Bowing “to pressure from gay activists who threatened a business boycott“, a gay South Florida business association has cancelled a meeting with U.S. Rep. Allen West. Seems that that Republican’s views on gay issues don’t perfectly align with those of gay activists. Or maybe it’s that (R) after his name which designates him (to some gay lefties) as a horrible, no good, very bad person.
With the Wilton Manors Business Association succumbing to the threat of a boycott, gay entrepreneurs won’t have the chance to meet West, a champion of deregulatory/small government policies which help small businesses, including gay enterprises.
After the group had invited West to a meeting slated for August 8, Michael Rajner, legislative director of the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Caucus warned that a failure to rescind the invitation “would prompt gay ‘community leaders and other social justice advocates’ to call for [Wilton Manors Business Association President Celeste] Ellich’s resignation and launch a ‘boycott [of] any and all businesses’ that are members of the business association.”
Wonderfully tolerant fellow that Mr. Rajner, wanting someone to resign for reaching out to an elected official. Guess for folks like him, the mere prospect of meeting with a Republican is akin to blasphemy. Unfortunately of standing up to his intolerance and animus, the business association caved.
Well, some are taking these intolerant leftists to task for their narrow views. Via our reader ThatGayConservative comes this piece from Javier Manjarres who find it sad that leftist leaders of the gay community would marginalize their community “by standing against anyone or anything that isn’t painted over with a big fat ‘gay pride flag’. ”
The Congressman’s wife Angela chimed in as well:
Perhaps it has become so important to brand people, especially in politics to make sure that you have someone to vilify and hate. It makes it easier to say and behave in certain ways. However, if tolerance were to be achieved by an evening of discussion, it would have been discovered that Congressman West’s close relative is gay and married to his partner — we love and adore them both.
In contrast to Rajner et al., the Wests are pretty tolerant people. Do wonder why folks like Mr. Rajner are so unwilling to even sit down with people who don’t hold perfect records on gay issues.
On and, love how the Advocate twisted spin on the story, West Fights With Gay Activists in District. Actually, it’s the other way around; the activists started the fight.