Feel The News, May 4, 2012

There is no place in the Republican party for gay people.  If you vote for a Republican, you are saying, “Yes, I agree that homosexuals are second-class citizens.  Please keep discriminating against them and making their lives harder and more unpleasant.  Be sure to let them know at every opportunity that they are evil.”

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a man named Richard Grenell. Grew up in a Christian home, parents were missionaries for the Church of God.

He grew up, attended a Christian college, and became an active, true-believing Republican. Watching the Republicans take over the House in 1994, he was ecstatic: “Everyone around me had chills. It was such a validation of ‘It’s great to be a Republican.’

He worked tirelessly for the party for two decades, championed Gingrich, became a movement neo-conservative on a whole variety of issues, especially the area he was selected to be a spokesman for: national security.

Mr. Grenell joined the Mitt Romney campaign in April with sterling recommendations from Bush-era foreign policy figures, and an impressive résumé. He had served as a United States spokesman at the United Nations under four ambassadors during the Bush administration, including John Bolton.

He told the Romney camp he was gay. They didn’t mind. That’s got nothing to do with what they hired him for.

But the ultra-religious minded, quite a bit. And started making a lot of noise about it.

So the Romney camp told their new spokesman not to speak. Specifically, on a conference call about national security that he had helped to organize, he was told to listen and not speak.

He saw the writing on the wall, and resigned.

And there was much rejoicing from the religious right over their “huge win.”

Bryan Fischer of the AFA:
“Mitt Romney has been forced to say, ‘Look, I overstepped my bounds here. I went outside the parameters here. I went off the reservation with this hire. The pro-family community has called me back to the table here. Called me back inside the borders of the reservation.’ “

So now you know for absolutely sure:  The ultra-religious right calls the shots in the Republican Party.

 Andrew Sullivan:

Romney has gone from promising to be more pro-gay in the Senate than Ted Kennedy, to hanging a lone gay spokesman out to dry and pledging to write into the very constitution that gays are second class citizens.

If you’re gay, or your friend, son, daughter, brother, sister, aunt or uncle is gay, you just learned something about what the GOP now is. Do not forget it.

And

a majority of Americans now back marriage equality, including a tsunami of the under-30s.  Many moderate middle class suburban voters don’t like the idea of a campaign that cannot include anyone openly gay – especially when that person is about as neoconservative as you can get.  The military issue has been resolved – and far from the calamity of a radical social experiment, it has been close to a total non-event.  And yet the GOP – because of its fusion with Christianist fundamentalism – cannot have a single openly gay person out front.  In Britain, there are now 19 openly gay Tory MPs, and the prime minister is backing marriage equality in a parliamentary vote this year. That’s the difference between a sane and inclusive conservative party – and a reactionary rump of religious fanatics.

To conclude, a comparison of two quotes:

“The Democrats didn’t have any pro-life speakers. They stopped them from talking. We had everyone, from far-right to pro-choice. It’s ludicrous to say the Republicans were intolerant, were filled with hate.”
– Ric Grenell, 1995

“Ric, the campaign has requested that you not speak on this call. It’s best to lay low for now.”
– Alex Wong to Ric Grenell, April 26, 2012

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One response

  1. They are just massively unbelievable. Thanks for this post, and the healthy reminder to all of us who believe in equality for all.

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