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The Weekly Standard on Donnie and Barack

Jim Burroway

October 30th, 2007

Suffice it to say that I virtually never agree with the neo-conserviative The Weekly Standard. But today I’m reminded of my wise father’s saying, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” Just about everything Dean Barnett writes about Donnie McClurkin’s appearance in Sen. Barak Obama’s Gospel tour in South Carolina elicited an amen from me. Read the recap here.



Timothy Kincaid
October 30th, 2007 | LINK

Barnett’s discription of McClurkin as “semi-gay” does illustrate that even amongst those to who they sell their political soul, ex-gays are little more respected than all-out gay folk. Not only are they viewed with all of the disdain that anti-gays have for us, they are also seen as ridiculous.

Ben in Oakland
October 30th, 2007 | LINK

I agree, T. I would really like to hear Barnett provide an explanation of what he means by “semi-gay.” It sounds like he is saying either one of two things.

Either “I don’t believe a word of it, especially given what I know about you.” Or, even worse:

“We all know it’s not true that you are not gay, and that the whole ‘ex-gay’ thing is mostly a myth, but for the sake of my political positions and other political causes I support which use the gay thing to build political power, I will not actually admit to that, though it turns the stomach of that part of me which values truth and decries the oppression of people with asinine garbage like this that JUST ISN’T TRUE, and demeans people I know and like.”

Ben in Oakland
October 30th, 2007 | LINK

And, as i forgot to write, as dan Savage observes: would you want your non-ex-gay daughter to marry and ex-gay guy, or vice versa?

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