Gay Republican blogger Alex Knepper:
My Fight With Ryan Sorba, the Kid Who Denounced GOProud
This kid is deep in the closet, people.
My colleague Nate Gunderson caught me as I was nearly out the door. I was walking back from the bloggers’ lounge with a friend in the Virginia newspaper business, and Nate tapped my shoulder to tell me that Ryan Sorba, the kid who embarrassed himself in front of the world by denouncing GOProud to a round of boos, was standing twenty feet away from me. He had a few people near him, probably curious about who he was and what he stood for.
After deliberating for a few seconds, I decided to let Adam Brickley and a couple of guys from The Lobbyist walk to Murphy’s, where the FrumForum party was being held, by themselves. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet this guy . .
“You’ve made quite a name for yourself.”
“Haha, yeah. Where are you from?”
“I go to college around here, American University.”
“What are you studying?”
“I was double-majoring in Political Science with a political theory focus and International Relations with an Islamic Studies focus, but I think I’m going to drop the latter. I can’t take the relativistic preaching, the whitewashing of the burqa, Sayyid Qutb, the entire religion.”
“Yeah, I know what you mean. So what did you think of my little tirade, then?”
“Oh, I thought it was quite evil, actually. I’m gay.”
“You mean you think you’re gay.”
“No, I’m gay. Do you think it’s a choice?”
“I think it’s the result of a complex process of social and environmental factors, but that it’s reversible.”
“So, like, why is it that over one hundred animals have been observed engaging in homosexual sex in nature?”
“Well, only 0.2% of animals are known to do that — ”
” — I mean, mammals, obviously, not ants, birds — ”
” — you know, animals masturbate, your dog humps your leg. Does your dog talk with a lisp?”
“Do I talk with a lisp?!” I yelled.
“A little bit.” (I later asked a couple of gay friends if I have a small lisp; both of them said I have no lisp whatsoever. Aron, who is straight, has said my voice is sometimes theatrical, but that I don’t have a lisp.)
“Rudy Giuliani has a lisp — is he gay?”
And then he went off on what he affectionately called “his tirade” — giving the same mangled pseudo-Aristotelian spiel about how natural rights have to be grounded in natural law, meaning substance, and the final result of the reproductive organ must be a reproductive act, and all of that.
“Yeah, yeah, I get your argument, I understand it, ” I tried to interrupt, But he said that I didn’t, and he finished.
“But the vast majority of married couples partake in sodomy — oral sex, anal sex, fetishes. Hasn’t your girlfriend ever given you a blowjob? I think the government should just get out of the whole marriage business!”
Everyone around us agreed with that statement. Sensing some momentum, I went on: “I’m the one who says that my values shouldn’t have anything to do with government. It’s you who wants to impose his own biases upon the rest of the world!”
Nate Gunderson pondered why it was such a burning issue for Ryan.
“Because conservatives should not be upholding groups who support homosexual marriage and sodomy.”
I said something I don’t quite recall, and he mentioned something about how he could “take me on” physically if he needed to, to which I mentioned that his quick resort to force and threats said a lot about his political philosophy.
He said at around this point that he needed to go, and put out his hand to say goodbye. I stared at him, refusing to shake his hand, and he said “Well, I don’t really want to shake your hand, you’re intrinsically evil” . .