In my return to total candor in my discussions of national politics, I will discuss two related issues: (1) the way that small group of my fellow evangelical Christians have damaged our representative democracy with their commitment to a theocracy; (2) the anti-Christian and thoughtless way they have used gay Americans – including millions of gay moderates and conservatives – as scapegoats for America’s social problems. Let’s look at my second point.
As Christians, we are under divine admonition to love God and our neighbors (basically, all other human beings). We don’t have to agree with everyone on issues. We don’t have to vote for people we feel would not be good leaders. We don't have to change our individual definitions of what constitutes sin.
Yet, we absolutely must show respect to people who disagree with us and perhaps conduct their lives in ways different from us.
I despise two terms: (1) “gay lifestyle”; (2) “the gay agenda.” My observation is that gay lifestyles (plural) are as diverse as those of “straights.” Also, the implication (“gay agenda”) that gay people form some monolithic political and social movement is nonsense. When people rely on such terms, they indicate they’re homophobes – or worse.
To all gay Americans, I -- as a Christian committed to our universal Lord and Savior Jesus Christ -- apologize sincerely for the contemptible treatment of people portraying themselves as Christians who have done harm to the lives and reputations of gay and lesbian people. I realize small segments of evangelicals have, in violation of the teaching of Jesus Christ, used Christianity as a weapon. Their behavior, in the past and now, has been reprehensible. "What ye do unto the least of them ye do unto Me."
It is well past the time when homophobes and gay-bashers should have grown up. They need to stop portraying the Republican Party as some sort of hate group. It is time to restore the GOP as an institution committed to decency, a legacy that traces back to Lincoln.
Frankly, the way other ADULTS conduct their own lives is none of my business. It’s also none of YOUR business. Granted, traditional marriages and traditional families face some great challenges, but it’s thoroughly improper to blame them on any group, including the (relatively) small cohort of gay and lesbian Americans.
It is a sin to scapegoat others. Such behavior is destructive of the tolerance and unity our society so desperately needs.
Recently, I re-visited a prominent gay conservative blog, http:gaypatriot.org/. I checked out the blog roll, which consists primarily of other gay conservative sites. If you go there yourself, and I hope you will, here’s what you’ll see (plus a final comment).
(Let me add that I disagree with some regularity with GayPatriot on certain issues. To me, they're much too willing to accept the views of Republican elders about the need for Beltway experience. To me, much of that "experience" is the kind true leaders could do without.)
A Stitch in Haste
As I Please
Average Gay Joe
Bilious Young Fogey
Blogger News Network
Blogs For Bush
Cake Or Death?
daily dose of queer
Dreams Into Lightning
Free IraqiGateway Pundit
Gays for Life
Grand Conservative Blogress Diva SondraK
Independent Gay Forum
Liberty Film Festival
Little Green Footballs
North Dallas Thirty
Political Vice Squad
Queers Against Terror
Republic Of M
Rick Sincere News & Thoughts
Right Wing Nation
Roger L. Simon
Somewhere in the Middle
Take Back the Memorial (9/11)
The Big Tent
The Hotline's Blogometer
The Liberal Wrong - Wing
The Moderate Voice
The Party Crasher
The Western Seminarian
Gee, I wonder what “agenda” these (almost exclusively conservative) gay blogs are pursuing? I also wonder how many evangelicals have visited even one of them?
So, why does Steve Maloney emphasize the need for Republicans to reach out for support and votes from gays – as well as from other minorities?
Frankly, people who live in an evangelical cocoon – a small minority of the evangelicals – certainly need to get out more. If you start reading the above blogs, you’ll find you have a great deal of agreement with what you see.
Mike Huckabee recently said he wanted support from “anybody” who agrees with him. I’d put it this way: I want the support of everybody – even those who don’t currently agree with me on certain issues.
I want all those blogs – and their millions of visitors -- above to back the Republican nominee for President. I want them to sign up to back Sarah Palin for vice-president and ultimately for President.
Most of all, I want my fellow evangelicals to put their Christianity where their mouths are. If they cannot, then I suggest they seek some alternative form of religious expression.
Stephen R. Maloney
Note: Not every blog listed above has a gay orientation, but the vast majority of them do. I want all these people to know they have my love and support.