October 18, 2006

Condi Rice Swears In (gasp!) a Gay Guy!

Boy, does the religious right have their collective undies twisted in a knot after this. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice swore in Mark Dybul as the nation's new global AIDS coordinator, a position that ranks him as an ambassador. Dybul is openly gay and the bible at his swearing in ceremony was held by his partner Jason Claire. During the ceremony, Secretary Rice referred to Claire's mother as Dybul's "mother-in-law." Yep, you could practically hear right-winger's underwear getting twisted up as those words came out of Rice's mouth.

Of course, religious right leaders responded, well, about like you would expect them to.

Peter Sprigg, vice president for policy at the Family Research Council, says the secretary's comments were "profoundly offensive" and fly in the face of the Bush administration's endorsement of a federal marriage protection amendment, though that backing be less than enthusiastic.

"We have to face the fact that putting a homosexual in charge of AIDS policy is a bit like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse," says Sprigg. "But even beyond that, the deferential treatment that was given not only to him but his partner and his partner's family by the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is very distressing."

Actually, I find his comments "profoundly offensive."


  1. I love this story, and I love how people are spinning out of control over it.

  2. Aren't we at war in a distant land with a virtually invisible, but profoundly violent enemy?
    Doesn't America have nearly as many casualties of violence on our own streets, as the war zones we hear about so much?
    American children cannot live here without being shot in or near their homes and schools.

    Isn't the casual abandonment and lack of support for one's own children lead to this?

    Yet...no matter how meritorious gay men and women comport themselves in all walks of life.
    In public office...or in public, period.
    Here come social and religious conservatives behaving as if a disaster had occurred.
    A public acknowlegement of a gay person, couple or parents would go a long way in encouraging young gay people to come out and hope to integrate safely in every day life.
    But by the reaction to this couple, you'd think she'd sworn in two terrorists.
    Gay people are not the enemy, but our friends and family.
    Gay people are not a violent conspiratorial entity, but our talented colleagues and neighbors.

    We have MUCH greater and more important goals to accomplish, in which gay folks can participate in and want to.
    Condi Rice is herself a bit of an enigma.
    An unmarried, yet attractive and intelligent woman.
    Who isn't even openly dating anyone.
    People would tend to speculate, wouldn't they?

    Perhaps her situation, coming up from Jim Crow and all as a youngster, gives her a perspective that her white power elite colleagues don't have.

    She at least showed due respect.
    However, the FRC looks like a bunch of whining brats in comparison.
    Their priorities in action are too weird too.

  3. The Right's freak out over this is nasty. However, it should ensure that Rice (a woman with no qualms about how many people she kills; a woman who once had an oil tanker named after her!) will not get the Religious Right's support in a bid for the GOP nomination for president in '08. I have to like that fallout, even if I hate gay bashing.

  4. In my travels across the deep south (USA) it has become apparent that the Christian Right suffers from numerous ills - all defining their morals. Never have I seen such a prolific collection of crucifex and sex shops together, actually within feet of each other.
    The south, notoriously christian, also has more "porn" channels on TV than science programming, the arts, or even home shopping. The only other entertainment that is more abundant is Speed TV.
    Like many environmental groups, no one christian sect or group seem to be able to agree on an agenda.
    Well, then good. Divide and conquer I say!