Diverse, Noisy and Opinionated…and Mad As Hell!





Statue of Marilyn Monroe at the Women’s Museum, Dallas, Texas

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by Stephen Witherden 

Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License



In his proem to the statement that he is a “fierce” advocate of gay and lesbian rights, which was itself the proem to his statement about his invitation to anti-gay homophobe Rick Warren to give a prayer at his Inauguration, President-elect Barack Obama said:

“Part of the magic of this country is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated, and so that’s the spirit in which we have put together what I think will be a terrific inauguration, and that’s hopefully going to be a spirit that carries over into my administration.” 

And in his Daily Dish column in The Atlantic Monthly a couple days ago, Andrew Sullivan said:


I know the arguments against this, and if Obama delivers nothing on gay equality, the critics will have every reason to complain loudly, as they should. But I’m not going there yet. And the truth is: if we cannot engage a Rick Warren on the question of our equality, we may secure a narrow and bitter victory in some states (just as the Christianists won a narrow and bitter victory in California in November). But we will not win the bigger argument and our victories will lack the moral legitimacy they deserve.

The greatest distortion of our politics in this respect is the notion that gays are in some way opposed to faith and in some way that our cause is a function solely of the left. Neither is true.

Gay people contribute disproportionately to the religious and spiritual life of this country and we seek no attack on free religion freely expressed and celebrated. I find the idea of silencing my opponents abhorrent. Many gays voted for McCain. I believe in family, which is why I have tried my whole life to integrate my sexual orientation with my own family and finally two summers ago, to become a full part of it as a married man. I love my church, however much pain it still inflicts on itself and others. And I am not alone in this, as I have discovered these past two decades.

If I cannot pray with Rick Warren, I realize, then I am not worthy of being called a Christian. And if I cannot engage him, then I am not worthy of being called a writer. And if we cannot work with Obama to bridge these divides, none of us will be worthy of the great moral cause that this civil rights movement truly is.


And then, we have Rick Warren’s own words:

“Because membership in a church is an outgrowth of accepting the Lordship and leadership of Jesus in one’s life, someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted as a member at Saddleback Church.”


Warren: I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage. 
Steven Waldman: Do you think, though, that they are equivalent to having gays getting married? 
Rick Warren: Oh I do.

Finally, we have the memorable words of that bastion of truth and accuracy, Iranian President Ahmadinejad:

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country”


The Daily Horse would like everyone to replace Rick Warren’s words “Gay” and “homosexual” with the word “Black.”  Now that is some powerful magic.

The Daily Horse suggests that, melodramatic prose notwithstanding, Andrew Sullivan has had his credibility dashed and his sanity tainted. Two words: HILLARY CLINTON.  Get over yourself and your duplicitous equivocations, Mr. Sullivan. You can’t forgive Hillary (or Bill) Clinton for many things, some of which is what happened under President Clinton’s watch regarding the military and gay equality, but Mr. Obama picks a known bigot to say a prayer and  you’re not going there yet?  

Mr. Sullivan: Equal protection under the law is NOT a social issue. We don’t exist for the pleasure of your or anyone else’s debates. The Constitution of the United States is not a suicide pact, and the whole notion of civility and bi-partisan dialog about Gay rights is NOT about gay rights—it’s about human civil rights. We just happen to be Gay. Like Mr. Obama happens to be Black. Or Mr. Warren happens to be White. Or Mr. “Axis of Evil” happens to be Iranian.  Tell you what, Mr. Sullivan, few, if any, of us believe Mrs. Clinton would have smacked us upside the head like Mr. Obama has done. That lesson was learned during her husband’s tenure. Sure, we’ll stick with Mr.Obama because, hell, most of us voted for him (right after most of us voted for Mrs. Clinton), and if this major gaff, misstep and faux pas is just that, fine. We’ll suck it up a while longer, but not for long.

We are “going there.”

Gay people are not your Marilyn Monroes. We will not allow you to use us for your dialog pleasure any longer without response. We will not give you the benefit of our talent, our intelligence, or our smashing good looks for free. No more salacious lusting after pretty Lesbians, no more calling our Gay brothers Faggots, Pedophiles and Perverts, no more killing us dead or bashing our heads with your diverse, noisy and opinionated bullshit.

No, we don’t have to play nice when the so-called “personable” guy at the podium, calling on G-d to bless our new President, is a floralized pansy-and-petunia-island-shirted pitchman and propagator of prurient  perturbation not equal to the picosecond it must take him to pray each day.

We’re not your Marilyn Monroe. Long Live Norma Jean! (RIP) 

(Bold face donated by The Daily Horse)

About TT Thomas

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4 Responses to Diverse, Noisy and Opinionated…and Mad As Hell!

  1. Jamie Holts says:

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

  2. Jamie Holts says:

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

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