If you just want to see how polticized and full of hate the leadership of gay organizations has become, take a gander at the 9/11 letter of Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center of Lesbian Rights. Instead of remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks, instead of condemning the perpetrators (who hold women and gay people (you know those for whom a center for lesbian rights concern themselves) in particular scorn), she lashes out at the “far right”:
As I listened to President Obama’s health care address to Congress Wednesday night, it felt so good to be proud of our President again, yet the legacy he inherited is proving to be almost too much to overcome. The most toxic, racist, mean-spirited fringe of the far right have more power over our national discourse than ever in modern history. Rep. Joe Wilson’s unprecedented breach of civility in his “uncontrolled” outburst is just the tip of the iceberg. But if we fail to steer clear of this virulent political atmosphere, our agenda of human and civil rights for LGBT folks in this country will be the Titanic. If Obama’s plan for reforming health care runs aground, you may as well head for the lifeboats. (Okay, I’ll stop now with the ocean disaster metaphors.)
The same forces who are apoplectic at the idea (THE IDEA!) that health care would be provided to undocumented workers are the same forces who fight against any progress or reform in favor of rights and security for LGBT folks. A lack of humanity and compassion does not suddenly emerge with the appearance of a U.S. birth certificate. If you are queer in this country, these folks hate you every bit as much as they hate an undocumented laborer worried about how she will get medicine for her baby. Obama must win on health care reform—because as LGBT people, we need that reform as much as anyone, and because his entire national agenda of greater inclusion, security, and humanity for all of us hangs in the balance.
Emphasis added. WOW. Just wow. On 9/11, throwing a temper tantrum against the far right while ignoring Islamic extremism. (You know those people who want to destroy America and kill homosexuals.) I’m almost speechless at her politically correct intolerance.
This is how she chooses to remember 9/11 by dressing up Obamacare as gay rights and launching into a broadside against the right?!?!?
Note how she raises the “birther” issue and how she assumes that conservatives hate gay people and “undocumented workers (AKA Illegal Aliens). In accusing us of hate, she betrays her own hatred and intolerance. This woman has so politicized her identity that she can only see right wingers as toxic, racist and mean-spirited, oblivious that the diatribe she pens is a mean-spirited as the most vicious smears from the most extreme segments of the far right.
And racist? Oh, yeah, she’s just borrowing that from the talking points of the far left–which is where she seems to get her information–and her world view.
*NB I debated a bit on this adjective, having also pondering “mean-spirited” as well as “intolerant.”