Ohio State professor D.G. Myers, is claiming that John Podhoretz, editor of the right-wing “literary magazine” Commentary, fired him over a piece he wrote called “GOP Can’t Be the Party of Old White Men” because Meyers wrote, “If marriage is everything we conservatives say it is, why should we want to deny its moral benefits to gays?”
If the Republicans are going to be the party of married churchgoers, though, they need to change their tune on two key issues. They must drop their opposition to same-sex marriage, and they must quit obsessing over illegal immigrants. These two issues alone are almost entirely responsible for the Republicans’ image and reputation as the party of old white men.
What conservatives do not seem to grasp is that same-sex marriage is not an issue for gays only, but also for the young, who support it overwhelmingly, without question. And if the GOP really is the party of marriage, shouldn’t it be in favor of extending the goods of marriage to as many as possible? If marriage is everything we conservatives say it is, why should we want to deny its moral benefits to gays? The point is to stand for marriage, for an institution that promotes human freedom, and not to barricade ourselves behind the status quo ante. That’s how the party of freedom becomes the party of reaction.
Podhoretz, whose father founded Commentary in 1945 as an extremely right-wing literary review, claims there were other tensions between him and Myers and that he had wanted to fire him before the gay marriage article and described Myers’ allegations are an “abominable lie.” He also called Myers’ support for equality is “goopy and overheated” and accused Meyer’s of “tonal insubordination.”
The New York Daily News reports that Myers’ conservative friends are defending him against Podhoretz on Twitter. Wrote one Myers fan, “Why are you homophobic? And why are you so terrified of independent minds discussing gay marriage in @commentary?”
Prepare to see a lot of this over the next few months because we will surely see more episodes of the conservative GOP hydra eating its own for attempting to evolve and therefore not conforming to its Nazi like ideological purity.