On March 17, 2014, Gary Bauer joined in the infernal Greek chorus of the American Taliban decrying the makers of Guinness, Heineken and Samuel Adams beer for withdrawing from St. Patrick's Day parades in Boston and New York over their decisions to bar LGBT groups from participating.
Given that Bauer had previously come to this column's attention for insisting that anti-gay activists may be "fined or jailed" following the Supreme Court's overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act, this was hardly surprising.
"Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams have cast their lots with the militant homosexual rights movement and withdrawn their sponsorships of New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day parade," he writes. "The beer companies are attempting to claim the moral high ground, shaming the Catholic organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade because they will not allow open homosexuals to march in the parade.
"Where does this nonsense end? New York City already has a major 'gay pride' parade. Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams could simply sponsor that event if they cared so much about the issue. Would Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams force the St. Patrick's Day parade to include groups of polygamists and serial adulterers too?
"Sadly, this is more evidence of corporate America's complete meltdown on values issues. Far too many corporations are becoming active combatants in the culture war, fighting against the Judeo-Christian values cherished by so many of their consumers."
Just like his American Taliban cohorts, Bauer clearly hopes to gloss over the fact that the brewers were under no obligation to participate in the events.
No matter how many people the American Taliban convinces to join in their screaming fit against the brewers and the LGBT community, their war against reality will remain as futile as ever.