Apparently, gay rights activists aren’t serious about their demand that government “stay out of the bedroom.” Instead of advocating privacy for homosexuals, at least one gay man is making a career out of destroying it.
Yahoo! News began an article about Mike Rogers, owner of BlogActive.com, with the words “Members of the 110th Congress, consider yourselves warned: Mike Rogers is making his list.” Called “the most dangerous man in Washington,” Rogers uses his blog to “out” gay conservatives who don’t want to be outed.
His victims include Dan Gurley, the former field director for the Republican National Committee, Senators Larry Craig and Barbara Mikulski, and Representatives Ed Schrock and David Drier. It doesn’t bother Rogers that many of his “outings” are based solely on hearsay. According to him, he has a moral duty to violate alleged homosexuals’ privacy because “if congressman X thinks that gay people shouldn't have equal rights but goes home and is having sex with men, and not disclosing that, then we have a problem."
Alright, fine. I suppose I can accept the argument that prominent politicians risk having their bedroom habits scrutinized no matter what they’re up to. It’s an occupational hazard. But what about gay activists who make a sport of humiliating closet homosexuals who have no direct influence on America’s domestic policy?
Consider Rogers’ horrifying June 12 blog post, in which he targets Rep. Tom Tancredo’s 18-year-old webmaster, Tyler Whitney. Yes, you read that right: Whitney is fresh out of high school. After posting his picture and a link to his MySpace page, Rogers spends a paragraph sneering at Whitney, sarcastically calling him “a real winner.” Then he announces that Whitney is a closet homosexual.
After posting a link to an article bearing the apparently earth-shattering news that Tancredo’s teenage webmaster is gay, Rogers expresses phony concern for him: “I feel sad for Whitney and I worry what he might do. Up to 1/2 of teen suicides are of gay and lesbian teenagers struggling with their own sexual orientation.”
In the event that Whitney really is contemplating suicide, being ridiculed on a popular blog should really help. What effect does a webmaster have on America’s policy on gay rights?
The practice of outing gays who don’t want to be outed is not meant to fill some noble goal, as Rogers and his ilk would like us to believe. It is used to harass and humiliate gays who don’t subscribe to the radical leftist agenda.
Rogers isn’t the first activist to embrace this kind of behavior. In February 2005, The New York Times used its op-ed page to out the children of several prominent conservatives.
These people are not public figures. They’re not even necessarily conservatives. But because they associate with people who are, their sex lives become fodder for left-wing blogs and gossip rags.
This is how liberals demonstrate their renowned commitment to gays’ dignity. As long as the homosexual in question embraces the left-wing agenda, they are safe. If he dares to express dissident views – or spends time with people who do – liberals will investigate his private life, find out what kind of videos he rents, and report the results as if they were front-page news.
So much for privacy.
I want to finish by saying that I generally support gay rights. The idea of homosexual marriage doesn’t bother me one bit, and I’ve already written columns voicing my support for gay adoption. I strongly believe that what goes on between adults, in their own homes, is none of the government’s business. But I also believe it’s none of Mike Rogers’ business.
Once again, the gay rights activists have shown their moral bankruptcy.