Sunday, October 16, 2005

Farrakhan’s Big March and Rally Snubs Queer Speaker

When will Black leaders such as Louis Farrakhan, who presided over the latest million "person" march on Washington, realize that equality means equality for all?
The march organizers had scheduled a gay man to speak at the podium as the march concluded, but without notification or explanation, the speaker was scratched from the roster.
Gays & lesbians have long fought for pro-choice rights, civil rights and other rights that may or may not not have any direct effect on our lives.

Where's our support from these other disinfranchised groups?

Why should we queers march one more step for those who don't give a shit about us?

There's only one way to put it.
Farrakhan is a big reneger.


JimBob said...

I had an African-American co-worker who was very VERY outspoken about how "his people" had been mistreated and persecuted for centuries and how hard he had it trying to survive in a "white man's world", etc etc etc.

One day, he was ranting about how mad he was about the new (at the time) "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military. It was so TERRIBLY unfair that HE might actually have to work with HOMOSEXUALS *GASP!*. (yeah, he was on active duty).

When I mentioned that I was surprised that he wasn't more supportive of the gay and lesbian's fight for equality (based on his own lamentations about how tough HE had it as a black man), he got PISSED! How dare I compare his peoples' struggles with SINNERS and PERVERTS!

I think it was the last time he spoke to me. Which was fine with me. I've never been one to suffer fools, idiots, or hypocrites.


Just goes to show that ANYONE can be a bigot. Not just whitey.

Karen Zipdrive said...

JB- how right you are.
There was a time not too long ago in our nation when interracial marriage was illegal.
People look back and shake their heads at the ignorance and intolerance that fostered laws like that.
I still say, as long as queer Americans pay equal taxes, they should either get equal rights or a discrimination discount.
Being gay, like being black or left handed, is not a choice.

JimBob said...

I say we pass a law that says if you belong to a church, you can't vote, you can't marry outside your church, the government will not recognize your marriage if you DO get married, you have to sit in the back of the bus, you cannot use any public facilities that non-church people use...anything else?

Then we come back to them in 20 years and ask how THEY like being treated like that...

IMHO, if it weren't for the bible (which is supposed to be preaching love and tolerance), we wouldn't have all this INTOLERANCE and HATE!

JimBob said...

um, just reread that and it seems to have a lot of anger in it.

sorry - still waiting for the morning caffeine to kick in.


Karen Zipdrive said...

I say we pass a law that prohibits divorce.
If there's such a huge, holy sanctity connected to marriage between a man and a woman, let's make a law that forces them to stay together until one of them drops dead.
As for all these phony Christian GOP sons of bitches who are on their third or fourth marriage- they ALL have to go back to the first one they married and stay married to him or her for the rest of their lives.
Let's call it the Anti-Trophy Wife Amendment.

Holly in Cincinnati said...

Actually, if there were no Bible and were no organized religion, human beings would just find other things to torment other human beings about.

JimBob said...


I think you're probably right, Holly.

I guess humankind still has a lot of evolving to do.

Dono said...

That's probably true, Holly. But at least they'd have to find something a little more tangible than an invisible sky-monster to justify it.

Karen Zipdrive said...

I believe in God. Most people do.
I wish the world could have just left it at that.

JimBob said...

"invisible sky-monster" LOL. i love it!

i, too, believe in a higher power. but i sure don't believe that i have to force my beliefs on everyone else! THAT'S how we end up with all these problems.

"You don't believe like I do. YOU MUST DIE!!!"

dusty said...

The religious right will always shove those scriptures down our throats that fit within their bullshit beliefs..never realizing that God also said to be tolerant of those that are different. I can not for the life of me remember the passage I used to toss back at them that would shut them the hell up..but you get my drift..i hope..

Karen Zipdrive said...

We getteth thine drift and thine drift ist sacred.

CLD said...

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

So I guess it follows that all uber Christians that would chose to discriminate against us would also prefer to be discriminated against...?

Karen Zipdrive said...

Sheesh- if the African American community deigns to condemn the gay community- what gives them any moral highground over those who deign to condemn them for the color of their skin?

Wake up, people!