Thursday, April 17, 2008

News from Château Deeky

There is now a Château Deeky. That is to say, I purchased a house on Tuesday. From bell push to faucet, I am now the proud owner* of 1600 square feet of suburban tract house in a quaint little development named Lakeshire Estates**.

I've spent two evenings after work painting***, and plan to do two more before moving in on Saturday.

Housewarming party to follow shortly. You're all invited****.

(* Well, half of it anyway: My roommate owns the other half.)
(** I think I may start referring to this as the Shire.)
(*** "Palatial" looks a lot pinker on the walls than on that little card at Home Depot, by the way.)
(**** Trolls and wingnuts excluded.)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Obama and the Anti-Gay Preacher

Another homophobic skeleton comes tumbling out of Obama's closet. (Okay, sure, that last one wasn't so much in the closet as up there on stage, but, whatever.) Today we get to hear about Rev. James T. Meeks who the Southern Poverty Law Center labels as one of the "10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement."

When Obama ran for the U.S. Senate in 2003, he frequently campaigned at Salem Baptist Church while Rev. Meeks appeared in television ads supporting the Illinois senator’s campaign. Later, according to the same Chicago Sun Times article, on the night after he won the Democratic primary, Sen. Obama attended bible study at Meeks’ church ‘for prayer’ and ‘to say thank you.’

Since that time, not only has Meeks himself served on Obama’s exploratory committee for the presidency and been listed on the Obama's campaign website as one of the senator’s 'influential black supporters', but his church choir was called on to raise their voices in praise at a rally the night Obama announced his run for the White House back in 2007.
The above suggests a pretty cozy relationship.

As Obama says on his website:

Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.
But how does one reconcile Obama's pledge with this?:

[The SPLC] cites [Meeks] as both "a key member of Chicago's 'Gatekeepers' network, an interracial group of evangelical ministers who strive to erase the division between church and state" and "a stalwart anti-gay activist… [who]… has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a major state-level 'family values' pressure group…'"

The SPLC newsletter also noted that, "Meeks and the IFI are partnered with Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund … They also are tightly allied with Americans for Truth, an Illinois group that said in a press release last year that 'fighting AIDS without talking against homosexuality is like fighting lung cancer without talking against smoking.'"
Because that isn't treating LGBT citizens "with dignity and respect." And buddying up with assholes like Meeks belies any sincerity you will.