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02/06/2010

Frankly connecting the dots of bias

by Jeremy Hooper
B-Frank"[T]he argument that we should not repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because we are in the midst of two wars is badly flawed. Ironically, the religious fundamentalist terrorists we are fighting generally agree with the defenders of this discriminatory policy in their opposition to the principle that gay men and lesbians should be treated fairly."
-Rep Barney Frank (D-MA)
Reversing a Wrong -- Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" [HuffPo]

It is always fascinating to see the way some on the far-right act like anti-gayness is the one thing that certain overheated groups got right. Religious terrorists, the KKK, various supremacist groups -- all oppose LGBT people in addition to the other causes. Why, when it comes to the discriminatory treatment of an entire group, is anti-queerness the one place of agreement?

Now, our foes at home would likely cite the stopped clock theory (it's right twice a day). But we have our own theory about stopped clocks. And we're pretty damn sick of the strange bedfellows that our trying os damn hard to stop our own.

**SEE ALSO: Michelangelo Signorile had Frank on his show this week. Listen in here: Interview with Barney Frank [Signorile]

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I think you're being overly charitable to suggest that anti-gay sentiment is their ONE point of agreement.

It's the only one that's still socially acceptable in some quarters, but they have a lot in common with their radical Muslim counterparts. Drives them crazy when you diagram it out, but it's true.

Posted by: Evan Hurst | Feb 6, 2010 12:08:42 PM

Yea, it's a little oversimplified, Evan. But just in terms of innate characteristics (as opposed to religion, political party, etc.), it's one point that unifies MANY groups in ways like no other.

Btw, Evan: If your ears were burning this weekend, it's because Mr. Besen and I were singing your praises.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 6, 2010 12:17:08 PM

I'm just now seeing this, but yes, my ears were totally on fire, and now I know why.

I'm moving up in August, btw. We should totally do drinks and activism and maybe you and the husband can show me the town, etc.

Posted by: Evan Hurst | Feb 13, 2010 3:10:09 AM

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