“Why does #GayGestapo never complain about the hateful repression of women by Muslims?”

“Why does the #GayGestapo never complain about the violent hateful repression of women by Muslims?”

That’s the latest faux-concern coming from Republicans who, rather than actually being concerned about women, gays, blacks, Latinos and other minorities worldwide, prefer to only occasionally express a concern, and only then in the context of bashing Democrats.

And, big surprise, they get the story wrong.

The issue is coming up again because conservatives are verklempt that civil rights won out in the dispute over Mozilla’s (now former) CEO Brendan Eich, who had donated $1000 to the Proposition 8 campaign to repeal the right to marry for, and 18,000 legal marriages of, gay couples in California in 2008. Gay Californians only won that right back less than a year ago. Eich stepped down the other day after a number of Mozilla employees spoke out, and then half the board of directors quit over his appointment.

The GOP concern-trolling goes something like this – in fact, it goes exactly like this. Here’s an image being sent around Facebook today by GOPers:


Crickets? Check out these crickets. I did a quick search of AMERICAblog, seeing as we’re apparently a leader of the #GayGestapo because I went on Fox News yesterday and told the truth. Here’s just a handful of our reporting on the treatment of women in Muslim countries – I only grabbed the first links I found, there are a lot more:

90-something Saudi reportedly marries terrified 15 year old girl
11 y.o. Yemeni girl flees home to avoid marriage: “I’d rather kill myself”
Women under threat in Middle East
Female US sailor beats the cr*p out of Dubai bus driver who tries to rape her
“Improperly veiled” woman assaults Iranian cleric
Women’s Rights In Iraq: Going, Going…
Saudi comedian/activist’s brilliant video challenges ban on women driving
Saudi women again denied the vote
Shot in head by Taliban, amazing 16 y.o. education advocate leaves Jon Stewart speechless
Saudi sheikh: When women drive it “rolls up the pelvis,” causes birth defects
Honor killing in Syria: so far, and yet so close
Saudis defending whipping raped woman for “crime” of being in a car with an unrelated male relative
Saudi women video selves driving cars in nationwide protest against sexist “men only” law

You’d think they’d Google before writing this stuff?  Then again, their folks don’t fact check because their audience doesn’t need facts to act.  And in fact, the facts are usually contrary to what they’re alleging anyway, so the best way for Republicans to motivate Republicans is to lie.

Interestingly, this is the first I’ve heard of Republicans bringing up the treatment of women – usually, they complain about the treatment of gays in the Middle East, and how supposedly the left never mentions the issue (because, you know, Fox News, Breitbart and the RNC are always issuing those damning statements about the deplorable human rights condition for gays in that region).  But I guess criticizing the treatment of gays in the Middle East, while defending Brendan Eich’s attack on gays in America, was even too hypocritical for this audience.  So, if it’s Monday, they now suddenly care about women.

Of course, the problem for conservatives is that we card-carrying members of the #GayGestapo do in fact go after these countries all the time on these issues.  For example, on human rights abuses against gays in Muslim countries (or countries with sizable Muslim populations), we’ve written about Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and a lot lot more.

Wouldn’t it be neat if Republicans, rather than treating the violent repression of women as some kind of political pawn, actually simply cared about the issue?  Because if the GOP wants to compare who is better on women’s issues – Republican or Democrats – that’s a battle we’re happy to have.

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Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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