Thanks for reading Diggin' to China and for your thoughtful comment on our recent post about Portland Mayor Sam Adams. We hope you continue to enjoy our arts and culture coverage in the future. We completely respect people's differences of opinions, which you and I have here on the actions of Mayor Adams. I'd be more than happy to look over any substantiated evidence you can provide to the claims of physical violence by Adams supporters barring the odd local nut job who scribbled over a recent petition. That was a truly disrespectful and undemocratic moment and a shame. I would like to think despite our differing opinions that your intentions are based in a noble effort for better government and a better society. I would like bring to your attention however the fiercely homophobic language many of your supports use. Look at any comment board on local news sites and people claiming to be part of your organization and your group repeatedly discuss the homosexual agenda, refer to Sam as a pedophile and generally speak of Portland as a bastion of the degenerate freaks for electing a fag. This is not simply hyperbole, these are the words of your followers. Your supporters brag about how glad they are they live in Beaverton , Lake Oswego and Vancouver Washington, (in other words-places that do not vote on city issues) . Whether or not you claim to be homophobic much of the language used in your name by your group says quite otherwise. It is the institutionalization of the acceptance of homophobia, especially against men that led to this scandal in the first place. I agree that Sam Adams should not have lied about having a brief (and unfortunate) relationship with Beau Breedlove five years ago. However he's apologized, no laws were broken. Lets move on-no?
What you and your group fail to grasp is that the question should not have been asked in the first place, and would not had Sam been a heterosexual man. He was just out of long term relationship and went through a series of rebound relationships- like many of us -gay straight male , female or in-between have done. Heartache is quite the aphrodisiac. It's the homophobic stereotype of the lecherous pedophile that fueled this. Beau Breedlove was an adult, and by all accounts quite manipulative at that. I'm not going to fight Mayor Adam's battle for him, that's his place, but what I will stand up for is the hypocrisy and reverent promotion of disinformation and homophobia that this scandal has unleashed on not just Sam, but all of the gay community-whether they support Mayor Adams or not. If a straight man gets divorced and hooks up with some hot young thing she's a trophy - why is that Sam a newly single gay man gets to be painted a pedophile and a corrupter of youth (on that personal note I assure at eighteen I needed no corruption from an older man, I was quite capable all on my own). Your supporters bandy about terms without concern for their heinous, illogical and disgusting consequences and for that even though you yourself may not have been the originator, I hold you responsible. As a self-appointed public figure you lay yourself complicit with the words and actions of those who follow your rhetoric. It's a razor's edge between the righteous and the rebel-rousers Mister Wurster.
Best wishes on future endeavors,
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