It seems that all too often gay political organizations are reluctant to address the anti-gay attitudes at the core of radical Islamism. They seem sometimes to style themselves as a part of a “Coalition of the Oppressed,” allied with all those at odds with Western governments and societies.
But, some do get it, even figures on the left. I take note in particular of blogger Michael Petrelis, very much a man of the left, but unwavering in criticizing human rights groups for neglecting the plight of gays in Iran and committed to standing up for gays persecuted around the globe.
Last night, I read of literary figure who gets it as well. Ian McEwan, author of the novel which inspired last year’s Oscar-nominated movie Atonement, referenced intolerance toward gays as one of the reasons he despises Islamism:
And I myself despise Islamism, because it wants to create a society that I detest, based on religious belief, on a text, on lack of freedom for women, intolerance towards homosexuality and so on â€” we know it well.
It’s nice to see a straight literary figure point out something that all too many gay organizations are reluctant to address.
(H/t: The Corner.)