Look, I could offer a lot of criticisms of this “Equality Summit,” but most of my criticisms would be similar to those I have leveled in the past against conferences organized by gay groups. I’ve heard a lot of politically correct rhetoric, not even rhetoric, jargon really. They count diversity by class and race, but not political ideology.
For them, philosophical diversity means including people from various left-of-center perspectives, with one person at a past such forum identifying the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a conservative group. Â
I won’t dwell on the politically correct aspect of this forum, but instead offer the organizers’ praise for doing something else I’ve been discussing on this blog since the Passage of Prop 8. I have said the opponents of the ballot initiative need to stop attacking Mormons and other proponents of the ballot measure and start engaging in some introspection, looking at their campaign and acknowledging the mistakes they made.
To be sure, some of those opponents, notably Geoff Kors “Equality California” and Lorri Jean of LA’s Gay & Lesbian Center, spent much of their time on panels praising themselves for their efforts to defeat the proposition. That said, this forum did offer ample opportunity for participants to criticize the “No” campaign and offer their suggestions on how to run future such campaigns.
Indeed, the very title comes from one speaker who raised his voice about the “shortcomings of the ‘No'” campaign. Let’s hope that the organizers of future such campaigns take heed to this man and others like him.
Despite some of the flaws of this forum, the organizers did open it up to the community and did give them a chance to weigh. And for that at least they deserve credit. So, this blogger offers kudos to them, kudos for promoting public civil discourse of this important issue.
ADDENDUM: As I had plans for this evening before learning of the Summit, I have to head out to meet my friends, including at least one blog reader, so my coverage is now complete. (Roughly 5 PM PST.)