Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mr. Steele, No April Fool's Joke

As a national organization of Spirit-filled people of faith, a lesbian bondage theme strip joint is not only offensive to our belief, but also to the dignity and treatment of women. Then to have wasted donors' money to pay for the thrill? This is all too unbelievable. Sounds like an April Fool's joke. Yet it is believable.

RNC chair, Michael Steele has led the Republican Party in a campaign of self-righteous judgment, using God as a form of political weaponry to warrant financial support for opposition to the left. Now we stand in the balance, being weighed and are coming up wanting.

When you are so bent upon removing the speck of saw dust in your brother's eye, and pay no attention to the plank in your own, this is the results. Unfortunately, the Republican Party as a whole is being judged. Once more, the party that has dubbed itself as the one "clothed in morality", has allowed those at the helm to prove to the nation that what we preach, always may not be what we practice.

This is the perfect storm where those who do know right from wrong, have the opportunity and obligation to stand up and distinguish themselves from the religious hysteria and hypocrisy, mixed with a misuse of God and faith.

How this will play out with those of us within the GOP who have grown weary of religious hypocrisy will be determined in the days ahead. How GOP women will react also will be interesting to follow. But for now, a little advise to Michael. Step down now before the waters become more murky and the mud becomes quick sand that swallows up the good that is left in the party.

To reach the NRAAC national chair:

Jean Howard-Hill
423-702-5622 NRAAC office

[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed. She has serves as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus.

She has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Nonwestern Countries at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the "Democracy In Action" Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local political commentator and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.

She also is a TN third district congressional candidate. If elected, she would be the first African American Republican and female to be elected from the third district. Her campaign website can be found at: and;;;;; JHHCongress.]

The National Republican African-American Caucus is an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, it seeks to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.

More information on the NRAACcan be found at:; [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social Issue Network (members only); [NRAAC Blog]; [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]; [NRAAC New Generation-New Direction Blog]; and [NRAAC National Chair's Blog]. Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at Also can be found on the RNC group page at

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