Dennis Prager today took on the ugly liberal habit of “outing” gay conservatives to punish them for their so-called hypocrisy. It’s an unusually long article (for Dennis Prager), but I was particular taken by the section focusing on the ugliness and mindlessness of identity politics, something I have long decried, and something I fear will drive Hillary (get those women) or Obama (get those blacks) into the White House:
Gay opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing whatsoever to do with hypocrisy.
Why can’t a gay person oppose redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex?
Why can’t a gay person believe that it is best for children to start out life with a mother and father as opposed to two fathers and no mother or two mothers and no father?
Why does one have to be a heterosexual in order to make that argument?
Why is one’s value system shaped by one’s sexual orientation?
Why does the fact that one is gay and engages in homosexual behavior mean that he must advocate redefining marriage?
Why can heterosexuals think outside their sexual orientation and advocate same-sex marriage but homosexuals cannot think outside their sexual orientation and advocate retaining opposite-sex marriage?
All of this is characteristic of leftist thinking – that one’s thought processes and values are shaped by one’s race, sex or sexual orientation. Thus, one routinely hears from liberal spokesmen that a black person who opposes affirmative action based on race is a traitor to his race, an Uncle Tom, and probably a hypocrite since he or she must have benefited from affirmative action.
We are told by feminists that men should have no say on the morality or legality of abortion since men lack a uterus.
And a gay who does not hold liberal views on all matters pertaining to gays is a hypocrite.
And, therefore, such people can be treated with great cruelty. Liberals publicly humiliated Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in ways no public figure of our generation had ever been humiliated because he was a conservative black. Recently, Bill Maher and gay activists decided to “out” a leading Republican, who may or may not be gay, because he had the audacity to dissent from the left’s views on same-sex marriage and some other matters regarding gays.