Obama's Subtle Message
Mr. Obama, you have clearly stated your reluctance to allow your private religious beliefs to shape your public policy. This is wise in theory but difficult in practice, because while you are free to interpret your personal religious beliefs in any way you choose, as a talented orator you realize that words are powerful and can also crucially shape both public policy and public opinion.
Ann Canas, freelance writer, producer, actor, and media host in Los Angeles, puts forth her opinion in an "Open Letter to Barack Obama" that he is sending "...a subtle message that being gay and being Christian are mutually exclusive."
According to Canas, Obama's (and Clinton's) legislative records show support for civil, social, and legal rights and protections of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and trans-gender individuals. Nevertheless, Canas asserts that statements made by Obama on the matter of same-sex marriage appear "...alienating, divisive, and uninformed...", and contribute to the notion that being gay and being Christian are mutually exculsive.
Canas invites Obama to re-examine his public statements about gay Americans that she also believes contribute to this Country's social biogtry and religious persecution.