And telling me it is wrong to out people. I am aware of that. I think it is wrong too- I just think that it is rich that the party that has spent decades demonizing gays, using people’s private sexual affairs for political gain, and insisting privacy is over-rated, is now all up in arms about ‘sexual McCarthyism.’
Is it wrong- sure. But you guys brought it on yourselves.
It wasn’t me who was using gay-bashing as an electoral strategy for 30 years- I have consistently pointed out the GOP was wrong, so listening to all this faux outrage (particularly from off key and unbalanced back-up singers in the wingnut chorus) is a little amusing. Apparently a lot of people, myself included, just didn’t realize the GOP had such a nuanced view, which I will summarize:
“Homosexuality is wrong and the root of all evil and homosexual marriage will be the downfall of Western Society so we must amend the Constitution to ban it and we will use homosexuals as campaign props every two years, but oh, by the way, we hate the sin and not the sinner, and even then the sin doesn’t bother us that much as long as you stay in the closet and do whatever you want as long as we don’ know about it and we are fine with that but recognize we will still call you out in public as evil and scream about gay adoptions so we can get elected but if any of us are gay we should be allowed to keep that private and oh, by the way, you are not normal because the bible says so.”
Confused? Yeah, me too. When you look at all the bullshit coming from the right wing on this issue (*), you might just conclude that they are full of shit, and that what really concerns them is not gay rights or rights to privacy or ‘sexual McCarthyism,’ but what really has their knickers in a twist is losing the election and how the revelations about Larry Craig’s *alleged* sexuality might impact that election.
But let’s assume that the GOP has a much more enlightened view about homosexuality than I previously thought, in which case I will make a deal. I will get all hysterical about ‘sexual McCarthyism’ when you disassociate yourselves from all of the bigots in the party who gay-bash from the pulpit, when you stop opposing gays entering civil unions/marriage, when you stop screaming about he ‘homosexual agenda,’ when you stop putting up amendments designed to single a certain segment of the population out as ‘unworthy’ of deserving all the benefits of society, and so on.
In short, you stop using gays an election year prop, stop using the same rhetoric against gays that you used against blacks, and I will be right here with you when someone outs a Republican who otherwise was closeted. Until then, I am gonna keep the same stance- outing people is wrong, but I hardly think it is surprising given the behavior of the Republican party the last few decades.
*** Update ***
– * Patterico feels he was unfairly lumped in with Glenn’s list of those who have no right to be outraged about Craig’s outing. I think he is right.