Thursday, December 18, 2008

"The Minority Possess Their Equal Rights"

"For 5,000 years, every culture and every religion -- not just Christianity -- has defined marriage as a contract between men and women. There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease
2 percent of our population."

Those are the words of evangelical pastor Rick Warren, founder of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and Obama's pick to deliver the invocation at his inauguration next month.

This, coupled with the horrific choice of Chicago Public School head Arne Duncan to be the next Secretary of Education, has me slightly worried about our President-elect.

Granted, he's miles above the shoe-dodging moron we've had for the past 8 years, but continuing No Child Left Behind would be a grave mistake for our country. And choosing a man to deliver the invocation who is against Gay Marriage is a slap in the face to gays and lesbians.

Note to Barack: Don't bitch slap a queen who is already pissed. Not if you value your life. And your hair style.

Note to Rick Warren: Gays and lesbians make up 10% of the population, not 2%. If you doubt it, just keep pissing us off and you'll feel our power.

And if you think that 90% of the population should be able to vote away the rights of 10% of the population, I urge you to remember the words of one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson...

"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. "


Project Christopher said...

VERY well put post. Especially the last bit.

Ian FInley said...

Thank you Stephen. That quote is going up on my wall.

dollar said...

I am laughing at all those in our gay community who adamantly supported and eagerly voted for Obama!

This instance, as well as his deafening silence in the Prop 2 debate, shows Obama’s true color.

Of course, he is not doing anything different than Clinton did when he capitulated with the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

I am reminded of the old adage, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

How long are those in the gay community going to stand by and be constantly shamed and humiliated by the Democrat party?

The only time the Democrats “support” our issues is when they need our help to get elected.

Once in office, they toss us aside like some used cum towel thrown in the corner.

I am totally loving this!

Ha Ha Ha!

Ian said...

I had to laugh at the "you will feel our power" remark. Just the way it was phrased, I suppose.

But I do hope you aren't surprised. He's following the Clinton handbook to a tee. Campaign from the left, then go to the center. It's unfortunate, yes, but not at all shocking.

Stephen Rader said...

chris - Thank you!

ian - Hey sexy man! Thanks for the comment. :)

dollar - I could almost have ssid that we have different opinions and we should agree to disagree, but then you had to add that bitchy, hateful, "HA HA HA" at the end. So, I feel the need to respond in a similarly bitchy way.

So, you believe that the current administration is GOOD for the GLBT community?

I guess we gays and lesbians should "Keep On Keepin' On" and make sure that Republicans control both houses of Congress as well as the Executive branch, so that we (and the entire nation) can continue to be fucked in the ass by morally corrupt, lying, swindling, "Anyone who is not with us is against us" (and if you're against us or if you have dark skin, we will TORTURE you) Jesus freaks who hate gay people. Make no mistake, conservatives HATE us. They hate our sin and they REALLY hate us.

Is that what you think we should do? Continue the Bush legacy? If so, what fucking world do you live in?!?

Obama may have made a mistake, in my opinion, with his choice for the person to give the invocation at his inauguration, but we have no reason to believe that he will treat the gay community the same way that Clinton did. Obama's speech on election night is an indication that he won't.

The Republicans hate us outright. Somehow I doubt that people who commit hate crimes against gay people vote Democrat.

dollar said...

Hi Stephen:

Rarely do I respond once I have made a comment on your blog; I prefer to state my opinion and move on. Since you called me out directly, though, I do want to revise and extend my remarks.

First of all, my aforementioned comments are admittedly bitchy, but not hateful. I find it incredibly rich that the man (who is seen by most of the gay community as the High Priest of Hope) would, so early in his administration, show his TOTAL lack of respect and deference for their views. Inviting Rick Warren to his Inauguration, Stephen, was no “mistake”; it was a calculated political move. Make no mistake about that.

Just as his indifference in the fight to keep gay marriage in California legal –i.e. defeating Proposition 8, (corrected from above) brought about that unfortunate election result. Again, not a mistake but, rather, a calculated political move.

Most political scientists have stated that it was the large African-American turn-out (overwhelmingly against gay marriage) that caused that measure to pass in California. Does anyone seriously think that if Obama (who had over 95% of the African-American vote in the General Election) had publicly stated that Prop 8 should be defeated that we would see it as law today? If so, I pose a certain curious question---“what fucking world do YOU live in?”

Big deal that he casually mentioned gays in his acceptance speech last month! In politics, just as in life, talk is cheap. It is actions that matter most. In the first two important “gay issues” that have confronted him, Obama’s actions speak louder than any couple of words he uttered in an acceptance speech.

It is inane to believe that all Republicans “hate” the gay community—just as it is inane to believe that all Democrats are communistic, atheistic, non-patriotic bleeding-heart liberals.

Stephen, hate has no national border, no skin color, no ethnicity, and, certainly, no political party. Hate is hate. Hate is ignorance. Somehow, I doubt people that commit hate crimes against gay people vote Democrat---or Republican. I doubt that they vote at all.

You serve your argument poorly with the infantile name calling of Republicans as being “morally corrupt, lying, and swindling”. Without further elaboration, I just have three things to say about that: Rod Blagojevich, Elliott Spitzer, and Congressman William J. Jefferson.

I will, in fact Stephen, stick by my original thesis. The Democrats are nothing more than hypocrites and political opportunists. They say what the gay community wants to hear before every election in order to secure our votes—and our money. Then, when it comes time to deliver on their promises, they, somehow, don’t remember who we are. Clinton did it, now Obama. The proof is in the proverbial pudding.

The inclusion of Rick Warren in the Inauguration is just the most recent example.

Besides, it has given me the best laugh I have had since election night.

Gallus said...


Maybe Blackie-O (Michelle)(Notorious JOE started that one) needs to talk to her Hubby about this. She doesn't seem like a girl who would listen to some red-neck preacher anyway.

Kevin said...

All i know about Duncan is that he did support an LGBT high school. Which I thought was a good thing. Help me know why it's "horrific."

Loved "Don't bitch slap a queen who is already pissed." I'm putting that up.

I think that maybe too much hope for change was placed on this man.

At the end of the day Right or Left, someone will be disappointed.

I'm waiting to see what will happen. He selected these people, true, but maybe he has other plans for them. They have to support him, after all.

I say keep our collective fingers crossed. It's not even Day One of 1.460 days.

Joie Mayfield said...

Stephen Rader.

You, my friend, are my hero! Incredibly great post!


Aaron said...

Well, Dollar, when your rights get taken away along with the rest of ours, will it still be so fucking funny then?

And just for the record, do you think McCain or that slimy slut he ran with would have been better choices? What's your alternate suggestion--a third party? Are you fucking kidding? Have you SEEN a viable third party candidate lately?

The Clintons pretty much threw us under the bus, but they actually created PROSPERITY. When the country is PROSPEROUS, people don't have as much need to hunt witches,and they are less likely to look for scapegoats like, oh, say, the gays.

So I say, let Obama get the country back on track and let the stupid right-wing asshole preacher roll around in the aisle. We don't have to listen.

Bunny said...

Our Founding Fathers specifically wanted to avoid the tyranny of the majority, but the "majority" doesn't seem to have gotten the message.

kansastock said...

Testy much? Hey, he let our band march in the parade... and he might even give us the Navy. What more do you want, civil rights or something?

BTW, I don't get the Arne comment. I wouldn't mind backing into him in the locker room after a friendly game of bballing.