Burch: President Barack Obama 'outed'

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:40pm
By Michael R. Burch

Now that President Barack Obama has “come out of the closet” by announcing his support for gay marriage, Tennessee is once again making headlines by remaining a bastion of bigotry. For instance, when Julie Pace wrote about Obama’s history-making announcement for the Associated Press, she quoted Cynthia-Andrews Looper, the pastor of a local church. Looper believes gay marriage will one day be accepted “even” in places like Nashville but says it “will take time.”

How much time? If the past is prelude, perhaps decades or centuries.

It once took Tennesseans a considerable length of time to stop stealing land from Native Americans and forcing them to walk the Trail of Tears. It also took Tennesseans considerable time (not to mention “persuasion” by the federal government) to give up the idea that they could enslave other people and profit from their misery. Then it took even longer for Tennesseans to realize that women and minorities were not really “inferior” to white men and grant them equal rights.

Is there, perhaps, a pattern that Nashvillians might discern after 233 years of white heterosexual male chauvinists denying other people basic human rights? Nashville was founded in 1779, while the ink was still fresh on the American Declaration of Independence’s ringing line that “all men are created equal.” But when have our city, state or nation ever lived up to that creed, for everyone?

True equality remains an elusive dream because the men in power always favor people who — unsurprisingly — look and act like themselves. Such bigotry has created no end of suffering for minorities, women, homosexuals and non-Christians, through the years.

How would one of those white heterosexual male chauvinists feel, if the government wouldn’t allow him to marry the person he preferred? How would he feel if the government claimed that his church was “dangerous” because someone of the same faith had committed a crime, and he was therefore suspected of being a “terrorist” due to guilt by association, even though he was personally innocent?

Bigots lack the empathy to step into someone else’s shoes and share their pain. While I am not gay, I can easily imagine the pain and grief of a gay man who is being denied the right to marry the person he loves. And I know that his marrying another man is not going to make me suddenly want to desert my lovely wife. So why should he be denied the right to marry the person he loves? As the basketball saying goes, “No harm, no foul.”

If anyone understands the Southern penchant for bigotry, it’s undoubtedly Barack Hussein Obama, whose skin color, unusual-sounding name and possibly unorthodox religious beliefs make it impossible for him to win states like Tennessee, where the “good ole boys” rule the roost and regularly come up with such legislative gems as the recent “Guns in Bars,” “Don’t Say Gay” and “No Hand-Holding” bills.

Why did Barack Obama “come out” shortly before the upcoming election? Probably because he understands that the people who call him a Muslim, the anti-Christ and the Devil are the same people who are bigoted against homosexuals and want to deny them the right to marry. They’re not going to vote for him, so he can do the right thing without major political consequences. Or perhaps his thinking really did evolve, and he simply changed his mind, as many other Americans have done.

I wish President Obama had done the right thing sooner, but I’m glad that he did the right thing in this lifetime. How long will it take for the majority of Tennesseans to realize that it is just as wrong to discriminate against homosexuals as it was to discriminate against minorities and women? When will they finally realize that it’s wrong to discriminate against Tennessee Muslims who never hurt a fly in decades of peaceful coexistence? Hopefully sooner rather than later, but I’m not holding my breath.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

123 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 6:06

By: yogiman on 5/13/12 at 2:39
Nimrod,

I've known many human homosexuals in my life, but I've never known of one animal homosexual. Have you? If they got that way, who taught them; You?
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You might think you know you know plenty of homosexuals yogi, but I doubt that you their there real identity. Your father kept you in the closet to long.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 6:20

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 2:29
I must differ with you, pswindle. Our President doesn't have to be Christian. We have had a Catholic as well.
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Catholics are Christians. This one-dimensional individual has no brains.

Is there any other reason why we should not expect yogi to have any other inspiration other than to be totally lacking in adroitness to comprehend or to make any coherent deliberation to any logical subject matters?

I say no to this bamboozle example of homo-nuticus, is a dead branch on a dead limb on the tree of development.

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 7:06

Ask01,

No, I didn't think you were being flip or sarcastic. I too am glad that President Obama "came out of the closet" (so to speak) on the matter of gay marriage. Why he did so is less important to me than what he did.

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 7:16

Rasputin,

If "might makes right" then rape, slavery, armed robbery, etc., must be "good" because the stronger person has his way, and that makes him "right."

If this is really what you believe and teach your children, it puts you in the same category as people like Hitler. Fascists believe that might makes right, and that their interests have supremacy over other people's interests. This is why Andrew Jackson owned slaves and make Native Americans walk the Trail of Tears. This is why Hitler and the Nazis put Jews, Gypsies and Slavs through the Holocaust.

If might makes right, human beings must live according to the law of the jungle. This would make the Hebrew prophets, Jesus and the apostles wrong about everything, because they said exactly the opposite. The central message of the Hebrew prophets was that religion was false unless people practiced chesed (mercy, compassion, lovingkindness) and social justice.

"Might makes right" is a license for anyone who is stronger than someone in your family to rape, rob and even kill the people you love. Believing such a terrible thing puts the people you love at risk. Once fascists come to power they can easily change the "rules" so that only they and their closest friends are protected. So if you vote for politicians who believe that "might makes right" you could end up with a nation like Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia, where most of the people lived in fear of the ruling sociopaths.

Sociopaths think whatever they do is acceptable, because they don't care about other people. Do you want a nation run by fascists and sociopaths?

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 7:20

Well, it must be true. Time Magazine is reporting that Pres. Obama is the 1st Gay President. Which I do agree with, all but the 3rs definition of the word gay.
gay / adj. 1. lighthearted;cheerful 2. brightly colored 3. homosexual (noun) 4. esp. male homosexual- gayness
This is the definition from the American century dictionary

I agree with the 1st definition. I would be lighthearted and cheerful too if I spent more time on vacation than on the job. I wish I could sleep in every morning taking my first briefing at 10:30 am.

Well the 2nd definition, if I agree to that one i'll be called a racist. But I must say that after a bicycle ride the other day I was tanned on my arms and legs, white on the covered up parts, slightly red on shoulders from wearing sleeveless shirt.
So, maybe i'm brightly colored!

As for definition 3 and 4, I did not know that our President is a Homosexual. Thank you Time Magazine for the information.

By: budlight on 5/14/12 at 7:39

Burch asks: "Why did Barack Obama “come out” shortly before the upcoming election? Probably because he understands that the people who call him a Muslim, the anti-Christ and the Devil are the same people who are bigoted against homosexuals and want to deny them the right to marry. They’re not going to vote for him, so he can do the right thing without major political consequences. Or perhaps his thinking really did evolve, and he simply changed his mind, as many other Americans have done."

The question that Burch should be contemplating is: Why did Barack Obama "come out" now? Votes, of course, is the answer. Votes, Votes and more Votes would have been denied him by the Black and Hispanic community in the first election if he had come out with his gay agenda, not to mention his socialist agenda.

You can call southerners names all you want to Burch. The bottom line is that marriage between a man and a woman is endorsed in the Bible, which is a book coming straight from God. If God had intended for men to marry men and women to marry women, he would not have designed the entire planet and the body the way He designed it. I guess you and your ilk will have to learn the hard way. I'm sure there will be a day of reckoning for you.

By the way, I just found out that a "gay" teacher I had in high school who I thought was so up and up and all that, MOLESTED my male classmates. Yes, I said classmates. More than one. While the rest of us were thinking "oh what a nice guy Mr. so and so was, some of my male classmates were suffering ....and still are today. So I'm not voting for any gay anything at this time. And if Muslims are so peace loving why do they kill their children when they convert to Christianity? Is that OK with you?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 7:41

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:20

I agree with the 1st definition. I would be lighthearted and cheerful too if I spent more time on vacation than on the job. I wish I could sleep in every morning taking my first briefing at 10:30 am.

parnell-

Instead of shooting your mouth off about things over your head, you should get the facts straight first.

Bush Spent 5 Times More On Flights To Texas Than Obama‘s Christmas Vacation Costs

Those who criticize the cost of Obama’s Christmas vacation don’t want you to know that George W. Bush spent at least $20 million taxpayer dollars just on flights to his ranch in Crawford.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/14/12 at 7:51

Mike Burch........I just comment on the way things are. "Might makes right" is the law of the world and has nothing to do with what I believe. At this point in life I believe that having enough money to live in a gated community with friends and neighbors who believe the same way you do is my comfort zone. Having a refuge outside this country is a safeguard against people you support.

"Might" comes in all forms.

I always wonder if someone like you will ever move into one of the gated communities in which I live or in one of the Country Clubs. A friend told me not to worry. People like you either do not qualify financially or you do not aspire to the same lifestyle that I do. Either way I am glad I do not have to listen to your rhetoric over cocktails.

By the way, I have nothing against what you believe in. I think that having a President like Barack Hussein Obama is proof that you people exist in large numbers. In fact I salute you. We

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 7:52

Here we go with another one of sid’s decayed imaginary stories to prove she is right on every subject. Show us the facts there sid the bull shi*

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 7:57

Rasputin, does your gated community let black NFL football players live there?

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 7:59

nimrod,

How can you compare "plural" to "singular" in those flights by saying Bush spent more on several flight to Texas than Obama spent on one "Christmas vacation" costs. What was included in those costs?

By: conservarage on 5/14/12 at 8:10

another non-issue drummed up to distract from more serious issues like the economy.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:10

I didn'tthink you could read the entire story yogi.

Bush’s “working vacations” cost taxpayers a small fortune in travel costs because President Bush and his staff would make day trips on Air Force One all across the country in order to counter the criticism that he was on vacation too often. For eight years, Bush essentially used Air Force One as his personal vacation taxi service.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:13

yogi, here is something else for you not to read.

While “Obama has taken 61 days of vacation so far,” anchor Scott Pelley noted over a photo montage of those he cited, “at this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch, where staff often joined him for meetings, and Ronald Reagan 112 days at his ranch. Among recent Presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.”

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2011/08/18/cbs-comes-obama-s-defense-vacation-time-after-they-cue-him-prognosticat

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:20

lol slacker

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:25

My bad it was newsweek that outed the President!

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:30

capt nemo this president has spent way more on vacation than any other president in our history. So why don't you shut your mouth on matters you don't know about.
Christmas vacation? what is that? Obama vacates the office of the president as much as he can.
Bush worked as President on his ranch. He was not flying all over the world looking for vacation spots to bring the 1st Lady like Obama does.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:31

Yes you are parnell and you have no clue as to just how many more days Bush was on vaction and out to lunch during his time in the White House,

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:32

Go back an read the links I have provided for you.

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:36

capt nemo if you belive anything that Scott Pelly reports for CBS then you are drinking the koolaide. This is the same network that claimed Pres. Bush falseified his National Guard records. This is the same network that showed pickup truck explosions from accidents. When you slowed the film down you could see the rocket flying into the truck. Just another lie form the liberal media.
I find it intersting you could not argue the facts from the definition. Only my sarcasm toward the President.
FYI Bush has been out of office for 3 years, it time to stop blaming everything on him!

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:39

why do i want to read propaganda? The Nazi's learned that from the American Demoncats way back in the day.

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 8:39

Democrat misspelled on purpose!!!!!

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:55

Here are two links for you to ignore, parnell.

During 2 terms as President, Bush took spent all of part of 477 days at Camp David, on retreats and made 77 trips to his Crawford Ranch, in Texas, where he spent all or part of 490 days, on his Ranch.

The total number of days of vacation or retreat President Bush took, while in office over a period of 8 years was 967 days, or 32% of his total time in office, was spent on vacations or retreats.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_vacation_days_has_George_W_Bush_taken_as_president

Obama’s upcoming vacation is his ninth vacation since taking office. Obama has spent all or part of 38 days on vacation away from the White House. He has also made 14 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 32 days, for a total of 70 days, Knoller said.

Bush, at this point in his first term, had made 14 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 102 days, Knoller said. He also made 40 visits to Camp David spanning all or part of 123 days. His vacation total at this point in his presidency was all or part of 225 days away.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/7127735-418/obamas-vacation-ripped-but-hes-taken-less-time-off-than-bush.html

By: global_citizen on 5/14/12 at 8:56

Yogiman: "None of them ever stated it was by their choice. Most of them didn't have sisters and basically, never learned how to "get along" with girls. All children reach that "sex age" stage of life and as you know, the "drive" sets in to automatic overdrive. Its like a: I want some dammit and I'm gonna get it. They simply didn't understand what sex was all about but they reach that age where they're "gotta git some", so they try it out with another boy."

I will never cease to be amused by the ad hoc explanations for "what makes people gay" by those who have no training in psychology or human behavioral sciences. They only have their personal pet theory and deem it to be just as sound as peer reviewed science. This is (unintentionally) darn funny stuff, yogi.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 8:59

Your argument is nothing but propaganta, parnell. Grow up and think for yourself for a change.

By: global_citizen on 5/14/12 at 9:06

BenDover: "The people have a right to decide their thresholds of marriage in a society, Mike."

Not as much as you think, Ben. The Supreme Court in Loving vs. Virginia sort of slammed the brakes on that notion.

I think in order for your argument to be valid, you'll have to be able to prove to a court (and I do think this issue is headed to the Supreme Court) that you have both standing and suffer harm from someone else's gay marriage. I think that's in insurmountable hurdle.

Really, tell me how someone else's marriage is any of your business. How does someone else's marriage harm you? Only in your imagination.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:09

yogi, where did you get your edukatshion (sic)? LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:20

global-

When my wife was alive we had discussion about how gay marriage would cause our marriage to fail and we never could figure that out, till the day she died.

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 9:21

Really! Put the kool aide down capt nemo! Your brain is washed enough already! hahahha!!! There comming to take him away haha!
Unfortunately I do not believe everything written on paper or on the internet.
I know all politicians lie, and certain if not all news agencies propagandize these lies.
Time to drink more coffee!!!

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:27

Wow parnell72 you really know how to come back with sting come backs. LOL

Kool Aide. Chapter one from the Neocons hand book for dummies.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:31

By: parnell3rd on 5/14/12 at 10:21
Really! Put the kool aide down capt nemo! Your brain is washed enough already! hahahha!!! There comming to take him away haha!

(Unfortunately I do not believe everything written on paper or on the internet.)Why is that unfortunatley?

I know all politicians lie, and certain if not all news agencies propagandize these lies.

(Time to drink more coffee!!!) I hope it is not your Kool aide.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:35

I am curious Oh Great paranell, just where do you get your information?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 9:46

Sorry about the misspelling parnell.

By: jvh2b on 5/14/12 at 10:19

First and foremost - good job Mike.

Now for a personal rant.

Yogi - F*@k you and the horse you rode in on.

As a gay man my sexuality is as normal to me as wearing tin foil and believing stupid conspiracy theories is to you.

The gay men you spoke to either outright lied to you, or you heard what you wanted to (given your history I'm gonna go with the later). I have never been attracted to women. I wasn't abused, I had all resources available to me if I was attracted to them. They just don't do it for me, and never have. And now you think because I don't want to reproduce in a sham marriage to a woman, the govt shouldn't entitle me to benefits a sterile couple could get or any jerk on the street can get by marrying someone they don't care about?

Bud - I realize your head has been up your a$ so long it's now a permanent fixture, but you might wanna do something like READ and use this new fangled thing like GOOGLE...or heck even your brain (assuming you can actually think instead of regurgitate what you hear every Sunday...) Marriage in the bible and before the bible was a CONTRACT to have FATHERS SELL THEIR DAUGHTERS.

Your BELIEF that some zombie Jew and a sky daddy wrote a book that you BELIEVE in has NO place in civil law. Maybe I believe the flying spaghetti monster calls for the death of morons...great...doesn't mean it needs to be legislated.

This state and it's uneducated lemmings infuriate me. But I will not leave. This is my state too, I was born and raised here, and I have as much right to fight for my beliefs as you haters do. Only difference is I am on the winning side of this issue.

If you feel the need to legislate your beliefs and morality in order to support them, then your morality and beliefs are non-existent to begin with.

In conclusion to anyone that thinks govt has the 2 cents to provide legal benefits to anyone they see fit but then say not you because some stupid book people choose to believe in says so - f&@k you too.

And now back to normal and rational jvh2b.

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 10:36

Jvh2b,

You made me laugh with your rebuke of Yogi:

"As a gay man my sexuality is as normal to me as wearing tin foil and believing stupid conspiracy theories is to you."

Being a heterosexual who has never been attracted to men, I do find homosexuality a bit baffling, but I fully support your right to prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate ice cream, even if I prefer chocolate. If you can be happy without causing me to suffer unjustly, I want you to be happy. So I support full equality for homosexuals, including the right to marry, and I hate to see the Bible being used to deny anyone equality and justice.

Mike

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 10:42

Nemo,

I agree. My lovely wife Beth knows that there's no danger that I will leave her for a man, just because other men are allowed to marry men. Skydiving is legal but I don't go skydiving because jumping out of planes has no appeal for me. But I don't need a law to keep other people from skydiving, because they are not harming me unjustly.

We don't need laws that limit personal freedom. We need laws against rape and bestiality because children and animals cannot consent to sex acts and need protection. We don't need laws that tell consenting adults what they can and can't do, as long as they are not harming other people unjustly.

Mike

By: jvh2b on 5/14/12 at 10:43

Call em like I see em Mike!

And thank you. If me being able to share property and have survival benefits etc ever harms any straight couple, please let me know and I will immediately postpone my engagement to my fiance immediately until that issue is rectified! ;)

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 10:47

budlight,

You said, "The bottom line is that marriage between a man and a woman is endorsed in the Bible, which is a book coming straight from God."

But if God is loving, compassionate, wise and just, it is obvious that large parts of the Bible did not come "straight from God."

The Bible commands and/or condones slavery, sex slavery, infanticide, matricide, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Christians no longer believe the Bible's satanic verses, which either came from the Other Guy or evil-minded barbaric men.

But if Christians no longer believe half of what the Bible says, why believe the homophobic verses?

Mike

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 10:55

Nimrod,

You're comparing Bush's vacation[s] to Obama's Christmas Vacation. How can you financially compare multiple vacations to one vacation? How much did Bush spend per vacation?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:02

Mike, I would like bud for once to show evidence of her post. This gnarly old troll monkey can say the silliest things, but never backs up her tail(sic)of fantasy.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/14/12 at 11:06

Captain Nemo.........I do not live in the Governors Club of Brentioch. I do not think that the black NFL football players have any desire to live in the neighborhood or community in which I live.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:12

yogi you are as dense as a Black Hole. The links gave both Obama and Bush vacations (note plural and not singular) count, the same length of time. What part of same length of time does that tiny toe-jam you call brains understand?

By: Moonglow1 on 5/14/12 at 11:14

Moonglow1:
"True equality remains an elusive dream because the men in power always favor people who — unsurprisingly — look and act like themselves."

In Tennessee, any person who "looks and acts" like those individuals who comprise our TN legislature are:
Not educated / intellectually adrift
Intolerant
Arrogant
Espouse un-Christian principles
Autocratic
Dictatorial
Lack understanding of the US Constitution

I am pleased that MSN.COM has exposed the complete stupidity of our "elected officials."

Recently Beth Harwell stated that the news media has placed entirely too much emphasis on the social issues debated by this legislature instead of emphasizing all the work they had done to address other issues. Really??? Beth, please! You can try to fool some of the people some of the time, but eventually, people do catch on. We are not all dumb replica's of the TN Legislature.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:15

You are correct there Rasputin, my error. They would want to live in a better neighbor than yours.

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 11:18

Mike,

Scanning back, I noticed your 4:24 post on 5/12 you said you used to take me seriously. I hate to 'tell' you this, but you better start taking the Obama situation seriously. Unless you're ready for a communist dictator.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:24

Never take a fool to be serious. yogi will make an ass of you every time.

Captain Nemo-

By: Moonglow1 on 5/14/12 at 11:29

Moonglow1
Yogi must be a paid blogger owned and operated by ALEC or some such group. No one can continually spout the same nonsense day after day.

Grover Norquist (yup, the tax screwball) was on Bill Mahr recently and used the same playbook as Yogi: Repeat nonsense over and over ad nauseam until the American public believes it to be fact. He was comparing the number of jobs created by the Reagan administration versus the number of jobs under Obama. What nonsense. Reagan did not inherit two wars and a collapsed economy.

Yogi spouts off the same old same old regarding the President's birth: Over and over and over ad nauseam.

Yogi, the Right Wing playbook is gone out the door, out the window, out, out... Intelligent people don't buy it, can see through it, the nonsense, the ignorance, the branding, the messaging.

Call Karl Rove and get some new talking points, or is he out of ideas for you.

Or go investigate some "Mobile Labs" and weapons of mass destruction to talk about: I am sure Colin Powell thinks there are some in Iran. After all, he told the American people and the UN about the mystical / fabricated mobile labs in Iraq in preparation for our pre-emptive war.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:30

Does anyone want to bet that this to much for yogi to comprehend.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 11:35

Moonglow-

If yogi was serious, he would spend more time proving what he is whining about. However since they are only lies, all he has to do is make up nonsense aka yogi-drool.

By: brrrrk on 5/14/12 at 12:52

Mike Burch said

"I agree. My lovely wife Beth knows that there's no danger that I will leave her for a man, just because other men are allowed to marry men."

Those who fear it,
Are probably near it.....