Ever since I was elected Vice President of the Capital Area Log Cabin Club, a number of gay people — and not just Republicans — have told me of their hope that Log Cabin would emerge as an alternative to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and offer a different perspective from the stale leftism and Democratic partisanship of the large gay rights organization.
Yet, while some members of Log Cabin, including club presidents like myself (when I helmed the Northern Virginia club), faulted HRC, the national officers of the organization seemed excessively wary of losing their standing with the organization (or perhaps just losing invites to HRC’s Christmas party). They didn’t take on HRC despite its relentless shilling for the Democratic Party, that party’s candidates and its platform.
That is one reason we’re particularly grateful to have GOProud around. In a piece yesterday in the Daily Caller, our pals Christopher Barron and Tammy Bruce, on behalf of this fledgling organization, take HRC to task for its eagerness to bash Sarah Palin. Guess because Democrats and the Beltway media loathe that good woman, it’s the proper thing for a left-leaning organization to do. (And the sure way to secure invitations to all the important Washington holiday parties).
For days now, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which holds itself out as the “largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization,” has shamefully used the issue of anti-gay bullying as part of a cheap political smear against former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. HRC, never shy about doing the bidding of the Democratic Party, issued a November 18th release blaring, “HRC to Sarah Palin: Two Days of Silence, Will You Speak Up?” Is this a release demanding Palin speak out about an issue of substance affecting gay people? No, this childish call-to-arms is about trash talk issued by a 16-year-old in a flame war on a social networking site.
The “controversy” surrounding inappropriate language used by the Palin daughters on Facebook shows again how selective the gay left is in expressing outrage over perceived “bigotry.”
Politicizing the serious issue of anti-gay bullying in order to score political points is morally reprehensible. Bristol apologized on behalf of herself and her younger sister — and that apology should be the end of the story, but it’s not because the real target of this faux outrage is Sarah Palin, a woman who represents an existential threat to both political machines.
Read the whole thing. While HRC’s leaders get themselves all worked up over what a teenager said on Facebook, they all but turn a blind eye to the crimes committed every day against our fellows suffering under brutal anti-gay edicts in some Muslim nations. Barron and Bruce contrast HRC chief Joe Solmonese’s attacks on the former Alaska Governor with his reaction to President Obama’s silence in “his much ballyhooed speech to the Muslim world in Cairo [where] he made no mention of the treatment of gays and lesbians living under Muslim regimes”.
Gay Americans have long needed an alternative to HRC. Looks like the folks of GOProud are stepping up to the plate. Kudos.