Republican compassion in action
Alan Keyes Casting Out his Daughter
Fri Feb 4th, 2005 at 14:18:29 PST
This came from a Kos diary.
I originally stumbled on this story as an entry in Oliver Willis's great blog at: http://www.oliverwillis.com/node/view/1822
Alan Keyes has a daughter who is a lesbian, and she has finally come all the way out of the closet... much to her father's chagrin.
Valentine's Day Rally in Annapolis
Featuring Maya Marcel-Keyes, daughter of Alan Keyes and a self-described young queer anarchist who grew up in Darnestown, MD. Maya is speaking publicly for the first time about LGBT issues. Don't miss this important rally at 5 p.m. in front of the state house on February 14, also featuring Judy Shepard and other community leaders.
The family response?:
Keyes Fired Her and is Throwing his own Daughter Out
Well, it's happened. Finally and officially.
A couple days ago I got my official two-week warning that I have to be out of this apartment; so finally for real I'm getting cut off. I got no severance or anything like that from my sudden termination of employment (don't I have freedom of speech? the right to protest Bush without losing my job? Hehe... most people would think that working under a parent would be security but for me it's quite the opposite.) and so I definitely don't have anywhere near enough cash to find a new apartment; not even one room rented from someone anywhere. I've been searching craigslist but even places where I'd have enough to pay the first month's rent on some room I never have enough for the deposit as well, so so far I've had no luck at all finding a new home, since shelter requires money. Sad boo.
After all the arguments and tension over the years, I always hoped it would never actually get to this point, although I suppose given our vastly divergent political beliefs it was inevitable.
They -our friends on the far right- like to 'say' they don't 'hate homosexuals'. The just say that they merely 'hate' the sin or 'the lifestyle' that gay people lead. I say bullshit. They hate gay people. Nobody who can do this, to their own child, can pretend that there is any 'love' in this. You have to wonder, after all the garbage about 'family values', about 'God' and 'Jesus' and 'morals', what crawls as thought through the mind of a father who not only fires his own child, but pushes her out the door without the resources to start over. This man, ladies and gentlemen, wanted to be a U.S. Senator, and now wants to be a state Governor. A leader of men, and a crafter of laws. So I ask you, what kind of world would we all be living in if this man had any kind of power or say-so over any of our lives?
They say that it should be a source of pride, not of shame, for my parents that I'm so passionate about my beliefs, and work for what I believe in; even if they are not the beliefs my parents hold. They say that the only possible cause for shame anywhere in the whole situation is in the fact that after all this I am being cut off, jobless, soon to be homeless, and that although I have intelligence and motivation I won't be able to go to Brown after all because I have no money.
Aaaaaaaarghhh! This is so ugly... so damned petty and cruel that it makes me spit nails. Your child basically debunks all the lies of your movement's beliefs about people 'choosing' homosexuality like picking out a china pattern... by her very existence as your offspring she'd have been crazy to choose this... so you not only fire her after she put family ahead of principle and worked for a cause she didn't believe in, but you throw her, and the college education that will make her an independent human being, away like she is an inconvenient piece of flotsam????
And on the day that another ban on gay marriage gets whacked down in another court as blatant repression. I know crap like this happens every day, in the homes of unknown folks whose names you never hear about unless the child takes his or her own life and ends up as a blurb in the newspaper, but MAN. His own child? Isn't there any human kindness in Alan Keyes?
Oh yeah, she now needs cash. Make a donation here
Look, there was no reason to give Obama a dime after Jack Ryan perved his way out of the race. But Keyes is turning his back on his own daughter and that does happen with black parents of gay children, but usually among the more ignant sorts. Most folks don't do that.
In the end, as readers said, she will probably do ok, if just to shove a shiv in her father's back. But two things should happen, people need to toss her $10 or $20, I kicked her $25, so she can have something. I'll be honest, I love the idea that I will be able to say that I cared more about his daughter did to his face. After all, when she was broke, I gave her a couple of bucks.
Second, this story needs to be spread far and fucking wide. Keyes should be humiliated.
You can say a lot of shit about Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney, but you can never say he turned his daughter out into the street. He never fired her. He never denied her an education. No, Dick Cheney never turned on his own kin like a rabid animal. The days of tosasing gay kids out on the street should be over. Keyes should be proud of her. Instead he treats her like a criminal. All the other wingnuts supported their gay kids. You think Schafley dumped her gay kid? What is he trying to prove, that he's better than his white masters? Keyes is a joke among those people, a puppet, a loon. And if he thinks he'll win points by tossing his daughter aside, he's wrong. Has he ever heard of the concept of hate the sin and love the sinner? Where is his love for his daughter. He doesn't have to like who she dates, but tossing her to the street is evil.
It's a small thing, but this story should be reposted on blogs far and wide and we can show Alan Keyes some Christian Compassion in action. If you can spend $50 at Newegg or Amazon or Lush, you can send her a $10. I just bought a couple of things at Newegg and sent her about as much as delivery will cost. If anyone can help her with a place or job, that would be cool as well. Then, once she's settled, some philathorpist has to be willing to foot the bill for Brown. There are a lot of rich gays around. This would be a pretty sound investment. Also, just think of the glee of saying that you're a better Christian than the theocrat Keyes.
Why do I care? Because this shit is just wrong. You can't help everyone, but you can help someone. And if you can stick a big fat middle finger in her dad's face, all the better
posted by Steve @ 12:20:00 AM