Last night before bed, I posted a quick write-up of a meet-up I had had yesterday with Glenn Reynolds, his lovely wife Helen Smith and a gaggle of conservative bloggers and friends. And there I, an openly gay blogger at a blog with “gay” in its very name, found the same (warm) welcome I have found at every gathering of conservative (& libertarian bloggers).
This morning, when I woke up and checked the blog, found this comment in our “pending” (for approval) folder:
How many days have you guys gone without being outright called faggots by the people you suck up to? You should put up a running clock and take bets on who will be the one to break down and share his true feelings with you. It’ll probably be Jim Hoft.
I immediately approved it–wanting to provide evidence of left-wing prejudices against conservatives. For the record, Jim Hoft has shared his feelings with me, at least three times in person, more via e-mail. You see, I’ve been reading Jim’s blog for a number of years now and twice when I passed through St. Louis, e-mailed him and suggested we meet.
He agreed and we got together at a local coffee shop and talked politics. Now, Jim and I may not agree on every issue, but he has never insulted me, has even praised this blog. He is, in short, a decent guy and has always (always) been friendly toward me.
Neither Jim nor any conservative blogger, in person, in text, in e-mail or any other form of communication, has ever called me a “faggot.” In fact, the only people who seem to be directing that slur at gay conservatives sit on the political left.