Some guy kissed another guy and it made it to the telly.
Some guys don’t get the whole kissing thing and when two men do it they get all nervous.
The guy doing the kissing is an American football player, Michael Sam. He’s gay and the first one of us to be drafted into the footy. One of us being a gay man, not just a man. That’s significant as there are very few gay people who are out and in professional sports anywhere in the world.
The guys doing the nervous things are mostly christians.
The particular guy I want to highlight is Bernard Gaynor. He’s a fundamentalist christian who thinks that gay people are sinners and we don’t have to be gay. He blogs here.
He wrote about the President of the USA saying this:
The President congratulates Michael Sam, the St. Louis Rams, and the NFL for taking an important step forward in our nation’s journey. From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove every day that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are, and certainly the fact that Michael Sam was drafted represents and reflects what he did on the field in his college career.
Gaynor says this:
On Sunday, the most important man in the world stopped whatever he was doing to #bringbackourgirls to talk about a gay man because he was gay and famous for promoting his proclivities for homosexuality across the length and breadth of the entire known universe.
Gaynor then goes on to ask why the President is congratulating Sam at all, as Sam wasn’t the 1st or 2nd pick in the draft, but the 249th pick. He wants to know why the President didn’t congratulate all the other players who are clearly much more deserving. The answer is of course, that the President loves gay people and Gaynor hates them. Well, he hates the sin, he probably loves the sinner.
Then he gives us this little line:
Finally, let’s examine the context of Obama’s oft-commented statement.
Christians so love to have context, they always ensure that when they quote something from the bible it’s in context. We’re told to read the line before and the line after to make sure that we have the correct context.
Here’s the line before the oft-commented statement:
Q Thanks, Jay. I don’t think this came up yesterday. Did the President express any thoughts about Michael Sam being the first gay player to be drafted by the NFL?
MR. CARNEY: What I can tell you is that
The Q at the start is short for Question. Dave is the person asking the question, then a Mr. Carney says, “What I can tell you is that the President congratulates…. ” Now just for extra clarity, let me quote the line after the oft-commented statement:
Q Did the President think it was appropriate that the Miami Dolphins punished, fined, disciplined that player who tweeted —
MR. CARNEY: I haven’t spoken to him about that.
After that answer from Mr Carney the next question is about a US district court appointment, and just for context, the question before Dave asked his was about immigration reform.
You see, what the President said, he didn’t really say out loud to anyone but his Press Secretary, I know this because I’ve watched West Wing. Therefore I’m an expert on US politics.
The question was ask at the Whitehouse in a press briefing, the briefing ran from 12.45 p.m to 1.36 p.m. on the 13 May 2014. That’s 51 minutes, just after lunch time on a Tuesday afternoon. The draft happened at around 10.00 a.m on 11 May, a few days earlier.
The way I see this happening is that the Press Secretary, Jay Carney, meets with the President early Tuesday morning and they have a talk about topics that the press is likely to ask. Jay thinks that the press will probably ask about Michael Sam, and asks the President what he wants to say. Barrack responds with something along the lines of: “Oh just congratulate him and say something about how great it is that gay people are getting recognised. He’s a sweet guy.” Then they move on to the next topic.
So, all up about a minute long discussion. The world didn’t stop, and the most important man in the world, according to Gaynor, didn’t devote too much time to it. He didn’t call a press conference, or break into the regular Sunday night viewing. No, what he did was leave it to his Press Secretary, and the only reason the President’s quote even got out there is that a journalist asked the question, between many other non-related questions, of what the President thought about the gay footballer making the draft. If that question hadn’t been asked, the response would never have been forth-coming.
Whether it’s on the playing field or in the corporate boardroom, the LGBT bedroom has been thrust upon Americans by the man in charge of its state apparatus. This bedroom is now the US government’s business and it will make sure everyone gives adulation to those who lie therein.
Nothing was thrust upon us apart from Gaynor’s rabid imagination. The media only gives us the quote that is relevant to a story. The President has no concern for what’s happening in anyone’s bedroom but his own, and maybe his daughter’s. He didn’t offer any adulation, he simply answered a question via his Press Secretary.
Gaynor has gone off half-cocked. You’d reckon someone who is so clear about understanding moral issues in the world would take the time to find out what was really said and in what context. The President at the time of the press briefing was meeting with law enforcement leaders to discuss immigration reform. It took a few minutes for me to find the source of the quote, and then to discover what the President was actually doing. It’s really pretty straight forward research. Gaynor and those of his ilk will stop at nothing to demonise anyone who is at odds with their world view.
I’m sure there’s a line in the bible about not bearing false witness. I’d have to go and check the context.