Public Outrage

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The culture war is exhausting, there seems to always be some self-righteous, in the name of Christ assholes trying to make life difficult for other people. Instead of saying these issues are about gay people, it actually should be described that it's a homophobic Christians issue, is it not?

Folks at Highfield Road Gospel Hall in Toronto apparently target gay and lesbian couples living in the vicinity of the church and knock on their doors, telling them they are sinners and asking them to repent. It's like the Westboro folks and the Jehovah's Witness had a child, but it's serious harassment and according to one of the worshipers, they have been doing this for 7 years and one lesbian couple had been driven away from their own home in the neighborhood by these folks.

Fortunately the neighbors of this couple all came out in support of the gay couple and drive these bible-thumpers away. While leaving, they are still justifying their harassment as their right to preach their gospel. I cringe to see a few Asians are participating in this stupidity. I'm glad the neighbors are in support of the gay couple and no physical altercations have broken out. I just didn't think these kind of incidents would happen in a friendly place like Toronto. If New Yorkers can protest about having a mosque being near Ground Zero, can't the folks in this neighborhood protest to have this church moved away since it's actively seeking to disrupt the peace of its residents? Especially when the congregation in this church don't even leave nearby?


Speaking about Christian shenanigans in other countries, ever since the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that all 31 States of Mexico must recognize same sex marriage and adoption, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez have been fighting against it in full force. The Cardinal publicly asked if anyone would like to be raised by a pair of faggots or lesbians. The Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard is asking the Cardinal for a retraction if not a defamation lawsuit will be filed against him. You can be sued for defaming gays and lesbians? Now why didn't we think of that? And why aren't we suing the Westboro clan?

You have to admire the courage of the Mexican officials to do what is right. To go against their religious mass takes major balls and leadership which we have yet to see from our officials.

Throughout the years our president has changed his point of view from supporting gay marriage to a more ambiguous, complex, self-conflicting stance:

1996: "I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."

1998: "Undecided." (Candidate poll response.)

2004: "Strategically, I think we can get civil unions passed. I think that to the extent that we can get the rights, I'm less concerned about the name."

2006: "I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. "

2007: "If I were advising the civil rights movement back in 1961 about its approach to civil rights, I would have probably said it’s less important that we focus on an anti-miscegenation law than we focus on a voting rights law and a non-discrimination and employment law and all the legal rights that are conferred by the state."

2008: "I have stated my opposition to [Prop 8]. I think it is unnecessary. I believe that marriage is between a man and woman and I am not in favor of gay marriage, but when you're playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that that is not what America is about."

2010: "He does oppose same-sex marriage, but he supports equality for gay and lesbian couples. He supports civil unions. That’s been his position throughout. So nothing has changed." (White House adviser David Alexrod responding to the overturn of Prop 8.)
Once your political career take flight, you'd have to find a middle ground to please all parties. You can't go against the religious nor the gays during your presidential campaign, but I thought once you get in the white house you're gold. Of course, Obama could really be against the concept of gay marriage and if that is true we still need someone to get the move on civil unions. The animosity against Obama is growing at all fronts, we don't want to see middle-of-the-road Obama, we want to see the change that he had promise America. We can't honestly wait for his second term because it may not happen and it will be too painful for his to be another Clinton seating on his sofa telling reporters where America should or could be heading when he could have made a choice all along.

Yes, a Republican president in two years is something too soon and too painful to think about but it could happen. If we don't see a sign of progress he might not be the guy people would want to vote for. We need a strong leader with a point of view, not someone who's paralyzed because he's afraid to make the wrong choice and ignite public outrage. The public is already outraged, get over it.

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