ELDER PATRIOT – Once again the hypocrisy of the gay rights movement was on display after the owners of a gay hotel and wedding facility – The Out – met with Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Co-owners Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner also own a significant percentage of a beach resort – Fire Island Pines – that caters to gays.
As though the pair’s bona fides within the gay community wasn’t securely established, they are now the targets of a boycott amid mounting criticism of their attempt to reach across the aisle.
Gays would do well to consider their plight if the heterosexual community acted in the same fashion. Frankly, introspective gays would do well to seize this moment to consider Ted Cruz’s motivations.
If Cruz is really a fringe candidate appealing to knuckle-dragging right-wing extremists he did himself no good in meeting with Reisner and Weiderpass. The fact that Cruz has met with no such criticism suggests his backers are much more tolerant and understanding than those who are now condemning Reisner and Weiderpass. A more serious consideration of the facts suggests Cruz is reaching out to find common ground as a proper statesman is bound to do.
For his part, Weiderpass admitted to finding common ground with Cruz on national security issues only. Regardless, this begs the question “should gays cast their vote only with the singular consideration that they are gay?” May I suggest that they are doing themselves and their country a disservice?
A few years back I was involved in a political conversation with a fairly successful black fellow. During the course of the discussion he said that he believed all of his people should vote the same. My response caught him off guard, “If white people voted along those lines you’d still be calling me Massa.” I followed that with, “If for the purpose of the great American debate you have defined yourself as a black man why do you have the right to ask me to see you as anything else?” The conversation cooled after that but a few weeks later we met again at a business function where he engaged me in a serious discussion about truly important issues.
For their part gays have achieved what is most important – the right to conduct their lives, as they want. The fact that there are hotels and resorts catering to them, specifically, illustrates both the freedom they have and the economic clout that they wield.
Reisner and Weiderpass should be applauded by the community they have invested so heavily in. Instead, they are facing a boycott by the extreme fascist elements within their movement.
All groups have the right to boycott any enterprise, as they deem necessary. Americans will judge accordingly. When gays tried to make a statement against a privately held belief by the owner of Chick Fil A it backfired in resounding fashion as same store sales soared. In other areas they have gained ground as in the case of the horrific actions of the Westboro Baptist Church. Mainstream American usually gets it right in the end. Americans don’t need a politically motivated justice department to tell them what is right and what is wrong.
The extreme wing of the gay movement is a wholly owned subsidiary of the progressive movement. It may be time for politically moderate gays to consider where they’ll be if the progressives achieve their goal of a one-size fits all new world order.
Earlier this week we chronicled the story of two owners of a hotel that caters to gays. Their decision to have dinner with Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz apparently enraged certain activist members of the gay community to the degree that they called upon their fellow gays to boycott their business.
The boycott compelled one of the owners to apologize on Facebook:
“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake. I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights. I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”
Seriously, I don’t know what is worse. The apology or the fact that is hasn’t been accepted.
No person should ever feel the need to apologize for reaching across the aisle. Especially, given the opportunity to do so with a person who may be the next President and, who under any circumstance, will be at the least an influential Senator. To apologize by verbally groveling in such a submissively repentant manner makes my skin crawl.
More despicable, if that’s possible, is the reaction of the militant sect of the gay community who resoundingly told the hotel owners that their apology isn’t accepted. Never mind their investment in the gay community. Forget about their donations to gay causes.
Such gay militantism extends itself to outing those in their community who choose to live an otherwise straight life. To them, it doesn’t matter that innocent people might get hurt in the process.
Apparently, this virulent strain of gay activists is demanding the severing of any and all discussion with people of faith. Why does such discussion scare them?
Gay people who align themselves with this radical sect of their movement should be very afraid lest one day they run amok of their extreme form of gay orthodoxy. Come to think of it, anyone who aligns themselves with them runs the same risk.