During the day yesterday, I guessed (before checking our incoming traffic) that we had been linked on at least one liberal blog given the number of hate commentscaught in the spam filter. The filter caught smart comments as well,including fair critiques of my post; perhaps we can attribute those to Glenn Reynolds’s link. (And at least one clever quip.)
Since I took the day off from blogging, I read more comments than I normally do and chose to rescue nearly every comment, no matter how mean, no matter how jaundiced a view of gay conservatives they offered.
Mike Jackson wondered, for example, if our blog had announced “an internal poll showing approx 22 of 24 writers were voting for John Kerry against Bush over the same sex marriage issue“. I would not be blogging here if I had not e-mailed Bruce thanking him for his post telling Log Cabin to shove it for failing to endorse W. Although we criticized W for supporting the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), we still supported his reelection.
On the other side of the spectrum, Frank compared Republicans to Nazis:
The Republican party in Louisiana has forcibly filled a building with children, nailed the doors and windows shut, and set it on fire. The analogy to the Shoah is deliberate.
Another dressed up the standard cliche: “To be gay and conservative, to be black and conservative, to be poor and conservative, is a contradiction in terms.” Frog in a pot offered said cliche, “To be a gay conservative is the equivalant of a black belonging to the KKK.” A very unoriginal amphibian he.
These comments showed the worst — and the best — of the blogosphere, the worst those who respond with attacks rather than arguments, the best, those addressing the actual substance of the argument and even teasing out its flaws.
Do hope those who offered the thoughtful comments keep coming back and keep commenting. And do hope the others learn from their manner of discourse.
FROM THE COMMENTS: alanstorm questions a left-wing cliche about gay conservatives:
”To be gay and conservative, to be black and conservative, to be poor and conservative, is a contradiction in terms.”
As usual, assertions offered with no supporting evidence, just another assertion that gays are “despised” because of who they are.