"conservatives hate gay people"

While I have briefly touched on the CPAC kerfluffle (Liberty University's Matt Barber and the boycott of CPAC over a gay conservative group being a co-sponsor), I really didn't get into the specifics -- especially about the gay conservative group, GOProud.

However, for those who are interested, John Hawkins' interview with GOProud's founder Christopher Barron is well worth reading. I had not known, for example, that GOProud was started as a breakaway group from the Log Cabin Republicans who believed Log Cabin did not represent gay conservatives. But what's particularly worth noting (especially for paranoid types like me who worry about "gay conservative" becoming an oxymoron via collusion) is that contrary to what the left would have people believe, conservatives have been overwhelmingly supportive of GOProud:

HAWKINS: Now from what I've seen in the blogosphere, conservative bloggers have been almost universally supportive of GOProud, not Liberty University. What do you think the general reaction has been to the whole controversy?

BARRON: Well, that's one of the most under reported stories. The liberal media wants you to believe that conservatives hate gay people. So, the only thing you ever hear about this in the mainstream media or on a left wing blog is about the controversy itself and about Liberty University pulling out. What hasn't been covered has been the tremendous outpouring of support that we've gotten from conservative organizations and from conservatives in the blogosphere.

I wouldn't expect to see that in the leftie blogs or in the mainstream media. That's because they want nothing more than to see Matt Barber be considered a spokesman for "conservatism." And probably for "Christianity" too. Cherry-picking from the most unreasonable opposition voices and characterizing them as "opposition mainstream" is an old tactic. Such a tactic is great for preaching to the choir and rallying the troops because it's what the hard core activists want to believe, but unfortunately, it often works on non-ideological people who are not knowledgeable enough to evaluate such things. (Or on stupid people, who simply can't.)

If there's one thing I've learned in nearly seven years of blogging, it's that noting the dishonesty of such tactics has not made them stop. Of course, I guess if William F. Buckley could stand the task of standing athwart history yelling Stop! for so many decades, then I should be able to stand athwart activists yelling Stop!

Their dishonest tactics might not stop, but because collusion involves stealth, the more people know about it, the harder the game becomes.

posted by Eric on 01.19.10 at 09:41 AM


In their defense, I'm relatively conservative and my life is defined by my misanthrope.

So since I hate most people, that includes lots of homosexuals.
Not because they're gay of course, but still, I do hate lots of them.

Veeshir   ·  January 19, 2010 12:22 PM

Hating individuals with whom you are familiar is different from being a general misanthrope.

I suspect that the average gay person hates more gay people than he does straight people, and the average straight person hates more straight people than he does gay people.

Eric Scheie   ·  January 19, 2010 2:55 PM

Frankly, I never understood the controversy. CPAC is always like the Star Wars Cantina of the conservative movement and that's what I loved about it.

If GOProud wants to show up and show their support then great! We can use all the help we can get.

MFS   ·  January 19, 2010 8:17 PM

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