How polluted that clarity has become. I have heard the podium of the Republican Party speak of the value of diversity, but saw a party platform before me that as a matter of official policy seeks to alienate gay citizens from the equal protections of the Constitution and of the courts that enforce it. I have heard the podium speak of respect for all, but disgrace itself with a recurring and insulting indulgence in sectarian prayer.I have no regrets as a life-long Republican in choosing to skip this GOP event, or any other event the party hosts in the future until it finds a way to welcome folks like me, Douglas and others to the table. I have served as a delegate in the past to the national convention and state conventions in both Illinois and Indiana. I have contributed thousands of dollars to the party and volunteered thousands of hours to help elect its candidates, but none of that matters in this state as soon as they learn what your sexual orientation is. What a pathetic bunch of bigots the Indiana GOP has become. Doesn't look like the First Republicans have made any progress since their formation last year.
The founding fathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to establish a society of rights. To any Republican who might read these words, indeed to any Hoosier, I hope you are aware that you have an obligation personally to combat the prejudice that in your name too seeks to dominate the levers of government in Indiana, a prejudice which is achieving a historic level of influence. How can you honor the founders, indeed the troops that seek to establish rights abroad, if you
yourself do less to protect freedom from the threats brewing here?
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Pro Life, Pro Gun, Right Wing Christian: Any Questions?
A popular campaign button at today's Indiana Republican Convention read, "Pro Life, Pro Gun, Right Wing Christian: Any Questions?" according to the AP's Mike Smith. Apparently that was the predominant sentiment at today's convention at which three white, Christian males were nominated to lead the statewide ticket, joining another white, Christian male nominated in the primary, Sen. Richard Lugar. Chris Douglas, a gay delegate to the GOP convention, shares his disappointing experience of "What Became of the Republican Party My Parents Knew?" over at Bilerico: