Chad Felix Greene is a Twitchy favorite because his tweets are great. He’s a married gay man and his tweets are great. And today he published a great article at The Federalist about how coming out as a conservative was everything he’d heard about of coming out as a gay man.
We’re not anti-gay — that is, unless you think the government not being able to compel you to design a gay wedding cake against your beliefs is anti-gay. And there are a lot of people who believe that.
Anyway, Greene’s piece is well worth a read:
Everything I was told to fear about being openly gay has become a reality in being openly conservative.https://t.co/m2aaLeW3U5
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) December 11, 2018
Today I look out across the turbulent sea of political discourse and ask, “Why would anyone choose to be a conservative?” To be a conservative means to openly invite others’ hatred into your life and to lose your humanity in the eyes of strangers who view you exclusively through stereotypes and prejudices.
To be a conservative means to be forced to choose when to speak and when to remain silent, since offending someone on the left, even mildly or by accident, is a social battle you may not be able to win. To be a conservative means carefully regulating your speech and constructing opinions in such a way as to avoid being banned from the public square. To be a conservative means to be a marginalized voice, suppressed and dehumanized; bullied into hesitating to speak out.
Plenty of Greene’s critics are accusing him of being a snowflake — but note that The Federalist used a photo of “alt-right white supremacist” Ben Shapiro alongside his piece, and remember that DePaul University not only canceled Shapiro’s speech but sent out security guards to ensure that he didn’t even set foot on campus for fear his ideas might reach the students protected within its boundaries.
In any case, Greene’s piece certainly touched a nerve:
Did conservatives have to fight 4 the right to marry? Have children? Do they get beaten up & murdered 4 their identity? Does the VP want them to pray the conservatism away? Do conservative children kill themselves at an alarming rate bc of how they’re treated at school & home? https://t.co/DgczcPXRhM
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 11, 2018
Read the article and challenge your assumptions and stereotypes. Then ask as many questions as you like. ? https://t.co/ACkbNuTT1F
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) December 11, 2018
Lovely response to the article by a director from the Southern Poverty Hate Center. pic.twitter.com/14GuTOYLqT
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 11, 2018
Yes, that’s the SPLC’s deputy legal director for the “LGBT Rights & Special Litigation Project.” And we all know the SPLC is straight down the middle when it comes to politics.
Dinielli walked that “snowflake” tweet back a bit. Good thing Greene’s rights as a gay man are in the good hands of people like David Dinielli.
I oppose bullying and am sorry if you have experienced it. Shaming can have its rightful place, depending on the nature of the ideas or conduct at issue. Silencing is complicated. depending in part on whether the one doing the silencing is the state or a private party.
— David Dinielli (@DavidDinielli) December 11, 2018
I do think that, because your ideas align you with government actors who are doing real harm to real people, you should expect to have to do extra work to get people to listen. But you seem up to the task. Happy to continue talking over coffee the next time I'm in your city.
— David Dinielli (@DavidDinielli) December 11, 2018
that's because being gay rules and being conservative sucks
— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) December 11, 2018
conservative men are the biggest cry baby whiners ever
grow some balls, you cucks
— beth, an alien® (@bourgeoisalien) December 11, 2018
This is absolute truth
— Murph (@UltimateMurphy) December 11, 2018
No, it’s absolutely hateful, implying that having testicles suggests that a person is necessarily male. Reported.
Yes, we literally reject intolerance.
If you're a 1956 Republican who wants conservation of public lands and a liveable wage, cool.
If you go around trying to strip people of basic rights (like the right to visit an injured or dying SO in the hospital), *you* are the problem.
— Scott Walters (@scrottie) December 11, 2018
They are truly the most unjustly persecuted group in the history of the world for all time ever.
All just because they support stealing elections, only taxing the poor and middle class, and some modest white supremacy.
We should all be ashamed.
— jobee (@johnathonburke) December 11, 2018
A bold false equivalency.
— Ian (@IZT25) December 11, 2018
Worst take of 2018.
— Scientific Socialist (@Irizarry45) December 11, 2018
Are they not baking cakes for conservative weddings now?
— Louis Morgan (@MasterMorgan317) December 11, 2018
Conservative conversion therapy would be a good thing.
— Handrew Buttsman ?? (@DunstonCheksOut) December 11, 2018
Don’t worry, being Conservative is just a phase you’re going through. When you meet the right conscience you’ll get over it.
— Charles (@Sal_Paradise767) December 11, 2018
Because it hurts people and homosexuality doesn't?
— MKupperman (@MKupperman) December 11, 2018
Only because you fail to adequately express what your 'conservative' beliefs are and how you came to them. And, if I hear 'lower taxes' or 'small govt', I hate to tell you that those phrases no longer mean anything based on the last 30 years of GOP action. Dig deeper.
— mzwinter (@meteorsnail) December 11, 2018
Lower taxes, smaller government — regardless of whatever the GOP’s doing from day to day.
Chad with the awkward Stockholm Syndrome flex.
— Phil Bouie (@eyesoredown) December 11, 2018
have you considered that if your thoughts have to be carefully censored and cultivated so as not to draw public revulsion, maybe the fault isn't with the public
— bizzless (@kindofcody) December 11, 2018
The fault is with conservatives for not seeing the beauty in, say, late-term abortion.
Sorry buddy: I'm too busy getting kids out of cages and helping trans kids figure out where to pee. May conservatives have the compassion they offer to others.
— never surrender/cephalopie (@Trilobrite) December 11, 2018
Conservatives aren’t allowed to adopt or get married????
— TweetingIsForLosers (@CrookedBrent) December 11, 2018
Um, Greene is married. Try again.
I guess most folks don't really care who one loves are chooses to be with. But when one is a narrow minded twit it becomes a different game. Try thinking positive and moving to the future instead of embracing Ronald Rayguns.
— Phillip Chappuie (@BubbaClaudius) December 11, 2018
Have you ever tried NOT being conservative?
— Benji Maybe (@chance47) December 11, 2018
Lol. You know only one of these is a choice, right?
— Janice Braden (@JL_Braden) December 11, 2018
Not sure I have ever seen the point of an article confirmed as quickly and thoroughly by the first handfull of tweets or comments under it as this one right here. Hook, line and sinker.
— Doug Von Vader (@DougieDiggles) December 12, 2018
If you’re drawing flak, you’re over the target.
Progressivism … yay: Chad Felix Greene kicked a hornet’s nest of SJW harpies over abortion and OMG talk about UNGLUED https://t.co/M6g2ZPXmtF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 19, 2018