BRIEF BLOG INTRO:
I'm a man on a mission. A mission to convince you that life is worth living, no matter how many obstacles are placed in your way. And that you can accomplish great things if you just push ahead and don't let anyone tell you no.

I'm a singer/songwriter and actor from Texas "Living in the Bonus Round" in New York City-- which is my way of describing how I feel having cheated death. (In a game show, the Bonus Round is where time speeds up and the prizes are better.) Accepting my death changed me. Now, I'm consuming life as quickly and as fully as I can, while still taking time to breathe and appreciate every single day as an utter miracle.

Last year, I turned 60 and I had a set of goals, all of which came true, including composing -- and performing in -- a Mass, recording a solo album (selling 10s of copies), headlining to a sold out house at a major night club in New York City and playing the lead role in a staged reading of a play not written by myself. I update a few times a month these days, and I don't spam. So it's easier to keep up with me by following by Email. When this blog began, it was to track my death. I'm told it was the first AIDS blog. You can start at the gruesome beginning if you want. Or just jump in and maybe we can learn some life lessons together. Welcome to the Bonus Round. I'm Steve [SHACK-lin] and we're just getting started.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

A Christianist Columnist Wakes Up?

One of the aspects of the debate of homosexuality in the public arena that most of us who are gay understand is that politicians and legislators (even Republicans), with the exception of a few redneck hatemongers like Rick Santorum or Tom DeLay, are generally open and accepting of their gay staff members and other gay people in the rarified world of politics and society.

They know who's gay and who isn't. And even the closet cases like Mark Foley who diddle teens on the side while voting against every single pro-gay piece of legislation are well known within Republican circles.

Here is a column from WorldNetDaily, a very hardcore right wing Christianist "news" organization. Basically, the writer is looking at Condoleeza Rice swearing in the new head of the AIDS commission. The writer is appalled that:

1. A gay person is touching the Bible.

2. The gay person's partner is in attendance.

3. Rice refers to the gay person's partner's mother as his "mother-in-law."

What does the Republican Party stand for?


For years now, we've been telling conservative Christians that the Republican Party doesn't care one WHIT about their "issues" and that the only reason they pay lip service to those issues is to get votes from all those millions of churches they can dupe.

This is the truth of the universe.

And you know what? It's not going to change. And do you know why? Because justice and fairness for gay people is a moral imperative. Politically, conservative Christianists are simply on the wrong side of history and the wrong side of what's right and wrong.

Period.

The recent book by David Kuo provides an illuminating look into this.

Poor little Randy Thomas, the Exodus political lobbyist, is just puzzled by the "mixed messages" of the Bush Administration. Randy, dear, the message isn't mixed. They don't like you. They don't support you. They don't care about you. What they want from you is for you to convince your followers to vote for them. That's why you exist in their minds. Grow. Up.
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