My piece on the conniption fit the Left went into a few weeks ago when Ben Domenech opined that it was a plus that Supreme Court nominee short-lister Elena Kagan is a lesbian was published at Pajamas Media today. Pajamas Media publisher Roger Simon was puzzled at the extremes the LEFT went to in order to deny that Kagan is a lesbian and he asked me, “Why is being called gay or lesbian such a slur?”
The short version of my answer is that it is profitable for nation-building totalitarians, whether secular or religious, to demonize all people and behaviors that are not producing babies to increase the power and wealth of their secular or religious masters. I tried to keep the piece about 1,000 words, so I didn’t add the point that my dear gentle readers have seen me make frequently here, which is that social conservatives work non-stop to impose their respective religions on the general populace through the laws of the land in total violation of the conservative values of liberty and individualism.
That is, while social conservatives are free to demonize lesbians and gays and assert that we should be second-class citizens or even inhuman under the tenets of their religions, it is a violation of conservatism and the Constitution to make laws in order to disadvantage us (with update here) because we are a minority that doesn’t serve them in order to use the power of the government to force their beliefs — gays are demons! — on everyone in the hopes of achieving through the coercive powers of government what they were not able to achieve through the persuasive powers of religion. The fact that social conservatives resort unceasingly to the power of the government to appropriate its coercive powers to impose their beliefs on the general population — and to get tax money to finance their operations — shows that the real slippery slope we’re on is toward the overthrow of the Constitution and the imposition of a theocracy. Equality for lesbians and gays IS a conservative value, if conservatives value liberty, individualism, the Constitution and the separation of church and state.
By the way, I don’t know anyone else making these points and I deserve and expect attribution when other writers pick them up, especially when they’ve told me they read A Conservative Lesbian regularly. For example, I called last month for there to be at least one place in the conservative blogosphere — besides mine — where it’s a given that lesbians and gays are equal to heterosexuals and deserve full equality under the law and that these publishers stop publishing rants to the contrary the way conservatives stopped publishing pieces proclaiming women, blacks and Jews to be less-than/wrong/bad. (I am still working on this behind the scenes.) If I don’t get attribution, I WILL be calling those writers out. It’s not just rude, it’s theft.
My last piece published at Pajamas Media was my review of David Horowitz’s luminous biography of his late daughter, Sarah Horowitz, entitled, “A Cracking of the Heart and an Opening to Transcendence,” which was published Dec. 23, 2009.
Law professor William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection has been defending Elena Kagan and today asks, “Why all the hate from the left? True hostility, or simply bait so that Kagan will appear more moderate?” I think the hate is real, Prof. Jacobson — the Left is not the friend of lesbians and Jews — the Left’s attacks prove that Elena Kagan is not one of the more-equal Lefties.
Update, 5/9/2010, Sun.: Thank you, Instapundit, for the link to my essay, linked above, “Why Is It Such a Slur to Call Elena Kagan a Lesbian?,” at Pajamas Media.
Update, 5/11/2010, Tues.: Thank you, Stacy McCain and DaTechGuy for your quotes and linkage. Also, Allahpundit asks whether Elena Kagan being a lesbian will be an issue in her confirmation hearings. I’m going with, “Yes.” Little Miss Attila says she must find her gay agenda first.