In the forty-eight hours (and then some) since I issued my challenge to those who tar us with the self-hating smear, not a single person has risen to meet it. Oh, yes, a few have offered screeds and called them arguments, but in none of their comments do they address things we actually said. Instead, they just recited the prejudices (about conservatives) they already hold.
Now, one guy did link three of my posts, “summarizing” their contents to show just how self-hating I was:
Problem is none of these posts says what he says they said as I noted in one comment and ILoveCapitalism in subsequent comments. In other words, in order to demonize me, this fellow had to twist my words to claim I said things I never said.
It seems that for so many on the left (and indeed some on the fringes of the right), they see politics as an exercise in venting their spleen. They define an adversary as worthy of opprobrium based not on his own beliefs and qualities, but those they project onto him.
It’s as if they have the need of someone to vilify, an individual — or group of individuals with one shared characteristic of belief — to hate.
Those who level the charge against us aren’t interested in debating our ideas or even understanding the apparent oxymoron of gay conservatism, but in treating us as some extreme social conservatives treat gay people, as a group onto whom they can target their own insecurities and deepest animosities.
*NB: I changed the title, making it more succinct.