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The Self-Destructive Insanity of Pro-Palestinian Gay Activists
by Bruce Bawer
On November 22, the New York Times ran an op-ed by the radical leftist lesbian Jewish playwright Sarah Schulman which did a great public service – it provided a perfect illustration of the utter lunacy of the anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian queer left.
Schulman opened her piece, entitled "Israel and 'Pinkwashing,'" by quoting a line from William Butler Yeats (a writer who, incidentally, would have found both her work and her politics utterly vile). The line, also the title of a famous short story by Delmore Schwartz, was this: "In dreams begin responsibilities." Schulman maintained that Yeats's words "resonate with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have witnessed dramatic shifts in our relationship to power." She meant by this that while gay people have won rights and respect in various countries around the world, "these changes have given rise to a nefarious phenomenon: the co-opting of white gay people by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political forces in Western Europe and Israel."
Schulman went on to express her revulsion at the enthusiasm of some Dutch gays for the late Pim Fortuyn and for the very much alive Geert Wilders, and at the fact that the English Defense League has over a hundred gay members. She also took me on: "In Norway," she wrote, "Anders Behring Breivik, the extremist who massacred 77 people in July, cited Bruce Bawer, a gay American writer critical of Muslim immigration, as an influence." (In fact, Breivik made it clear in his writings that I was not an influence on him – he considered me too much of a libertarian. But no matter.)
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