Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”
Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly Out NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.
“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.
Mr. Reisner is now apologizing? For what exactly? For associating with someone who holds different views? Is that not tolerance? Is Reisner saying he is sorry for being tolerant? Of course it is. Here is more of his groveling cowardice
“I was ignorant, naïve and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights,” Mr. Reisner said.
“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’s statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry. I sincerely apologize for hurting the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees. I will try my best to make up for my poor judgment. Again, I am deeply sorry.”
In other words, he is begging the forgiveness of the Fascists who would destroy him professionally for committing the sin of speaking with someone who is a Conservative. If Reisner possessed any testicles, this is what his response would have been.
“To those upset over my meeting with Senator Cruz, I say practice the tolerance you preach. If freedom of association, and the exchange of ideals, and ideas upsets you, then you have serious issues, and are, in fact, a bigot. If you wish to bully me, you will fail. If you wish to silence or intimidate not only those with who you disagree, but even those who would speak to them, then you believe in neither freedom of speech, or association. I will continue to meet, and do business with who I choose, and for those offended by that, you may take whatever action you like. I, for one, will not bow to you!”
But, of course, he folded like a tent