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Andrew Sullivan Accuses Palin of Lying About Gays

Almost exactly a year before I joined my current congregation, West Hollywood’s mostly gay synagogue, Congregation Kol-Ami, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) Executive Director Matt Foreman, addressed the membership. And while I have great respect for our rabbi, Denise Eger, we don’t always see eye-to-eye on matters political. Last March, she delivered a sermon advocating U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

That said on matters spiritual and theological, she has proven a strong and effective community leader. She has been a trusted spiritual counselor who has shown a love for Torah and Jewish Scripture and has led spirited and intelligent discussions a great variety of issues, including sexual ethics.

If you were to assume that by dint of my membership in a congregation with a rabbi who invites (in my view) a radical gay activist to speak that I share Foreman’s views, you would ignore everything I have said on this blog about NGLTF.

But, that’s what Andrew Sullivan is doing in writing about Sarah Palin’s views on homosexuality. In a post on Monday, he accused the Republican vice presidential nominee of lying about gays merely because what she says is at odds with what her church has done. She has said (on at least two occasions) that she doesn’t know if homosexuality is choice. Yet, her church has promoted “a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

Even as Andrew quotes her words, he concludes that the Alaska Governor doesn’t mean what she says and does in fact “judge homosexuals in as extreme a fashion as you can imagine.” His rationale: her church promoted that conference. If her church promoted it, Andrew argues, she must support it.

By the same logic, based on my membership in my current congregation, I support Matt Foreman and the agenda of NGLTF.

My, how Andrew engages in guilt by association. And this is a guy whose blog was once the first I checked every day. No wonder I only read it now when other conservatives link to it, or co-bloggers alert me to his posts.

Obama Favors “Equivalent Rights” for Gays

Just finished the chapter on faith in Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream and found it to be the best so far. Here, he presents a largely sympathetic portrait of the rise of social conservatives, reserving most of his criticism for Alan Keyes, his self-righteous 2004 rival for Illinois’ US Senate seat.

He even faulted one of his core constituencies (“academics, journalists, and purveyors of popular culture”) for failing to appreciate “the continuing role that all manner of religious expression played in communities across the country.”

That appreciation might upset some of his secular supporters in those constituencies as well as in the gay community.  As I read further in the chapter, I wondered if gay activists would call him heterosexist for his failure to embrace equality in his book (even though he has in his rhetoric):

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. I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex . . . .

Emphasis added.  Equivalent not equal?

Will the heads of gay organizations call him to account for this language? Have they?

Also note that while he says later that he opposes same-sex marriage, he is quite mealy-mouthed in defining that “special place” carved out for traditional marriage. On gay marriage, he seems to want to have it both ways. As I’ve previously observed.

But, have his gay supporters taken note?  Or do they care so long as he is the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee?

Palin Took on More Entrenched Interests Before Election as Alaska Governor . . .

. . . than Obama has in his entire political career.

Over half-way through Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream and I can’t find any reference to real reforms he championed or entrenched political interests he challenged.

Yet, a quick google search reveals how Sarah Palin forced the resignation of two corrupt Alaska officials from her own party before she even announced her 2006 gubernatorial bid.

As chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission (AOGCC) in 2003, Palin pushed then-Republican Party of Alaska Chairman Randy Ruedrich to resign from the AOGCC, “a quasi-judicial state agency that regulates oil and gas development. But he was also active in the party.”  His obligations as party chair “included fund raising from the industries he regulated.”  Palin found that to be a conflict of interest.

Yup, she stood up to her own state party chair, siding with Alaska Democratic legislators who had objected to his appointment.

He resigned and “agreed to pay a $12,000 fine for breaking state ethics laws. [Palin] became a hero in the eyes of the public and the press, and the bane of Republican leaders.

In 2005, together with Eric Croft, a Democrat, she lodged “an ethics complaint against [then-Alaska Attorney General Gregg] Renkes.” The Republican resigned shortly thereafter.

Has Obama ever forced a corrupt Democratic party leader to resign? I mean, he comes from Chicago, a jurisdiction where there are a lot of such Democrats.

More evidence that for Barack Obama, change is just a slogan.

Jennifer Rubin: A Second Athena?

When Glenn Reynolds linked Jennifer Rubin’s post at Commentary’s Contentions on the role reversal in the current campaign, I wondered at how many wise points that blogress has made about this election.  In her wisdom, Rubin seems a lot like Peggy Noonan in embodying the qualities of the Greek goddess Athena.

Both women, like their counterpart on Olympus, think strategically and understand that war is sometimes necessary to secure our nation.  Today, Rubin observes how “the patina of negativity . . .  will begin to eat away at [Obama’s] appeal, especially among all those idealistic voters who thought he was the Agent of Change.”  Well said, very well said.

This isn’t the only wise thing she has offered about the campaign.  Yesterday, commenting on Obama’s dishonest Spanish language ad, she opined, “Can you imagine McCain running an ad trying a stunt like this? Every civil rights group and news outlet in the country would be hollering.

Yup. 

It seems that more than one woman can embody the qualities of foresight and wisdom the goddess Athena represented.  So far, all such women appear on the right.

AFTERTHOUGHT:  Much as I am coming to appreciate Sarah Palin, she could never be an Athena.  Athena advised and inspired the hero, the leader, she never actually led.  She always deferred to the man who reigned on Olympus, Zeus, her father.

UPDATE: Roger Simon explains why Hillary could never be an Athena:

Hillary’s respect for Israel and committment to its survival may only be, pardon the expression, skin deep.  Like so many politicians, it’s the self, the self, the self.  In the face of any possible damage to her image, she thinks first of moi and second of the world.

Even at her worst (in the Iliad), Athena puts the world first.

Sex, Lies and the MSM’s Obamaphiles

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 9:00 am - September 18, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

It seems every major liberal pundit as well as a number of our critics have decried John McCain’s recent Education ad, with Joe Klein calling it “one of the sleaziest ads I’ve ever seen in presidential politics.”

Echoing Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton, McClatchy’s called the ad “a deliberately misleading accusation.” At least two of our readers have accused McCain of lying.

But, was the Republican presidential candidate lying?

To find out, I decided to watch the ad. Not one of the campaign’s best, but certainly better than those I had seen from the Obama campaign.  I think the McCain campaign could have used better language than it did when it called the bill in question as “an accomplishment.” The language in question: “Obama’s one accomplishment? Legislation to teach ‘comprehensive sex education’ to kindergartners.”

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Another Hillary Donor for John McCain

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:00 am - September 18, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics

Donald Trump, who “donated to Hillary Clinton” during the Democratic primaries, has now endorsed John McCain for President of the United States. He fears that if elected Barack Obama would raise taxes “drastically,” contending that “this is not the right time for tax increases”  (H/t Instapundit).

On Wednesday, a Hillary fundraiser, Democratic National Committee Platform Committee member “Lynn Forester de Rothschild has said she thinks Democratic nominee Barack Obama is arrogant and has a problem connecting with average Americans.” She too is backing John McCain.

How Did the AP Get Hold of Palin’s Hacked E-mails?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:56 am - September 18, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Media Bias

Just wonderin’.

According to the “news” service’s own article on the topic:

The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet. The AP did not comply.

Here’s the story: FBI, SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATE HACKING OF PALIN’S E-MAIL.

Whoever hacked into Palin’s account isn’t doing the Obama campaign any favors.  I expect this will be a big story for the next day or so.  Even if the AP is not responsible for this (which I doubt it is), it will still remind voters how far overboard the MSM has gone in going after the Republican vice presidential nominee.

(I expect I’ll have more to say on this tomorrow, but only chanced upon the story as I was about to hit the hay; I’m fading as I write this.)

UP-UPDATE:  JammieWearingFool opines:

If you ever needed further evidence the Associated Press is in the tank for Democrats and is virulently anti-Republican, their refusal to comply with a Secret Service request says it all. Remarkably, they’ve morphed into anti-Sarah Palin bloggers by spinning the crime against Palin into some sort of Palin wrongdoing.

UP-UPDATE: James Taranto takes issue with the AP’s description of these e-mails as having been “leaked”:

These emails were not leaked, they were stolen. Here we have an actual invasion of an American citizen’s privacy, and what is the press’s attitude? If the AP is representative (and given its organizational structure, it should be), it is to regard “questions about the propriety” of the victim as more important than the invasion of privacy itself.