Monday, December 29, 2008

Question of the Day: Skip being the new Black...Are Gays the new Evangelicals?

I love different views and opinions about anything. And I also love challenging different views and opinions. So in the spirit of doing such stuff, I have a question/situation for y'all.

In several conversations with fellow gay folks, I've learned we're all over the place about Obama's Rick Warren drama, appointing LGBT folks to the cabinet, and the infamous Prop 8. "We are the new Black" motif is slowly becoming a new T-shirt of the year.

However, some folks are saying that we are not the new Black...We are the new Evangelicals. When I asked why, I was told we are acting like the uber-Christians back in 2004 when Bush won his 2nd term. They demanded so much stuff from prayer in schools to a constitution amendment to ban gay marriage. And later they claimed they were betrayed.

I thought it was an interesting concept. Are we jumping to fast? Do we have a reason to be this upset? I think we should be upset, but I think we need to focus our energies in long term planning and goal setting. But I want to know what y'all think. Are we becoming the new Evangelicals?


Marker said...

Not sure how apt the "gay is the new black" analogy is, but I think the comparison to evangelical Xtians in 2004 is way, way off.

First, clearly we have nowhere near the clout with Obama that they did/do with Dubya (if any). Secondly, there's the fundamental difference between conservative forces and any progressive group of "movement" - they seek to impose their restrictive views on the rest of the nation; we basically want to be treated the same as everyone else and left alone.

Marker said...

. . . "progressive group or movement", that is

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