• Pedophilia, gay soldiers and office politics

    by Kelvin Wade

    On Tuesday, November 29, 2011, I was startled to read an opinion piece in my paper, the Fairfield Daily Republic, by right wing firebrand Bud Stevenson entitled, “Pedophilia may soon be big issue in military.” I thought he was talking about some scandal like the one at Penn State involving the U.S. military that I hadn’t heard about.

    No. Mr. Stevenson was saying that because gays would be allowed to openly serve in the military that the risk of pedophilia was sure to increase. It was the kind of perverse homophobia that one thought went out in the 70’s with Anita Bryant and only lived today in the perverted minds of the Westboro Baptist Church.

    I was aghast that my editor ran the column. I wondered if someone wrote a column about watermelon-eating blacks being lazy and violence-prone or a column about penny-pinching Jews running the world’s banking system, if the Daily Republic would have ran it.

    My first thought was to scrap the column I had been working on and write a rebuttal to Stevenson’s garbage. But I couldn’t. In years past I’d written veiled rebuttals to his inane columns but never mentioned him by name. This infuriated Bud and he complained to our editor. The editor told me if I wanted to respond to Bud’s columns to mention him by name.

    So earlier this year, Bud Stevenson wrote a column on MLK Day trashing Martin Luther King as a womanizer and plagiarist. This came on the heels of a column he wrote on the anniversary of the JFK assassination the year before trashing the Kennedy family. It was galling to me that he used a grim anniversary to spew his venom.

    I wrote a response to Stevenson’s King column and mentioned him by name. Readers loved it.

    Bud went to our editor and cried foul. I received a new memo: NO MORE WRITING ABOUT OTHER COLUMNISTS.

    So this past week, I didn’t know what to do. I knew I couldn’t respond to Bud’s smear of gay soldiers in my column. But I couldn’t stay silent. I fired off a personal blog refuting Bud’s claims. The blog was well received.

    But it wasn’t enough for me. I couldn’t just write a newspaper column and act like it’s business as usual. So I crafted a column that neither mentioned Bud Stevenson by name or his topic. I wrote about the amazing story of a Fairfield resident named Anthony Woods. While I didn’t mention Bud or his column on pedophilia, the message was clear.

    Rainbow warriors are an asset to our military. A soldier is a soldier is a soldier.

    If someone wants to wear the uniform of a our country and defend our way of life so I can continue to enjoy the freedoms of the United States, who am I to question their character by questioning their sexuality? How could we have ever thought this was right?

    Sorry for the self-indulgent column this week. But I’m ashamed that my paper ran that narrow-minded, factually incorrect column by my colleague. And I resented a management that would allow that nonsense but prohibit me from responding directly to it. And I know I’m biting the hand that feeds me here.

    Writing a column in a newspaper and writing for an organization like iPinion is a privilege. One develops a following based not only on their writing but their integrity. And I’m not in the garbage business.

    You can find Bud Stevenson’s column at http://www.dailyrepublic.com/opinion/localopinioncolumnists/pedophilia-may-soon-be-big-issue-in-military/

    You can read my column and my blog response at: http://othersidecolumn.blogspot.com/

    • I only met Bud once. He told me he thought my column (which was in the Daily Republic at the time) was crap. My first impression of him was “What an asshole.” It hasn’t changed.

    • Kelvin, I did a comment on Bud’s post. He probably is closeted and I mentioned that in my comment section. People who makes these kinds of slurs against the LGBT movement usually are found out and forced out of the closet. I also asked him if this was a joke and I missed it. He is a jerk and thanks for pointing it out to me.

      • Kelvin

      • December 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm
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      When I first met Bud, it was at some function in Vacaville. Not only did he give me the limp fish handshake, he quickly snatched his hand away. At one point he wrote to me about his brother’s suicide. We had that in common. I thought he might be mellowing. i was wrong.

      • Norbie Kumagai

      • December 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm
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      I can only imagine what Mr. Bud Stevenson (instead of “Mr. Nice Guy” perhaps “Mr. Bigot” is more accurate) might have thought a couple of weeks ago when Nisei Veterans from The 442nd Infantry Division were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor… Thanks Kelvin!!!

      • Judy N

      • December 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm
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      Kelvin, thanks for speaking out. The ignorance of the Stevenson column should not go unchallenged.

      • Tom

      • December 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm
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      He is a world-class asshole, and always has been. Good job, Kelvin.

      • Tom

      • December 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm
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      In fact, he is every bit as disgraceful American as Pat Buchanan.

      • Jesse

      • December 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm
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      I sent this to Mr. Nice Guy Bob:
      Dear Mr. Nice Guy,

      You seem to have a distinct talent for conflating information. It is as if you have exited a time machine of 1950’s style sputum and your are vomiting it onto the page. Since you seem to have a disorder compromising your higher learning ability, I’ll use small words. Being a gay adult means, if you are a man, you are attracted to men, and hopefully, you will be blessed to find a life partner.
      This is generally true for heterosexuals. If man, you are attracted to woman, and hopefully will be blessed with a life partner. If you and your editor do not have enough education to understand this, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the death of journalistic values.
      For the record, a pedophile is a person with an attraction to children. I know it is easily confused, but men are not children. They might act like children, but men that are gay are attracted to other men.

      Men that aren’t gay are attracted to women. Pedophiles are men or women attracted to kids. OMG, you must have been dropped on your head, or you have a very unflattering photograph of your editor, because I can’t believe your drivel made it to print. Stick to numbers, they are genderless and you don’t have to be phobic.

      I find your column disturbing and sad. I’m sorry I read it, but it was like a car crash, I couldn’t look away.

      • Kelvin

      • December 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm
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      That’s a great email, Jesse. I wish I could’ve seen his face when he read it.

    • Kelvin, In my eyes you have taken the role of “Superhero” and in my eyes you are great at it. I would read his column via your link but I’d rather have someone poke a stick in my eye. I too wonder why your editor chose to run such an offensive column. Do you think he is KKK or Nazi? Nevermind, I just realized that they are one in the same, Duh!
      Thank you for standing up and taking names for this behavior has but one place in the Society we call the United States Of America. Discrimination and racism, verbal or in the printed form, belong in the trash can, not the recycle bin

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