I decided to buy the paperback edition of Mark Steyn’s soon-to-be-banned-in Canada book, America Alone: The End of the World As We Know It, upon reading his post on the Corner noting that the introduction to that edition addresses “the Dutch gay-bashing spree.”
Mark is true to his word. On page xiii, he writes, “Gay-bashing is on the rise in the most famously ‘tolerant’ cites in Europe,” with half of the attacks in Amsterdam “committed by men of Moroccan origin.” Dutch researchers try to explain this away with theories of social marginalization and sexual insecurity, i.e., that the attackers are merely closeted gays.
Steyn, however, thinks there’s more to this increase than such politically correct explanations offered by liberal academics.
To be sure, the increase in gay-bashing helps confirm Steyn’s thesis about the perils of excessive tolerance of Muslim minorities in Europe. But, at least he’s talking about it.
Joe Solmonese, president of the largest gay political groups in the country, while ostensibly an advocate of gays, remains all but silent on an issue that Steyn, a leading conservative columnist, has addressed on more than one occasion.
I guess the increase in gay-bashings in Europe just doesn’t help confirm Solmonese’s theories about the need for more government to promote gay “equality.” Although many European nations, including the Netherlands have policies similar to those Joe advocates over here, gay-bashing is on the increase over there.
It would be nice if Joe and his confrÃ¨res from other gay political outfits would show as much interest in the fates of our fellows in European nations as do conservative pundits.