Thursday, March 03, 2005

Coulter and the Gay-Outing Article

One of the more bizarre ways for Conservatives to deal with the Gannon/Guckert story is for them to claim that this proves that we are homophobes. This makes about as much sense as the argument that because we have failed to embrace initiatives put forward by Black members of the Bush Administration, we must really hate blacks. That is to say, it says more about how conservatives see color or sexual preference than about Democrats.

Sensing, I guess, that this line of attack isn't going to work, Ann Coulter tries to find more evidence. Two weeks ago, Dan Savage, writing on the New York Times Editorial Page, commented on the coming out of Maya Keyes, adopted daughter of Alan Keyes. Ms. Keyes did this publicly at a gay rights rally in Annapolis, Md. Mr. Savage wrote an article on the emotions and issues around having a relative of a prominent conservative (who has called homosexuality "shameful hedonism") come out of the closet. Near the end of his article, he makes these points "The next time someone like Maya Keyes comes tumbling out of the closet, we should all try to be gracious and not succumb to our baser instincts."

So how does Ann Coulter deal with this article? By deception. First of all she fails to give any details that might enable a reader to track down this article. Probably smart, since her description of the article doesn't really line up to the actual article.
. . . another Times op-ed article the same day gratuitously outed the children of prominent conservatives.

These are not public figures. No one knows who they are apart from their famous parents. I didn't even know most of these conservatives had children until the Times outed them.
Again to reiterate, if you didn't read the article. Ms. Keyes outed herself publicly at a gay rally. It's hardly like she intended it to be a secret. She also implies that the article outs more than one gay relative, which is not true.

I guess it's not news that Ann Coulter is kind of a liar.

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