Fandango’s Provocative Question #21

FPQWelcome back! Now that April’s A to Z Challenge is over, it’s time to restart Fandango’s Provocative Question.

Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Please bear with me today, folks, as it will take a while for me to get to the actual question.

For those of you who may not follow American politics, let me introduce to you Pete Buttigieg. “Mayor Pete,” as he known, is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for President of the United States. He is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar, a Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan. He is currently the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana. And bonus — he’s white and Christian. The perfect candidate, right?

Mayor Pete is making waves, too. Right now he’s ranking third or fourth (out of 20) in the early political polls and is getting a lot of attention and positive press.

He’s also gay and is married to his husband, Chasten. Wait! What?

And that brings us to this week’s provocative question. It’s prompted by something Reverend Franklin Graham, the heir to Billy Graham’s evangelistic preaching ministry and one of Donald Trump’s closest, so-called “spiritual advisors,” said about Pete Buttigieg.

Graham, who has steadfastly stood by Donald Trump through revelations of serial adultery, deceit, and a complete lack of the basic principles of morality and integrity, said this:

“Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian, I believe the Bible, which defines homosexuality as a sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised, or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman – not two men, not two women.”

So, with that “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” sentiment, we finally come to the question.

“Do you think America is ready for an openly gay person to be elected to the office of President of the United States? Explain your opinion.”

If you are not from the States, do you think the country in which you live could have a gay person in the highest office in the country?

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And most important, have fun.

31 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #21

  1. rugby843 April 30, 2019 / 2:36 pm

    This is one of my pet peeves. So called Christian based people who choose to pick items from the Bible to make their point. A person can find anything as a phrase from the Bible as evidence of their personal belief.

    So here goes, hoping lightning doesn’t strike me? The Bible was written by men, fallible men, greedy men, and so called sinful men, much like any other author–in other words, human. Any person is no greater than the person next to them. By setting themselves up as superior in any way as our current idiot is doing, is reprehensible.

    There’s nothing new about men loving men or women loving women, so get over it! Love cannot be defined as only men to women. Love is all about loving each other in the broad sense of the word “man”. Do unto others, etc. All this picking each other apart is just wrong. If you are Christian, follow the concept of love one another as the basic premise of Christianity and most other religious sects teach and are meant.

    I’ll stop here but I feel strongly about this.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Fandango April 30, 2019 / 5:17 pm

      Thanks for your well articulated and passion l-filled answer. I personally agree wholeheartedly.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Nova April 30, 2019 / 2:55 pm

    If we can have a “reality TV show” president (who’s so far from accepting that he has no clue how to run this country!), then sexuality is irrelevant! If someone knows what they’re doing, and happens to be a purple people eater, I’m voting for him/her.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. aguycalledbloke April 30, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    I am UK based, don’t follow American politics although it’s hard not to have a general idea on a very broad spectrum of the overall political scene.

    Thought provocative question Fandango.

    If a person is qualified to run the countries administration and is voted in by the majority, what has the person’s sexuality got to do with the equation?

    If the candidate can run the country and get the job done – then where is the problem? If l believed in the candidates ability to get the job done, and mean everything that they promised to do if elected, they would get my vote.

    We are a very progressive world in so many areas now, we have battled for equality – and gender equality, – all l would want as a voter is someone who can do the job. A person’s sexuality is irrelevant to me. The voters want a government they can trust, rely upon and feel safe and secure knowing they are doing the right job for the country and its people.

    The people want a government that can take them forward as a people, as a country and as an administration.

    Liked by 5 people

      • aguycalledbloke April 30, 2019 / 5:27 pm

        Total pleasure, like Cheryl, l feel very passionate about this topic. This is an excellent question Fandango.

        Liked by 2 people

  4. Marleen April 30, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    Monogamous… and not an adulterer or swinger or any of that stuff or a crass addict of porn and so forth. I hesitate to answer because I don’t mean to indicate a preference from the field, so I will put it this way: I haven’t seen anyone so far who I wouldn’t vote for over Donald Trump. One of my sons has told me that most minority or ethnic people, even if anti-Triump, won’t vote gay.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 30, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      I wonder if that’s true about most minority or ethnic people. Why would they rather have a con artist and a traitor as president than a gay man?


      • Marleen April 30, 2019 / 8:21 pm

        I do wonder, too, if it’s really most.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. rugby843 April 30, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    I think people have no idea about, and are actually afraid of gay people. Why I have no idea. It’s like colors of skin maybe. Can you even imagine a world where everyone looks, acts and lives exactly the same way? Now that is scary.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Fandango April 30, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      “Can you even imagine a world where everyone looks, acts and lives exactly the same way?” Isn’t that the dream of white nationalists/supremacists?

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Carol Anne April 30, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    I don’t see why not! I mean its just a sexual preference! A gay person could do as good a job as anyone at it. xox

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango April 30, 2019 / 8:19 pm

      True, but those who define America as a “Christian nation” and who believe the Bible condemns homosexuality, I am not sure an openly gay candidate could win, which is a shame.

      Liked by 3 people

      • Carol Anne April 30, 2019 / 10:32 pm

        Unfortunately I think you’re right, I don’t think and openly gay candidate would win. Pity

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Sadje April 30, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    Your question has two parts, or so I think. One is has gay the moral right to become the president of US? I think that Rory is on the spot when he says that if he can do his job properly then it’s no one’s concern what are his sexual preferences. The other part is that are Americans ready for such a person as their president? I have my doubts on that. If Trump was elected by a majority then the likelihood is that this guy won’t be. The people need to be educated, pronto!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 30, 2019 / 11:10 pm

      Unfortunately, I think you’re right. Americans, it seems, have no problem with a philandering, sexist, misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, narcissistic pathological liar as president, but a gay man? Heavens no!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Marleen May 1, 2019 / 1:48 am
    BREAKING: Bernie Now Has More Money Than The Entire Democratic Party!

    So… that’s the heading, but there are other informative details in the video.

    At one point, he says Buttigieg is “their only hope” (“blue dog” Democrats)
    … he’s pretty young, so his perception of a blue dog seems to be a little
    different from what I think of. But, it matters how others* are seeing
    things and who is going to turn out to vote and make a difference.
    * By “others” and “he” I mean the guy in the video and Generation Y.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marleen May 1, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Jacob Wohl Caught In ANOTHER Scam
      [This is a different on-line news source.]

      This Jacob Wohl guy has now tried to
      smear Buttigieg. I shared a story, not
      on video, a couple or few months ago of
      him falsely reporting a crime to police toward,
      supposedly, himself. He’s a right-wing smear merchant.

      Liked by 1 person

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