The New York Times Opinionator Blog linked to GOProud’s statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN this week. Our friends at GayPatriot also got some good coverage. Here’s what they had to say -
Jimmy LaSalvia, the director of the gay conservative group GOProud, had a pointed observation: “Netanyahu spoke eloquently and with powerful moral clarity about the threat posed to the civilized world by radical Islam. All across the Muslim world, gays and lesbians, along with women and religious minorities, are denied basic civil rights. Indeed, the penalty for simply being gay in Muslim countries like Iran is death.”
This led B. Daniel Blatt at GayPatriot to make some comparisons with President Obama:
We have often wondered why so many on the gay left salivate over Barack Obama when there is little evidence of his eagerness to address issues of concern to gay people–or even their leaders …
They herald him as a hero, even though he has yet to champion our interests. While our fellows suffer under the tyranny of Islamofascism, he refuses to address that suffering in his celebrate speech to the Muslim world. Nor did his mention oppression of gays in his Wednesday speech to the United Nations. I guess it was more important not to ruffle any feathers of those dictators and oligarchs who might misunderstand us.
When, however, a politically incorrect world leader of a politically incorrect country mounts the rostrum of the United Nations and addresses the plight of the gays in Iran, it seems only the conservative gays take note.