Under pressure from the fascist mob, gay businessman apologizes for hosting Cruz reception

Well, that was quick, but hardly unexpected.

One of the gay businessmen who hosted a reception for Ted Cruz last week has apologized to the fascist mob that threatened his livelihood and his person for daring to allow anyone with an opposing view on gay marriage a platform.

Ian Reisner, along with his business partner Mati Weiderpass, hosted a small get-together at their palatial apartment in New York City to listen to Cruz talk about foreign policy and America's longstanding alliance with the state of Israel.  The subject of gay marriage came up, but according to both sides, Cruz simply stated what he has said previously; the issue should be decided by the states.

Reisner at first defended inviting Cruz, making the rational argument that people who disagree on the issue of gay marriage should still dialogue:

“I have been a major supporter of gay causes and gay charities for two decades. People on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree,” Weiderpass wrote, pointing to his past work in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. “The fact that Senator Cruz accepted the invitation to my home was a step in the right direction towards him having a better understanding of who I am and what I believe in.” He subsequently took that post private.”

But after an outpouring of vitriol and hate directed against Reisner and his partner, with boycotts threatened and gay groups canceling events at their properties, Reisner gave in to the inevitable and apologized profusely.

New York Times:

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 e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner. 

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“I was ignorant, naive 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’ 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 judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

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

In addition to the boycott calls, Broadway Cares, a charity that focuses on curing AIDS, canceled an annual event at a nightclub the two men own. 

The intolerant, loutish thugs who ganged up on this guy simply because he was in favor of a dialogue with a political opponent don't really care where Ted Cruz stands on gay marriage.  This was an exercise in curing apostasy.  It was directed at one of their own who dared violate the ideological purity demanded of these closed-minded bigots.  In their worldview, there is no "dialogue," there is no "compromise," nor is there any room whatsoever for anyone to have a stray independent thought cross his mind.  The lockstep adherence to their cause must be total and without questions asked.

Reisner will probably recover from this "mistake" – the gay activists need his money too much for them to stay mad at him for long.  But as an object lesson to the rest of the gay community, consider the campaign to shame, humiliate, and intimidate Reisner and his partner a resounding success.

Well, that was quick, but hardly unexpected.

One of the gay businessmen who hosted a reception for Ted Cruz last week has apologized to the fascist mob that threatened his livelihood and his person for daring to allow anyone with an opposing view on gay marriage a platform.

Ian Reisner, along with his business partner Mati Weiderpass, hosted a small get-together at their palatial apartment in New York City to listen to Cruz talk about foreign policy and America's longstanding alliance with the state of Israel.  The subject of gay marriage came up, but according to both sides, Cruz simply stated what he has said previously; the issue should be decided by the states.

Reisner at first defended inviting Cruz, making the rational argument that people who disagree on the issue of gay marriage should still dialogue:

“I have been a major supporter of gay causes and gay charities for two decades. People on both sides of the aisle need to be able to communicate with one another even when they ideologically disagree,” Weiderpass wrote, pointing to his past work in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. “The fact that Senator Cruz accepted the invitation to my home was a step in the right direction towards him having a better understanding of who I am and what I believe in.” He subsequently took that post private.”

But after an outpouring of vitriol and hate directed against Reisner and his partner, with boycotts threatened and gay groups canceling events at their properties, Reisner gave in to the inevitable and apologized profusely.

New York Times:

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 e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner. 

[...]

“I was ignorant, naive 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’ 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 judgement. Again, I am deeply sorry.”

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

In addition to the boycott calls, Broadway Cares, a charity that focuses on curing AIDS, canceled an annual event at a nightclub the two men own. 

The intolerant, loutish thugs who ganged up on this guy simply because he was in favor of a dialogue with a political opponent don't really care where Ted Cruz stands on gay marriage.  This was an exercise in curing apostasy.  It was directed at one of their own who dared violate the ideological purity demanded of these closed-minded bigots.  In their worldview, there is no "dialogue," there is no "compromise," nor is there any room whatsoever for anyone to have a stray independent thought cross his mind.  The lockstep adherence to their cause must be total and without questions asked.

Reisner will probably recover from this "mistake" – the gay activists need his money too much for them to stay mad at him for long.  But as an object lesson to the rest of the gay community, consider the campaign to shame, humiliate, and intimidate Reisner and his partner a resounding success.