Answer: When it's outing. Mainstream press in Seattle has characterized the outing of conservative politicians who conceal their sexual orientation from their constituents as a witch hunt. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In a Witch Hunt, the victims are either accused of something untrue, such as being witches, or punished for a truth, such as being communists. In outing however, a community is taking steps to protect itself from someone in a position to do it great harm, a position that is steeped in hypocrisy. All outing does is state the truth where the truth needs to be stated. The gay community is not interested in punishing anyone. Nor are we slandering anyone. The truth is simply the truth. To accuse the gay community of a witch hunt, who have historically been the victims of witch hunts throughout history is to turn the facts on their head. Not all exposures are negative. And sometimes, the vampire needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the cleansing light of truth. Then let the chips fall where they may. All a politician needs to do if they do not want their sexuality exposed, is to abstain from voting against the interests of the gay community. They don't have to vote for them, but if they vote against, their sex lives become fair game if they are foolish enough to be indiscreet. On the other hand, a conservative politician who is also "out of the closet" has nothing to fear, now, does s/he?
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