Taking issue with critiques that Bruce and I leveled against President Obama for his silence on the plight of gays living under Islam in his celebrated (by his acolytes) Cairo speech to the Muslim world and the failure of the gay groups to fault that silence, one of our critics contended the President did speak out on behalf of gays in Islamic nations in his general defense of the ideals of Western society (even if that Democrat did not define them as such):
[The President said:] ‘But I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.’
[And our critic pointed out:] Yeah, its not a big fanfare, but homosexual lifestyles fall underneath that category. if you’re mad at obama for being diplomatic instead of combative in his language, then so be it.
By that very argument, George W. Bush was a regular defender of the rights of gay people. While he did not identify us as group, he did frequently point out the benefits of democracy to nations suffering under radical Islamic and other totalitarian ideologies, in terms stronger than his successor used in the speech cited above.
In a subsequent comment, reader ILoveCapitalism quoted several examples of such rhetoric. If it weren’t for our reader, I would not have realized to what extent George W. Bush had spoken out in favor of rights for gays living in Islamic nations. Now, that we’re aware of his advocacy on behalf of our fellows, let’s hope gay groups acknowledge his efforts.