolled in a "discernment" program to help prospective candidates for the priesthood decide if it is their true calling.
Acting Governor and State Senate President Richard Codey has this advice for McGreevey.
"You need to get out of the newspaper, simple as that. For his kid's sake, his former wife's sake. Enough's enough. Let him get on with his life, let him find happiness, but outside of the press area."
Of course, Dina Matos McGreevey knows all too well that ain't gonna happen.
"He needs to be in the spotlight. I am astounded by his arrogance."You could counter by saying that Dina is jumping up and down in the spotlight promoting her new book, Silent Partner, about her marriage to a lying, cheating, two-timing, low-down fag in hetero-clothing, but I say that just watching Jimbo cause all this ruckus in the press during Dina's book tour merely proves her point.
Dina's angry, Jim. Yeah. BECAUSE HER MARRIAGE TO A MAN SHE LOVED TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE AND A NATIONAL JOKE AT HER EXPENSE! I think the woman is allowed a little come-uppance and some cash from her book deal to make amends.
Jim had his turn and made his money with his book. What's good for the goose is GREAT for the gander!
She gets 15 minutes of fame. Her's came with the cost of public embarrassment and humiliation. Ride that press junket for all it's worth, Dina. Go for it.
But more than that Battle of the Exes going on in the press, I continue to be amazed by the gay community's seemingly blind-eyed support of this shameful, unethical liar - - merely because he's gay and came out.
I knew I was different at age 4. I knew I was gay in my early teens. I came out to my father at age 16 and my mother at age 19.
As Margaret Cho says in one of her fabulous punchlines, "Where's my parade?"
To demonstrate my point, here are two opinions about the possible McGreevey priesthood.
The first from a guy, Tom Balasia, (who I'm presuming is heterosexual) waiting for a haircut in McGreevey's former barbershop...
"He needs a lobotomy, not a collar. He's a liar who's hiding behind the cloth. He should be ashamed to show his face."
Ok, I wouldn't go THAT far, but you get where the guy is coming from.
Then, there's this from Steve Goldstein, the head of Garden State Equality, New Jersey's leading gay rights group...
"If I were not a nice Jewish boy studying to be a rabbi, I would embrace Jim McGreevey as my pastor in a New Jersey minute. I think it will take about one week for a congregation to fall in love with him."
Hey, Goldstein, would you "embrace" Sanjaya Malakar as your vocal coach?
No? Then, why embrace McGreevey as your moral compass?!?
Mr. Goldstein goes on to say that the reaction in the gay community to McGreevey's latest journey has been overwhelmingly positive.
I know I don't live in New Jersey, but I am a member of the gay community and my reaction is "Overwhelmingly Negative."
A friend of McGreevey's recently told the New York Post...
"He's been thinking about this heavily for the past two years. It's not something that he takes lightly. Despite what some people think, he's a very spiritual person."
If it's true that you are a very spiritual person, Mr. McGreevey, I suggest you start by taking care of the most important person in all of this - - your daughter.
On a list that includes teaching, preaching, ex-wives and current boyfriends, everything needs to take a backseat to your primary responsibility - - the care and well-being of your daughter.
She is what matters. Nothing else.