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Monday, April 28, 2003

Coming out of the conservative closet

A must-read op-ed piece by Elizabeth Nickson from Canada's National Post. Some excerpts:

...since the United States won the war... there is a distinct chill in the air, I don't call or write my arty left-wing friends and they don't call me. It's not that I don't love them, but the left has had to make such massive intellectual and emotional convolutions to come up with reasons why the Iraqis shouldn't have been liberated that I can't handle it. No doubt, in those tight little talking cabals, they are manufacturing even more insane conspiracies, of which, no doubt in due time, we will be informed.

...coming out as Christian or conservative is terrifying, as is, I'm certain, coming out as gay. You will be discriminated against. The crimes of the past will be held against you. Your income, unless you stick close to your kin, will be threatened. People will frown when they look at you. People will hate you without knowing you, they will call you names if you say anything, they will send you coruscating hate mail, you will suck it up. This will make you crazy and you will understand extremism because you'll see it in your own soul, called up from the depths by the hatred in which you are held. The reason it will make you crazy is that so many things that need deep public discussion are ignored.

5:36:00 pm