#1 I'm a Gay Activist, and After Orlando, I Have Switched My Vote to Trump by ThirstyMan 13.06.2016 18:06



This is the saddest day of my life. I can't even wrap my mind around the horror of what happened last night in Orlando, where 50 joyful dancing queers were murdered by a religious extremist. I'm sad -- devastated, in my soul -- about that; but I'm also sad that the events of Orlando have shattered my political beliefs, as I can no longer swear allegiance to a peace-love-and-unicorns progressive philosophy that only helps to get my fellow queers killed.

Yes, there is a war between religious fundamentalism and the spirit of love and tolerance. But we progressives here in America still labor under the delusion that the religion we need to combat is Christianity. But that's a strawman opponent, and has been so for decades. Since the 1990s, Christian extremists have essentially lost all their power, and are now toothless nonplayers in the "culture wars." Meanwhile, Muslim extremists, with guns, murder us, and on the left our only response is to bleat about "Islamophobia" and jump through hoops trying to explain away the self-evident religious motivation for the killings.

Oh sure, all year I've been playing the "Bernie or Hillary?" game with all the other default-Democrats in my social and professional circles. But this is no longer some kind of game. Our lives are on the line. Although I voted for Hillary in the primary, I now cringe inwardly with shame and embarrassment at having done so, and in November I will vote for Trump.

Why? Yes, I know that Trump is an a**hole, Trump is a clown, Trump is a motormouth buffoon. You don't have to convince me of that. But he's also the only person saying anything about putting the brakes on Islamic extremism, and in light of what happened last night in Orlando, suddenly that is the only issue that really matters when it comes to the health, well-being and safety of the queer community.

As an aside, Trump has never said anything homophobic, and has always gotten along well with the gay community in New York, so there's that in his favor as well.
I am ashamed. I am angry. And I am sad. I don't want to vote for Trump, but I must. And if you care about the safety of the gay community in America, so must you.


#2 RE: I'm a Gay Activist, and After Orlando, I Have Switched My Vote to Trump by algernonpj 13.06.2016 18:44



Observant Christians and Jews may not want you to force their pastors or rabbis to perform gay marriages but most would allow you to have civil unions with full legal rights and responsibilities of marriage.

They may not want you infringe on their freedom of association, but they don't slaughter you all or throw you off roof tops.

Before progressives recruites a bunch of 'useful' idiots, as long as social norms were honored it was live and let live, a concept alien to Jihadis.

Most Christians and Jews would allow you to be, as along as you didn't force your lifestyle in their faces.

I can remember as a child tow men or woman living together - 'best friends' who were divorced or never found the right person They lived together for economic reasons. Many helped financially raise sibilings and nieces and nephews.

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