20
Feb
09

More in common than we thought?

I am so woefully behind since last weekend’s conference. Especially since Girlfriend, Esq. got into town last night, so I spent the three days since I got home getting ready for her visit. If I owe you a personal email or haven’t responded to your comment yet (thanks for all the birthday wishes!), I swear I haven’t forgotten you and it is on my list of things to do. If you could give me until Monday before you give up on me, I’d be eternally grateful.

I’m still catching up on Google Alerts and Bilerico emails, too. In one of them I came across a link to this reaction to Rea Carey’s speech at Creating Change, from Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s a vile piece. They play up the Leather Leadership Award as evidence that the Task Force isn’t qualified to speak on right and morality, and clearly only have to say the words “transsexuality,” “prostitution,” “polyamory/nonmonogamy,” and “sexual freedom” to get their readers all grossed out and riled up. I also giggled at “If you are reading this website, you are seriously concerned about the homosexual activist agenda.” Yeah, actually, I am. Mostly I’m concerned with advancing it.

What I find fascinating about the article, though, is how similarly it reads to many things I see from the queer-positive radical left. The way they set the Left up as a monolithic, powerful Goliath against their poor, disorganized, minority David is awfully familiar. Check this out:

Nobody lies like the Left, yet the liberal media rarely challenge groups like the Task Force on their many falsehoods and slanders.

The sheer organization of the anti-Christian Left:
[emphasis theirs] thousands of left-wing, grassroots activists attend these annual “Creating Change” conferences; there is no parallel on the social Right for this scale of people and groups working closely together toward common goals.

the pro-family movement must take a sober look at where we are in the battle over homosexuality, and it’s not pretty. While it is tempting to point to pro-marriage victories in November (California, Florida, Arizona) as evidence that our movement is healthy, underneath the surface we are losing the critical public-policy and cultural argument over the legitimacy of and government endorsement of same-sex relationships.

Many of the “gay” gains came in states targeted by homosexual moneymen like Tim Gill, who has successfully knocked out pro-family state legislators in Iowa, Colorado and other states. This begs the question: why do such hardball efforts seem to succeed only on the Left and not the Right? When will the pro-family Christian “Tim Gill” step forward to help our side?

Why does the Task Force – which receives lots of corporate support — give an award to a purveyor of hard-core homosexual porn?

This is just fascinating to me. Everywhere I go I read people’s concern that the Right has a strong, organized movement without the kind of infighting and conflict that keeps the Left from being nearly as effective as we could be. We’re always questioning ourselves and each other, the trope goes, while the Right throws itself behind what it as a whole can agree on and acts. They play hardball and it works for them, and we just can’t get it together. I see the Religious Right telling blatant falsehoods about the consequences of legislation or effects of medication, and the mainstream media totally failing to call them on it or correct their misinformation. I watched the Mormon church and its money step in and pass Prop 8, which is once among the many times the Right and their greater financial resources have turned the tide of political battles – without losing all of the tax breaks and other government-given advantages religious organizations are only supposed to get when they stay out of politics. The feeling is that we’re steadily losing ground and the Right is stealthily gaining it. Now I’m seeing the same concerns from the other side. I’m sure it’s just how things work in something like the “Culture Wars” — in order to get your side energized to really throw themselves into the fight you have to convince them that a) the other side is winning, and b) they’re doing it by being more organized, more devoted, more willing to open their wallets, more in control of the means of communication, etc. And really, what we and Americans for Truth have in common is that we’re far enough from the center in our beliefs that it really does seem like the rest of the world is arrayed against us — people down with AFT’s agenda are woefully outnumbered against the entire Left, as are radical anti-oppression anti-capitalist liberationist queers against the entire Right. We’re both far enough from the middle that the mainstream does not represent our views. From our respective vantage points, the mainstream seems firmly on the other side. Still, I got a kick out of reading things I’m used to seeing on Bilerico from this source of extreme Right Wing nutjobbery. If they feel as disorganized, out-numbered, and out-funded as we do, maybe there’s cause for hope.

Or, you know, maybe they’re lying again. That’s always a possibility.

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