Re-Education In Manhattan

On April 20, two gay men hosted a dinner for Ted Cruz in their Manhattan apartment. Presumably they are conservatives who favor sane fiscal policies, and so on. But when the New York Times reported that they had introduced some of their friends to Senator Cruz, the wrath of the gay thought police descended on them. The Times reports the sequel:

Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly Out NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

He was “shaken to his bones,” in other words, by bullying.

Mr. Cruz faced some backlash among conservatives over the event, but it was nothing compared to the criticism both Mr. Reisner and Mr. Weiderpass faced from the gay community.

Of course. Conservatives are tolerant.

“I was ignorant, naïve and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights,” Mr. Reisner said.

“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’s statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgment. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

Did any intellectual resister frog-marched by the Red Guards ever issue a more abject profession of conformity?

Mr. Reisner’s apology came before a scheduled protest march in front of Out NYC.

In addition to the boycott calls, Broadway Cares, an H.I.V.-AIDS fund-raising and grant-making organization, canceled an annual event at a nightclub that the two men own.

The left loves bullies. It always has.

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