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10/29/2008

Yea, because what could a gay German possibly teach us about discrimination?

by Jeremy Hooper

Wendy Wright, Tony Perkins, Glen Lavy, Don Wildmon, Diane Gramley, Gary Bauer, Robert Knight, and Michael Heath. These eight names have much in common. For one, they are surely all standout members of the "We'd sooner eat glass than vote for Obama" club. Plus they are among the least likely Americans to "mazel tov!" us at our same-sex wedding's climatic glass-breaking. Oh, and they are also all fluent speakers of that ancient foreign language known as "Pro-family code-wording." So yea, many ties bind these frequent G-A-Y guest stars.

But now these eight towards whom we frequently scream "ENOUGH!" have come together for another cause. They, along with 26 other "pro-family" 200810290847personalities have sent a joint letter to Germany's Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, demanding that he apologize for and "rein in" Consul General Rolf Schuette, Germany's top liaison in San Francisco. And why, you ask? Well, because the openly gay Schuette (who has had a German civil union with his partner for over a decade) has been "brazen" enough to stand up and share his personal story about life, love, and discrimination, and apply that to the right of all of the world's LGBT people to have their existences recognized and respected. The nerve of him!

These histrionics come from the Family Research Council:

In California, Consul General Rolf Schuette, Germany's top liaison in San Francisco, has been actively campaigning to defeat Proposition 8, the marriage protection amendment. This year, Schuette agreed to speak at the Pink Triangle Ceremony on behalf of same-sex "marriage" and later posted the text on the consulate's official website. At least 30 organizations, including FRC, have contacted Germany's Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to complain. By joint letter, we demanded an apology and strongly urged Steinmeier to rein in his undiplomatic diplomat. The three-page letter outlines the consul's actions and makes it clear that "Schuette is interfering in a domestic matter of the United States that will be decided by American citizens. His actions violate the [diplomatic role] and abuse the courtesies extended to members of a foreign government. ...[T]he issue of same-sex marriage is highly controversial in the United States and particularly in California. We believe the aggressive interference by an official of the German Foreign Ministry is scandalous. We ask you to put a stop to Mr. Schuette's campaigning for same-sex marriage in California... This is an issue that the American people will decide on our own."
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So essentially they are saying that by speaking out for peace -- TRUE peace, court-backed peace, inclusive peace, the kind of peace that directly applies to his own life -- Mr. Schuette has somehow stepped outside the bounds of diplomacy. Because apparently to the "pro-family" crew, foreign relations are only relatable when they refuse to include the LGBT people who populate this world. If a heterosexual diplomat wants to speak about his or her "radical" heteorsexual marriage and "progressive" idea that heterosexuals should not be demonized by tyranny, then that's a no-brainer. But a gay dude standing up for the same? OFF WITH HIS AMBASSADORIAL HEAD!

Unreal.

READ BOTH THE 'PRO-FAMILY' LETTER, AS WELL AS THE SPEECH THAT SPARKED THE RAGE. DECIDE FOR YOURSELF WHO IS TRULY OUT OF LINE:

The anti-gay side's letter:

Schuette's "controversial" remarks:

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Your thoughts

I agree with the pro-family associations, the Consul General Rolf Schuette is in california to represent his country and not to involve himsel in intern domestic mutter of the united states.He can express his opinion, that is his humain right, but not as a member of the german foreign service.

Posted by: Flug | Oct 29, 2008 10:56:11 AM

I agree with the pro-family associations, the Consul General Rolf Schuette is in california to represent his country and not to involve himsel in intern domestic mutter of the united states.He can express his opinion, that is his humain right, but not as a member of the german foreign service.

Posted by: Flug | Oct 29, 2008 10:57:11 AM

It's interesting that they feel no remorse in bringing Ake Green, a minister from Sweden, another foreign country, to try and sway peoples' opinions, but they throw a fit when someone does it for the pro-gay side. Ridiculous.

Posted by: Andrew Boutcher | Oct 29, 2008 12:13:07 PM

I'm sorry Flug but you're way off base he was simply expressing his opinion and the fact that he's a member of a foreign services doesn't mean he isn't allowed to express his feelings regarding discrimination.


Posted by: Alonzo | Oct 29, 2008 12:55:46 PM

In Germany, organized religions are somewhat "regulated". That is to say that certain whacky religious ideas are actually proscribed (banned) - like Scientology. So I suspect that the letter from the Christonazis to the German Govt. will not be warmly received.

Posted by: brucci | Oct 29, 2008 2:16:28 PM

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