Skip to main content

cross-posted at BlueNC

As many of you know, Patrick Wooden, a black pastor in Raleigh who is helping lead the push to write a gay-marriage ban into North Carolina's constitution, jumped into the spotlight a few weeks ago with remarks that are disgusting and hateful, even by fundie standards.  In two separate radio appearances with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality that gays have to wear diapers or butt plugs and stick objects up their rears to keep from losing their bowels.  

I was in two minds about whether calling Wooden to account was worth the effort.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Wooden's comments prove the lie to the usual religious right line that they love gays--just not their lifestyle.  Regardless of where you stand on gay rights, this kind of hate has no place in civilized discourse.  Period.  Let's tell Wooden's buddies at the Christian Action League and Vote for Marriage NC--the people driving this amendment--to put their money where their mouth is and tell Wooden his comments are unacceptable.

Every time I listen to Wooden's comments, I can't help but think that this guy is like Fred Phelps with black skin.  And yet, the "mainstream" religious right has, at least publicly, left Phelps on an island.  LaBarbera himself has condemned Phelps as "a crude caricature of pro-family traditionalists."  He could have just as easily been talking about Wooden.  And yet, if his full interviews with Wooden (part 1, part 2) are any indication, he didn't even bat an eyelash at Wooden's words.  Apparently, neither did Tony Perkins and Tim Wildmon--they had Wooden as a guest on their radio show after Wooden made his hateful statements.  You mean to tell me they didn't know about this?  Come on.

I was also reminded of how Bill James, a wingnut county commissioner in my hometown of Charlotte, claimed that all gays were "sexual predators" in response to a request to sign a letter supporting the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."  The other three Repubs on the county commission somehow had the ability to express their opposition in a civilized manner--but not James.  Then again, this is the same guy who once told his fellow commissioners that gays stick gerbils and hamsters up their rears.

Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell's attempt to blame gays and lesbians for 9-11 was too much even for some fundies.  How in the world can Wooden's statements not be over the top as well?  If those behind the anti-gay marriage amendment stand behind Wooden, their definition of "love" is going to be in need of a major rewrite.  If they're going to have a debate over gay marriage, it's not too much to ask that they do it in a civil manner.  So let's tell them to put a rein on Wooden and condemn his hateful words.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site