SO PERHAPS NOW YOU CAN UNDERSTAND my dismay at seeing ANSWER rear its ugly head at a gay Pride parade. But given the organization’s â€œentryismâ€ â€” a tried and- true formula by which communist sects would slowly infiltrate and take over social democratic organizations, thereby turning them into hard-left front groups â€” my shock was misplaced. Fervent antitotalitarian that I am, I told the marching ANSWERites, in so many words, that the presence of Stalinists at a celebration of freedom and individual liberty was inconsistent, and that they should therefore make themselves scarce. In response to my expletive-laden outburst, one member of their creepy-looking crew turned to me and said, â€œWe’re not Stalinists!â€ and waddled off.
Individual members of ANSWER can insist to the contrary all they like, but as long as they march under the organization’s banner they have no case on which to recoil from the label of â€œStalinist.â€ Indeed, they’re that and more. The criterion for earning the support of ANSWER seems to depend on the answer to a single question: Do you consider yourself an implacable enemy of the United States?
It doesn’t matter how many people you gas, political dissidents you imprison, or United Nations Security Council resolutions you violate, any tin pot tyrant or clerical fascist who registers his opposition to American â€œimperialismâ€ can count on ANSWER’s backing. At a New York City ANSWER rally I covered in the summer of 2006, convened to protest Israel’s defensive war against Hezbollah rockets raining down on its northern border, numerous speakers praised the Iranian backed Islamist terror organization and called for the destruction of the Jewish state. If ANSWER had its way, those who hang Iranian gay teenagers and superglue shut the anuses of Iraqi homosexuals would dominate the Middle East.
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