The Remarkable Sally Ride Exploited by Homosexual Activists
The Remarkable Sally Ride Exploited by Homosexual Activists
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   07.24.12
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Michael Signorile, a homosexual activist, wrote a piece on Huffington Post about recently deceased astronaut Sally Ride’s homosexuality.  Here’s an excerpt from his post:

Ride’s posthumous coming out is a wonderful gift to America’s youth. And it’s what we needed right now. If astronauts are among the ultimate heroes and examples of American ingenuity, fortitude and bravery, then with that one line in her obituary — survived by “Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years” — Sally Ride dispeled [sic]all the ugliness foisted on this country in recent weeks by the Boy Scouts of America [and] Chick-Fil-A…. The Boy Scouts, which claims to value “good conduct, respect for others, and honesty,” believes gay kids and gay and lesbian adult leaders don’t measure up. But with her service to the country, not just as member of NASA’s space program but with her dedication to educating American children, and particularly young girls, about science, Sally Ride shows the Boy Scouts to be running purely on the fumes of bias.

Signorile is known for being a pioneer in the “outing” of homosexual journalists and other public figures. He’s also notorious for his escapades with the radical homosexual group ACT-UP, which included pointing at  then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) in a church and shouting, “‘He is no man of God—he is the devil!’”

Just a few random thoughts about Signorile’s post:

  • Just as Sally Ride’s homosexuality does not diminish her impressive accomplishments and should not diminish our respect for them, her accomplishments do not mitigate the immorality of volitional homosexual acts and should not affect our understanding of those acts as immoral. But homosexual activists use the accomplishments and good character traits of homosexuals as a non-rational means of transforming how society thinks about homosexuality. 

Do the accomplishments of Franklin Delano Roosevelt render adultery moral? Do the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. render plagiarism or philandering moral? Do the academic accomplishments of former Columbia University political science professor David Epstein render his consensual sexual relationship with his adult daughter moral? Do the accomplishments of Father Robert Drinan (Leftist Jesuit priest, partial-birth abortion supporter, and former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts) render his fondling of Slate magazine writer Emily Yoffe when she was 18 years old moral? 

Sally Ride’s “posthumous coming out” is not a wonderful gift to America’s youth if they are snookered into believing that her accomplishments tell us anything about homosexuality. Her homosexuality is a very sad fact about her personal life. 

  • According to deep thinker Michael Signorile, the Boy Scouts of America “foisted ugliness” on this country when this private organization voted to retain their historical policy regarding homosexuality.  So now any policy—even that of private organizations—that reflects the belief that volitional homosexual acts are immoral constitutes foisting ugliness on America. Does that proposition hold true for polyamory? If a private organization bans open polyamorists from leadership roles, is it guilty of foisting ugliness on America?
  • Signorile tries futilely to make the case that the Boy Scouts of America believes that “gay kids and gay and lesbian adult leaders don’t measure up” in regard to standards of “good conduct, respect for others, and honesty.” Well, the Boys Scouts of America have never claimed that kids or adults who identify as homosexual are disrespectful of others or that they’re dishonest. The policy narrowly reflects the belief that volitional homosexual acts do not constitute good conduct, which does not reflect bias. There are a plethora of reasons for the belief that homosexual acts are disordered and immoral—both religious and secular. I wonder if Signorile actually knows what “bias” means. And I wonder, do Signorile’s moral claims, especially those that reflect moral disapproval, smell of bias? 

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Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins was the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer in the fall of 2008 through early 2023. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years...
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