I was going through e-mail and checking LGBT news today, and I found two things that really kind of made me step back and take a look out the window, just to make sure I hadn’t missed some sort of apocalypse.
First, let’s go with e-mail. I got a message today from Mark Dice, one of the “9/11 Truthers,” promoting his idea for people to package up their garbage and mail it to Fox News’ conservative commentator Glenn Beck.
Mr. Dice describes himself as a national conservative political activist, and explains that the “9/11 Truthers” are “people who believe the government is covering up evidence surrounding the September 11th attacks or allowed the attacks to happen on purpose as a pretext for war.” And Glenn Beck has, apparently, had some not so nice things to say about the 9/11 Truthers.
Dice said: “Glenn Beck has repeatedly slandered 9/11 Truthers by saying that the holocaust museum shooter was a hero to us when we despise violence. He has said that we’re the kind of group a Timothy McVeigh would come from, and Beck also said he hates 9/11 victims families and wanted them to shut up when they wanted an investigation.” And the last straw was when Beck did “an ambush interview” with Texas gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina where he “tried putting words in her mouth and called her a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.”
So Mr. Dice thinks Glenn Beck is “a piece of garbage and a slanderous liar.” And Mr. Dice wants people to send Mr. Beck their garbage to make that point. And he made this YouTube video to promote his idea:
Dice hopes everyone will go along with the plan, and that it will prompt Fox News to fire Beck.
So why is that so shocking to me? Because I didn’t really expect to ever hear someone who thinks of themselves as a conservative “dumping” on such a high-profile conservative commentator. In other words, I didn’t expect to agree with a conservative activist.
And then, I found this headline: “Republicans boo anti-gay group speaker.” Good thing I wasn’t taking a drink of my soda when I saw that one, or it would have come right out my nose.
Basically, Ryan Sorba of California Young Americans for Freedom was invited to the podium to speak during a session of the recent Conservative Political Action Conference about how Glenn Beck incorrectly identified him during some protest or something. Instead, Sorba walks to the microphone and immediately begins condemning CPAC for allowing the gay Republican group GOPride to participate in conference.
And guess what. The people in the audience booed him! Seriously! Here’s the video to prove it: