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Canceling a gay pride event to avoid offending religious conservatives!?! UPDATED

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:36 pm - March 14, 2011.
Filed under: Coalition of the Oppressed,Gay PC Silliness

Someone should alert Gary Bauer and others who seek an end to gay pride parades.  Gay activists in the UK want to cancel a march because it might offend members of a particular religious group.  So, maybe ol’ Gary should just follow their lead claim offense; gay groups on this side of the pond will surely capitulate.

Fearing that a gay pride parade in London’s East End “will cause tensions between gay people and Muslims“, some activists want to cancel a march scheduled in response to “to anti-gay stickers plastered around the East End“:

An open letter signed by Out East chair Thierry Schaffauser and Terry Stewart of the Hackney Community Engagement Board claims that the Pride march may “divide our communities” or be used “to oppress other marginalised groups”.

Out East organises Hackney Pride and the letter has also been signed by Denis Fernando of Unite Against Fascism and the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils.

It says: “We believe that the most appropriate response to the stickers is to liaise with Muslim communities and others to create bridges and communicate with each other.

“We want both homophobia and Islamophobia addressed as a collective problem and not feed one against the other, we do not recognise these as distinct categories.

“We will refuse any attempt to divide our communities or take the risk that an LGBTQ event is used to oppress other marginalised groups, in particular LGBTQ Muslims who will be the most affected by this rising antagonism.”

That’s rich.  These folks have the view that all victims are alike; if you’re an approved victim of Western straight white male hegemony, then we need address animosity (or perceived animosity”) as a “collective problem.”  Wow, just wow.  These guys are more concerned with offending Muslims than they are with speaking out against anti-gay bigotry.

If Muslim groups have a problem with a gay pride march, wouldn’t that indicate that they harbor, um, well, politically incorrect sentiments about gay people?  It seems that some gay activists are so desperate to be part of this coalition of the oppressed that the ignore how many Islamist regimes oppress gays — while other Islamist organizations, even in Western countries, favor our marginalization if not persecution.

Meanwhile back on our own shores,

A group of gay lefty organizations who CLAIM they exist to work on behalf of gay people actually put out a press release on Friday attacking Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization. Nevermind that radical Islam teaches that the penalty for being gay is DEATH. Honestly, the Onion couldn’t have written this release. (more…)

Obama’s 2012 problem in a nutshell

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:24 pm - March 14, 2011.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Jim Geraghty sums its up:

The Obama of 2008 ran on promises. The Obama of 2012 will have to run on a record, and a record that is significantly less appealing than the gauzy hope-and-change vision of his promises. It was one thing to be the blank slate and to be simultaneously be the preferred candidate of Markos Moulitsas and Colin Powell, of Barbara Streisand and Warren Buffett. But the slate is not so blank, and after taking a leap of faith during the tumult of the 2008 financial meltdown, a significant number of independents are recoiling from their decision…

Emphasis added.

A Quick Hello….

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:57 am - March 14, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging

Hello again, world.  I’ve been on a secret vacation with my partner John to Costa Rica.  Secret only in the sense that I didn’t “announce” it on the blog or on Twitter.  I get this strange idea that it isn’t smart to announce when your house is going to be empty for a week.  I’m funny like that.

Anyway, I promise I’ll talk about the cruise (yep, it was a Windstar Cruise!) more later with photos & videos.  I promise.

For now, I’m back to work on a hectic catch-up day.  And more travel for me this week (for work). 

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Creating a gay victim status to get out of jury duty

It seems for some gay activists, everything is political.  Mark, one of our readers, alerted me to a story about which he, while regularly disagreeing with yours truly, offers commentary that I find spot-on:  “stunts like this make gay people look like idiots”.  Well, fortunately, most Americans (or so we hope) won’t judge all gay people by the juvenile antics of this one man who wallows in his (perceived) victimhood:

A gay man was excused from jury duty in New York last week because he said that discrimination against gays makes him a second-class citizen and therefore he couldn’t be impartial.

Jonathan D. Lovitz, an actor, model, and singer who will be on Logo’s upcoming show Setup Squad, wrote on his Facebook page, “I raised my hand and said, ‘Since I can’t get married or adopt a child in the state of New York, I can’t possibly be an impartial judge of a citizen when I am considered a second class citizen in the eyes of the justice system.’”

And instead of criticizing the man for this self-righteous stunt, the Advocate reports that some activists are encouraging “others to use the strategy”.   Such individuals have so internalized the victim mentality that they define themselves as second-class citizens.  Wonder why they need convince themselves of such status.

This is not to say that things are perfect for gay Americans, but the notion that we’re second-class citizens suggests we lack the fundamental rights and privileges associated with citizens, many denied African-Americans in certain states until federal legislation in the mid-1960s overturned discriminatory laws and practices. (more…)

Cut corporate tax rate to speed up economic recovery

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:57 am - March 14, 2011.
Filed under: Economy

When I first criticized the Democrats’ spendthrift “stimulus” now over two years ago, some readers faulted me for not recognizing the severity of the downturn and favoring a do-nothing approach.  While to be sure, I felt the executive branch should, as it were do “nothing,” I thought the legislative branch should act speedily to reduce the burdens it had placed on private enterprise. Instead of increasing federal spending, I would have cut it substantially, eliminating some federal agencies while reducing the scope of others.

I would have have set advisors to work on a plan to shut down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, ending the need for further federal oversight of these government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).  And I would have cut the corporate tax rate, believing that the higher percentage enterprises keep of their profits, the more they can invest in innovation and expansion, investments which generate growth and create jobs.

Now, it appears, we’re heading the opposite direction.  Instead of our tax rate going down, in fewer than three weeks, the United States will have the world’s highest corporate tax rate.  While Japan’s is currently higher, on April 1

. . . both Japan and the United Kingdom are scheduled to lower their rates as well. Japan is planning to reduce its national rate by 4.5 percentage points, which will bring its overall rate to below 35%. The U.K. rate will fall from 28% to 27% as a first step of a multi-year plan to lower the British rate to 24% by 2014.

H/t Instapundit.

Writing for the Cato Inistute, in an analysis of the U.S.’s new status, Duanjie Chen and Jack Mintz from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, University of Calgary  point out that a policy makers recognize “that the U.S. corporate tax system is a major barrier to economic growth“: (more…)