Gays in The Wall Street Journal

It’s Pride Week this week, that time of year when opinion-formers’

minds turn to the status of gays in society. And helpfully, the Wall

Street Journal editorial page is here to give them a little pastoral


[The narrowness of the Senate vote to withhold federal

funding from school districts who prevent Boy Scouts from meeting

on their premises] underscores the sharp cultural divisions that were

revealed in the last election. But in particular it shows the power

of the gay-lesbian lobby in modern liberal politics. Far from being

besieged in American life, homosexuals now have the clout nearly to

defeat a group that has historically done as much as any other to

turn unruly boys into responsible men.

Well, the gay-lesbian lobby can’t be that powerful if it lost

the vote. But what I’m interested here is the way that the Journal‘s

editorial page has moved from a kind of beefed-up Economist-style

libertarianism to supporting anti-gay Jesse Helms amendments. How

many people on Wall Street (the Journal‘s self-declared constituency),

or indeed in America, would find it shocking, surprising, or even

noteworthy that gays and lesbians in America might have as much power

as the Boy Scouts?

In fact, the more one reads that paragraph’s last sentence, the less

it makes sense. Is there some a priori lemma that anybody with

nearly as much clout as the Boy Scouts cannot be besieged in American

life? Wonder what the African-American community would make of that.

And what’s the other side of the implied distinction? If Boy Scouts

turn unruly boys into responsible men, what does the gay-lesbian lobby

do? Surely the Journal can’t be implying that it takes responsible

men from the heartland of America and turns them into unruly boys

displaying their pierced nipples during the Gay Pride Parade?

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One Response to Gays in The Wall Street Journal

  1. Marife says:

    I am not an anti-gay person here but i wish that gays or lesbians should become what they are made to be by good by being men and women naturally at any cost. And probably say that all american citizen’s have the power even if gay or lesbian i really admire gays for there perseverance and their bubbly personality. Even though i have gay and lesbians friend i still wish that they should be normal.


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