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Wall Street Journal Fails to Identify GOP-Bashing Author as Gay Activist ^ | September 15, 2008 | Robert Knight

Posted on 09/15/2008 4:54:24 AM PDT by Kaslin

Note: Brian Fitzpatrick contributed to this article

This past Tuesday (Sept. 9), The Wall Street Journal allowed a homosexual activist to criticize GOP “gay-bashing” on the top of its op-ed page – but didn’t let readers know the author has a dog in the fight.

In his lengthy article, “The GOP Should Kiss Gay-Bashing Goodbye,” James Kirchick is identified simply as “assistant editor of The New Republic.” But Mr. Kirchick is not just another opinion writer.

Kirchick was named the 2007 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). In 2006, he won the NLGJA’s Excellence in Student Journalism Award. Last month, he spoke at a session on opinion writing at the NLGJA convention in Washington, D.C.

Kirchick argues that Republicans should embrace homosexual rights because the “national mood” favors legal recognition of gay couples, but more importantly, because the GOP is “on the wrong [emphasis added] side of history.” Opposition to the homosexual agenda is thus defined as bigotry.

Rather than focusing on the GOP’s interests, Kirchick devotes most of his column to promoting the notion that homosexuals are an oppressed minority group, victimized specifically by the GOP’s social conservatives. Backers of the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA), for example, “depicted gays as a nefarious force.” At the 1992 GOP convention, “gays became the target of a divisive campaign aimed at stirring up the GOP’s socially conservative base.” Pat Buchanan and Dan Quayle joined in “denigrating gay people.” Happily, John McCain refuses to “mak[e homosexuals] pariahs for political gain.” It’s “unfortunate,” however, that McCain did not “go after” his party for “their cynical stigmatization of an entire class of citizens.”

Portraying homosexuals as victims comes straight out of the gay activist playbook. Mr. Kirchick is following the approach laid out by public relations experts Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen in their 1989 book After the Ball. One of their primary strategies is to define homosexuals as “victims” deprived of equal rights, in order to recast the debate over homosexuality as a civil rights issue rather than a moral issue.

If homosexuals are viewed as victims, then anyone who disagrees with the homosexual agenda can be smeared as a bigot. The next step, called “jamming,” is to make people feel ashamed for questioning the gay agenda in the first place. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld might have been satirizing “jamming” with his line, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that!”

The emphasis on victimization conceals the moral radicalism of the gay rights movement. For example, Kirchick defines the proposed FMA as “writing discrimination into the Constitution.” Think about that for a moment. If that is true, then all marriage laws the world over joining male to female in matrimony are simply tools of bigotry rather than reflections of God’s natural, universal plan for humanity.

Mr. Kirchick gently chides John McCain for not criticizing his party’s “stigmatization” of homosexuals, but that’s exactly what Mr. Kirchick does to people who believe in traditional morality.

By redefining traditional morality as a form of bigotry, gay rights advocates are laying the foundation for the criminalization of Christianity, Judaism and every other religion that preaches God’s view of sexual morality. If that sounds radical, consider that 11 Christians were jailed in Philadelphia in October 2006 and five were charged with felonies related to their alleged “hate crime” of preaching out loud at a gay street festival.

Or you could ask the pastors in Canada, Great Britain and Sweden who have been hauled before human rights commissions and threatened with jail and fines simply for publicly discussing sexual morality. One English bishop was investigated for a “hate crime” for saying on the radio that he believes gays can change, because God loves homosexuals enough to heal them from their sin like any other sinner.

A few years ago, a lesbian attorney and gay rights leader told a gathering of scholars and journalists that the gay rights struggle is “a zero sum game. Someone wins, someone loses.” She was referring to Tufts University’s decision to throw a Christian club off campus for not allowing an unrepentant gay to be a club leader. She finished with rare, brutal honesty: “Gays win, Christians lose.”

Mr. Kirchick’s article is effectively a warning: Utter one word against the rising sexual dystopia and you will be called a bigot and banished from polite society. At the least, the Journal should have alerted its readers to his status as an activist on this issue.Robert H. Knight is Director, and Brian Fitzpatrick is Senior Editor, of the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: gaybashing; homosexualagenda; jameskirchick; kirchick; wallstreetjournal; wsj

1 posted on 09/15/2008 4:54:24 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

“Kirchick argues that Republicans should embrace homosexual rights”

No, we shouldn’t. As a conservative Republican and a Christian, I don’t hate gay people, but they shouldn’t be given special rights just because they’re gay. I believe, according to the Bible, that homosexuality is a sin and immoral. Now that doesn’t mean that we condemn the person; we just condemn what they do.

With that being said, homosexuality conflicts with the Judeo-Christian values that made our nation great. I also heard, statistically, that gay marriages usually end in divorce, anyway.

2 posted on 09/15/2008 5:01:03 AM PDT by wk4bush2004
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To: Kaslin

“Republicans should embrace homosexual rights because the “national mood” favors legal recognition of gay couples”

That is how Dems lead. Conservative Republicans don’t change principles because of moods.

3 posted on 09/15/2008 5:12:33 AM PDT by yazoo
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To: Kaslin

The “Gay Community” can go pound sand.

A homosexual isn’t an oppressed “minority”. A homosexual is a man who wants to be identified by the sexual action he CHOOSES to partake in.

Gloria Steinem can’t hold her nose, blow, and make a penis pop out. Neither can Barak Obama use Comet to scrub off the black.

But the homosexual can choose to participate or not participate in homosexual activities. You are a minority because you CHOOSE to participate in deviant sexaul activities. That is YOUR problem, not mine.

4 posted on 09/15/2008 5:23:50 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Kaslin

We will see more of this type of deception from the once staid WSJ. Murdoch is ruining this once fine paper. After decades I will be surrendering my subscription upon renewal.

5 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:42 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: Kaslin

Everything found in the Op-Ed of the WSJ is a waste of trees.

6 posted on 09/15/2008 5:32:16 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Kaslin

“ has a dog in the fight.”
Now that’s funny!

“oppressed minority group” BULL!

They’re a celebrated group attempting to mainstream disgusting behavior!

“Disgust” is a valid expression!
Vote Family Values
My new Bumpersticker & tagline.

7 posted on 09/15/2008 5:33:29 AM PDT by G Larry ("Disgust" is a valid expression!-Vote Family Values!)
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To: Bryan24

Good way of putting it.

8 posted on 09/15/2008 6:22:19 AM PDT by Sister_T (Sarah Palin can lead a horse to water AND make him drink.)
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To: Sister_T


9 posted on 09/15/2008 7:16:04 AM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Obadiah
After decades I will be surrendering my subscription upon renewal.

Same here, I'll be subscibing to Investors Business Daily when my WSJ ends in November.

10 posted on 09/15/2008 7:17:15 AM PDT by Darth Hillary (Alaska Is What America Was)
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To: wk4bush2004

The whole “normalization” of homosexuality and gay “marriage” are about the destruction of the traditional family,
the destruction of our society based on the traditional family,

and is one aspect of the communist infiltration of our country (see “Communist Goals for America”, 1963).

Ultimately, it’s one of the spears of Satan.

11 posted on 09/15/2008 7:22:41 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Kaslin; Grampa Dave

Thanks for posting this article.

12 posted on 09/16/2008 11:59:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Kaslin

It is probably a safe bet that most of the maggot infected so called journalists are hate filled homosexuals.

This maggot infected mediot posing as a journalist has wasted most of his life trying to gild the gay life style and abase the rest of us.

13 posted on 09/16/2008 12:19:52 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (I do not want to know the type of person, who does not like Sarah Palin!)
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To: Kaslin

Sometimes their enthusiasm for sodomy clouds their judgement.

14 posted on 10/14/2008 9:15:30 AM PDT by MSF BU (++)
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