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Individualism of Right Preferable to Left’s Ideology of Gay Identity

When I was coming out as a gay man in the early 1990s, I searched in vain for books which could help me deal with my difference. With the possible exception of Andrew Tobias’ (then published under the alias John Reid) The Best Little Boy in the World, I didn’t find a single book where the ideas or anecdotes corresponded to my ideas, my feelings or even my hopes. To be sure, there were a few novels I read and enjoyed, but too many included some notion of a gay consciousness, sense of some sort of abstract group identity, defined by the community rather than individual gay men and women.

That is, until 1993, when I discovered Bruce Bawer’s A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society. That wonderful book comes to mind today primarily because of its subtitle–the Gay Individual in American society. The other books developed an abstract notion of gay identity, based on the sociopolitical values of the gay community. As if merely by coming out, we abandon the values and ideas of those around us.

Given the focus on a community identity, it’s no wonder that so many gay activists — and their allies on the left — have difficulty grasping the notion of a gay conservative. So, so many on the left show so little sympathy for the lives of those individual gay men and women whom they would out to advance their partisan agenda.

Not only do they lack sympathy for these individuals, but it seems that some of those involved in the “outing” campaign want to punish them for not being “good homosexuals,” that is, by not adopting the party line on what it means to be gay. It almost seems that they want us to suffer. And their notion of coming out is not to promote the well-being of the individual gay man or lesbian, but so that her or she can become part of an interest group which promotes a left-wing agenda and works to elect Democrats to office.

They see us not as gay individuals, but as members of yet another interest group advancing the left-wing cause. No wonder they treat us as apostates.

While many of the leaders of the gay movement see themselves as part of a broad “progressive” force to change society, gay conservatives know that the modern American conservatism developed in opposition to the growth of the secular state. At least since Barry Goldwater, their focus has been on freedom, the right of the individual to live his life as he sees fit. Individualism has been at the core of American conservatism since its very early days. For example, in the 1960s, at the dawn of the American conservative movement, Chicago students called their quarterly journal the New Individualist Review.

It is this no wonder as Bruce noted yesterday that American conservatives are sticking up for Gays. They respect the privacy of gay Republicans, not necessary because we’re gay or Republican, but because we’re individual citizens. They may not agree some of our choices, but they respect our right to make them.

And that is really the difference between contemporary American conservatism and the ideology that defines the American left. Most of those on the right see us as individuals who should be left to live our lives as we see fit. While too many of those on the left see us as members of a group who should have the attitudes they deem appropriate to that group.

They may claim that they are for gay people and promote legislation which is supposed to advance our cause, yet when it comes to individual dealings with particular homosexuals, too many of them are no different that their social conservative adversaries — for they have a fixed notion of what it means to be gay. And that is why, in most debates, I side with the conservatives for as has been made manifest in numerous blog posts and even Op-Eds, the thinkers on the right, the true heirs of Abraham Lincoln, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan nor interested in bashing gays or even in using the state to advance their interests, but in treating us as individuals and letting us alone to live freely as individual Americans.

Since George Washington, the rallying cry of Americans has been liberty, freedom. And that freedom extends to gay people, whether they’re conservative or liberal, even if they want to live in the closet. We may not agree with their choice, but we support their right to make it. It’s their lives we’re talking about, not ours.

It’s time for gay leftists to stop being such nosy busybodies and learn to appreciate the diversity of our community. And take the time to understand why some gay people may not share their political ideology.

– B. Daniel Blatt (

British Muslim Cleric Says Executing Gays Is Okay

I’m not shocked by this, but since some of you who think America is the enemy might be, I post this for your education.  This comes courtesy of an email from a real gay civil rights group — Outrage — based in London.

Manchester’s leading Imam has confirmed that he thinks the execution of sexually active gay men is justified. Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.

Dr Casson said: “I asked him if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law, or the result of culture, not religion. He told me that in a true Islamic state, such punishments were part of Islam: if the person had had a trial, at which four witnesses testified that they had seen the actual homosexual acts.”

“I asked him what would be the British Muslim view? He repeated that in an Islamic state these punishments were justified. They might result in the deaths of thousands but if this deterred millions from having sex, and spreading disease, then it was worthwhile to protect the wider community.”

“I checked again that this was not a matter of tradition, culture or local prejudice. ‘No,’ he said, ‘It is part of the central tenets of Islam: that sex outside marriage is forbidden; this is stated in the Koran and the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had stated that these punishments were due to such behaviours.'”

I don’t recall ever hearing a leading American Christian leader calling for gays to be executed.  But let’s not let the facts get in the way of the blind rage of the American Left that would rather use the US Constitution as a “suicide pact” than stand up for and protect this nation.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

NBC: Howard Dean Chickens Out On Debate

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:36 am - October 20, 2006.
Filed under: 2006 Elections,Leftist Nutjobs,Liberals


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The RNC was quick to issue Howard Dean’s Top Ten Excuses for Refusing to Debate.

10. Dean Wants To Break A 25 Year Tradition Of Dialogue And Debate Between Party Chairs.

9. Dean Is Ashamed Of His Fundraising And Resource Disadvantage.

8. Dean Is Second Guessing Whether He Still Believes All Republicans Are “Brain-Dead.”

7. Dean Is Too Busy Debating Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) And Other Democrat Leaders About Strategy For The Midterm Elections.

6. Dean Is Still Trying To Figure Out How Chairman Mehlman Fits Into His Theory That All Republicans Are “Christian” And “Monolithic.”

5. Dean Doesn’t Want To Discuss His Outsourcing Of Microtargeting Operations To Harold Ickes And George Soros.

4. Dean Is Too Busy Frantically Filling Out Loan Applications.

3. Dean Is Still Trying Really Hard To Assemble A Ground Game.

2. Dean Doesn’t Want To Use The Talking Points Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Sent Over On The “Culture Of Corruption.”

1. Dean Hates Republicans.

I think Number 11 is that he is too busy abusing using gays to elect Democrats this fall.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Blog Picks for the Week

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 9:56 am - October 20, 2006.
Filed under: Blogging

There are two very good blogs that have come to my attention recently.

The first is a new blog from former Washington Blade editor, Chris Crain — CitizenCrain.  Chris has always been a reasoned voice especially in the bile of the American gay media.  He has a realistic, yet balanced view of gay American politics.  It is just too bad we lost him to South America!

Chris takes on the Gay Outing Witchhunt in many his most recent posts (here and here).

But there’s another, even more plausible theory, that the mainstream media is afraid to suggest and the lefty blogosphere is too busy salivating for Hastert’s blood to be bothered with.

So far, there are five individuals who’ve been named as having substantial information over the years about Foley’s misconduct: Palmer and Van Der Meid on Hastert’s staff, Trandahl, former Foley Chief of Staff Kirk Fordham, and retiring Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe of Arizona.  Three of the five — Trandahl, Fordham and Kolbe — are openly gay, though only Kolbe was truly “out” in the media.  The other two — Palmer and Van Der Meid — are widely rumored to be gay. And, as the world learned earlier this month, Foley himself is gay.

These six mostly-closeted, gay Republicans, if in fact they are all gay, would form the “thin pink line” I’ve written about before in the early days of this blog.   


Part of the problem lies with [Mike] Rogers if he “refuses to name his sources,” as the Spokesman-Review reported. Even if Rogers made a deal to protect the anonymity of those sources, he should encourage them to talk to the Spokesman-Review on the same condition. If the evidence is so overwhelming, as Rogers claims, then let it speak for itself — or, in this case, them speak for themselves.

The next pick is one that Dan brought to my attention — The Western Seminarian.

Blog Profile: The Western Seminarian

Location: Somewhere, North East, United States

I am ‘in process’ with a mainstream American denomination. I work in the financial industry. My education, up till now, has been in the hard sciences. You might find I look at some things differently.

You have to love a guy whose blogroll includes categories like “Rainbow Republicans” and who also counts Michelle Malkin, Atlas Shrugs and Little Green Footballs on his “daily reads”.

Both will be officially added to the GayPatriot Blogroll today!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)