Homosexual activists these days are big on hate. They hate Christians, they hate traditional families, they hate bakers who won’t make a “gay wedding” cake, they hate anyone who implies that their lifestyle is a choice, that it is not normal or healthy.
But an openly homosexual hotel owner found out that at least some activists are equal opportunity haters.
The education of hotelier Ian Reisner began soon after he had a conversation with Sen. Ted Cruz about “LGBT issues.” More specifically, it began shortly after he mentioned it on his Facebook page.
Reisner’s post said that he’d had the opportunity to speak with Cruz, and while Reisner said he disagreed with Cruz’s position on homosexual issues, he took the very sensible and respectful view that “having an open dialogue with those who have differing political opinions is a part of what this country was founded on.”
So far, I’m liking this guy Reisner. He sounds like a nice change from the usual foaming-at-the-mouth liberals we see on a regular basis, and I have to say that I agree with his statement. It is possible, if rare, for people of opposing viewpoints to have a civilized conversation.
However, that’s not the prevailing opinion among some homosexual activists, who swiftly began bombarding Reisner with hate messages for daring to speak with Cruz. Within a day, Reisner’s hotel received at least one cancellation because of it.
Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares, which raises money to fight AIDS, announced on Friday that his group was cancelling a planned fundraiser at Reisner’s hotel, The Out.
“We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community,” the group said in a printed statement.
“This is not about partisan politics or punishment,” Viola actually said.
Uh-huh. And I’m Captain America.
Reisner said he remains a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but that he and hotel co-owner Mati Weiderpass agreed with Cruz on Israel and other national security issues.
“We spent most of the time talking about national security issues and in particular the challenges regarding the defense of Israel to ISIS and Iran — these are the only issues where we found common ground,” said Weiderpass, who did not burst into flames from talking to Cruz.
Neither of the hotel owners should feel the need to justify their views or their conversation, although it seems likely that gay activists will continue to badger them until they swear fealty to the party line.
I don’t know either of these fellows, but based just on the fact that they even talked to Cruz, they might truly be reasonable people.
If that’s so, they might do well to ask themselves what reasonable people are doing supporting people who are actively trying to force them to shut up.