What Alan Keyes actually said

By Joseph Farah

A lot of weak-kneed Republicans are running away from Alan Keyes because of his remarks about homosexuality. Weak-minded “conservative” pundits are making themselves look more “mainstream” by denouncing Keyes. Homosexual activists and their friends in the press have conducted a high-tech lynching of the U.S. candidate from Illinois.

It all started earlier this week when Keyes gave a radio interview in which he expressed support for a proposed amendment to the Constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

“The essence of … family life remains procreation,” he explained. “If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it’s possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism.”

Now, if you read news reports of Keyes’ remarks, you might be surprised right now about his comments.

If you tuned in any of the talking-head shows, you probably thought he called Mary Cheney, daughter of the vice president, a selfish hedonist because she is reportedly a lesbian.

If you heard any discussion of this quote anywhere in the establishment media, you might think he said that anyone who is a homosexual is, by definition, a “selfish hedonist.”

Even if you carefully read accounts of this interview in “mainstream” press sources, you might even think he condemned Mary Cheney as a sinner.

It’s not surprising you got that impression. Here is a sampling of the way various major news organizations covered his remark:

  • Los Angeles Times: “On Tuesday, Alan Keyes, the Republican Senate candidate in Illinois, denounced gays as ‘selfish hedonists.’ Asked whether that applied to Mary Cheney, Keyes replied, ‘That goes by definition. Of course she is.'”

  • Associated Press: “Illinois Republican Senate candidate Alan Keyes labeled homosexuality ‘selfish hedonism’ and said Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter is a sinner.”

  • Washington Post: “Further tension erupted yesterday when Illinois Senate candidate Alan Keyes called Mary Cheney a ‘selfish hedonist.'”

This is the way a determined, aggressive, partisan, biased pack of jackals cover someone they consider a real threat.

Alan Keyes is a black man who doesn’t dance in their minstrel show. Keyes is a thinker who is not afraid to say what’s on his mind and on his heart. Keyes is one of the most politically incorrect men in America.

Worse yet, right now Keyes is challenging one of the new darlings of the establishment press – Barack Obama, a conventional, “safe” black man who does what he’s told and lives on the Democratic Party plantation.

But this is slanderous distortion. This is mean-spirited deception. This is character assassination, and it insults the intelligence of every American when my colleagues get away with this kind of mind control.

Alan Keyes didn’t say all homosexuals were selfish hedonists. Read the quote again: “The essence of … family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it’s possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism.”

He said those promoting same-sex marriage are advocating a lifestyle choice based on selfish hedonism. This may seem like splitting hairs to those embracing the same-sex marriage program – as most of my colleagues in the press do. However, they are two entirely different statements. Every major news organization in the world unfairly accused Alan Keyes of saying something he didn’t say. In other words, they lied. They lied big time. They twisted. They distorted. They even put words in his mouth.

Further, it wasn’t Alan Keyes who uttered the name of Mary Cheney. It was the interviewer. He asked whether or not the universal rule Keyes laid out applied to Mary Cheney. He said yes, because it applies to anyone and everyone who takes the position that same-sex marriage is OK. He didn’t condemn her as a sinner. That was an invention of the Associated Press, the largest news-gathering organization in the world, which disseminated this fabrication all over the planet to thousands of other news organizations.

Guess what? What Alan Keyes said in that interview is 100 percent correct. I may very well be the only commentator who has the guts to say it, but say it I will.