I have it from a good source that “Saint Joe McCarthy” on the Michigan State University’s Young Americans for Freedom’s Spartan Spectator is actually Kyle Bristow, a good friend of Tyler Whitney.
Whitney, 18 years old, started coming out a few months ago and a report of his coming out process made it into the LGBT media and eventually into the progressive LGBT blogosphere (where he was quickly eaten alive).
A few days ago, I spoke out against the cruel, vile comments being thrown toward Whitney.
“Saint Joe McCarthy” a.k.a. Kyle Bristow, had to have known one of his best friends was gay when he wrote the following on June 11, 2007:
At MSU, the homosexual agenda is readily evident. Posters advocating for sexual deviancy are strewn about MSU, deviants hold meetings at nearly every (if not all) residence halls on campus, and the deviants even get their own room to advocate their “cause” at the Student Services Building. Moral people view the homosexual activist as a poor creature that has crawled out of the pit of hell to do Satan’s work, but at MSU, these deviants are welcome — if not encouraged — to promote their sick beliefs. They claim that their lifestyle is “natural”, but they fail to explain why their fathers, their grandfathers, their great-grandfathers, and generations upon generations of their ancestors were heterosexual. Instead of believing the truth about homosexuality — that it is brought about by conditioning rather than nature — they believe that they are born with homosexual genes. Their lies are propagated along with their diseases. Being a sexual deviant is an abomination, an abnormality, and an oddity, and the truth of the matter is reticent at MSU.
In time, our society will once again appreciate morals and truth, or it will fall like Sodom and Gomorrah.
One has to wonder… Does Kyle believe his best friend Tyler Whitney to be a “sexual deviant” who is a “poor creature [doing] Satan’s work,” who is sick, diseased and an abomination?
Has he told his friend Tyler this? If not, why? If Tyler, as a gay man, does not fit this description, then why do I or any other gay person?
The situation with Tyler Whitney is certainly one that I hope will be a time for all of us to learn about ourselves and others… for all sides of the debate and all people across the wide political spectrum.
I hope that Tyler is able to impart upon his friends who previously thought cruel and vile things about LGBT people that we are not what people say we are. I hope that others are able to impart upon the progressive LGBT community and to those who have said vile and cruel things about Tyler, that just because someone is gay does not mean they are obligated to be a member of the progressive community.
Being gay and conservative or being gay and a Republican or Libertarian is okay. So is being gay and a Democrat. Political ideologies do not necessarily mean that a person is “this kind of person” or “that kind of person.”
What truly show the character of a person is how they treat other people and if they respect them and if they give them the inherent worth and dignity bestowed upon them by God Himself.
That is what truly matters. Hopefully, we can all learn that.
On a related note, I spoke to a person close to both Tyler and Kyle and he explains that Tyler’s political views aren’t necessarily “Republican,” but rather Libertarian. After long conversation the person admitted that, perhaps, Tyler’s extreme anti-gay behavior was nothing but a cover-up, or “over-compensation” due to what Tyler already knew himself to be. By demeaning other gay people, Tyler was able to somehow make himself feel better. Tyler may still be conservative, but I think his ways of treating other LGBT people will be changing. Even in his email to a Michigan reporter Tyler states, “As a conservative, I still believe in equality and I think its important for all wings of the political spectrum to be accepting of the gay community.”
But as I said before… Being gay and [insert political ideology] isn’t necessarily an indicator of a person’s character. The indicator lies in how one lives and treats other people. Hopefully, we all continuously learn and re-learn ways to treat other people and to truly show each other dignity, respect and consideration.
The “outing” of Tyler Whitney