My Favorite Time of Year

ling-of-the-Gays-51417808076I look forward every year to the month of June, when my boss, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, or whatever his real name is, declares June to be LGBTPBJ Pride Month. He does it every year, but each year, the pomp and circumstance, the bombastic sensationalism of it, exceeds the previous one by a factor of at least a bazillion. It’s always a treat to see how he’ll explain how critical our gender-confused brethren and sistern are to the character of our country.

This year, as you can read if you’re brave enough to click the “Continue Reading” link below, (DON’T DO IT!) he tells us that LGBT rights have been fought for by “courageous and dedicated patriots” since the very “moment” of the founding of our country. Wow. That’s a tough one to verify, isn’t it? I don’t remember any language in any of our founding documents that attest to that assertion. But then, that’s nothing compared to the audacity of the POTUS statement next month, when it will be asserted that our founding fathers were all muslims and that every single accomplishment of note in the American tapestry was inspired by the deep and quintessential muslim diversity of our living history. I can’t wait to see the verbal and historical gymnastics that await us.
Don’t click here if you value your sanity… Oh God, Noooooooooo!

Presidential Proclamation — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2015

From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities — that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us — and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.

Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.

In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities — especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals — and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.

For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.

All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

BARACK OBAMA

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15 Responses to My Favorite Time of Year

  1. Adrienne says:

    The spectacle of straight people bouncing around at Parades and stuff to affirm the worthiness of what is no more than 2-3% of the population is creepy. But, not near as creepy as the homosexuals jumping around in their tidy-whities displaying their bulging crotches. And, wow – these modern day peons to bread and circuses take their kids to see such things.

    • Tell me about it. I once ran in the San Francisco Bay-to-Breakers 12k run across the city, and there were plenty of kiddos around to watch the weirdoes in costumes and the nudists, but that was very tame compared to the public sex in front of kids that goes on in other parts of town on certain parade days… We won’t even talk about that.

  2. trailbee says:

    I take direction well – yes, I clicked, but no, I didn’t read. I’ve come a long way since 2008 and the elections. Then I heard the name and ran for the toilet. Now I can actually hit the delete button and not faint. Read? All that drivel? Really????? Uh, uh. I value my time. 🙂

  3. (yitzchak)
    Depends on how you define marriage.

    If you define marriage as the person you most want to sleep with, then yes, it makes sense for people to claim discrimination.

    If marriage (which we should remember was a secular institution before it was a religious one) is understood in traditional sense as using mating pairs to ensure known paternity, reliable identifacation of incestual relationships, division of labor, responsibility for each and every child, regulation of intimate relationships (and competition) etc, then while some of the arguments apply, the rest do not.

    At which juncture the question of gar marriage becomes a nonsequitor, and marriage being defined as one man and one woman becomes superfluous.

    In my throwback opinion defining marriage as companionship instead of a stable venue for companionship is what brought this monster on us.

    • Agreed, in general, but I’m not sure the statement about marriage being originally secular is supportable. It depends on your take of ancient history, I suppose, but I’m not one of those people who believe that religion is a human fabrication that came about late in human history.

      • Oracle says:

        Oone need not turn to “religion is a fabrication” to posit that marriage is an origionaly secular institution. The egyptians, Babylonians, Romans, Greeks,etc. All crouched marriage in a non-religious framework. Jews too have an irritatingly dry framework, and one is hard pressed to find marriage as a sacred institution in the Pentateuch.

        The argument comes up as to whether or not the divine side of marriage mentioned in prechristian rabbinic liturature is exclusive to those bound by the covenant. Jews say yes, Christians unsurprisingly disagree.

        Oracle/Yitzchak – Replying below at the bottom of the thread… -Grunt

  4. If Obama would stop trying to make history AND be politically correct, he might actually start saying something worthwhile.
    Like Yitzchak said, gay marriage is kind of pointless. If they want a fancy party to show commitment, fine, let them have it. But since they are both of the same gender (and therefore equal, in what society gives them and expects of them, and in their abilities to find a job, etc.), and kids are not an automatic (or almost automatic, regardless of birth control – there is always 1 out of 100 at least for whom birth control won’t work), there really is no point in deciding to legalize gay marriage, especially since legitimize one type of non-marriage opens the door to legitimize other types of non-marriage, such as father-daughter, brother-sister, child marriage, etc.

    If we are concerned about the fate of children in a gay relationship, we can do our best to ensure that there will be no children – disallow adoption, disallow fertility treatments and surrogacy, etc. This leaves only the two adults who made their decision, and if at one point they are fed up and walk out on each other, no harm done, because they are the same gender and therefore completely equal in society.

    About the tax breaks that the gays want, well, why not? As long as we allow any two roommates – or three, or four roommates – to file jointly and receive tax breaks, why should gays be different? But if we are going to say that married couples have more expenses than singles, or we want to encourage the marriage rate (i.e., commitment rate) to rise, and perhaps the birth rate, too – then there is no point in giving tax breaks to gays, and, in fact, it is not only pointless but harmful.

    Whether Obama will do anything besides for proclaim, “Be Proud You’re LGBT,” is yet to be seen. But his words are meaningless and useless to most of society, in my opinion, including LGBT.

    • I agree about the harmful part, and I’d add that in addition to being meaningless and useless, his words are harmful, as well. He continues to fabricate history and cite imaginary struggles in order to award exalted, and privileged, status on every radicalized group you can think of. There have been hoaxes, and even the Matthew Shepard case appears to have been a hoax, since the killer appears to have been, himself, gay. But I am not aware of a single case of real criminal discrimination against gay couples seeking to peacefully live together and be left alone. I have neighbors who have been openly doing so for many decades in a deeply conservative part of Colorado without the slightest difficulty, and they openly admit it. I’m sure real discrimination happens, but there is no lack of legal recourse. Indeed, the opposite is true.

      As you say, the demands for gay marriages and adoption are really quite different from a desire for equal treatment. They are a demand for privilege. Because, for example, no hetero couple may simply demand to adopt a child and expect it to be granted without question. But that’s what gays now demand. Anything less would be labeled discrimination. Being declared “not fit” would not be an acceptable outcome under any circumstances. And really, what other reason is there, besides children, for using the word ‘marriage?’

      • Agreed.
        They want tax breaks, I think.
        Or maybe want wedding pictures?
        Here in Israel, it is illegal for gays to marry, hire surrogates or adopt (but they can do all three if they do it abroad and bring the end result here).
        Unlike discrimination against Jews, which always has existed and always will exist, no matter what, discrimination against gays depends on their behavior. If they act normal, they are treated normal. Flaunt the purple flag, get not-so-nice reactions from people who can’t stomach it, or can’t stomach the publicity.

  5. Oracle – I hesitate to even comment about cultural marriage history, since you’re more the expert on the subject. I can’t argue with most of your points. Maybe it’s just a matter of degree, but I have to plead ‘discomfort’ with your assertion that any of those cultures you mention saw marriage as strictly secular. Perhaps they did to a degree. As you say, pre-Christian Rabbinic literature does mention a divine aspect, and I consider Jewish history and teaching to be as likely the oldest on the planet as any. More so, in my opinion.

    • Yitzchak is wrong. Only recently have we begun to see anything as strictly secular, and that is because we have begun to draw a line between science and G-d. Previously, science was not well understood and therefore people were much more wary of getting on G-d’s “bad side”. Therefore, everything had a spiritual aspect.

      Obviously, as religious Jews (and I assume religious people of any religion) we believe that marriage is not just secular, even though we seem to keep coming up with new understandings of how much the Torah knew, even 3,000 years ago. We believe that without [religion in] marriage, you cannot expect to have an ideal relationship, because G-d is missing from it. So. But that does not mean that there are no secular aspects, too.

      Kind of like, we are not allowed to eat meat and milk together. Since 3,000+ years ago.
      Oh, and by the way, did you know that it’s not good for you to eat calcium and iron in the same meal, because they need different stomach enzymes and the nutrients cancel each other out when they are eaten together? So, yeah, something like that. Just because it’s scientific doesn’t mean it can’t be holy at the same time. Which, by the way, is the whole point of the commandments.

      BTW, I made an insertion above in brackets to what I think you meant. Just a typo, I think, but let me know if I messed up… -Grunt

      • (yitzchak)
        that is the “post monotheism” perspective, from a worldview that already rejects the old idolatrous ideas.

        back then “religious” coupling usually had to do with temple prostitutes (which is why one of hebrew’s two words for it shares a root with sanctified). kings and various other people might participate, but it was distinct from the regular “marriage” which was more about guaranteeing paternity than anything else (which is why in prebiblical societies an adulterer could be spared punishment if the offended husband so chose to forgive them. judaism regarded the exclusiveness of the marriage bond somehow divinely owned, hence only g-d could forgive the sin. [and he does in two instances, a suspected woman who’s husband wasn’t such a saint either, and hosea])

        from there we get song of songs and by some thousand year long development the “sacred” union of judaism and christianity. and while i agree with the attitude (obviously) the only religious rites surrounding marriage were geared towards guaranteeing fertility. (its hard to grasp biblical law without a good idea of the contexts in which they were made and developed- a period spanning nearly four thousand years. which is a different discussion from the divine origin of the bible, something i emphatically agree with, it hasn’t changed the material culture it reflects in 3500 years (which even the nutcase far out BC bible was written 2200 years ago psychos agree with) which means drawing analogs to our times is hard.)

        I find this history fascinating, though the complexity of studying it meaningfully is overwhelming, to me. As you say, it’s hard to draw analogs to our times. Even though I said earlier that we have not changed at all, the dominant cultures and customs certainly have many thousands of times. Interesting stuff, Oracle/Yitzchak! -Grunt

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