Someone has to explain this one to me. I know that a lot of my columns are structured by showing the left in a "do as I say, not as I do" moment, or their behaving one way in a certain situation but hypocritically opposite in another, that has a political basis. Well, this sure is one.
So now two gay hotel owners were bullied into a public apology for an event hosted at their hotel, even though the event was done with their full cooperation. Their crime? A capital offense; the event was a dinner for Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a candidate to be the president of the USA.
“I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days,” Ian Reisner, one of the hoteliers, wrote on Facebook.
“I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to
co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to
completely [sic] understand all of his positions on gay rights.”
Let me get this straight (pun intended, with vigor and relish).
A pizzeria in Indiana is the subject of intense hatred and venom, and is forced to shut down, because they answered an ambush-reporter's question about serving a gay wedding, saying that they probably would decline to cater it on Christian religious grounds.
The hatred and venom spewed by the left in this case was in spite of the fact that the young woman who answered the question was stating her Christian religious views (Muslims, after all, are not exactly fans of gay weddings either). The hatred and venom spewed by the left was also in spite of the fact that the catering-a-gay-wedding scenario was completely hypothetical; they had not only never been asked to cater a gay wedding in actuality, but had undoubtedly served plenty of gay patrons over the years.
So you and I, and normal, right-thinking, sensible people everywhere, would take from this that the left believes that a provider of products or services, whether pizza or hotel rooms, should serve everyone regardless of the customer's race, gender, political orientation, height, weight or country of national origin -- or position on gay rights, right?
What else could you infer from l'affaire pizza?
Well, we might think that's what the left is saying, but I guess we'd be totally incorrect. Because here, two gay hoteliers are forced to apologize, in profuse embarrassment, for having a dinner for Ted Cruz in their home. Ted Cruz knew they were gay, but at least he had the decency to set aside whatever he had to set aside, treat them as human beings, and join them to break bread. Oh, the sin.
Who exactly is the &(#@$ hypocrite here? Come on, left, get your story straight (pun again intended)! Either support the pizzeria for standing up for their own views, or support the hoteliers for having Ted Cruz in their home and doing what you wish the pizzeria owners would do.
You just can't have it both ways, but darned if it ever stops you from trying.
Copyright 2015 by Robert Sutton
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