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I don't mean to pile on, but...

So there's this highly recommended story where someone named Dr. George Rekers -- a man who has made it his life's work to make LGBT people feel like less than pond scum -- was caught taking a vacation with a gentleman he met at a website called...

Now, to FULLY understand and appreciate the depth of Dr. Rekers' hypocrisy... an analogy:

I'm a full-throated advocate for equal rights... equal rights based on gender, equal rights based on sexual orientation, equal rights based on skin-color, equal-rights based on choice of (or choice not-of) deity.

You name it, I think we all should be treated equally in the eyes of the law and each other.

Now, given that fact, lets pretend I went on a site called... and hired myself a head-shaved, swastika-tattooed, sheet-wearing, traveling companion to "carry my bags" ("I had surgery," Rekers said, "and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him.") throughout Europe.

Say, that despite the fact that we spent most of our time yelling racial epithets at people of color and bombing synagogs, that I then claimed it wasn't until half-way through the trip that I realized RentBigot might possibly not share my love for all the colors in the rainbow of humanity.

(I must pause here to ask: What do you think a good daily rate for bigotry might me? How about hourly? Would it be "by the statement" or just a flat fee "belittling the very existence of others"? Should there be a search engine for the KIND of bigot I can rent? Discuss...)

If this were the case... wouldn't it instantly occur to EVERYONE that my supposed fervent love for others REALLY masked an equally fervent fear of the not-me AND, more importantly, wouldn't it signal the possibility that most ALL FORMS of the same viewpoint masked a similar fear-based guilt?

But, of course, there is no and in the recent history of American politics... people with an all-loving view of the world have not been discovered canoodling with hate mongers.

See... rights advocates DON'T get caught on vacation with klan members.

And rights advocates DON'T get caught in bathroom stalls with nazis.

And rights advocates AREN'T found in motel rooms masturbating to "Triumph of the Will" on the TV set.

The same cannot be said of those who wish to demean and degrade people who have committed the "great crime" of loving another person.

Me on Twitter: JeffLieber (soon to also be RentAFoulMouthedFriend)

Originally posted to SYFPH on Tue May 04, 2010 at 12:41 PM PDT.

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