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Monday, January 19, 2009

Barack Obama to gays and lesbians: “step to the back of the bus”

Internet powerhouse Andy Martin says, "Barack Obama is a master manipulator; gays and lesbians just got a taste of what all of us can expect in the days ahead.”

“Where have you gone Bishop Robinson? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. ..Jesus loves you more than you will know”

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“Where have you gone Bishop Robinson? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. ..Jesus loves you more than you will know”

(CHICAGO)(January 19, 2009) Well at least we know Obama & Co. reads

Sunday morning I posted a blistering attack on Barack Obama for featuring an “Episcopal Bishop” who is not representative of the Episcopal Church and who is a very polarizing figure in his denomination.

Within hours after our criticism appeared, the polarizing bishop was on his way to the North Pole. Bishop Gene Robinson was erased from the nationally televised concert that Obama presented on HBO (Obama's campaign sold rights to HBO for cash). People tuned in to see the bishop’s prayer; he was not to be seen on HBO.

(Full disclosure; I am also an Episcopalian. I have a good friend who is a priest; he serves under Bishop Robinson and calls him an absolutely delightful man.)

“Where have you gone Bishop Robinson? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. ..Jesus loves you more than you will know” (Simon & Garfunkel)

Captain Obama says it a little differently: “Gays and lesbians, step to the back of the bus.”

Obama, ever the gentleman, no longer throws people under the bus. In his new administration, people just “step to the back of the bus.” In a throwback to the Soviet era, when pictures were airbrushed to remove deposed party members, Obama just erases people from televised events by erasing them from the televised portions of the event. Gays and lesbians were the first to be relocated; they will not be the last.

The Robinson kerfuffle stated Sunday afternoon and by Monday afternoon the story had reached the Obama-adulatory Chicago Sun-Times, which reported Robinson’s removal from the national broadcast per order of the new Fuhrer Obama,,cathleen-falsani-column-bishop-invocation-012009.article

No one has been more loyal to Obama than gays and lesbians (today collectively the “GLBT” community). So what goes?

Well, we begin with the hub bub when Obama asked Pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation to the inauguration ceremonies on Tuesday. That caused a stir because Warren has opposed gay and lesbian rights and Proposition 8 in California. Bishop Robinson himself condemned Warren.

Then, Obama announced Bishop Robinson would deliver a prayer. Robinson’s prayer was to be a gesture towards symmetry, having the gay priest balance out Warren's anti-gay controversy. Apparently not. Warren will be nationally televised as part of the inauguration. Robinson was only heard by those present at the HBO concert. He may be viewed on YouTube another media that are making an issue of his exclusion.

I have been a critic of Obama since day one. Unlike Grandpa John McCain, Obama has not invited me to a dinner in my honor. They only do that for toothless old folk. McCain may be egotistical enough to think he can work with Obama; McCain obviously learned nothing from his smashing defeat: If you don’t fight Obama and stand up for your principles, he’ll run right over you. McCain has gone from being the Republican Party’s presidential candidate to a painful embarrassment in less than three months. (If Obama does offer to buy me a meal, I am going to insist on a food taster before I take a bite.)

Triangulation is back. During the Clinton years, “triangulation” received a bad reputation because the Clintons were always “triangulating” between left and right. Triangulation was equated with unprincipled manipulation. Obama is now following the same old Clinton playbook.

Obama throws a bone to the right; then he throws a bone to the left. First the gays; then the anti-gays. With every controversial issue, Obama will be on every side and all sides. That approach is not leadership. Obama’s lifelong tactics are a prescription for paralysis. America: get ready to be paralyzed.

Obama and his minions, of course, are obsessed with and this editor. We speak the truth, and we don’t bow to Obama, whether he offers to buy us dinner, a la McCain, or not. My criticism of allowing Bishop Robinson to stand as a representative of the Episcopal Church, which he obviously is not, stung. Within hours of my criticism, Robinson’s role had been moved “off-camera.”

GLBTs thought they would have a prominent role in the inauguration. Obama quickly and “unceremoniously” erased their place in his ceremonies.

Who’s next to be marginalized, sidelined or erased? Triangulation, anyone?

“Remember Bishop Robinson” is my new cry. I may not always agree with the good bishop, but I deplore the shabby way in which he was treated by Obama & Co.

P. S. I will not be watching.
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