Prayin’ ‘n’ Gayin’

I haven’t talked about gay rights here, but I wanted to point out this tidbit from the news other day: The United States, alone among the industrialized, Western nations, opposed a UN declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality. Now, mind you, this was not a call for legalizing  gay marriage. The declaration simply states countries should not make sexuality a crime. The only countries that might oppose this are ones dominated by fundamentalist relig-

Oh, wait a minute. We still have one month until we get rid of the administration that sucks up to the religious right whenever it can, especially in its waning days. For more proof: the recent Bush “conscience rules” that say “health care workers, hospitals and even entire insurance companies could decline to perform, refer or pay for abortion or any other health care practice that violates a ‘religious belief or moral conviction.'”

So your religion trumps my health. Great.

You know, if you don’t want to give/perform services that are legal and people want, maybe you should consider another job.

And elsewhere on the religion front, the evangelicals “express host of fears”  of our new president, according to the Tribune. “Pornography and same-sex marriage would increase, they say.”  (Because lord knows you can’t find porn now.) And the gay-marriage thing; well, Obama has openly gay advisors, don’t you know. Why don’t they stay in the closet, like those good Republican gays and lesbians (one of the biggest oxymorons in politics).

Which brings me back to the UN tidbit: Richard Grenell, a former US spokesman at the UN (under Bush), was appalled by the vote on the gay decriminalization declaration. He said, “It is ridiculous to suggest that there are legal reasons why we can’t support this resolution – common sense says we should be the leader in making sure other governments are granting more freedoms for their people, not less.” And I wonder: when does it seem ridiculous to gay Republicans that they support a party that kowtows to religious figures who want to deny them every right, and who, at times, would probably just be happier if they didn’t exist. Are lower taxes really worth that?

Now, back to the fear of an Obama presidency – that font of wisdom, fairness, and constitutionality, Focus on the Family, fanned some of the flames with its “Letter from a Christian in 2012.” The letter reflects what a Christian-of-the-future reports has happened during the Obama years. Among the awful things: hate-crime legislation as a way to curb speech attacking the GLBT community; rescinding of “Don’t ask-don’t tell” in the military; ending of funding for programs that promote abstinence. Actually, most of the things in the letter look pretty good to me, although I don’t cotton to limiting speech, even it’s hateful and I don’t like it. But this is what we have to look forward to: constant attacks on Obama from the Religious Right, because all they care about is their theologically based agenda. Thankfully, most Americans don’t buy it.

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~ by mburgan on December 20, 2008.

2 Responses to “Prayin’ ‘n’ Gayin’”

  1. The question becomes, whose “religious beliefs and moral convictions” are going to be upheld? I don’t know very much about Islam, but I’d be willing to bet some money that there are procedures considered off-limits by Islamic law that Bush etc. would be APPALLED if an insurance company refused to support…

  2. Very good point. Of course for the Bushies, moral/religious issues are always funneled through Christianity, and a pretty narrow definition of that.

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