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09/16/2010

Christine O'Donnell's sister denies homophobia; Oh brother.

by Jeremy Hooper

Mother Jones tips us off to this public Facebook wall posting from Christine O'Donnell's lesbian sister:

Jennie O'Donnell to all my friends and family..thank you for your great wishes.. for the wisdom to see through the insane lies that were being tossed around, and still will be, i supose [sic]. i'm sure they will make up new ones; but thank you for your love, support prayers, good humor... and support of my sister,no matter what lies were made up about her...oh.. p.s. haave [sic] you heard the latest? she's homophobic... gotta laugh
Jennie O'Donnell [Facebook]

Which besides being surprising, is a perfect example of why I personally don't care for the word "homophobic": Because it's much too easy to see as an either/or. A role independent of actions. Like it, a personally defined terms, is some sort of condition that one can easily shake. "She's not homophobic -- she took a dose of penicillin."

Here's the thing: Christine O'Donnell, without any question or doubt, was involved in "ex-gay" work. Christine O'Donnell, without any question or doubt, compared homosexuality to pedophilia, adultery, eating disorders, and drugs. Christine O'Donnell, without any question or doubt, wrote this:

"Adolph Hitler said that to engineer a society you must first engineer its language. Starting with the youth, he set in motion a design to erode the power of words, to steal the significance and beauty of a single word. We can see the unfolding of that plan in our society. For example, "gay" means joyful and gleeful. Yet, today, when we say that Ellen is gay, we're certainly not talking about her emotional well-being." [SOURCE]

Christine's SALT organization, without any question or doubt, linked to anti-science groups like NARTH and to discredited researchers like Paul Cameron to justify the "ex-gay" stances. Christine O'Donnell, without any question or doubt, held a press conference where she attempted to link America's first openly gay ambassador to the "pedophile rights movement." Etc. etc.

So is she "homophobic," as Jennie O'Donnell defines it? Frankly: Who the hell cares?! Not this site. Not most activists. What we do care about is the work and the views. Work and views that might soon join the United States Senate, guiding votes on matters like the Defense of Marriage Act, employment non-discrimination, immigration rights, and open service.

"Gotta laugh"? Sorry Jennie, but we're not with ya on that one!

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