Rather surprised to see this quote from you in today’s L.A. Times :
“If you’re asking, ‘Do we take discrimination against gays as seriously as bigotry against African Americans and Jews?’ . . . the answer is, ‘Of course we do.’ But we also believe that some people, including Rich, saw Prop. 8 not as a civil rights issue but a religious one. That is their right. And it is not, in and of itself, proof of bigotry.”
Well Bill, we don’t. Not for a nanosecond. Not at all. For if we did you’d agree with me and and an increasingly large number of others that Scott Eckern, stepping down from his post as director of the nonprofit California Musical Theatre in Sacramento after it was discovered he gave over a thousand dollars to the “Yes on 8″ campaign was a good thing. Likewise the objections raised to Richard Raddon, the Mormon director of the L.A. Film Festival who donated $1,500, and the Cinemark theater chain because its Chief Executive Alan Stock gave $9,999.
To speak of their hatred as a “right” is unacceptable. More imprtant you would do well to keep in mind that all homophobia is premised on the perception of our being weak and powerless and therefore neither willing or able to fight back.
We’ve taken names and we’re kicking ass.
I am ever more distressed to see Christine –of all people
“I can’t quite stomach the notion that you fire somebody because of what they believe. It doesn’t feel right to me.”
Well being attacked by those who claim a Big Invisible Bi-Polar Daddy-Who-Lives-in-The-Sky is the ultimate moral authority and has condemned me to death, doesn’t feel right to me and a great many others. What also doesn’t feel right, Christine, is when you say
“Many straight people really don’t understand it’s a civil rights issue. . . We didn’t do our job well enough. We need to do it better.”
Honey I’m 61 years old and have been talking to straight people all my life. If they don’t understand by now they can go fuck themselves.
It’s really just that simple.
Looking forward to your next production dear.
You too Bill.