Ah, another month, another example of vengeful gay activists setting out to destroy anyone who dares to disagree with them. Last month it was the gay fashion designers who dared to express a non-conforming view about same sex adoptions. The April victims are gay men who have the audacity to be conservative Republicans.
The nasty and undemocratic boycott tactics of gay activists are going to deeply wound free speech and societal comity unless they are stopped. I am trying to think of a peaceful, fair, ethical way to stop them. As usual, the first step is declaring how wrong they are.
The latest victims are Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, two gay New York City real estate developers who own nearly three-quarters of the real estate in Fire Island Pines and LGBT-oriented hotel, The OUT NYC. They committed the crime, in the eyes of the intolerant and rigid LGBY community, of hosting a fundraiser for arch conservative and Tea Party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Maybe they did it because they don’t like Obamacare. Maybe they did it because they admire Cruz’s guts and dedication to Constitutional principles (other than equal justice under the law, but never mind). Maybe they did it because this is a free country and they have a right to support any damn candidate they choose, even a <gasp!> Republican.
But because Cruz is a gay marriage opponent as well as hostile to gay rights generally, the LGBT community has marked Reisner and Mati Weiderpass for destruction as traitors. After all, gays should have equal rights, just not the equal rights to support whatever candidate they choose to like every straight American. How ironic! The vindictive, coercive boycotts have already started, with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus both cancelling their annual even at a Weiderpass and Reisner property.
The two men are issuing grovelling apologies that do not make them look very good, “good” meaning honest, responsible and brave, calling the fundraising dinner “a terrible mistake,” and claiming that they didn’t know about Cruz’s controversial positions on the only issues, apparently, that gay Americans are allowed to care about. Neither of them? Who believes that? Who holds a fundraiser for a politician, especially one who talks as incessantly as Cruz does, without knowing his positions on key issues?
They could have taken a stand for political diversity within groups that demand lockstep conformity, like women, blacks and gays. They could have pointed out that while gay rights are important, there are more important things that citizens of the United States should be worrying about, and that in their opinion, Ted Cruz was the best candidate to address those. They could and should have used the opportunity to condemn boycotts as a bully tactic of political advocacy, since it substitutes fear for openness and chills dissent. They might have even pointed out that those who call for full disclosure of political contributions undercut their own case when they make it clear that those supporting unpopular causes will find themselves marked for ruin.
Personally, I don’t understand why anyone in their right mind would want a guy like Senator Cruz for President now, when putting someone like him in the White House would be like throwing a lit match into a full gas tank. Nevertheless, I will defend to the death Ted Cruz’s supporters or anyone else who chooses to exercise their rights as citizens under this democracy without facing physical or financial intimidation. Apparently a lot of LGBT community members don’t respect those rights as much as I do.
This raises the question of why they are so shocked that some people don’t respect theirs…or them.