Jesus Christ on a Cracker, Obama is angsting over whether to sign an executive order to make sure that the LBGT community is not discriminated against in federal contracts. The religious leaders involved, RELIGIOUS leaders who you would expect to be above petty shit like this, are demanding to be excluded from working next to people who do “unnatural” things with each other in bed. That would include almost everyone, gay or straight, married or un, over the age of consent. Yes, Rick Warren, married heterosexual couples engage in sodomy of one kind or another. You might even be one of them.
Obama might not be in this predicament if he hadn’t made use of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives to give taxpayer money to churches like Warren’s in exchange for favorable sermons to the parishioners before election day. The rest of us were very skeptical when Obama made an alliance with evangelical leaders in 2008. Remember how women were supposed to consult with their clergy before getting an abortion? Remember how we all were concerned with the signals that Rick Warren’s inaugural presence would send to the LGBT community?
Ok, nevermind all that now. We’re dealing with a crisis situation. We can’t go back and dope slap Obama and his short- sighted campaign droogs, although I did mention back in 2008 that the scorched earth policy against women was going to come back to bite us.
Here’s the correct response to these so-called “Christians”, and I do use that term very loosely. Sign the damn order for the following reasons:
1.) It’s the right thing to do. Treating people like dirt and unequally to make people in your tribe feel superior is the signature hallmark of narcissists. It’s just wrong morally and ethically. It’s very strange for an agnostic panentheist non-Christian like myself to be pointing this out but, what can I say, the country is in the grip of some weird juju right now and the people who should be upholding the rights of others, I’m looking at you Rick Warren, have lost their fricking minds.
2.) It’s for their own good. Slight digression: Alan Turing was a code breaker extraordinaire and computational genius. He was also gay. Without Turing, it would have been very difficult for England to triumph over the Nazi’s. That guy should have been a national hero until he died. Instead, Alan Turing’s life was destroyed by some very nasty anti-gay laws. He was barred from serving his country and his security clearance was denied. He committed suicide. Congratulations, Britain. If Obama doesn’t sign the order because the Rick Warren’s among us stamp their little feets and threaten to hold their breaths, he will be denying the rest of us the talents and gifts of American gays and lesbians. It’s just not a very smart, long term move. But then, when have we ever seen Obama and his campaign guys look to the long term? Amaze us for once.
3.) It’s none of their G-d damned business. Seriously, these evangelical so-called “Christians” need to learn to respect other people’s boundaries. Or at least be consistent. If it’s sodomy they object to, they need to find out what their married employees are doing too. If they don’t like to contemplate what other people are doing in bed, they need to demonstrate some self-control and STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. Get a life. I guarantee you that the liberal side of the spectrum does not drive itself crazy thinking about all of the permutations of what body part goes into what orifice. We drive ourselves crazy thinking about the melting point of the earth and whether we have passed the point of no return. We stay up nights worrying about more important things we can, you know, actually do something about. Ending gay sex forever does not rank up there among our insomnia inducing scenarios.
4.) Ignore the evangelical so-called “Christians”. Obama doesn’t have to run again. And the people who are really freaked out by the fact that might have to work cheek by jowl with people whose cheeks and jowls might have been touching the cheeks and jowls of a same sex person the night before are never going to vote for you anyway. In any case, they will never respect you if you give in to them. That’s because they have been encouraged to become narcissistic and any ground you give will just encourage them to exceed their boundaries in other areas. Today it’s gays, tomorrow they’ll threaten not to vote for you if you don’t eliminate evolution from the school curriculum everywhere. Trust me, they don’t know there is a line. You need to make them see that there is one or the establishment clause will become meaningless.
Like you’ll listen to me. You’re the one who gave us the ACA and how did that turn out? I don’t mean, “how is the propaganda spinning the ACA?”. I mean, how did the ACA actually turn out for the little people who have to deal with it. (Don’t even get me started. It’s a disaster. Someday, the brain trusts are going to correlate the falling GDP with that piece of crap legislation. Mark my words.)
But signing this executive order to protect gays and lesbians is a no-brainer. It’s the right thing to do.
Therefore, I predict Obama will screw it up somehow. He’ll qualify it just enough that he will plant the seeds for further evangelical so-called “Christian” mischief down the road.