Did Tammy Lynne Drink the Kool-Aid? Or Will Melissa Change Rick’s Thinking?
Tammy Lynne Michaels, Melissa’s Etheridge’s wife, wrote a blog which makes me cringe, and not because she misspelled yamaka either. In the LGBTQ+A world I fall into the A (ally) position, so I can’t speak as someone whose rights are denied. And sometimes I will probably make an ass out of myself while trying to say the right thing…but oh sweet raptor baby Jesus and his mama, wtf was Tammy Lynne thinking?
In her blog, reposted on Good As You, Tammy Lynne writes:
i’m starting to think that there are indeed some people… some well-meaning and loving people… who are not at all ANTI-GAY, that’s not why they don’t want the word marriage used… they are merely RELIGIOUS. and for religious (archaic) reasons, they want to stay safe and respectful to WHAT THEY’VE BEEN TAUGHT…
rick spoke of some "stupid" things he’s said (his word, not mine), some missquotes that were given, and lots of ammunition from the media.
honey and i are to go to his church sometime soon. and honey invited him to our house for an afternoon, to be with our family. (w.t.f.)
WTF is right! Did she read this statement from Saddleback Church?
Someone unwilling to repent of their homosexual lifestyle would not be accepted at a member at Saddleback Church. That does not mean they cannot attend church – we hope they do! God’s Word has the power to change our lives.
So um, Tammy Lynne, basically Pastor Rick is inviting you and your honey to visit his church in the hopes that (his) God’s word will change your your lives. And maybe eventually un-gay you. You will be his trophies, proof of how libuhrul he is and how powerful his God is. Nice.
You write that he "LOVES gays." But he doesn’t love them enough to let them be church members. He doesn’t love them enough to be able to want them to have civil marriage. But he "loves" them enough to want to convert them into being non-practicing homosexuals.
Now maybe you and Melissa can help him to understand why civil marriage equality is so important, since Pastor Rick has gone on the record saying that:
I support full equal rights for everybody in America. I don’t believe we should have unequal rights depending on particular lifestyles so I fully support equal rights.
But he later backtracked, as you can read in his "clarifications" on Beliefnet.com.
From my perspective, you and Melissa being used by a very slick guy who wants to convert you to his way of thinking, to his viewpoint, to stifle Melissa who has a very influential voice. Spit out his self-righteous Kool-Aid and don’t think that a nice lunch chez Etheridge-Michaels is gonna make him say, "Oh it’s only a word, give gays ‘marriage’ too, that word is big enough for everyone," because in Rick Warren’s mind "marriage" is a God-given right only for straights.
And that’s wrong on so many levels.