Following the announcement that State Sen. Rob Ortt (R-North Tonawanda) had been named Senate Minority Leader, liberal voices wasted no time pressuring Leader Ortt to distance himself from social conservatives.
On June 23, 2020, the Niagara Gazette reported that Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) had criticized Leader Ortt for having attended an event held by a conservative Christian organization. Which organization, you ask? Our organization! Leader Ortt attended a fall 2019 fundraiser (pictured above) held by New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), an affiliate organization of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
Sen. Hoylman, an openly homosexual legislator who has sponsored many bills that are opposed by NYCF (including Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Late-Term Abortion Expansion Act), called it “outrageous” that Leader Ortt had “‘given money to a well known homophobic organization that peddles hate against LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer) people.’” (While we appreciate Sen. Hoylman referring to NYFRF as “well known,” his other characterizations of the organization are false. We don’t hate the Senator, and we don’t hate anyone else. In fact, we lift Sen. Hoylman and all our elected officials up in prayer.)
On June 22, 2020, the editorial board of The Buffalo News offered Leader Ortt some (presumably unsolicited) advice, calling upon him and other Republicans to “be conservative without being cruel.” The BN editorial board then accused the Republican Party of “show[ing] little interest in the issues important to gays and to women” and asserting that “[these] are voting groups that deserve respect and attention.” In 2020 political-speak, the meaning of these words is clear: To make himself more popular, Leader Ortt should jump on the leftist bandwagon. It’s not about being “conservative without being cruel,” whatever that means. It’s about not being conservative at all.
The point of this rhetoric is twofold. First, the left would like nothing better than to weaken Leader Ortt by playing him off against the conservative upstate voters that form his political base and that of most of his conference. Second, and more importantly, the American left in 2020 has embraced cancel culture. The actions of many left-wing figures demonstrate a desire to attack, demonize, and marginalize anyone who dares to express disagreement with their agenda. In response to the dishonest vitriol of the left, the task of New York Christians is simple: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13).
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