I love and support my friends in the gay community but this opinion isn’t going sit well with many of them.
This week “their” President said he has “no patience” for countries, like Russia, that intimidate and harm individuals based on their sexual orientation. Why do I say “their” President? Because 95% of LBGT political contributions go Democratic. You can spend your money any way you see fit, but why not be honest in your total assessment of Obama?
The prez took to the podium this week to ceremonially pimp slap Russia’s Putin for offering amnesty to fugitive whistleblower Eric Snowden and for saying Russia will enforce its anti-gay laws when they host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
No more Summit; I’m sure Puty is crushed.
Our President took a firm stand, that’s faux sure.
But it makes blood shoot out of my ears when I hear Obama say things like this. He and his gal pal Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill send the gay community the same disingenuous fruit basket of support. Both were against gay marriage, before they were for it. Don’t tell me they got “nuanced,” that happened when they had nothing left to lose. Stevie Wonder could see that one coming a mile away.
Democratic contributions from people and PACs associated with gay rights dropped more than 58% according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Obama stated, “One of the things I think is very important for me to speak out on is making sure that people are treated fairly and justly because that’s what we stand for, and I believe that that’s a precept that’s not unique to America. That’s just something that should apply everywhere.”
Really, Mr. President? I suppose that depends on your definition of “everywhere.”
What about your makeout fest with the King of Saudi Arabia? Know anything about gay rights there? After genuflecting like a little Catholic school boy and, allegedly, kissing the King’s hand, you could have said, “Yo, Abdullah, I’m not down with this whole Saudi gay oppression thang” – but he didn’t, did he?
It’s more dangerous being gay in Saudi Arabia than standing at 17th and Prospect with $100 bills falling out of your pockets at 2:00am.
In June, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, Saudi’s religious police, stormed a house in Mecca arresting 5 men at a gay wedding party, “while the rest managed to flee to nearby mountains.” Punishment ranges from imprisonment to flogging the death penalty.
“The religious police encourage reporting of any ‘deviant’ behavior and deliberately entraps people for being gay via the Internet and other technologies.”
But Obama has no patience for that kind of stuff, remember?
What about his heralded visit to Cairo, Egypt, where he addressed the “Muslim world?”
Know anything about being gay in Egypt?
The most notorious attack on gays that made our news took place when Cairo police raided a boat arresting an ass load of gay men who became known as the “Cairo 52.”
You think Obama will leverage his or our “power” to affect gay rights in Egypt, because, remember, he has no patience for this in any country?
Until 2001, the Egyptian government refused to even recognize the existence of homosexuality.
“Gay Egyptians are beginning to fear that their government, headed by devout Muslims, will sooner than later institute Islamic sharia law. Sharia law dictates that gays are to be killed.”
“While President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have spoken out in the past for human rights protections for LGBT people throughout the world, including Obama’s second inaugural address, it is probably unlikely that the Obama administration will push for human rights protections of the LGBT people in Egypt,” according to PolicyMic.
Why not? I didn’t think he had any patience for that in any country.
I’m OK if you want to think Obama’s on your team, but I’d be checking your bench for backup players. (Gratuitous sports reference thrown in just to sound hip and relevant).