Last year, Chadwick Moore, a relatively unknown writer at the time, wrote, what many described as, a fawning piece on gay conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos for Out Magazine.
Liberals and many LGBT activists attacked the magazine as well as Moore. Moore defended himself saying he was guilty of nothing more than writing a well-balanced article. But to others that “well-balanced” piece appeared to glorify Yiannopoulos, especially since it included a glamorous photo shoot.
LGBT activists went so far as to pen an open letter to Out criticizing their decision to publish the story.
A few days ago the controversy flared back up after Moore penned a column in the New York Post, announcing himself to be a newly born conservfisative, despite voting for Hillary Clinton three months ago. In the article he detailed that he’s been viciously attacked from the left and has even lost friends over his Yiannopoulos story.
“I realized that, for the first time in my adult life, I was outside of the liberal bubble and looking in. What I saw was ugly, lock step, incurious and mean-spirited. If you dare to question liberal stances or make an effort toward understanding why conservatives think the way they do, you are a traitor,” he wrote. “It can seem like liberals are actually against free speech if it fails to conform with the way they think. And I don’t want to be a part of that club anymore.”
He goes on to write and he has a newfound respect for a prominent conservative icon.
“I’ve made some new friends and also lost some who refuse to speak to me. I’ve come around on Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who I now think is smart and funny and not a totally hateful, self-righteous bigot,” he wrote. “A year ago, this would have been unfathomable to me.”
Not surprisingly Moore received some immediate blowback from liberals.
“Yiannopoulos’ Islamophobia, transphobia, racism, and sexism are well documented, and that an LGBT publication would give him “neutral” (as Moore claims) coverage rightfully angered many in the community,” wrote Skylar Baker Jordan in the UK’s Independent. “Conservatism in America has literally killed gay people. Thousands lost their lives because of Reagan’s homophobic inaction on AIDS. The Vice President of the United States only two years ago signed a license-to-discriminate as governor of Indiana. The right uses religion to deny marriage equality, housing protections, job protections, and even trans peoples’ right to use a public toilet. And unlike the British Conservative Party, the Republican Party has made no overtures towards LGBT people, no apologies for past injustices, and no attempt at including us in their vision for the country.”
While many on the right have publicly celebrated Moore’s newly found conservatism, at least one prominent conservative, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association is less than thrilled.
Fischer penned his own piece, The Myth of the Gay Conservative, on the AFA’s website describing his vision of conservatism, which does not include LGBT people.
“Now it is certainly possible for a homosexual to hold conservative views on certain issues, and even defend them on talk shows, but it is not possible for him to be a conservative. He, for instance, might be able to articulate a conservative view on national defense, or Second Amendment rights, or school choice, or repealing and replacing ObamaCare. But he cannot be a conservative,” Fischer wrote. “Why? Because at the center of conservatism is a non-negotiable view of human sexuality and the family. At the heart of a conservative view of the world lies the family. Not the individual, mind you, but the family. At the heart and soul of conservatism is the notion that marriage consists of one man and one woman and a family consists of a married father and mother and the children they conceive together through their love for each other.”
But while Fischer does not believe LGBT people can be true conservatives he still loves them anyway.
“Should we love homosexuals? Absolutely. We should love them enough to tell them the truth about where their lifestyle leads, both in this life and the next,” Fischer wrote. “Should we make homosexuality any part of the conservative movement? Absolutely not.”