Be sure to read Stereohyped’s perspective for “the black view.”
Reverend Irene Monroe ain’t no friend of Barack Obama. The black lesbian has come out against the black presidential candidate on more than one occasion. She first blasted the Illinois junior senator back in November, writing:
..[H]is affinity to conservative Christian beliefs not only informs his decision on the issue of marriage equality, but it also solidifies his decision about us in a community of believers like himself.
Though some black churches have lent their support to the lavender cause, the majority still maintain a decidedly repressive approach – an approach Obama maintains.
Obama once told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:
I think that marriage has a religious connotation in this society, in our culture, that makes it very difficult to disentangle from the civil aspects of marriage. And as a consequence, it would be extraordinarily difficult and a distraction to try to build a consensus around marriage for gays and lesbians. What we can do is form civil unions that provide all the civil rights that marriage entails to same-sex couples. And that is something that I have consistently been in favor of. And I think that the vast majority of Americans don’t want to see gay and lesbian couples discriminated against when it comes to hospital visitation and so on.
The handsome politico also once described the federal marriage amendment as a “political ploy”, telling his Senatorial peers:
I agree with most Americans, with Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Cheney, with over 2,000 religious leaders of all different beliefs, that decisions about marriage, as they always have, should be left to the states.
Today, we should take this amendment only for what it is – a political ploy designed to rally a few supporters and draw the country’s attention away from this leadership’s past failures and America’s future challenges.
There is plenty of work to be done in this country. There are millions without health care and skyrocketing gas prices and children in crumbling schools and thousands of young Americans risking their lives in Iraq.
So don’t tell me that this is the best use of our time. Don’t tell me that this is what people want to see talked about on TV and in the newspapers all day. We wonder why the American people have such a low opinion of Washington these days. This is why.
Well, actually, we think people have a low opinion of Washington because its not doing enough to protect its citizens. Yes, a weak health care system and Iraq put us all in danger, but so do discriminatory laws.
Obama’s strident subscription to religious prescription led Monroe to write in The Advocate:
…Obama’s image, standing under a blue neon halo and wearing a robe resembling one worn during Jesus’s era, inspired hope. And for these Americans, Obama is a secular messiah who is believed to have come not only to help the Democratic Party reinvent itself but also rescue a country despised around the world.
For other passers-by, just mentioning Obama and Jesus in the same breath is not only blasphemous, but also an offense to their civil rights. And so, too, many argue it would be an offense for Jesus.
…[Obama]has opted, like so many religious conservatives, to use religion to justify his discrimination. And that’s an abomination.
Within days of the piece’s publication, the good reverend found herself under fire from her black peers:
I get all these anonymous, threatening calls from folks, saying that they’re going to come after me, I’m a race traitor. They’re not being nice, they’re throwing racial epithets, saying the n-word, [asking] ‘What kind of black person am I?’ All sorts of homophobic epithets.
Monroe originally found herself assaulted by over 50 calls a day, although they have petered off to about 20.
Monroe’s situation perfectly highlights the dangerous debate brewing within America’s black communities – and, in fact, all over the world: to which social group do people owe an alliance: their racial comrades, their pious peers or their sexual sisters? If only people could look past these arbitrary divides and focus on our shared humanity. Too bad Barack Obama can’t understand such a concept. If he did, he may have a shot at being president. If he keeps this up, he’s going to alienate two of our nation’s most powerful social groups: the gays and the blacks. And then where will he be? Possibly the unemployment line.