I came across this story on the American Family Association website (I’m an avid reader 😉 ) that covers the swearing in of the Bush Administration’s new global AIDS coordinator. His name is Mark Dybu and he is openly gay and was present at the ceremony with his partner and his partner’s mother. During the swearing-in, Condi Rice referred to Dybu’s partner’s mother as his “mother-in-law”.
Obviously, those who find themselves in the trenches of the Religous Right are wondering how the Bush Administration would appoint a homosexual in any position, let alone as the AIDS czar. As the AFA story points out, “….putting a homosexual in charge of AIDS policy is a bit like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.” Unreal.
As if employing a homosexual wasn’t bad enough, Condi Rice had to go on record and aknowledge the relationship between Dybu and his partner in a marital sense. Also, Condi let a homosexual touch a Bible. In the mind of the Religious Right, this must be so disorienting. How could this happen in the administration of the man that God voted for?
The fact that Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council finds Rice’s behaviour “distressing” is asinine. It’s as if homosexuals are aliens from another planet who are invading planet Earth order to whipe us out. Are there not more pressing issues in the world at the moment? This is a clear example that the Religous Right have far too much time on their hands and are more concerned with protecting their moralism than with loving God and loving their neighbors.
In the end, stories like this one (and this one) are good news because it points to the fact that conservative evangelical organizations like the ARA and FRC do not posses any real influence in the halls of power. They are simply political tools who end up chasing their tails in order to prop up their moralistic, ignorant, black-and-white understanding of the world around them.