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05/17/2011

(*UPDATED) Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. divorces Facebook: Was it something we said?

by Jeremy Hooper

So you remember that entry from yesterday where I posted the screencaps of the perfectly fair comments that Rev, Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr. (D-Bronx) deleted from his Facebook page? Yeah, well -- about twenty minutes after that post went live (and after I confronted whoever moderates the state senator's F'book with the information), this happened:

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And it's been that way ever since. Which is weird, because just an hour or so before the post highlighting his war on principled push back, Sen. Diaz had launched a full-out Facebook campaign on this very page, encouraging people to change their profile pics to ones that reflected his boycott of a pro-gay newspaper. Clearly abandoning the largest social network (and his 1000+ followers) was not the plan of the day.

So what's the deal? Was the page pulled so as to hide the hypocrisy of Sen. "let's agree to disagree"? Did Facebook pull it because the behavior we captured was so obviously unfair? Or is it just that in the aftermath of a rally where his own wife said gays are "enslaved and enchained by homosexuality" and his supportive pastors preached about "worthy to death" gays "breaking traditional marriage" in a way that will bring "judgement and wrath of God," Rev. Sen. Diaz is simply weary of the power that is social media dissemination?

We'll try to get some answers. Hopefully this time, Camp Diaz will see more benefit in actually responding to this writer's raised concerns rather than cutting and running.

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*UPDATE: Holy crap -- It actually looks like the Rev. Senator just banned this site and its writer from accessing his page. Can't get to it as Jeremy or as "Good As You," but can when not logged in.

So as I said in an earlier post: I'm a New Yorker, politico, and contributor to the state Democratic part. And I'm legally married. And yet to this Democratic Senator who has turned my marriage into the political issue of the day, my perfectly fair opinions (see them for yourself, here) are not valid.

Sen. Diaz: Every time you say "agree to disagree," you are lying. And I will not rest until everyone knows it.

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