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Gay Porn Entrepreneur Fights Anti-Semitism and Wins! Brain-Dead Gays Outraged!

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Posted on March 2 2011 3:00 pm

 

Anyone who has paid even scant attention to the political stances adopted by national gay organizations in the US over the last 20 years cannot have failed to notice that they are overwhelmingly leftist in their world-view.  Oh, there are exceptions to be sure, such as the Log Cabin Republicans, and more recently GOProud, but by and large, like the NAACP, which purports to represent the interests of African-Americans, the Human Rights Campaign and other “pro-LGBT” organizations traditionally have aligned themselves with leftists in general and the Democrat Party in particular.  They have essentially endorsed ideologies that offer them empty promises at best, and more often than not, actively perpetuate a mindset of victimhood.

All too frequently, this leftist impulse within the gay “community” has taken an ugly turn, with gay groups actively demonstrating in support of Middle Eastern regimes under which they would be  arrested, tortured and executed precisely for the ‘crime’ of being homosexual.  Gays across the region from the Palestinian territories to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon live in perpetual terror – with good reason.  With tiresome frequency Israel is attacked as an “oppressor” or “apartheid” nation, deserving of scorn, while the horrific oppression of gays in the rest of the region is ignored by these gay advocacy groups.  It’s an old story, and one of several related inversions of morality that Jamie Glazov analyzes with exacting detail in his excellent book United in Hate.

Having witnessed many such sickening spectacles over my 25+ years as an “out” gay man, it was with particular relish that I heard last week about Michael Lucas’ successful campaign to stop an event sponsored as part of the infamously anti-Semitic Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) from being held at New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community Center.  The “Party to End Apartheid” was planned for this coming Saturday, May 5th.

Lucas, (38) a Russian-born Jew who became a United States citizen in 2004, began performing in adult films in Europe shortly after leaving Soviet Russia, and now runs his own company based in New York City, one of the most successful gay porn production studios in the world. He also writes a regular column for The Advocate, a national gay magazine, espousing his passionate, essentially conservative political views.  When he heard about the upcoming event at the Center through a friend, he was initially incredulous.  Quoting from his Feb. 22, 2011 press release:

“At first I thought this was a joke.  Israel is the only country in the Middle East that supports gay rights, while its enemies round up, torture and condemn gay people to death.  In fact, gay people in these societies flee to Israel for safety and protection.  If the LGBT Center wants to host a fundraising and awareness party for anti-Semites, they might as well go all the way and host a tea dance for Fred Phelps.”

Lucas immediately went into action, contacting the Center and threatening to organize a boycott involving some of its largest donors.  His complaints were initially met with indifference.  As he told me over the phone the following day, “I was told they have an ‘open-door’ policy and that they would not be intimidated.”  Less than 8 hours later, however, after Lucas had placed countless phone calls and sent scores of e-mail messages urging supporters to withdraw further funding, he received word from the Center’s Executive Director, Glennda Testone stating she had determined that “this event is not appropriate to be held at our LGBT Community Center.”  Testone further stated that “Therefore, the meeting at the Center has been cancelled and the host group will no longer meet at the center.”

Lucas, well-known for his frequent and fierce condemnation of the murderous anti-gay policies of Muslim-dominated nations and of stealth jihadist activity here in the U.S., issued a statement following the decision:

“I am embarrassed that some people within the gay community would take part in an IAW event, and that many would choose to turn a blind eye to it.  I find it shameful, dangerous and alarming. [Israel] is a tiny island of democracy in the jungle of the Middle East and Israeli democracy greatly needs our support.  It is something that is important to preserve.”

Precisely so, and one might think that Lucas’ principled stand would have earned him much praise.  But NO!  While the Jerusalem Post printed a complimentary article regarding the incident, the reaction from most of the gay press and leftist blogosphere was hateful and dripping with contempt for Lucas. The execrable Max Blumenthal headlined his piece on the controversy: “Money Talks, Desecration Walks: Nakba Porn Kingpin Michael Lucas Bullies LGBT Center Against Anti-Apartheid Party,” in which he proceeded to call Lucas an “open bigot,” and claimed that his political views are

“defined by crude resentment of Muslims, the fetishization of an Israel that doesn’t exist, and little else.”

The Village Voice screamed: “Michael Lucas: The Zionist Porn Impresario Waves His Political Muscle in the the Left’s Face.”  Sherry Wolf, a lesbian member of the pro-Palestinian “Siegebusters Working Group” which was sponsoring the IAW party at the Center, called Lucas’ accusation that the event was anti-Semitic an “odious lie.”  She then went on a rant about Israeli oppression, “systematic racism,” and “wholesale warfare on a population guilty of nothing other than their own existence.”

What warped alternate universe do these leftists inhabit?  Ms. Wolf’s characterization of Israel more accurately describes the plight of women, gay people and religious minorities across the Middle East everywhere OTHER than Israel, i.e. wherever militant Islam dominates.  David Horowitz’s aptly-described “Unholy Alliance” of the Left and militant Islam unfortunately remains alive and well.  It is our duty as lovers of liberty to continue to fight against the lies of the Left.  Michael Lucas has proven himself to be a brother-in-arms in this virtuous fight.  For that I salute him.

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