Sending me a tweet from Wisconsinite Beacher Grrl, Bruce alerted me to a post suggesting that a disingenuous ad by the liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee to attack the state Supreme Court’s Chief Justice David Prosser (facing off against assistant state attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg in an election next week) represents an effort “to perpetuate unfair stereotypes and use anti-gay bigotry to help their cause“:
The ad relates to a criminal investigation over 30 years ago. A criminal case wasn’t prosecuted because of a lack of sufficient evidence. Interestingly, the case hasn’t been raised against the incumbent during 30+ years of public life since then, but its being raised now. That should make you suspicious off the bat. The ad perpetuates bigoted stereotypes that connect homosexuality with pedophilia. It’s 2011. Let’s lay it out there for those who don’t get it. Pedophiles are bad because they are pedophiles, regardless of whether they abuse children of the same or the other gender. For years, bigots commonly attacked homosexuals by suggesting they were pedophiles. In reality, abuse of perhaps millions of innocent, little girls by predatory uncles or male neighbors over the years is just as abhorrently wrong. . . .
Here, the left is playing on an age-old, despicable and unfair stereotype used against gays for years. It is dependent upon ignorant (or just evil) bigots having an inability to distinguish between homosexuality and pedophilia. Archie Bunker himself could have written the ad. The ad accompanies an organized whisper campaign about the incumbent . . . .
Here is the Archie Bunker logic: The candidate is not married. The candidate didn’t prosecute a case 30 years ago against a male priest accused of pinching a boys rear end (literally). Candidate doesn’t appear to be taking orders from the Church, therefore, said candidate must be “one of them” and we can’t have “one of them” on the State Supreme Court (where candidate has served admirably the last ten years).
Now, I’ll grant there is some circumstantial evidence here, but the case for a whisper campaign is compelling. And you can bet we’d be hearing a lot more about it if a social conservative group had released a similar ad against a liberal jurist.
The “two brothers who were the victims in 1978 case repudiated” the ad, calling it “offensive, inaccurate and out of context.” While it is hard to prove that there is indeed an anti-gay whisper combining seeking to undermining Justice Prosser, what gay groups can do is join the brothers in repudiating the ad and asking that the Greater Wisconsin Committee pull it immediately.