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: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 1:04

I understand, nimrod. That's why I never take you serious. You've got me convinced.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 1:09

If you understood yogi, you would be ashamed of yourself.

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 1:30


Its a known fact you sometimes must keep repeating on an issue for idiots to finally learn what you're trying to teach them. I'm still trying to teach you folks about Barry so you won't be too sad when he takes over. That is, if he's successful on it. I hope the majority of the population learn who the man is.

The intelligent folks already know what he is. So how about y'all improving your intelligence and joining the club.

By: gdiafante on 5/14/12 at 1:34

Wow...still debating this redundant topic? What a monumental waste of time.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 1:37

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 2:30

Its a known fact you sometimes must keep repeating on an issue for idiots to finally learn what you're trying to teach them.

We understand yogi, you are a fool.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 1:41

gdia, the hicks of Tennessee always use the phrase, “it is a known fact,” when they don’t have a clue of what they are talking about. In yogi case he is just an idiot.

By: gdiafante on 5/14/12 at 1:52

Yogi's right, though. Intelligent folks, or at least those that have 1st grade level comprehension, know he's the President of the United States.

Everyone else is a good example of what's wrong with education in this country.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 1:56

Why would we want to join yogi’s idiot club. LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 2:20

I had over look that brrrk. The Governors Club is no where near Antioch. Rasputin is not very sharp.

By: gdiafante on 5/14/12 at 2:28

Antioch isn't that far from the Governor's Club. Just a few miles down Concord road. I think that's what he's getting at.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 2:39

It is more than a few miles gdia. Plus Brentwood is in a higher price range than Belle Mead. No I think the goofball just show his true colors.

By: gdiafante on 5/14/12 at 2:49

It's a few miles, Nemo. I go that way all the time. Hell, Nolensville road goes through Williamson County at one point.

By: yogiman on 5/14/12 at 2:58


How did Barack Obama regain his US natural born citizenship status after he lost it through his adoption to Indonesian citizenship?

Tell ya' what, I'll bet he isn't an American citizen and never has been.

By: gdiafante on 5/14/12 at 3:01

Shut your hole, yogi. We've been through this and I don't care to argue with an imbecile.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:13

That is true gdia, but that is not Antioch. People think Antioch is bigger than it really is. Some think that Cane Ridge and Tusculum are apart of Antioch and some even think that Woodbine is Antioch, but they are not. Antioch is more to the east of I-24..

Nolensville is in Williams County I believe.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:16

I think what people often refer to as Brentioch is that section of Davidson County that has a Brentwood zip code. Old Hickory BLV. and I 65

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:19

Prove that your are not a North Korean mole yogi. I bet you ain't even a American LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:24

gdia, it doesn’t matter; the Governs Club is way classier that what Rasputin use is to.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:26

I wonder what yogi is so agitated about; Romney must have done something that has got him in hot water again.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/14/12 at 3:27

shb is use to.

By: pswindle on 5/14/12 at 9:46

It really does not matter who President Obama's father is as long as his Mother is an American citizen and therefore he is an Americcan citizen. That's the law. I know moe about him than I know about Mitt. I know that Mit is a Morman which is a cult and he is not Chrisitan. He fires people, he closes their plants and takes their money. Is this healthful?

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


You obviously don't know much about the laws of this nation. You state you know more about Obama than you know about Mitt Romney. How can you when Obama refuses to show his birth certificate. Was he born in the USA? Prove it. You can't and he won't.

Even if he was, he could only have received dual-citizenship. There is no way he could be a natural born American citizen.

But let's presume he was born as a natural born citizen; when he was adopted into Indonesian citizenship (a nation that did not accept dual citizenship) he lost his American citizenship, he could not retain his natural born status. If he ever repatriated to American citizenship, he could only regain it through naturalization.

There is more going on in this country than you know about. I just hope you can understand what one world government means because that is where the people in power today are taking us. Obama is simply the "up front" man of the group.

By: budlight on 5/15/12 at 4:54

By: Mike Burch on 5/14/12 at 11:47

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, anyone and everyone who is a Christian and who studies the Word, knows that the new testament is written after the birth of Jesus. I'm not a theologian, so I can't tell you exactly what the old testament is about. But I can tell you that we are to love everyone and to spread the gospel. I can love a bank robber, but I absolutely do not condone the behavior of robbing a bank.

I can love anyone, but if they behave in a manner, such as child molester, murderer or other, I don't have to condone their behavior. The bible clearly points out the homosexual behavior as wrong. So it has been wrong for centuries and is still wrong today.

I have always believed that insurance companies should allow people to pay for insurance for others.