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Gay Hotelier Who Hosted Ted Cruz Expelled from Gay Bar

“Tolerance” in action. Via the NY Post:

The backlash continues to rage in the gay community over OUT NYC Hotel owners Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass meeting with GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, who is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.

Weiderpass was kicked out of Fire Island Pines venue Sip-n-Twirl on Sunday after he was confronted by furious patrons over his affiliation with Cruz.

Customer Evan Lobel said, “One guy got up and asked him what the rationale was to have dinner with Cruz. They got kind of heated and before you knew it, there was a lot of people yelling.” We’re told owner P.J. McAteer asked them to leave the bar and threatened to call police.

“Upon their departure, the crowd cheered,” Lobel posted on Facebook.

And in case the message was not clear:

Also on Sunday, gay rights group Queer Nation flew a plane over Fire Island with a banner reading, “Boycott Hi/Lo Tea! Fight For Full LGBT Rights!” referring to cocktail hours held at Reisner’s Fire Island club Pavilion.

On the homepage today I wrote about an entirely unrelated matter — the McKinney, Tex., pool party that spurred (more) protests against alleged police racism and brutality — but what I wrote about the fallout of that incident is entirely apt here, too:

This is not about “justice”; it’s about crushing the enemy beneath their holy heel. Progressives have chosen an ideology of total warfare. They aren’t satisfied with compromise. They aren’t satisfied with surrender. They aren’t satisfied until they are roaming the conquered countryside shooting survivors.

Reisner offered a craven apology for meeting with Cruz, and Weiderpass, following the above incident, said in a statement, “I have been and will always be an advocate for LGBTQ issues.” But it’s not enough. Progressivism is absolutist. It does not brook dissent. You’re with them or against them. There’s nothing in between.

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.