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LaBarbera: Obama's a pro-homosexual Trojan horse

Oh please. Here we are, feeling all squishy about supporting Barack Obama because he hasn’t exactly been giving queer folks any signals that he is pro-equality.

According to the Washington Blade, Obama supports civil unions, but not marriage equality; he voted against constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but has not voted on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ENDA or hate-crimes legislation. Obama  has an 89 out of 100 HRC rating, which equals sHillary’s (he falls short of Al Gore’s or John Kerry’s scores of 100  and well ahead of John Edwards’s 66).

In Obama’s latest book, The Audacity of Hope, the only signal we get on this front is that he considers that he may be wrong in his opposition to marriage equality — in terms of his personal faith.

“I was reminded that it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided.”

That’s a pretty tepid statement.

How wrong we are, according to Porno Pete LaBarbera. He must be getting different signals from the rest of us. The Americans for Truth bleating head says that Barack Obama’s position is a lie, and that we’re secretly dancing in the streets because the Illinois Senator is a pro-homosexual Trojan horse, and LaBarbera’s proof is that Obama is a member of the gay-welcoming United Church of Christ.

Read the unhinged rant after the jump.(AgapePress):

The first-term senator can say he is talking religious values to the public and continue portraying himself as a traditional-values Christian, says LaBarbera, but Obama is actually advancing policies that attack those values.

“There’s no need to consider the idea that so-called ‘gay marriage’ is okay,” says LaBarbera. “We know that marriage is between a man or a woman; that’s what God made it to be. It’s wonderful, it’s beautiful. Homosexuality is not an option.”

And for Obama to say that, in order to be a good Christian, he has to consider “something that’s anti-Christian is just wrong,” says the Christian activist. He describes Obama as “as pro-abortion as they come, and very pro-homosexual.”

Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC) denomination and attends Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, according to UCC News.

“The United Church of Christ has now merged with the largest gay church in the world, called the Cathedral of Hope, in Texas,” LaBarbera notes. “And so they’re welcoming in churches that are embracing homosexuality, so they’ve become one of the most liberal denominations in the country.”

Oh well, I guess with all the confusion it’s clear that if Barack Obama is going to run, he’s got to do quite a bit to clarify his position for folks on the left and the right side of the political spectrum.

For a great thoughtful piece on the dilemma of Obama, check out Terrence’s post, “The Obama Bandwagon” over at The Republic of T. A snippet:

I know that no leading Democratic candidate is likely to come out in support of same-sex marriage, even if he or she privately supports it. That may be the case with Obama and his “willingness to be wrong.” Clinton didn’t. Kerry didn’t. Dean didn’t. And the next Democratic nominee almost certainly won’t. In that sense, Obama may be an “improbable gift during a horrible time”, a bridge that many may wish to cross over into someplace better than the last six years or so, or that leads to somewhere better than we’ve ended up. In that sense, he may be the candidate of many people’s hopes. But not mine. Not unless I choose to set some of my hopes aside.

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