Civil Rights

American dichotomy

Mitt Romney is preparing for next week’s commencement speech at Liberty University. Appearance at an anti-science, anti-evolution, anti-gay school rated America’s 535th best college by Forbes seems fitting for the GOP candidate since Washington Post is reporting that as a high school senior, Romney led a group that swarmed and assaulted a younger student suspected of being gay. He who would be President claims he can’t remember the ugly incident but he apologizes for it anyway.

Liberty U was founded by Jerry Falwell, the now recalled preacher who discovered that Tinky Winky was Teletubbies’ gay role model. Pastor Jerry also had this explanation for 9/11 tragedies:

“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’”

In another part of America, Barack Obama’s explicit support of the right for same-sex couples to marry has stimulated a flood of donations from citizens who agree with the President’s statement to Robin Roberts of ABC:

“I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. …at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

The New Yorker Magazine provides accent to the presidential statement with next week’s cover:

“I am honored to be doing this cover. It’s a celebratory moment for our country, and that’s what I tried to capture. (I don’t especially like those rainbow colors, but they are what they are—I had to use them.) I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President’s statement—a statement long overdue—but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history.” — Bob Staake, the artist who created “Spectrum of Light,” the cover of next week’s issue.

Categories: Civil Rights, USA

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