Keep your friends close and your enemâ€¦I mean, friends with whom you simply disagreeâ€¦closer. How many anti-LGBT groupsâ€™ email lists are you subscribed to? Iâ€™m on several. I love keeping up with the folks who are out to cause our community harm. Iâ€™m in the loop, can counter whatever message they might be broadcasting today and can keep abreast of their fewer and fewer successes and mounting failures.
You can call it outright cruel, but Iâ€™ve been especially giddy after learning of the months-long financial crisis inside Raleighâ€™s Christian Action League, a teetotaling, anti-gay network of fundamentalist and evangelical churches, religious groups and pastors. It seems our â€śfriendsâ€ť in wolvesâ€™ clothing continue to suffer under the weight of a $21,000 debt.
Back in September, the Leagueâ€™s executive director, Rev. Mark Creech, sent out his first of several messages begging and pleading for donations. Unfortunately, his wife got sick just as he began his master plan to get the League back on track. Regardless, wifey is better now and Creech has again picked up his guitar and put out the hat for those who care to toss him some change. What kind of entertainment is he offering in order to garner all that supposed support out there? Itâ€™s just the same old worn out song and dance weâ€™ve heard and seen time and time again.
To the tune of â€śTwinkle, Twinkle,â€ť sing with me now: â€śQueers are raising lots of dough, theyâ€™ll take oâ€™er before you know. Anal sex in our classrooms, pedophiles will come next soon. Queers are claiming victory, weâ€™ve got to stop this sodomy!â€ť
Meanwhile, and this is really whatâ€™s got poor Creechâ€™s knickers in a twist, Equality North Carolina is drowning in a flood of cash. Along with a coalition of parent, youth and education groups, ENC successfully pushed for an LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill last year. This year, theyâ€™re embarking on an initiative to end anti-gay discrimination in state employment. And, North Carolina remains without an anti-gay marriage amendment. For six years in a row. Maybe Creech should get some singing and dancing lessons? : :
This article was published in the Feb. 20 â€“ Mar. 5 print edition.