I apologize in advance for my blog subject today. You've never seen me post on such a subject, and you probably never will again.
Just this once, though, please forgive me while I speak out on something I can't contain any longer. And close your 'ears' if I offend. I don't mean to.
I'm not into politics. You'll never see me in the middle of conversational cirlces at parties deep in a political debate.
Because I don't understand the inner workings of any of the levels of government, I don't speak up often. It'd be so damn easy to make a fool of myself, to get caught with my pants-of-ignorance down around my ankles.
But today I caught a youtube video, one of the newest in Governor Rick Perry's arsenal of campaign commercials.
And--although I'm still as dumb as a tree stump about politics--I DO recognize hatred when I see it.
And I saw hatred with a capital 'H' in this video.
To somehow find a way to connect the freedom of prayer in schools to gays serving in the military is--sorry, Governor--just plain stupid. Ignorant.
By producing this ad, Perry has not only embarrassed me as a Texan but I'd be willing to bet he's disappointed the very God whose platform he cowers behind.
No, I know nothing about politics. But I DO know I cannot tolerate a presidential platform which is founded on hatred of a group of people. To hear his bigoted, sanctimonious ad, I half expected him to be donned in a sheet.
And, Governor, please, please do NOT base your hatred-filled campaign on Christianity. The man on whom the very religion you cite didn't teach your brand of intolerance. He loathed it.
And one more thing, Rick Perry. When you stand on your pompous platform and say gays do not belong in the military, you're attacking friends of mine. Lots of them. And that does not set well with me.
Prayer in schools has nothing to do with gays in the military.
These gays you so hate are offering their LIVES to protect these children in these schools. They are willing to fight to protect YOUR children as well.
They are able bodied men and women who have every right to defend their country. You think their taxes are accepteble and I don't see you turning THAT away. In your supreme arrogance, money still talks--even gay money talks. Again, shame on you.
To my friends, again I apologize. Not for my thoughts, not for my words, but for the possibility it might offend any of you.
I have too many friends in the GLBT community, people who are precious to me and who are the salt of the earth.
And for once, for their sakes---and for the sake of our country's freedom to BE---I felt I needed to speak up.