Sometimes, it takes reading a conservative blog to wonder about the the implications for gay people of what President Obama said about our relations with the Arab and Islamic world.
In his interview Monday with Al-Arabiya television Monday, the president said he favors a return to “the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago.“A generation ago, we didn’t challenge those autocratic regimes’ despotism and human rights’ violations.
So, as the president seeks high-level talks with Iran, will he prod that nation on human rights, notably its persecution of gay people?
Commenting on the president’s desire to reach out to Islamic regimes, Mark Steyn observes:
Well, you don’t have to be gay, an oppressed homosexual about to be executed. You don’t have to be a woman who’s being sold to an arranged child marriage. You just have to be a moderate, centrist Arab intellectual in, say, Cairo or Amman, and you listen to Obama sucking up to these creeps, and there’s nothing for you in it. What he’s doing is he says, he’s saying to hell with the Bush freedom agenda. We just want to get back to schmoozing the feted Arab dictatorships and the mullahs in Tehran all over again. And so if you’re a gay or a woman, you’re out of there.
I found that quote on Hugh Hewitt’s blog, you know, Hugh the conservative, friend to evangelical Christians.Â At least they’re raising the issue of the persecution of gays in this Islamic world which is a far sight than our gay leaders.
To be sure, a number of left-of-center gay blogs, notably Michael Petrelis and Towleroad, have done a good job of blogging such persecution.Â The point here is some conservatives do a better job of reminding us of the plight of our gay peers under Islamofascism than do the heads of leading gay organizations.