Long story short: Cpl. Sanchez became a minor celebrity by calling Columbia University over its anti-military bias, some directed specifically and personally at him, and the coddling treatment of leftist barbarians who shut down conservative speeches. He made a couple of appearances on Fox News and, then last week, appeared at CPAC and had his photo taken with Miss Faggot Herself (above).
Well ... that calls for burning-at-the-stake in the ... ahem ... Church of Liberalism. And so several Internet sites proceeded to "out" Sanchez as a man who, before he joined the Marines, made several gay porn films and worked as a gay prostitute. Then the news worked its way up the blogospheric food chain, up to scum like Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Gay.com, AMERICAblog.
Here's the Marine's response. I don't want to link to any of the offending sites -- anyone curious for confirmation can do a Google News search for "Matt Sanchez" (as I write, there's a beefcake illustrative photo. Some of the sites have hard-core stills from the films; consider yourself warned). I won't pretend objectivity. I have made my mistakes and committed my sins in this sphere also. Some of them I paid for, dearly. I spent a night in the emergency room with anal gonorrhea and lived six months expecting an HIV-positive diagnosis because a man lied about his status. I've been careful in a bunch of ways (never acted in a gay porn film ... for more reasons than one). But who knows? So I know the chance that some Sanchez-like fragging may lie in my future.
And this attempt at public humiliation was for what. What was Sanchez's crime? There no evidence that he himself called anyone "faggot" or was even otherwise anti-gay, even by the generous definitions that would make me anti-gay. It is 200 proof McCarthyism (i.e., imputed guilt by pre-crime association) and chemically-pure ideological hate to say that Sanchez committed any crime by being a conservative who appeared on Fox or appearing at CPAC with *others* who may be anti-gay by some stretched definition. I truly, truly hate these people. Hate them. These adolescent, gossiping, bitchy, whiny, subhuman, inhuman, spite-filled homosex activists. So marinated in their own self-righteous, hate-filled, narcissistic circle jerk that they completely obliterated their moral sense in the cesspool of their own sin. They have killed their souls. An example of their wicked Marcotte-like combox viciousness is here (you have also been warned).
As another indication of how completely these homosex activists live in their own intellectual fantasyland, several of the commenters there and elsewhere actually thought that "ohmigawd, the right's gonna SO turn on this guy." They actually believe their own transference, that Christians and the right are filled with gay-haters. That was even the gyst of the closest I saw to an adult reaction from a liberal -- from Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:
While it may be delicious to watch our opponents twist and squirm after honoring and embracing a larger-than-life gay porn star, I don’t see any hypocrisy in U.S. Marine reservist Matt Sanchez’s actions. As is his right, he spoke out against what he believed was bad treatment by Columbia’s ‘radical anti-military students’ (Sanchez’s words). Right-wing pundits and organizations pounced on the handsome Latino Marine and showered him with praise and media exposure. Now, they’re scrambling for cover.I'll set aside #1 for now. I think Foreman is wrong-headed, but at least that's an actual argument. But #2 and the "scrambling for cover" line are simply false and, as I say, indicates how out-of-touch liberals are with actual conservative thought (a theme I never can repeat too often). It's one day later. David Horowitz. Right Wing News. Don Surber. Ace of Spades. Gay Patriot. Hot Air. The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler. If there's an important conservative blogger who has mentioned this story in order to do anything other than defend Sanchez, excoriate the gay left or dismiss the "news," I am unaware of it. (Correction invited.)
Porn — gay or straight — has no ideology. Porn stars and porn consumers are Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, atheists and evangelicals. There’s no inherent contradiction between Matt Sanchez being pro-military and being part of the ‘adult film’ industry. The real hypocrisy expresses itself in two different and important ways. First, the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law requires Matt Sanchez and thousands of other loyal Americans to hide their sexual orientation to serve their country in the military. Second, Ann Coulter and her ilk lift a man to hero and spokesperson status until — gasp! — he is found out to be a ‘faggot’ (Coulter’s word).
But unlike Foreman, because I take Catholicism seriously, I knew this would be the reaction when I first heard of this yesterday, assuming merely that it was in Sanchez's past. After all, what is Christianity worth if we can't see the penitent sinner in a case like Sanchez. Would any human being rather that everyone who made a porn film (or several) spend the rest of his life doing that and have no second chance? I've participated in the sexual corruption of enough men in my life that I'm no better than the two thieves crucified alongside Him. But one repented and the other didn't. Secular gays and their left allies will simply never get that. From SeeDubya at the Junkyard blog:
It hasn't worked out quite like they thought. Bryan has more on Sanchez, redemption, and the Christian roots of forgiveness, and a link to Sanchez's own very forthright story in Salon. Do read that, if you haven't already. (So far the comments are admirably supportive of Cpl. Sanchez as well.)Politically-speaking, the best response came from Michelle Malkin and in part because she acknowledged a change in her own opinion.
I don't think the Left understands the idea of redemption well, or that they believe anyone believes it. After all, for the cultural left, redemption isn't necessary. Change isn't necessary. Everyone is perfect just the way they are and we have to accept them. I once heard a sermon to this effect in the (Episcopal Church, USA's) National Cathedral in DC. The Suffragan Bishop--which I think is like a vice-bishop--capped off her sermon with a sort of altar call. This was years ago, but I still remember her saying "Come as you are. God wants you just as you are. You don't have to change."
God wants you just as you are, yes. And He loves you just as you are. But He will change you, if you let Him.
I said the other day I thought CPAC organizers would be justified in being embarrassed if the rumors about Sanchez’s porn star past 15 years ago turned out to be true. Well, the rumors are true. But it is neither CPAC nor Cpl. Sanchez who should feel embarrassed.Preach it, sister!! If "hatred" and "bigotry" are defined neutrally by language, tone, argument and usage, rather than by definitional gerrymandering based on political-issue stance or by a-priori decrees that only certain groups commit it, then the secular gay- and other-activist left is easily the most hate-filled and bigoted place in the world. No dispute. No way.
It’s the nasty, gloating liberals who claim to stand for tolerance, privacy, human rights, and compassion. I predicted the other day that left-wing bigotry would rear its ugly head. I was right. The e-mail I’ve received is more disgusting than anything Ann Coulter stupidly said at CPAC. And I can imagine the vitriol Cpl. Sanchez is enduring.