First of all, I can’t believe I’m breaking Foley-Free Friday. I promised myself I wouldn’t all day…. but this latest news can’t be ignored.
David Corn, liberal columnist for The Nation, outer of Valerie Plame, and holder of “The List” has an update. It is Gay Democrats who are using “The List“ in their three-year old game of harassment, outing and blackmail to rout out Gay Republican Congressional staffers. Here’s the latest from Corn.
Copies of The List (see below) have been sent by gay politicos to a variety of social conservative groups that look to the Republican Party to make their religious right dreams come true. The recipients include the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the Alliance for Marriage, Concerned Women of America, the Eagle Forum, and the Southern Baptist Convention. Officials at most of these groups have had something to say about homosexuality and gay rights in the wake of the Mark Foley scandal.
What’s the point? The senders–gay people of a non-Republican bent–seem to be hoping to set off a civil war within the GOP, to turn the anti-gay social cons against the GOP’s Velvet Mafia. These Washington gays have been seething for years about gay Republican staffers who serve a party that opposes gay rights and that welcomes the support of people who demonize or dehumanize gays and lesbians. “Maybe now the social conservatives will realize one reason why their agenda is stalled on Capitol Hill,” says a gay politico. Another says, “The inherent inconsistency of a coalition that shelters both gay loathing ‘Christian’ conservatives and conservative gays will soon suffer its final rupture.”
Will it? We shall see, as the Foley scandal continues to unfold, and The List continues to circulate.
I wonder what the Hypocrite Rights Campaign has to say about this? I wonder if they are helping to circulate The List? Yesterday, Corn confirmed with a source that an HRC official had a copy of The List.
In a very heated series of emails last night with yours truly, two officials from the HRC angrily denied any knowledge of The List. I responded that their issue was with David Corn who, as I put it, is the “professional journalist” in this equation. I promised that if he modified or retracted this statement that I would follow. I even offered to pull off the side of the road during my drive today and connect wireless to do so.
So far Corn has not changed his statement on HRC having The List, nor has the HRC called me yet.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you had read Corn’s initial posting carefully (as I did) you would have seen he chose his words closely. He never suggested that it was GOP folks who were compiling and using The List — he only said GOP folks were upset to learn of a possible gay network. Corn has clearly maintained throughout the past few days that it has been Gay Liberals engaged in compiling and using The List. (I know liberal readers here have a hard time with nuance.)
The only remaining questions now are: Who are they? And are any of our national gay organizations helping them with their Gay Outing Witchhunt?
**UPDATE** — This quick reply came to me from an official at the Human Rights Campaign: No one at HRC has this infamous “list” and furthermore, no one at HRC is aiding and abetting in sending out this “list”.
I guess that means the HRC thinks David Corn is lying or “misinformed.”
My response to the HRC is…..
At this point, I hope you understand that I trust David Corn’s source (he says it is a fellow reporter) more than I do your organization.
Why? Because I have closely watched your gay “rights” organization stand by in relative silence and permit this List to be compiled and used in order to drive people out of their jobs on Capitol Hill. In addition, the people compiling this list have on several occasions specifically said they were getting help from the HRC… and now David Corn specifically reports that an official at HRC has “The List.”
If these were gay DEMOCRATS on Capitol Hill being “listed” by James Dobson, you would have been pouring out of your offices on Rhode Island Ave. until the practice stopped.
Of most interest to me… this is the only time in the two year history of the GayPatriot blog that I have ever gotten any reply from the HRC on any topic.