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Gay Groups Silent as Democratic Governor Stands By Appointee from Anti-Gay Group

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:59 pm - March 3, 2006.
Filed under: Gay Politics

Earlier today, I learned via Instapundit that a Nation of Islam official served on the Illinois hate crimes commission. I could not imagine an elected official appointing an active member of that anti-gay, racist and anti-Semitic organization to such a commission. Not only did Governor Rod Blagojevich’s administration appoint this woman, but a few days ago, the Governor himself “expressed support for Claudette Marie Muhammad, director of community outreach for the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group led by the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.” Blagojevich saw no reason to dismiss Ms. Muhammed although she had “recently invited commission members to attend a Farrakhan speech in which he accused ‘Hollywood Jews’ of ‘promoting lesbianism, homosexuality’ and other ‘filth.’

The Malcontent‘s Robbie reports that this is the “top story in Chicago today.” So, given the prominence of this story and the fact that Ms. Muhammed is a member of an anti-gay organization, I was certain that such national gay groups as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and Log Cabin would denounce the Illinois Governor and demand that he remove Ms. Muhammed from a commission whose work is central to their mission.

But, after I picked up my car from the dealership, I returned here and checked their websites, eager to read their strongly-worded statements, but could find no such statements on their websites — or via google searches. It didn’t make sense. I mean, a representative of an anti-gay group invites hate crimes commission members to a speech where a man whom a leftist blogger calls a “hate monger” preaches hate, lumping gay men and lesbian in with filth. (She didn’t invite them to investigate this man’s hate-filled rhetoric, but because she was a member of the speaker’s organization.) And the Governor expresses support for the woman who issued the invitation!

The gay groups should be rushing to condemn him — and her. It would seem they would want it on the evening news while they clamored for a commission to investigate how the Governor could have appointed such an official of a group which promotes hate to a commission which investigates it.

But, as I wondered at their silence, something occurred to me. Governor Blagojevich is a Democrat! And according to the gospel of HRC, NGLTF (and even occasionally Log Cabin), Democrats, by dint of their party affiliation, can’t possibly be anti-gay.

I mean, even though the Republican of Governor of California signed five pro-gay bills, HRC attacked him because he vetoed one which would mandate gay marriage in the Golden State. Meanwhile, that group failed to fault the Democratic Governor of the Old Dominion who, while joining his California Republican colleague in opposing gay marriage, departs from this good Republican (and his noble Connecticut Republican colleague) in also opposing state recognition of same-sex civil unions.

That a Governor would appoint a member of this anti-gay (and anti-Semitic) group to a state commission, particularly one on hate crimes, is troubling (to say the least). That the Governor would stand by her after she invites her colleague to a speech by a hate monger is appalling. That gay groups would remain silent while all this is going on is inexcusable. Given the political affiliation of the Governor, however, this is something we have come to expect from national gay organizations, even the one that calls itself Republican.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

UPDATE: In his post on some of the twists and turns in the case, John Ruberry provides links to his previous posts on the topic. Check it out!

UP-UPDATE: While Log Cabin’s national office remains silent on this topic, Erik Linell, president of the Chicago chapter of Log Cabin writes to inform me that his chapter has asked Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to Remove Farrakhan Adviser from Hate Crime Panel. Linell say that the Governor is “wrong” and “needs to be held accountable” for failing to dismiss Ms. Muhammed:

He expects the LGBT vote and then makes such an insulting appointment. You can bet no Republican governor would ever get a free pass if they made an appointment of this nature. It makes a mockery of the fight against hatred and intolerance in Illinois.

Just as it was when I was involved in Log Cabin, it’s the local chapters doing all the work and standing up to Democrats. Kudos to Linell and his chapter!

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61 Comments

  1. I have to admit to being a little confused about the post. You seem to be castigating the Republican Log Cabineers for not criticizing the IL Democrat governor’s appointment of a NoI official to the state’s Hate Crimes Commission. Aside from the fact that the commission’s mandate appears to be a bit unclear, why would the Republican Log Cabineers want to avoid criticizing a Democrat for his appointments? Given what is reported here there would appear to be no reason for the LCRs to avoid criticizing him–the LCRs are Republicans, after all.

    Comment by raj — March 6, 2006 @ 6:37 am - March 6, 2006

  2. That gay groups would remain silent while all this is going on is inexcusable. Given the political affiliation of the Governor, however, this is something we have come to expect from national gay organizations, even the one that calls itself Republican.

    Can’t win for loosing – If Gay Grps had or have said something about this subject – You’d find some way to critisize it! They can’t win either way with LCR’s.

    Comment by JRC — March 6, 2006 @ 10:22 am - March 6, 2006

  3. The reason is, Raj, that National LCR has of late been more concerned with making kissy-kissy with the leftist gay groups than it has anything else; those who criticize Democrats are shunned, excluded, and criticized by said groups.

    Case in point: JRC.

    Can’t win for loosing – If Gay Grps had or have said something about this subject – You’d find some way to critisize it! They can’t win either way with LCR’s.

    Translation: “HOW DARE YOU CRITICIZE THE MASSA DEMOCRAT!”

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 6, 2006 @ 11:42 am - March 6, 2006

  4. Can’t win for loosing – If Gay Grps had or have said something about this subject – You’d find some way to critisize it! They can’t win either way with LCR’s.

    Actually I think most of those that critisize are not “LCR’s”, they pretty much hate that group just as much as they hate HRC.

    Comment by Patrick (Gryph) — March 6, 2006 @ 11:43 am - March 6, 2006

  5. Patrick, you have to get some air… and balance in YOUR life.

    The simple facts here are that LouisF’s protocol official is working for a hate-mongering, homophobic bigot. The first ranking Illinois politician to come out and demand she be pulled from the Commission was a GOPer. Go figure? Hmmm.

    SisterM’s job with LouisF’s organization is part advance team, part communications and policy staffer, and part advocate. Some of her writings before she became SisterM are filled with hate against white males, gay males, and anything with balls and a penis. But don’t worry, from what I’ve seen and read of you, you’re safe.

    And look, to call people trolls here is… well, just so 3rd Grade I’d think that tactic would have better traction over at OutSports with the whacked GayLefties who tend those fields. Do you remember making that point about others being 3rd Graders here recently?

    You gotta get a new act, Gramps… playing the victimhood card while trying to plant a tag on the opposing comments (like up above at 38) is very Democrat of you.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — March 6, 2006 @ 1:08 pm - March 6, 2006

  6. Dan,

    You are incorrect.

    The Chicago Chapter of Log Cabin is addressing this issue since it was called to my attention. We have called upon Rick Garcia, executive director of Illinois Equality and member of the panel, to call of her resignation or, at the very least, a repudiation of the statements made by Farrakhan. Garcia has continues to show his allegiance to the democrats in Illinois and refuses to act accordingly.

    We have also launched an advocacy (e-mail) campaign to Blagojevich calling for her resignation. You may visit our website at http://www.lcrchicago.com and send him an email yourself if you like.

    We will continue to press the LGBT representatives on this panel to
    speak out against discrimination.

    Regards
    Erik Linell
    President, Log Cabin Republicans – Chicago

    PS In the future, I would urge you to look at the local chapter websites to see if the grassroot effort underway.

    Comment by Erik Linell — March 6, 2006 @ 3:49 pm - March 6, 2006

  7. The simple facts here are that LouisF’s protocol official is working for a hate-mongering, homophobic bigot. The first ranking Illinois politician to come out and demand she be pulled from the Commission was a GOPer. Go figure? Hmmm.

    I never said she wasn’t prejudiced, etc. All I said is that it may be that Garcia has never seen any sign of her being a bigot from his personal experience with her. That doesn’t mean he isn’t in error. And should you judge people more by your personal experience with them or by what other people tell you about them?

    Comment by Patrick (gryph) — March 6, 2006 @ 4:29 pm - March 6, 2006

  8. Patrick, aside from the rhetorical question, yes, the Governor’s Office should judge an individual by the groups they associate with and –here’s the crux you seem to keep missing– and the groups they WORK for. SisterM works in a highly visible, public position for a hate-mongering anti-gay bigot and his organization. She’s employed by them –not a volunteer. The real issue is that to advocate for her removal will put Democrats at odds with black constituencies the Democrats have cultivated for generations. Garcia, who should be defending gay interests, is padding the kneelers for the Democrats and you’re right in there with him. “All I said…” indeed.

    Why you seem to feel an overriding need to defend Democrats in both appointing and supporting such an appointment –which is clearly untoward gay interests– is amazing to any gay not caught up in your unequivocal defense of Democrats.

    It would be no different if Gov Blagojevich appointed a Klan member who worked for the Klan, a latino supremecist who worked for a radical bigoted advocacy group, or a skinhead group’s minister of protocol to the Commission. It would still be wrong –and it’s troubling that you, as a gay man, would pad the kneelers for these folks by offering the inplausible defense they were selecting SisterM based on merit –as Garcia’s comments suggest.

    No Patrick, you should have written: This is wrong. There’s no defense of it. The GOP candidate for Gov was right in calling for her removal.

    That is the right Gay thing to do.

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — March 7, 2006 @ 9:12 am - March 7, 2006

  9. I sure hope it doesn’t happen, but if the Democrats take over power in 06, at least we’ll have a wave of pro-gay legislation including legalized gay marriage. I’ll be holding my breath and betting the bank on it.

    Comment by Dale in L.A. — March 7, 2006 @ 12:49 pm - March 7, 2006

  10. LOL….you’ll end up blue-faced and poor, Dale.

    Then again, if you redefine “pro-gay” and “gay-supportive”, as do gay Democrats and liberals, to include rants like Farrakhan’s and constitutional amendments stripping gays of rights like Kerry or Solmonese, you’ll survive. 🙂

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 7, 2006 @ 1:10 pm - March 7, 2006

  11. Actually Dan, if you look at the action alert by Log Cabin – Chicago – it’s an example of where investment at the national level in web activism software allows the local chapter to increase their effectiveness. This is a state issue, and one where the state chapter should take the lead.

    Kudos to Log Cabin – Chicago.

    Comment by Eva Young — March 7, 2006 @ 7:24 pm - March 7, 2006

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