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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Friday, January 20, 2006

Holy Mary, Mother of God!

I always did like that expression. Not well versed in all things catholic, I was partially raised by a catholic stepfather. He was a beatnik and a Theosophist. I grew up as a Unitarian. But I did enjoy attending mass with my stepgrandparents as a young teen.

The title here is simply my way of expressing my shock and outrage at this story on CNN. It seems that some right wing "christians" want to exclude gay families from the White House Easter Egg Roll this year:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.

The Family Pride Coalition and other organizers envision the April 17 action as a celebration that will earn good will and showcase their families engaging in the annual tradition.

"It's important for our families to be seen participating in all aspects of American life," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.

Yet some conservatives, alerted to the plans this week, accuse gay activists of trying to "crash" an event for children and turn it into a forum for ideological politicking. Some groups are discussing ways to respond.

"It's improper to use the egg roll for political purposes," said Mark Tooley of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy. Tooley wrote a critical article this week in the Weekly Standard magazine about the planned event that has circulated widely on conservative Web sites.

Since the article appeared Tuesday, Chrisler said Family Pride has received "a flood of hate-filled, venomous messages telling us that our families aren't welcome."

Wouldn't it be fun if they excluded all the queer families? And all of the little christian progeny that will grow up to be gay turned a pale lavendar during the event? What would they do then?

Oh. I know. They could hold an exorcism on the White House lawn.

If they want to gain any credibility at all, they had better be inviting a whole lot of children from a whole lot of families that are not christian and/or not white. And let's not forget single parent families or parents and children with disabilities. And interracial families. And foster families. Then there are the families with a parent in prison. Families living with AIDS.

I wonder just how many families they could exclude if they really put their minds to the task. With any luck, the Bible could show good cause to exclude a whole lot of us instead of just the queers. If we're going for the Rapture here, why not just go all the way?

This entire situation brings to my mind Maya Angelou's poem On the Pulse of Morning. This is the one she read at Bill Clinton's second inauguration in 1993. I long for the day when all of us recognize that the human family is woven from the same fabric:

Each of you, a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet today I call you to my riverside, If you will study war no more. Come,
Clad in peace, and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I and the
Tree and the rock were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your
Brow and when you yet knew you still
Knew nothing.
The River sang and sings on.

There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing River and the wise Rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew
The African, the Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheik,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the Teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the Tree.

~from On the Pulse of Morning by Maya Angelou

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone one wants to exclude you or your family....Just came as an American family wanting to enjoy the children's event. You don't need to make a statement, try to be different or come as a group. Just show-up and blend in with all the other families, it's not about gays, straights or in betweens..It's about kids, eggs and having a good time with them..

Leave your politics at home and enjoy the time, you will be surprised how you will be treated as just regular folks.. if that's really what you want.

8:14 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Your comments are well taken and not without merit, anonymous. And I would say shame on any parent who elects to voluntarily place his or any other child in harms way.

But I think this was not intended as a civil rights action but simply as a statement to illustrate that gay folk have lives and families just like anyone else.

10:14 AM PST  
Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Indeed. We are often questioned over PRIDE events... but people forget there is a reason for PRIDE that has nothing to do with flaunting, etc. It's about showing us as real people, it's about us saying to each other we are ok, when a whole lot of the world tries to say we are not... and a lot of the time, that saying "I'm OK" is entirely within one's own mind, because of all the nonsense that taught us otherwise along the way.

We are of an age where homophobia was everywhere, almost a total blanket over us, and we lived in hiding. That is a powerful force to overcome, and remnants still have power.

I don't expect someone hetero to understand how it feels... only why it is necessary... what we have had to overcome.

10:33 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Well said Ms. Nelle. Well said!

10:52 AM PST  

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