Ashley Herzog

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, 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.

Ashley Herzog

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