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Some explanation please

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at 8:32 AM

Maybe the world is just getting too weird for me to understand, so perhaps you fine folks out there can help me wrap my head around this question.

All the talk last week was about Sen. Larry Craig and his supposed actions in an airport men's room. The guy was forced to step down because of what allegedly happened ... which I won't go into.

But yet, Ft. Lauderdale's mayor was kicked off the Broward County Tourism Board for ... well ...

Fort Lauderdale - Mayor Jim Naugle's series of controversial comments about homosexuality cost him his seat Tuesday on the board that promotes Broward County to tourists.

County commissioners accused him of jeopardizing the area's multibillion-dollar tourism industry. They said Naugle forced them to take the unprecedented step of stripping him of the job when he ignored warnings to stop his attacks.

Since Naugle made his initial allegations about rampant gay sex in public restrooms nearly two months ago, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has been deluged with hundreds of angry e-mails from tourists. Some said they had canceled vacations, while others threatened to go elsewhere.

The cognitive dissonance is deafening. Craig is forced to resign in disgrace after his airport flirtation is exposed yet the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, who was trying to prevent such things from happening in the name of public health, is called a bigot.


FYI and discuss.

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I definitely see the difference. The reason why Naugle was removed from the board was because he made a general statement about a group of people based on a perception he had. Yes, some gay people do elicit sex in public restrooms(so do straight people) but not all gay people do that. And in a city which attracts a huge population of gay tourists and many gay people live there, those kind of statements would definitely cause some resentment from that community. That would be like me running out and saying that just because someone of a particular race is a murder, then all people of that race must be murders. It's just an ignorant way of thought and considering tourism is a huge factor for Ft. Lauderdale, it would be in their best interest to remove someone who promotes that kind of bigotry. You really cant compare that situation with what happened with Larry Craig because his actions was a representation of himself and no one else. Just because he was caught trying to solicit gay sex in a bathroom doesn't mean all senators are doing the same and that was basically the extent to which the comments by Naugle were perceived as. He was making generalizations about a group of people that was unfair.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 10:56 AM

I meant to say murderers instead of murders in that last comment.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 11:09 AM

That was spot on jaxspike.

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 1:04 PM

That's a good point MyNeighbor. But then the "act" wasn't to be done for money. I wonder if it were a woman initiating a man in the same manner (with no expectation of payment of any sort) if charges would have been filed.

-- Posted by DannysGal on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 5:30 PM

Jaxspike... You said it best!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Sep 5, 2007, at 6:38 PM


-- Posted by nathan.evans on Thu, Sep 6, 2007, at 9:56 AM

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