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Tammy Bruce laughs off Ryan Sorba's debate challenge

On Friday, I noted that anti-gay activist Ryan Sorba, in the process of angling for a role in a CNN documentary, challenged prominent gay conservative Tammy Bruce to a debate.

Let Tammy Bruce and/or Andrew Sullivan know that I am going to publicly challenge both to a debate soon!

Bruce, who as of last week leads the advisory board of the gay GOP group GOProud, responded to me (bolds mine):

I was amused by Ryan Sorba’s declaration that he would be soon calling for a debate between himself and either me or Andrew Sullivan. I have a better idea -- I would suggest Sorba ‘debate’ Ted Haggard, Bob Allen or perhaps even George Alan Rekers. I think that might prove more interesting, and would certainly help shed some light on how hypocritical homophobic bigotry has been masquerading as an element of both Christianity and conservatism for far too long. Frankly, I do find it rather odd that homosexuality seems to be more on the minds of certain so-called religious conservatives than it is for most of my gay friends. In the meantime, as the new chair of the Advisory Council of GOProud, I’m excited to be able to do further work promoting how authentically conservative ideals improve the quality of everyone’s lives, especially gays and other minorities. We are only truly free as individuals when we are able to make life choices that best suit us. That requires limited government, lower taxes, and personal responsibility. This is the conservative message I embrace, that compels the Tea Party movement, and will transform this nation on November 2nd.

Bruce, who appears frequently on Fox News, has quite a bit more credibility with conservatives than Sorba, whom even some gay marriage opponents consider needlessly abrasive. Hence, smack-downs like this.

By David Weigel  |  May 10, 2010; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Gay  
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