In a country that doesn't (officially) recognize state-sponsored religion, whose Constitution says "all men are created equal," where bigotry and bias are abhorred — why do otherwise intelligent and sensitive people feel they can engage in hate speech against gay people?

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Monday, April 17, 2006

After You Find All The Eggs, See If You Can Track Down The President

It's Easter time at the White House today! And when the gays show up on the South Lawn — George Bush runs and hides. (More at Time Magazine: Walking On Egg Shells)

I know G.W. has the fabricated reputation of being a "cowboy" — but doesn't this type of behavior (in addition to his penchant for speaking only in front of crowds cherry-picked and paid to be there) classify him as a first-degree pussy? I'm just asking…

The interesting thing is that this never was about getting an audience before the President. Gay families wanted to bring their children to an event at the White House so their kids could enjoy an Easter tradition with the children of other Americans. And, the gay folks who decided to attend wanted to say to America: "We're just like you. We raise children, too. We watch with joy and aprehension as they grow up and discover new facets of life. We love our children dearly, want the best for them, painfully go between the extremes of holding them too close and increasingly giving them their independence. And we, too, think they grow up too fast."

Mission accomplished.

One father, Terrance who writes on the blog The Republic of T, analyzes it more eloquently:

It’s easier for people (to) demonize what they don’t see, and harder for them hate good neighbors who take good care of their kids and try to give back to their community like everyone else. It’s harder to stereotype the gay dad who’s sitting next to you at the little league game, cheering on your kid as much as his own, or the lesbian mom who pitches in for the P.T.A. bakesale. It’s harder to hate people and discriminate against them when you see with your own eyes that they are people, just like you. It is if you have a heart, anyway.

Come Monday, we won’t be doing anything that we haven’t always done in our own backyards. the only difference is that we’ll be with other families like ours, and on America’s front lawn. And if America’s watching, and maybe (a) few more shed their misconceptions and begin to see us as neighbors and as American families an awful lot like theirs, it will make a difference.

If Bush had made an appearance, it more than likely would have ruined the day for many people. Isn't it a sad statement when a President's presence at a signature American event is superfluous and painfully undesirable?


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