The hypocrisy of the gay left never ceases to amaze me.
Just yesterday, I wondered at the eagerness of gay activists to support Barack Obama although he had welcomed the support of anti-gay singer Donnie McClurkin. Later, I read that Dave Noble, Director of Policy & Government Affairs for National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund (NGLTF), had called on Republican presidential nominee John McCain to reject the endorsement of Rev. John Hagee because that clergyman blamed gay people for Hurricane Katrina.
Did Mr. Noble ask Senator Obama to reject the endorsement of McClurkin or to apologize for not appearing in a picture with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom? (A few google searches turned up no such statement.)
There was widespread disgust when Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed LGBT people for the Sept. 11 attacks. Yet more than six years later, John McCain is still embracing leaders who make these sorts of wild claims. A media concerned with the truth about who John McCain is and what he truly stands for should hold him accountable and ask tough questions about why he’s proud to accept this endorsement.
Well, McCain never made any of the wild claims that Noble attributes to Hagee (or the late Reverend Falwell). But, I’m wondering why, given Senator Obama’s record, Noble hasn’t asked why a media concerned with the truth about who Barack Obama is and what he truly stands for should hold him accountable and ask tough questions about why he’s proud to accept Donnie McClurkin’s endorsement.
But, then again, to the gay left, only Republicans deserve such scrutiny and should be held accountable for the crazy statements made by those who endorse them.
UPDATE: In an essay on retiring NGLTF Exective Director Matt Foreman’s legacy, Jamie Kirchick, an assistant editor at the New Republic gets at the roots of his organization’s apparent hypocrisy, its “conflation of liberalism with the very notion of gay rights itself:”
It’s a garden-variety liberal interest group posing as a gay rights organization . . . [where] the battle for gay rights suddenly becomes part and parcel of the battle to redistribute wealth, weaken American sovereignty by making the United States subservient to the whims of the United Nations, and mandating racial quotas. In this vision of the world, the fight for gay rights is inseparable from the campaign to, say, oppose welfare reform.
While he is too kind to HRC and the Gill Action Fund in his concluding paragraph, Jamie wrote a solid piece and I encourage you to read the whole thing!