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Poor Star Parker

Break out the tiny violin for Star Parker, the junior grade, melanin-enhanced Ann Coulter.

She’s whining in her latest column, Gay agenda means less freedom for all, that the recent Gallup polls showing a positive trend on the general public’s views about gay rights is a troubling sign to social conservatives that their power is waning.

Woe is me, she bleats:

From the narrow view of just the same-sex marriage issue, although the majority of Americans are still opposed to legalization, they are a lot less opposed than they were in the a decade ago. From the vantage point of homosexual activists, the trend certainly appears to be their friend.

Moreover, given how this debate is formulated and presented, I see a broader message emerging. I get a sense that Americans are increasingly confusing entitlement and political power with freedom and tolerance. This does not bode well for the future of a free and vibrant country.

This is the trend that represents a burr up her posterior:

39 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, up from 27 percent ten years ago and 58 percent oppose, a drop from 68 percent 10 years ago. Boo-hoo…look at her stumbling, bumbling, searching for answers because the numbers aren’t going her way.

So, along with the trend toward increasing acceptance of the idea of same-sex marriage has been the complete obliteration of the idea that homosexuality is a type of behavior as opposed to a state of being. The discussion has long disappeared that this is about attitudes regarding this behavior and it has become almost exclusively cast as discrimination claims against gays and lesbians.

…Now there are without question instances where individuals change their sexual behavior. I have never heard of instance of a black person becoming white or vice versa.

Yet, somehow we have gotten to the point where it is generally accepted that being gay is a fact and not a choice.

Gee whiz, Star — you think? But of course, now she has to readjust her thinking; the blame game begins with the fact that the vast majority of gays don’t subscribe to her brand of political conservatism.

If gay activists really wanted freedom, as opposed to advancing a particular political agenda, they would be hard at work moving government control out of areas of our society that limit their as well as everyone else’s freedom.

They should be fighting for nationwide school choice, so they can send their children to schools that teach what they want. They should be fighting for private social security accounts and so they could stop complaining about discrimination in survivor benefits. They should fight for private health care accounts and getting corporations out of the benefits providing business and so they could stop complaining about discrimination in benefits toward gay couples.

Unfortunately, this is not happening. From what I see, despite the hijacking of the language of freedom, rights, and discrimination, this movement is about sleight of hand and political power.

Oh boy, this is rich. You know, gays in some circles are quite supportive of those political positions — those would be Log Cabin Republicans and gays who lean to the center on fiscal issues. But that’s not what’s at the core of her frustration. Star and her ilk are the real problem.

Star, how can you expect gays to suddenly come to a table where they are not invited, and in fact, reviled for being who they are and kicked out the door for good measure? Your movement has embraced the bigots, the religious intolerants and socially backward misfits while demonizing gays for political gain and access to power. Why, when you see your grip on social control is slipping, should you expect a political sea change in this demographic — or in the political views of those who are now in support of civil equality? You’ve bedded down with the fundamentalist extremists and now you have to lie in it.

It doesn’t mean that school choice or private social security accounts don’t hold appeal to gays as issues, they simply cannot be issues of primacy when gays:

* can’t serve openly in the military
* are threatened with legislation to prevent them from adopting or fostering children
* cannot have the same partnership and legal benefits as married couples
* can be fired from a job simply for being gay.

You’re not fighting to end that discrimination, Star — you believe in it. When you step up and truly believe gays and lesbians are equal citizens, then we’ll talk. Until then, stop whining about any group seeking political power when your goons on the right have plotted and planned for years to take control. They are not only attempting to legislate rights of gay citizens away, they are attempting to control the reproductive rights of women (from contraception to abortion), and obliterate the privacy rights of everyone.

The social conservatives have had a stranglehold on government, and it’s clear that you feel the folks you have placed your trust in have squandered it because the public has not bought into the social control agenda. That isn’t our problem, that’s your problem.

The fact that public opinion is trending toward fairness despite the incessant drumbeat on the Rovian right about perversion, saving the children, and the sanctity of marriage is just too damn bad. It’s why your movement wants to shove gays back in the closet of shame. You (and Dobson, Bauer, Wildmon and the rest of the social conservatives) know that every person who comes out represents an opportunity to change dozens of minds in one fell swoop.

Personal interaction with openly gay and lesbian friends, colleagues, neighbors and relatives destroy the myths and prejudice. It serves as a more powerful tool for tolerance than any bleating from a columnist or unhinged bigotry coming from the pulpit can counter.

* Star Parker’s All-Purpose Homosexual AgendaTM

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