"Who needs gay bashing when you have the Ground Zero mosque?" Richard Kim, senior editor at The Nation, asks guest host Esther Armah. In a week when gay and lesbian couples are seeing their right to marry in California get closer, he notes, right-wing media is strangely silent on the issue. Even Glenn Beck is suddenly sounding a libertarian note. Instead, it’s all about the "Ground Zero mosque" even as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown decide not to pursue their case to uphold Prop 8.
The Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court will rule on the case soon, but it seems that the fearmongering over the issue has shifted dramatically. Even the dramatic exit of JetBlue flight attendent Stephen Slater has gotten more media—perhaps because Americans trapped in lousy jobs by the recession have bigger concerns than their neighbors’ marriages.