Open Letter to Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.: We Hope You Live a Long, Happy Life

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Dear Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr.:

I have read your open letter addressed to "The Editors of the Village Voice."

As you noticed, in a recent update to this blog by Steven Thrasher on how irrelevant you are becoming in New York's inexorable move to making marriage equality a reality in this state, I put a rather salacious headline on the piece: "Ruben Diaz, Sr.: Gay Marriage Over My Dead Body."

I wrote that headline in an attempt not only to get attention to Thrasher's reasoned, well-reported post, but also to characterize just how out of step with reality your opposition to gay marriage has become in a city where the national movement for gay rights began.

I did not, however, actually wish you dead, and if some of our commenters were similarly hyperbolic in their denunciations of you, I consider that unfortunate.

No, there certainly is no desire on my part or on the part of the Voice to hope for your early demise. In fact, you provide for us a valuable service, reminding us of how backward and mean-spirited many people in this country, and even many people in this otherwise enlightened city, are about human rights and basic human dignity.

The Voice in general, and Steven Thrasher in particular, has provided example after example of how loving, committed couples are denied the most basic of human rights because of bizarre and hate-filled screeds by the shortsighted emotional midgets of this country, of which you make a most convenient and visible example.

For that reason, if for no other, we want you to be around after the more responsible members of our political leadership adopt gay marriage, and for a long, long time after that.

So that we may never forget.

Sincerely,

Tony Ortega
Editor
The Village Voice


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Scott Rose
Scott Rose

Just for the record here -- The Italian dictator's grand-daughter Alessandra Mussolini, a member of a right wing party in current Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition, praised her ancestral ties to “Il Duce”, and felt it was “better to be a fascist than a faggot.” What had her grand-father said about gay people? In 1930, Mussolini opposed introduction of a law targeting homosexuals, saying: "To the fortune and the pride of Italy, this abominable vice does not exist here". So if Diaz can't be compared to Mussolini in the harshness of the anti-gay laws they each support, there is the explanation why they can't be compared.

Scott Rose
Scott Rose

Diaz's letter to Voice editors is extremely offensive, because he starts by refering to the anti-gay hate speech he promulgates as being part of a "principled" position. Mussolini enacted discriminatory racial laws on a principle that was no more acceptable a principle that Diaz's. I don't know the other Voice readers who commented under Thrasher's column. But it occurs to me that one of them wishing Diaz ill might be either the surviving victim, or a loved one of a dead victim of some gay bias attack in New York City that was directly inspired by Diaz's anti-gay hate. Ruben Diaz has never once acknowledged that there is a connection between his anti-gay hate speech and brutal anti-gay violence. Of course, it's very convenient for him not to acknowledge it. He doesn't have to admit the connection in public, and then goes right on, continuing to inspire legal, psychological and physical violence against gay people. Some of his victims actually are forced to pay his salary through their taxes. He is a monster.

Jake Goodman
Jake Goodman

Wow!!! Thank you, Tony Ortega, Steven Thrasher and Village Voice for taking a responsible stand against bigotry and discrimination! Sometimes, "fair and balanced" coverage recognizes that presenting hateful rhetoric as the opposite perspective to reasoned calls for equality is neither fair or balanced.

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