All hell has broken loose – again – in the Middle East, yet many in the west expect heaven on earth to arrive there. A friend of mine waxes hopeful about this uprising of the people. Then he tells me that a friend of his was recently thrown into prison in Egypt for “homosexuality.” I ask him if he truly believes that his friend would be freed under their idea of “democracy.” He doesn’t know how to answer.
As America’s leftist mainstream media glides over the abysmal human rights record in the Muslim world, we are told the current brouhaha in the Middle East is all about “democracy.” Of course the Left paints Israel as the bad guy – the root of all the region’s problems. But some journalists living in the only nation we can count as a friend there think otherwise.
“One simple truth is undeniable,” writes Daniel Gordis in Wednesday’s Jerusalem Post. “[N]one of the parties vying for control share America’s fundamental values. Liberal democracy, a free press, acceptance of minorities, better status for women, acceptance of gays and lesbians – whatever happens in Egypt, none of these are likely.”
Gordis notes that Israel deserves the support of America and the west “because it shares the commitments to freedom, women’s rights, a free press and the open exchange of ideas that made America great.” He asserts that it is “the one country in this dark part of the world where America’s greatest values actually flourish.”
We won’t hear this from most of the western media. “How sad that this glaring reality is hardly ever mentioned,” says Gordis, “when the enlightened West discusses Israel.” My gay male friend doesn’t realize there is any more to the story than what he hears from the mainstream sources. The narrative has been craftily packaged for him, and he has largely accepted it.
The crafty package says little about what Gordis describes as “the Muslim world’s horrendous treatments of homosexuals.” In the interest of multicultural tolerance, this is overlooked.
Indeed, denial is not just a river in Egypt. “There are LGBT [gay] people marching and joining the protests,” said an article in Thursday’s Washington Blade, but “not as LGBT people.” No, of course not. “They’re not marching under a rainbow flag.” The irony of why they can’t seems totally lost in a “progressive” publication like the Blade.