Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Stop Becky Ruppe!
Here’s an example of the Tennessee “Democrats” that need to be ran out of the state! BECKY RUPPE
Becky Ruppe is a conservative "Democrat" running for the TN State Senate in East Tennessee. Her webiste and web ads (including on the TN Democratic Party website) emphasize her opposition to gay rights and her support of “Christian Values”!
Why are candidates like this, who oppose the Democratic Party’s basic principles of inclusion and equality for all Americans, tolerated in the TN Democratic Party?
Let’s Stop this bigot from being elected! -----
Here’s my letter to Becky Ruppe: (email: BeckyRuppe@beckyruppe.com) August 16, 2008
Dear Becky Ruppe:
As a proud gay Democrat, I’m embarrassed that you call yourself a Democrat! If you read the Democratic Party’s platform, Democrats support EQUAL RIGHTS for all American citizens, including gays and lesbians. The DNC and Democratic leaders across the country, including our Presidential nominee Barack Obama, defend the rights and dignity of gay Americans from the anti-gay, theocratic Christian Right.
Our Constitutional rights are NOT based on “Christian Values,” and this is NOT a “Christian” country. We have a secular constitution that prohibits the “establishment” of religion or religious tests for politicians or citizens.
I will be working with the Stonewall Democrats, DNC and other progressive Democrats to keep right-wing conservative “Democrats” like you out office!
UPDATE: In response to those who argue that Becky Ruppe is the "lesser of two evils" I have this to say in the comments:
Sorry, I don't buy this "lesser of two evils" political strategy. I'd rather a GOP with these right-wing views win the election than have a Democrat "win" by attacking gays and lesbians and undermining the constitutional separation between church and state. Let the GOP win on these issues. The Democratic Party needs to stop rewarding candidates who take these right-wing views. Sometimes it is better to loose an election standing for principles rather than win by sacrificing those principles!