I try when scanning the comments and reading my e-mail (as well as listening to friends and others who chance upon this blog) to take seriously any and all criticism. Sometimes that requires me to try to parse the logic of those who take issue with my writings but who aren’t really interested in engaging my ideas.
These people seem more interested in baiting us or in proving their own theories about gay conservatives (see e.g., the reaction to Bruce’s post breaking the news of the meeting between presumptive Republican nominee John McCain and Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon) than in actually considering our points.
But, sometimes, our critics, even in comments where they misrepresent our arguments, do have something serious to say. One such critic is Houndentenor who, in esponding to my post, Straight Writer Decries â€œIslamistâ€ Intolerance of Gays, writes, “Any number of gay publications and bloggers regularly either cover the problems of gay rights abuses in the Islamic world or link to sources that do.”
He claimed I was “dishonest” not to acknowledge that. I wasn’t dishonest. Â In the post, I didn’t claim gay bloggers failed to address the issue. Â I only referenced the silence of gay political organizations. Â In fact, I did cite one left-of-center gay blogger, Michael Petrelis, who regularly posts on the persecution of gay people in Islamic lands.
He, however, is not the only one.
Normally, when I scan the gay blogs, I find silence on such matters. But, some have spoken out, a number (notably Petrelis and Crain) on a regular basis. Please alert me to other gay bloggers who do this on a regular basis with links to their post and I will update this one accordingly