Usually when someone gets caught with their pants down, it should be forgiven and
forgotten. Whether straight, gay, or bi, we all have a sex drive and sometimes
Senator Craig, however, has a record of promoting hateful and discriminatory laws
against homosexuality. It is bad enough to persecute those who are different, but
especially unforgivable to condemn behavior that one is secretly doing oneself.
When someone claims innocence, we should give him the benefit of the doubt. But,
although Craig denies being gay, he has said nothing about being bisexual, and so
far he has not offered a credible alternative explanation for his ‘signals’ to the man in
the next stall.
As a heterosexual man, I do not understand prejudice against gays. There is no
logical reason to resent them, deprive them of equal rights, nor to feel angry or
violent toward them. Perhaps those who have homosexual desires that they do not want to admit,
sometimes even to themselves, may try to overcompensate, developing an obsessive
fear and hatred toward those who share the desires that they themselves resent
having. Such people need psychological help, and, in a more accepting society it
would be much easier to treat problems like that. Personal problems, however, are never an excuse to persecute others. Senator Craig needs to be removed from his position so that he can do no further harm to equal rights in America.