Something strange happened to the Rape Crisis Center.
It shot itself in the foot.
Here's what I'm talking about.
Every year the Rape Crisis Center in Cleveland holds its main annual fundraiser in which tickets are sold to a huge gala event.
The Rape Crisis Center is a worthy organization.
This year's special guest speaker was identified as Michael Reagan.
Mr. Reagan is the oldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and has enjoyed a very successful career as a conservative talk show host.
Some people were mystified when Reagan's son was invited to deliver the featured address because they did not know his real life experience as the target of a pedophile.
As a youngster sent away to camp for the summer, he was sexually abused by a male adult camp official.
Reagan has written extensively about the trauma he experienced as a result of these crimes perpetrated on him during his youth.
He also commented about these events on his nationally syndicated radio programs, drawing much praise for his sensitive treatment of this often hushed-up atrocity.
So the Rape Crisis Center selected this very articulate conservative to appear at their annual function.
To many observers it was a brilliant move.
Mr. Reagan would create the opportunity for people to understand that rape is a problem for more than just women.
Young men are frequent victims as well, and this unique speaker selection would cause the national media to focus on society's need to reach out to this category of crime victim.
But the involvement of Michael Reagan offered an additional benefit.
Reagan's arrival from the right side of the political spectrum would communicate to the public that rape is a nonpartisan issue, deserving solutions created by Republicans as well as Democrats.
So what did the Rape Crisis Center do with this fantastic opportunity?
It threw it away.
The high power Rape Crisis Center function takes place today.
Without Michael Reagan.
The Rape Crisis Center disinvited Michael Reagan because it "discovered" that Mr. Reagan was opposed to gay marriage.
Reagan has been identified as an extreme conservative for many years of broadcasting as a radio host.
He also embraces the family values that became the hallmark of his father's presidential administrations.
This is no secret to anyone who's paid any attention to the universe of talk radio over the last several years.
A third grader using Google could have identified Reagan's position on gay marriage in about 30 seconds.
I don't believe the Rape Crisis Center when they say they had to scratch Reagan because Reagan's very recent statements on gay marriage were inconsistent with their belief in equality.
This is political correctness run amok.
Shame on you, Rape Crisis Center.
There are people from conservative America that would like to help you.
And you just told them to buzz off.
Let's stamp out rape and help rape victims.
Even if that means letting right wingers help you in that task.
You might even learn something.