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From the perspective of your humble correspondent, the two biggest stories in the blogosphere this past week have been the ongoing unrest in Iran and the Obama Administration’s relationship with the gay community. Health care has also been an emergent issue and will likely become a focus of next week’s news cycle, replacing the conversation about gays, but Iran will continue to dominate our discourse.
Before the gay issue fades away, I wanted to offer a thought on the President’s attitude toward people like us. It’s an idea that’s been kicking around in my head for some while, at least since I read his first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Let me qualify my post by saying I don’t have any concrete proof for my notion, but when I was chatting with another blogger, Roger Simon*, earlier this month (before the recent spate of stories on gays) and heard him (without prompting from me) offer a nearly identical theory, I wondered (yet again) if there was some substance to this thought.
My thought was that Obama is either indifferent to or slightly hostile toward gay people. On Thursday, I noted he “sat in a church for twenty years where a racist pastor spewed anti-gay rhetoric and never once challenged him on his prejudiced attitude toward homosexuals.” But, then again, he never challenged any of the hateful, paranoid or narrow-minded statements Reverend Wright made. It could just be his, to build on a comment of a prominent Democratic Congressman, an absence of political courage.
It’s not just Reverend Wright. Early in his bid for the White House, the Democrat campaigned with anti-gay gospel singer Donnie McClurkin.
And while Obama has had many enthusiastic gay supporters (and apologists), one wonders if they supported him not so much for his attitude toward gays, but because of what they projected onto him, due to his charisma, his presence and his left-wing politics. That combination does work wonders for certain zealous gay partisans.
I don’t know that I’m right on this one, but it is an impression I’ve had. And my conversation with that straight blogger showed that I was not alone.
We may, in time, find evidence to prove me wrong or to confirm this notion.
But, ponder this, with polls showing an overwhelming number of Americans supporting repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT), the ban on gays serving openly in the military and his party ostensibly favoring repeal comfortably controlling both houses of Congress, why has the President put this on the backburner? And why do certain prominent gay Democrats give him cover when he does so?
*I e-mailed Roger after I had posted this piece and ask if I could include his name; he agreed.