Posts tagged Joe McCarthy
Posts tagged Joe McCarthy
Hey DC folks! Check this out, you won’t regret it. I went to this event in Cheyenne, and it’s a terrifying, yet vindicating, recreation of a very dark chapter in LGBTQ and American history.
Take a gander at the book here. Here’s the summary:
“‘Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies.’ This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, ‘ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.’
Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.”
The scene at tonight’s reception for author Rodger McDaniel. He recently penned the book “Dying For Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt”.
Hunt was blackmailed by Sen. Joe McCarthy and others at the height of the red scare over his son being gay and having been arrested for soliciting another man.
As Sen. Al Simpson said tonight, “Lester Hunt loved his son, loved him truly to death.” (at Wyoming Governors Mansion)
The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the “radicalization of the American Muslim community.”
In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida “is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States — homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.”
The Long Island Republican said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that the Muslim community “does not cooperate with law enforcement to anywhere near the extent that they should.”
A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations said he fears King’s hearings will become an anti-Muslim witch hunt.
"We’re concerned that it’ll become a new McCarthy-type hearing," said the spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper.
King, 66, is in line to chair the Homeland Security Committee with the Republican takeover of the House.
He vowed do all he can “to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization.”
This is a very, very dangerous road for this country to take if we want to believe we’re a country that believes in religious freedom. Fact: From 1980 to 2005, only 6% of terroristic acts in the United States were committed by Islamic extremists. Jewish extremists accounted for 7%. Is King going to call for a hearing on the Jewish community?