As I’ve been traveling cross country, I have not been able to address (or able to address only in a cursory manner) many of the stories which have set the blogosphere aflame. From my readers, I learn that some left-wing gay bloggers have gotten their panties all in a bundle (apologies for the indecorous language) over the fact that Sir Elton John sang at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding.
Now, I’ve heard it said that the conservative talk show host is anti-gay, yet having listened to him on occasion for the past 18 years, I can’t recall hearing the talker toss one anti-gay barb. Maybe I missed something, but have heard the accusation only from those whose credibility I question (i.e., liberals with an axe to grind or a narrative to peddle).
Citing Zev Chafets’s new book (of which I have a review copy which I’ve been trying to get to on this trip, Allapundit observes that “Limbaugh’s view on gays is a tad more nuanced than the left would like to believe.” (Via Instapundit.)
Seems they’ve determined he must needs be anti-gay because he’s an outspoken conservative. (To some on the left, the two (invariably) go hand in hand.)
The blogger offers:
Via Mediaite, a rebuttal to lefties and gay-rights activists speculating that the only reason a guy who’s in a civil union would play the wedding of an alleged neo-Hitlerian gay-hater is for a $1 million payday. (Sample quote: “Isn’t that a bit like Beyoncé entertaining at a KKK rally?”) Two things. First, Kelly quotes Elton as having said that he’s “all about tearing down walls and building bridges,” which is true to form.
Gay rights activists could benefit from this type of bridge building to the right. After all, one of the greatest congregations of people who oppose increased social acceptance of gay people (not to mention the left-wing agenda of the national gay groups) is found on the right.
You can’t change minds unless you build bridges to them.