As I return home from a wonderful weekend in the Bay Area celebrating the wedding of my sister to an amazingly decent man whom I’m honored to call my brother-in-law, I peruse the blogs to discover what I missed when I was busy with family, book stores and travel.
While taking a break from emptying my overflowing e-mail box, I was checking my favorite blogs when I found reference on Hugh Hewitt’s to yet another anti-gay advisor to the Democratic presidential frontrunner, Barack Obama. Apparently, the Illinois Senator seeks “spiritual counsel” from the Reverend James Meeks, slated to serve as an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention this summer.
Hugh links a piece by Duane Wells on gaywired.com who reports that Meeks has “been listed on the Obama’s campaign website as one of the senator’s â€˜influential black supporters’.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports that he has used “has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI),” a group allied with such social conservative organizations as “Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council and the Alliance Defense Fund.”
Now, it seems my critics never fail to e-mail me (or berate me in the comments section) when they learn that some minister or activist who has said or done something anti-gay in the past has come out for my man McCain (See, e.g., this comment). If it’s a problem when the presumptive Republican nominee lists a man who has made anti-gay statements as a supporter, shouldn’t it be a problem when a leading Democratic presidential candidate does the same?
Don’t hold your breath. Being a Democrat and a favorite of the far left gives you a free pass when it comes to having anti-gay backers.
Maybe Andrew Sullivan can distinguish between Barack’s garnering the support of an anti-gay preacher and John McCain doing the same. Such intellectual gymnastics are beyond me.