The Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) best efforts notwithstanding, criticizing the organization does not mean you harbor anti-gay attitudes. If such were the standard, gay bloggers of all different stripes, from Trig truthers (& Obama apologists) to principled leftists to yours truly would all be anti-gay. And while I have not minced my words when talking about the gay auxiliary of the Democratic National Committee the liberal gay rights organization, left-of-center bloggers have used language far more choice than mine to describe HRC.
But, it seems the Advocate editors have drunk the HRC Kool-aid, having headlined their report on the Maine journalist fired for sending an intemperate e-mail to the liberal organization, “Reporter Fired for Antigay E-mail to HRC“. Here’s the text of that e-mail:
Who are the hateful, venom-spewing ones? Hint: Not the yes on 1 crowd. You hateful people have been spreading nothing but vitriol since this campaign began. Good riddance!’”
Hmmm.. . . doesn’t sound anti-gay to me. I’ve heard gay friends (not all Republicans) use equally harsh language (albeit with different words) to describe HRC.
Now, maybe the good folks at HRC think that when Larry Grard (the journalist in question) modified the epithet “hateful people” with the pronoun you, he was referring not to just the recipient of the e-mail, but to all gay people. That would then be mighty presumptuous of HRC to assume they speak for all gay people. They certainly don’t speak for me nor for most readers of this blog nor for countless others American gays, including a good number of left-wing bloggers.
Grard, however, made very clear he was responding to a “e-mailed press release” from HRC “that blamed the outcome of the balloting on hatred of gays.”
I believe this is the press release to which Grard referred. Now, that release doesn’t blame the outcome in the Pine Tree State on hatred of gays, but does slur Dough Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in NY-23, as an “anti-gay extremist”. Huh? An anti-gay extremist for holding the same position on gay marriage as the incumbent Democratic President of the United States (whom HRC endorsed last fall).
The expression “anti-gay extremist” sure sounds like vitriol to me.
Now, Grard’s e-mail surely was intemperate, but it wasn’t anti-gay. If anything, it was anti-HRC. And against those who smear all advocates of traditional marriage as harboring anti-gay animus.
If HRC ever wants to win a referendum on gay marriage, it must first recognize that not all those who disagree with them are haters. But, I’ve said this before. On numerous occasions.