Friday, April 29, 2011

Michelle Malkin accuses the lgbts of creating 'harassment lists' while omitting she did the same thing

After my Know Your LGBT History segment post below, I told myself that I wasn't going to post anymore tonight.

But right-wing firebrand Michelle Malkin did something that just called my name.

According to Equality Matters, Malkin was throwing out a usual whine about how the "left tries to silence opponents:

In an April 29 blog post, she criticized the Left’s attempt to “use campaign finance disclosure as a weapon to intimidate and silence political opponents.” The majority of her post was dedicated to attacking activists who planned to protest companies that have sent donations to Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker.

And she had the temerity to call out the lgbt community:

We saw it during the Proposition 8 traditional marriage battle in California, where gay rights avengers compiled black lists, harassment lists and Google target maps of citizens who contributed to the ballot measure.

We saw it when “progressive” zealots smeared Target Corporation and Chick-fil-A for daring to associate with social conservatives.

Now Equality Matters shoots down Malkin by saying the following:

If companies have a right to endorse certain candidates, causes, or political ideologies, consumers have the same right to endorse (or oppose) particular companies because of their political affiliations. If a company is willing to take a controversial political position (backing policies denying millions of gay and lesbian Americans equal treatment under the law, for example), then it must also be prepared to deal with the significant backlash it could potentially face from its customers.

Free speech does not require that companies or people br shielded from criticism for their political activities. On the contrary, it requires that Americans not be restricted in their ability to mobilize, organize, and protest against activities that they disagree with.

And for the record, it’s not exactly accurate to say companies like Target and Chick-fil-A were attacked for “daring to associate with social conservatives.” Target donated $150,000 to a group working to elect a notoriously anti-gay Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate. Chick-fil-A donated over $1 million to some of the country’s most notorious anti-gay groups, including several known hate groups.

These companies were doing more than simply “associat[ing]” with social conservatives – they were actively involved in using money they had made off of their customers to prevent LGBT Americans from receiving equal treatment under the law. 

Significant doubt has already been cast on Malkin’s assertion that “gay rights avengers” harassed and targeted supporters of Proposition 8. Still, even in that instance, LGBT activists weren’t taking issue with anyone’s speech – they were taking issue with an orchestrated political campaign that ultimately succeeded in denying marriage rights to thousands gay and lesbian couples.

Excellent retort, but I am stuck on her claim about "black lists" and "harassment lists" because on December 7, 2009, Malkin did the same thing she accused "the left"of doing.

It was in the middle of the ridiculous attempt by folks on the right to get Obama to fire Kevin Jennings, his appointee to the Department of Education.

While others on the right were spinning all sorts of lies about Jennings "indoctrinating children into homosexuality,"  Malkin took it upon herself to compile a list of the companies which supported the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) - the organization which Jennings founded - and advised her readers to:

Make sure they know that you know what they’re helping put in public school classrooms.

So Michelle, what's the difference between what you did and what you are accusing "the left" of doing?

Or better yet, before you pick up another rock to throw, perhaps you check out the shape of your glass house.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Alvin, let's not forget that the Prop 8 campaign sent out at least 1 blackmail letter! GoodAsYou covered it, but basically they threatened one our supporters with "exposure" (their donation against Prop 8 wasn't a secret) unless they (a) immediately withdrew their support for our side and (b) made a donation toward Prop 8 in the same dollar amount as their donation against Prop 8.
LGBT groups have NEVER done anything close to this.