Pinkwashing Islam and Anti-Israel Homophobia


I don’t want to go too far down the rabbit hole and anything involving leftists playing complicated games with language usually qualifies. So I just wanted to highlight a brief excerpt from James Kirchik’s larger piece on Sarah Schulman’s descent into insanity.

First some context; Sarah Schulman is a gay rights activist who recently came to attention for accusing Israel of pinkwashing by not stoning gay men to death the way that her beloved Muslim countries do.

In April, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York hosted a conference on “Homonationalism and Pinkwashing.”

“Homonationalism,” according to a description on the conference website, is the apparently noxious new phenomenon that “occurs when sub-sectors of specific gay communities achieve legal parity with heterosexuals and then embrace racial and religious supremacy ideologies”—including being proud of Israel’s record of respecting and upholding the rights of gay citizens and visitors. “Pinkwashing,” meanwhile, describes a “deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life.”

So in essence Homonationalism is what happens when gay people are patriotic, instead of subversive. The article focuses on Schulman’s rejection of a number of papers on gay rights that didn’t deal with her criteria, which she described as following;

Our conference is a gathering of scholars and activists who are working on the increasingly pressing phenomena of nationalistic apparatus using the idea of “gay rights” to enforce racial supremacy, usually against Muslims.

Muslims are not a race. But let’s unpack what Sarah Schulman is really getting at. The conflict between Muslim and Western societies is over modernity.

Homonationalism and Pinkwashing is a condemnation of gay men and women in modern societies choosing to emphasize their civil rights over the alternative repression inflicted on them in shining beacons of civilizations in Gaza and the West Bank.

Schulman really cuts it down to a choice between gay rights and Muslim power. And faced with that choice, she chooses Muslim power.

It’s not surprising, but it is telling. The left always has its agendas and priorities. Those priorities have little to do with the rights of any groups which is exploited for the larger agenda.

The pinkwashing isn’t on Israel’s part. It’s on Sarah Schulman’s part who exploits gay rights only as a vehicle for Islamic supremacism, which is paradoxical as the two are incompatible, but insists that gay rights take a back seat to Islam.

You submitted a proposal to the conference that is contrary to the content of the conference. We will be talking about how a nationalistic apparatus uses “gay rights” to enforce racial dominance, globally.

So Schulman is thinking of this not just in Israeli terms, but in global terms. Can you be a gay activist who is, in practice, opposed to gay rights? Apparently you can be.

  • Gee

    The Muslim countries don’t just bash gays – they kill them

  • ziontruth

    This is on a par with the idea that the lack of rapes of Arab women by Jewish soldiers is proof of “Israeli racism.” Heads I win, tails you lose.

    You gotta give the ProgLeftists dibs on their consistency in letting no good go unpunished and no evil unrewarded (and that’s according to their purported standards of good and evil).

    • OfficialPro

      can’t win for losing! No, Israeli soldiers musn’t be not-raping because they’re actually decent human beings. It MUST be because they don’t want to stick it in the Muslim cooch cuz they might get oh I dunno, rabies? Or something? [/sarcasm]

      Well all I can say is, there is the saying “Don’t stick it in the crazy”, but I doubt that’s the reason. Though it’s always a good policy.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “…can’t win for losing! No, Israeli soldiers musn’t be not-raping because they’re actually decent human beings”

        It’s amazing but this is not the first time they’ve been caught on both sides of the line between good and evil, trying always to pose as good.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “This is on a par with the idea that the lack of rapes of Arab women by Jewish soldiers is proof of “Israeli racism.” Heads I win, tails you lose.”

      Exactly. They’re liars without any integrity at all. They’ll say anything that they believe has a chance to advance their totalitarian agenda. That agenda does not give a damn about any individual rights. For anyone. All of their “class victims” are chess pieces to move around on the board, and to some times sacrifice. Even when it’s blatant.

  • Lillith

    I must be a complete idiot, because I don’t understand her argument at all!

    • Gee

      Me thinks that it isn’t you with the intelligence issue

    • OfficialPro

      The reason you can’t understand her argument is because it doesn’t make sense, because she is batfeces loony.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It’s pretzel logic that puts the march to Utopia as a higher priority than anything else. Even promoting “gay rights” was a mere tool set to destroy Western culture, so when it’s not useful they put the tools away or use them differently. They’re just a set of tools. So are most of the people using them.

  • ServosT

    There is going to be an instance when a leftist homosexual is going to be killed by an aggressive proponent of Islam. Will the homosexual be conflicted over his desire to live and his concern that stopping the aggressive proponent of Islam might be seen to his fellow activists as somehow islamophobic?

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    This is all very simple to understand, when you understand that the goal of the Left is to destroy Judaeo-Christian values. “Gay rights” is a tool for this end, as is Islam. The Left has already used up most of the firepower provided by the “gay rights” weapon. So it is now left to complete the job with the Islam weapon.

  • ratonis

    I’m beginning to understand why God commanded Joshua to take a specific action in Caanan.