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Rev. Wright’s Bigotry More Significant than Rep. Kern’s

This weekend when I realized that since Bill Clinton and Gary Condit, the sex scandals attracting major media attention have all involved gay sex or solicitations for such sex (McGreevey, Foley, Craig), I quickly typed up an observation, perhaps my shortest post ever.

A reader, upset that I hadn’t addressed an issue I had then heard nothing about, wondered why I hadn’t said anything about the “venomous anti-gay hate speech by Oklahoma Sate Rep. Sally Kern” (his words), I replied noting that Ms. Kern is hardly anyone in “the national spotlight.”

It seems the media has dragged this misguided woman into the national spotlight, probably because of her partisan affiliation (alas, she’s a Republican). Her contention that homosexuality is a greater threat to America than terrorism is just plain silly. Ed Morrissey said it best when he wrote, “Republicans at some point have to distance themselves from those whose paranoid impulses lead them to these extremes.” (Thanks to a reader for the link.)

Lots of local officials say some really ridiculous things. The national media picks a comment a Republican made while ignoring those made by Democrats.  How long had they ignored the hate-speech of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who served the spiritual advisor to an up-and-coming Democratic member of the Illinois Senate and later served in the United States Senate?

They only took an interest in his angry remarks when that Democrat emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

This hate speech becomes a national issue because Senator Obama is a candidate for national office. Does Ms. Kern have such influence? Does she advise Senator Inhofe? Senator Coburn? And heck, those two Republicans aren’t even running for President.

Both individuals, Representative Kern and the Reverend Wright, said some pretty hateful things. But, only Reverend Wright’s merit national media attention, largely because a leading candidate for President of the United States, “chose” that malicious man “to be his spiritual mentor.”

It’s a sad commentary on American society today that there are people like Sally Kern out there with such silly and ignorant notions of homosexuality. I agree it was a national issue when nationally prominent preachers Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson made similarly ridiculous comments right after the attacks of 9/11.

The national significance, however, of the comments of an insignificant state representative from a medium-sized state, pale in comparison to those of the spiritual advisor to a candidate for president of the United States. Fortunately, the latter are getting more attention.

If Sally Kern’s remarks really do merit national attention, then so too do the hateful and silly remarks of Democratic state representatives. And those of spiritual advisors to United State Senators from large states.

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  1. It’s a sad commentary on American society today that there are people like Sally Kern out there with such silly and ignorant notions of homosexuality.

    What’s a sadder commentary than that is we have liberal "adults" circling the wagons around such garbage and pointing fingers at Hagee, Robertson, Falwell, Kern etc. They wouldn’t dare accept and condemn this Wright ass hat.

    I was listening to some douchebag fawining (read: interviewing) the Reverennnnd Jacksonnnn tonight. Jackson excused Wright with the pathetic excuse that Republicans speak at Bob Jones Univ. Nevermind that the difference that Orgasma attended this racist bastard’s church for 20 years and has adopted his clearly racist agenda.

    It’s a sad commentary on liberals and I guess it shows that one shouldn’t expect them to be any better. Kevin’s a fine example.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 18, 2008 @ 1:18 am - March 18, 2008

  2. I’ve definately noticed that whenever a Democrat and/or the one who is defending Obama on some media show is asked a direct question about acountability they ALWAYS resort to the evil Republican counter-example.

    It never fails.  This has become the universal technique to never actually get down to discussing the abuse/wrong/controversy done by a Democrat.

    Watch any show.. and see it in action.

    Then watch all the Republican idiots fall for the tactic and then start being on the defensive or waste time explaining why the comparasion is false.

    Of course this isn’t restricted to TV..watch it on any blog too.

    Comment by Vince P — March 18, 2008 @ 6:53 am - March 18, 2008

  3. Opposition research: A couple of Republican examples will cloud what is Wright.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 18, 2008 @ 7:45 am - March 18, 2008

  4. Let’s see…..Ms. Kern has nothing but defend her hateful speech, Mr. Obama has directly and unequivocally denounced Reverend Wright’s hateful words.
    1 – Yes, and I seem to recall the Jackson was never taken seriously as a candidate when he ran for President.  I’m glad to see that you can feel so superior by making anonymous attacks on me over the internet.

    Comment by Kevin — March 18, 2008 @ 6:51 pm - March 18, 2008

  5. Um, Kevin, does Ms. Kern advise any leading Republicans?  Or do you just choose to ignore the points in the posts to which you attach your comments?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — March 18, 2008 @ 7:00 pm - March 18, 2008

  6. GPW: Well you know how the Left is.  Now that Kevin has his little chestnut in Rep Kern, he’ll be using her in every "debate" for the next ten years.

    Comment by Vince P — March 18, 2008 @ 8:11 pm - March 18, 2008

  7. Kevin intones: "Obama has directly and unequivocally denounced Reverend Wright’s hateful words."

    Oh yeah? Unequivocal is not a "fudge" word. So, if others are not satisfied that Obama put his connection with Wright’s racism to rest, what happens to "unequivocal"?  

    Comment by heliotrope — March 18, 2008 @ 8:43 pm - March 18, 2008

  8. Roger L. Simon says: Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 18, 2008 @ 9:01 pm - March 18, 2008

  9. As for this:

    Mr. Obama has directly and unequivocally denounced Reverend Wright’s hateful words.

    At the time the comment was written yesterday, it was a falsehood – and possibly still is (see below). I don’t think it’s an intentional falsehood on Kevin’s part, because poor Kevin is such a Kool-aid drinker. But I’m certain it is intentionally false – i.e., a lie – on Obama’s part, because Obama does know better, as Beldar showed here:

    http://beldar.blogs.com/beldarblog/2008/03/why-im-unpersua.html#more

    Here is the Cliffs Notes version for you.  Obama is a Harvard-trained lawyer.  He knows how to parse words, a la Bill Clinton.  And WHAT comments of Wright’s has Obama "unequivocally" denounced, or disagrees with ‘vehemently’, etc?  We don’t know, because Obama has taken very great care never to say!

    The above comment is in reference to what Obama has said of Wright’s comments before today’s speech.  IF Obama did say, in today’s speech, "I denounce Wright’s ‘God damn America’ comment" or "I denounce Wright’s ‘America deserved 9-11′ comment", please let me know.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 18, 2008 @ 9:43 pm - March 18, 2008

  10. Well, I’ve read Obama’s text now. Let me say this first: Barack Obama is a racist. He thinks in racial categories as if they were valid categories.  (Hint: They aren’t.) And he refers repeatedly to the alleged inheritance of "blood", or of ideas and principles being "genetic" somehow:

    I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slaveowners – an inheritance we pass on…
    …the blood that had spilled [in Bible stories and in slavery] was our blood…
    …a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that…
    …the black experience in America… [ed: Isn't every individual's experience in America unique?]
    …[The] legacy of defeat… passed on to future generations [ed: How? genetically?]
    …the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races… [ed: What are you - a Jim Crow segregationist?]

    A few reminders.
    - Barack Obama is NOT the descendant of slaves.
    - Anyway, there is no "slave blood" nor "slaveowner blood" nor any other kind of "blood".
    - Nor can ideas or principles – of any kind – be genetically transmitted.

    It’s all false concepts – the false concepts of *identity politics* – the false concepts that represent, not the solution to our problems, but the cause of many of them.

    Second: Obama in no way "unequivocally" denounces Wright’s comments. He claims to. You can quote him deploying the adverb. But if you actually read and understand the referents of his bloated adverbs: Nowhere does Obama denounce or distance himself from one single, specific comment or idea taught by Wright. His comments on Wright are a mass of equivocations.

    "I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy."

    No, Mr. Obama, you have not. Or else: WHICH statements of Wright have you condemned? You don’t say here. You haven’t said elsewhere. Nobody knows. No one can say.

    You allude vaguely to the "controversial" Wright statements, or "the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm" – leaving it entirely to the reader, or the Kool-Aid drinkers, to fantasize what you ‘must’ mean. Followed by a far lengthier (in word / sentence count) defense of Wright.

    …so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow…

    Oh, really? Jim Crow ended at least two generations ago. Are African-American individuals, Mr. Obama, somehow uniquely unable to succeed in life or raise themselves from poverty? As I, and tens of millions of others, have done for ourselves? I would never say that, nor believe that.

    Legalized discrimination… meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations.

    My family didn’t bequeath any of what you call "meaningful wealth" to me, either. But, let’s accept your point for argument’s sake. You’re talking about 70, 100, 150 years ago. What about since the 1970s? What about today?

    Obama’s key sections: Blame others, blame others, blame America.

    Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition.

    And that, we are to believe, somehow reflect racism? Did it occur to you that the forms welfare and affirmative action took in the 1970s were *morally wrong*? That people might have objected, or felt "angry" as you elect to term it, on moral grounds?

    Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed…

    Ah, there it is. Obama’s (and any leftist’s) real agenda: Blame capitalism. Even though the problems you cite are only manifestations of *Big Government, Left-corrupted* capitalism – which is actually fascism, not capitalism. "Feeling down from Left’s poison, America? Take more poison, it’ll cure what ails you."

    Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us.

    The lefty’s dream. Socialism. Collectivism. A world where all are enslaved to all.  Starting with enslavement to false categories / groups, like… "the races".

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 19, 2008 @ 12:52 am - March 19, 2008

  11. “Barack Obama is NOT the descendant of slaves”

    If anything his Arab/Muslim ancesters were probably responsible for selling slaves to Europeans.

    And his White ancesters were probably involved in the slave trade (if my memory serves)

    Comment by Vince P — March 19, 2008 @ 1:23 am - March 19, 2008

  12. My real question for Senator Obama is that is how can he unite this nation in a spirit of brotherhood if he lacks the guts to stand up to his "spiritual advisor" and tell him to stop blaming white people for the nation’s ills.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — March 19, 2008 @ 3:46 am - March 19, 2008

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