Monday, December 29, 2008

'With "Advocates" Like These . . .'

Big Tent Democrat here. (Go to the links.)

who needs opponents? From the comments section to the Frank Rich column I wrote about last night:

I've been an advocate of gay marriage for 20 years but the behavior and uproar of the gay community has turned me against them and their causes the way no right-winger or religious nutjob could ever do. How dare they make this inauguration all about them! . . . Gays have only themselves to blame for the passage of Prop 8. They did ZERO outreach to the black and latino communities. They were so arrogant that they did not mount a proper opposition to Prop 8. When it passed they started looking for people to blame--stalking donors to Prop 8 and castigating blacks.

The more the gay community rants and attacks their allies, the more they will harm their cause. Calling Obama a bigot, homophobe and traitor (as many have) doesn't make me want to storm the barricades against Prop 8. It might also make Obama drag his feet in getting around to those issues.

([Bold] Emphasis supplied.)

You see, her "advocacy" for the civil rights of gays and lesbians depended on the "behavior" of gay and lesbian advocacy groups. I think there is an important lesson here. A lot of people who claim to be supporters of civil rights for gays and lesbians only support it so long as no one actually FIGHTS for civil rights for gays and lesbians. In my book, that makes you not much of a supporter. More of a non-objector to civil rights for gays and lesbians than an advocate. Good that there are non-objectors but do not think for a moment these folks are advocates.

The commenter sounds like a closet homophobe who's just come out of the closet. (Purple emphasis supplied.) I haven't made a big issue out of this myself, but I've certainly commented on it. It is important.

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