It’s not a good feeling to have World Net Daily quote something you wrote as evidence of their delusional worldview. It feels even worse when they do it in an attempt to sully the memory of a true American hero like Ambassador Chris Stevens, who died in last week’s attack on our consulate in Benghazi. World Net Daily, most commonly known to liberals as the survivalists caucus, has written their own narrative; Chris was gay, raped, his body was desecrated by the Libyans, and Hillary Clinton is the she-monster who sent him there, where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.
Politically, I understand how attractive that argument must seem to the rigid Right. They get to throw their own fresh feces at gay people, the State Department, President Obama’s “wimpy” foreign policy, and especially at that liberal demoness Secretary Clinton, whom they greatly fear they will soon be calling Madame President – that is if Hillary doesn’t decide she’d rather be known as Ms. President. They also get to vent their xenophobia, accusing Muslims of desecrating the bodies of the Americans they have killed.
The World Net dilemma was, that by declaring Chris Stevens gay in order to Hillary-bash, they inadvertently elevated a gay man to the status of American Hero. I am sure you can imagine how well that idea sat with the Right’s notorious homophobes like the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. So they made up a story they think will demean the hero status of Chris Stevens. They claimed he had been raped, and his body brutalized by the Libyans. Both of these claims are demonstrably NOT true!
Watch Bryan Fischer’s bold pronouncement in the video below. While you are watching, remember that someone made this story up. Then consider the kind of person who thinks rape somehow reflects on the victim.
Here’s what Fischer and the Right didn’t know when they concocted their story of wild-eyed Libyan terrorists raping our ambassador. There is a YouTube video of the doctor who treated Chris Stevens, made hours after his death. I found it in my research for my article about the fascinating life of Chris Stevens last Monday. The doctor recounts, in a professional manner, how he tried for 90 minutes to revive Chris, who died of smoke inhalation while locked in an embassy safe room. The doctor remarks in his summary that there was no bruising on the body. There is also a photo of Chris being carried to the hospital by the frantic Libyans who found him, fully clothed, his face neither bruised nor bloodied.
I am sure the World Net types will have all kinds of conspiracy theories discounting the doctor. No matter what evidence is put before them, they accept only the slices of reality that fit their narrative. That’s how the President came to be raising money off coffee mugs with his birth certificate on them while the World Net crowd is still chewing on the birther bone. The Right won’t point this out, but since that assault on our embassy, there have been no further demonstrations in Libya, but there have been many many expressions of regret about the death of Ambassador Stevens, who was greatly admired, if not loved by the Libyan people. It is almost as if the Libyans took stock of what happened and decided, this is not who we want to be.
Conservatism has become such a fact-free zone, it sometimes seems a waste of time and words to bother to refute them. But this time, it was my words they selectively purloined, so how can I be silent? Here is the truth; Chris Stevens is still a hero. No matter what lies are told, he will continue to be a hero, and those who use his death to foment hate will not diminish his memory. They only diminish themselves.
Jean Ann Esselink is straight friend to the gay community. Proud and loud Liberal. Closet writer of political fiction. Black sheep agnostic Democrat from a conservative Catholic family. Living in Northern Oakland County Michigan with Puck the Wonder Beagle.
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