Chris Douglas

On Gay-Bashing

Filed By Chris Douglas | October 30, 2006 9:06 PM | comments

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We have seen an ongoing multi-year campaign of aggression waged against the gay community by the House Republican Caucus under the leadership of Brian Bosma.

This campaign was concocted for a simple reason: to villify a decent, powerless, law-abiding minority in order to whip up support to gain power. The immorality of this undertaking is no different in quality from the immoral impulses that have informed Nazi genocide in Europe, Klan capture of state power in Indiana, or ethnic slaughter in Uganda; the immorality of this undertaking differs only in degree.

If Mr. Bosma and the House Republican Caucus really cared about marriage, they would be addressing vigorously alcoholism, gambling, and infidelity, but neither of these have the attractive quality of drumming up hatred of minorities to send people to the polls.

So from this Republican to you Democrats: Stop whimpering about the game that House Republican leadership has played, forcing Democratic politicians to take positions on topics about which they (and most Hoosiers) care little. Yes, you should hold your politicians accountable, but don't let it distract you from the true source of infamy. As a gay Republican, let me relieve you of your anxiety: No one in Indiana has any doubt that were this issue not being played by the right wing of the Republican Party, it would have long since faded from popular interest. Don't crucify yourselves; it is we Republicans who as a Party have been failing in defense of liberty, and who threaten to desecrate the Constitution and void its guarantees to equal protection of all citizens.

While it is appropriate to object strongly to these instances of Democratic perfidy, to spend too much time vitiating those who have been forced into these positions is to grant the real villains victory. The Trap was set for them and for you; don't fall into it.


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"While it is appropriate to object strongly to these instances of Democratic perfidy, to spend too much time vitiating those who have been forced into these positions is to grant the real villains victory. The Trap was set for them and for you; don't fall into it."

Yum, what richly enjoyable Haloween treats; and, shared, no less, by an entrenched resident of the house of trapdoors.

Really, we do agree with your view, the Bauer / Hayhurt duplicity is superficial, meant to neutralize the LGBT wedge hammer used by their social conservative opponents. This is not to say that either Bauer or Hayhurst shouldn't be 'talked to' - just warmly tempered, for now, with their establishd support for our interests.