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E.W. Jackson's characterization of gays as 'totalitarian' unjustified, by Richard Sincere.
Clergyman E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor, said that gay men and lesbians have an 'authoritarian' spirit that is 'dangerous.'
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CHARLOTTESVILLE--In remarks widely circulated only after he received the Republican Party of Virginia's nomination to be lieutenant governor, Chesapeake clergyman E.W. Jackson said that gay men and lesbians have "an authoritarian, totalitarian spirit that has decided they know what's best for everyone."
Jackson repeated the characterization when he said:
While there are radicals within any political movement, whether right or left, the totalitarian impulse is rare and exists only on the fringes.
Indeed, Jackson's words are at odds with the attitudes and activities of a large number of gay and lesbian Americans whose core beliefs are keenly attuned to the values of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that Jackson claims animate his own political agenda.
Take, for example, the Log Cabin Republicans.
Reason magazine correspondent Michael Lynch began one report by saying, "Two and a half years in Washington and I've finally found the free marketeers in the Republican Party--they're gay."
Lynch was reporting on a meeting of the Northern Virginia LCR chapter that featured a talk by libertarian scholar Nigel Ashford, who made a case against employment nondiscrimination laws, and he noted that the vast majority of those present "appeared to agree with Ashford."
He added that the president of the group said that the mission of Log Cabin Republicans is "to work with Republican candidates on shared issues, such as lower taxes, while letting them know you're gay and that there are good gays dedicated to the party."
That hardly sounds like either an "authoritarian" or "totalitarian" agenda. Maybe that's why former Prince William County Republican Chairman Bill Kling once said that Northern Virginia Log Cabin meetings are "fast becoming a 'must' campaign stop for many GOP candidates."
Another example is the Pink Pistols, a gay gun-rights organization, which now has 60 chapters across the country and abroad.
Pink Pistols filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the landmark 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Court eventually decided that firearms ownership is an individual right protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The Pink Pistols brief said, in part: