Recently, I was asked why I manage to muster so much compassion for illegal immigrants but not “gays.” Most people who read this blog know Sutherland Institute’s stand on a conservative approach to illegal immigration andUtah’s HB 116 – and my defense of Sutherland’s position. Likewise, most people who know us know our stance on “gay rights.”
Holding me to this comparison based solely on the idea that compassion (or the lack thereof) drives both of those policy positions is naïve. In fact, out of the 40,298 words we’ve written on illegal immigration we’ve used the word compassion two times – hardly a centerpiece of our conservative argument.
In March 2009, during a speech before the Cache County Republican Party at its Lincoln Day Dinner, I actually drew the contrast between illegal immigration and “gay rights” as conservative public policies. I said, Read more