The first post I wrote which got a lot of attention in the blogopshere was one where I saluted Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank for pressing then-CNN Chief News Executive Eason Jordan when the latter claimed that”the American military was deliberately killing journalists in Iraq.” In that post, I gave credit to a liberal Democrat of whom I’m “no fan.” And today, I’ve got to give credit to another outspoken gay man of whom I have been quite critical — Andrew Sullivan.
Just over a week ago, despite his gratuitous Bush-bashing, I agreed with Andrew’s latest column for the Advocate. He drew attention to American gay groups’ silence about the persecution of gay people in certain repressive Muslim lands. I just learned today that he has urged those who “care about freedom of expression” to boycott of Borders and Waldenbooks since that chain will not carry the latest issue of Free Inquiry magazine as it “contains four of the Danish cartoons.” As Andrew puts it, “if you want to draw a lesson from the entire episode, it’s obvious: violence against free writers and artists gets results. We have all but invited more.” Exactly. (Indirectly via Instapundit.)
And despite his past grandstanding on allegations of torture at Guantanmo, Andrew does acknowledge that the treatment of minors there has been “humane.” (Directly via Instapundit.) It’s too bad Andrew uses that post to make a cheap shot at Donald Rumsfeld. Like me, Glenn remains “rather skeptical, in the interim, of accounts that Guantanamo was some sort of torture-house.“
Andrew’s stuff on Bush still remains a tad too emotional and often reads as it has been culled from Bush-hating blogs, but every now and again (as on the Borders bookstore issue), Andrew shows the stuff which helped him gain his fame (and perhaps fortune) as an articulate and intelligent independent voice. If he could just let go of his loathing for President Bush and his top advisors, he might once again emerge as a truly unique voice — and perhaps even a sensible critic of the president and his policies.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com