The Rainbow Dagger
NHL defenceman Ivan Provorov refused to wear a rainbow flag gay pride jersey for the Flyers vs. Ducks game tonight (because he is a Russion Orthodox Christian) and what the media is doing to him is the Seinfeld Ribbon scene in real time👇👇👇 https://t.co/QQKdmituL3 pic.twitter.com/sfe0bph5qo— Wokal Distance (@wokal_distance) January 18, 2023
Mark Hemingway writes, “As recently as the ’90s, even liberal comedians understood that there was something un-American about the overweening pressure to virtue signal. “
New from me—> How The NHL Controversy Helps Vladimir Putin https://t.co/QoG6SoXicl— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) January 19, 2023
The gay rights movement was about liberating people. The LGBTQIA+ movement is about controlling them.— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) January 20, 2023
House Democrats Pass ‘Equality Act’ with No Compromises
Andrew Sullivan’s looks at what’s likely to following the achievement of all of the gay-rights movement’s original nondiscrimination goals.
There are political matters on which Sullivan and I disagree, but also many on which he is spot on. And in looking forward, it’s hard to disagree with what’s coming for LGBTQ+ activism. As Sullivan writes:
If current trends are any indication, [the Human Rights Campaign and similar groups] will simply merge into the broader intersectional left and become as concerned with, say, the rights of immigrants or racial minorities as they are with gay rights. In the political climate on the left at the moment, singling out gays as a separate category is increasingly impermissible.
Pandemic Culture Wars
I don’t know why this is so hard to grasp, but the people who think my homosexuality is a sin but who would donate their time and money to save my life anyway are far better human beings than the progressive activists trying to shut those people down.— You Should Have Voted For Gary (@colorblindk1d) April 2, 2020
God bless #SamaritansPurse
All the usual outlets like Buzzfeed and HuffPo are going after Samaritan’s Purse, the mayor’s office has said they are investigating them, and GLAAD put out a statement condemning them for not providing a “safe space”.— You Should Have Voted For Gary (@colorblindk1d) April 2, 2020
All of which seems on par with the progressive media and activists’ attacks on the Salvation Army for feeding the hungry in accordance with their faith:
No one deserves this kind of smear campaign driven by failing, identity politics-obsessed media outlets desperate for clicks.— Brad Polumbo (@brad_polumbo) December 4, 2019
New from me @dcexaminer:
Gay media attack Pete Buttigieg for working with ‘homophobic’ Salvation Army https://t.co/T3jG4axe1n
Chick-fil-A Action Seems to Please No One
Beto’s Unsmart Idea (and more)
The leading Democratic candidates have a knack for pushing each other further and further to the left — massive wealth redistribution through taxation, gun confiscation, taxpayer-paid abortion on demand until the point of natural birth, “free” college tuition for all, “cancelation” of student loan obligations, etc. etc. But O’Rourke’s latest proposal is so incendiary it may give the others pause.
.@BetoORourke used to seem like a fresh, independent voice on issues like drugs and even term limits, but now he’s all “we’re going to take your guns and tax your churches because Donald Trump is a dangerous extremist who is a threat to the Bill of Rights.”— David Boaz (@David_Boaz) October 12, 2019
Because Our Rights Are the Only Rights that Matter?
.@CatoInstitute’s @walterolson: “This is not some apocalyptic rule opening the door to whimsical discrimination. This is a narrowly drawn rule for a minority of federal contractors. It’s really not that radical and not that new.” https://t.co/3rpSL6vwVc— Gregory T. Angelo (@gregorytangelo) August 15, 2019
A Better Way
LGBTQ activists who say we need the Equality Act to end discrimination refuse to agree to a bill that would protect the conscience rights of religious traditionalists not to be forced to engage in messaging and creative activities that violate their faith. It’s not a big compromise; it’s a win-win. But somehow the activists and their progressive representatives don’t seem to be actually interested in winning (other than winning re-election for themselves and their party by keeping the issue unresolved, election after election).
Dems could have done an Equality Act that merely adds orientation & identity to the usual list of race, sex, etc., and it would have had a decent shot at peeling off Trump & enough Rs.— Andy Craig (@AndrewRCraig) May 18, 2019
The gratituitous nuking of RFRA was to ensure unified GOP opposition. Messaging over policy.