On this week's Radio Free Delingpole I discuss with fellow Brit - and biographer of Pat Buchanan - Tim Stanley one of the issues that has always puzzled me about US conservatism: why is it so antipathetical towards homosexuals?
Stanley has been at CPAC and noted an example of this in a recent blog post at Telegraph blogs.
Strolling down a hotel corridor, I found Fred Karger sitting alone on top of a desk. Mr Karger is a candidate for President but you probably won’t have heard of him. His problem isn’t a lack of money or talent – he’s been ignored by the national GOP because he’s gay. He's currently filing a complaint that claims CPAC denied him a booth from which to distribute literature because of his sexuality. He was upbeat and bright – very charming, too – but he looked a little hurt.
This strikes me as odd. Worse, it plays into the enemy's hands. Not only does it enable liberals to go on promulgating the meme that conservatives hate minorities but it alienates what ought to be a natural constituency. Of the five most hardcore, ideologically pure, articulate, uber-conservative friends I have in Britain, every one of them is homosexual. Don't ask me why: I leave it to you guys to come up with some ingenious overarching theory. All I know is that for the conservative movement not to reach out to its natural friends in the world of gay (sorry: I just could bring myself to use the phrase "gay community". It's the sort of phrase which makes my right-wing gay friends vomit) seems as short sighted, as, say, not welcoming blacks or Hispanics.
(Oh, btw, I apologize in advance for the sound quality of this week's Radio Free Delingpole. We had some glitches with the mic. If we can't tweak the sound quality to the right level I may have to do a re-record with Tim. It was such a good show it would be a darned shame not to have our words of wisdom preserved for posterity)
Update: the podcast is live here.