January 21, 2008
More addition, not division
Posted by: Chris
Twice today, Barack Obama reminded us that he is not only willing to talk more often to general election audiences about equality for gay, but in admonishing evangelicals -- black and white -- for mistreatment of gays. First in his uplifting address at the Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he said:
For most of this country's history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man's inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays - on the job, in the schools, in our health care system, and in our criminal justice system.
And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we're honest with ourselves, we'll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King's vision of a beloved community.
We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.
(Video of the speech is available on the jump.)
Then tonight, in the rough and tumble South Carolina debate, Obama talked about how Democrats have not reached out to evangelical voters. And he made clear that in doing so, he would continue to call them for their opposition to gay rights.
When have we heard Hillary Clinton speak out like that -- much less her attack-dog spouse?
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