At any rate, Robbie, secure in his Midwestern fortress of Chicago, has been tracking of late the ongoing meltdown of the Illinois State antidiscrimination panel.
This problem was touched off by the refusal by one of its members, Sister Claudette Marie Muhammad, to condemn or distance herself from lovely remarks made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan:
These false Jews promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. … It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic.
Given that he included gays and lesbians in the definition of "filth", then threw in anti-Semitism as a nice topper, one would think the reaction from gay groups would have been swift and violent. Instead, the controversy has continued to seethe, pushed along by the further finger-in-eye behavior of the protagonists, who are apparently quite sure in the knowledge that Illinois Democratic governor Rod Blagojevich, who appointed Sister Muhammad to the position, needs their votes more than he does Jews or gays, and are equally certain of the knee-jerk "racist" support that black Illinois legislators are giving them.
Meanwhile, the sound from the gay-rights groups?
Of course, given that Blagojevich is a Democrat, HRC, NLGTF, and even Equality Illinois would not be inclined to raise a peep over this in the first place; the Democratic Party pays their bills and sends them cocktail-party invitations, and it would not be amused over a controversy that could a) cause political problems for an unpopular Democratic governor, b) antagonize the Democrats' most reliable voting bloc, and c) put the Democrats' new media face Barack Obama in an even more-embarrassing position. Matt Foreman, Joe Solmonese, and the bevy of Democratic
However, the one that is really amusing is GLAAD. You'd think that an organzation calling itself the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation might have something to say about someone calling gays and lesbians "filthy", especially someone with Farrakhan's long and storied history of doing so, but it seems that they're just too busy crying over Brokeback Mountain not winning Best Picture to mention it.
Then again, it was the "Hollywood Jews" that Farrakhan was bashing who didn't vote in sufficient quantity for Brokeback, and it was that Jewish critic Gene Shalit who called their beloved Jack a "sexual predator", and......