Savvy conservatives and evangelicals are acknowledging, often privately, that public opinion is not in their favor. And they fear what will happen in the future to those who fought against the rising tide of public opinion.
“We have people who are losing their jobs, being smeared publicly because they hold the view that marriage is a union between one man and one woman,” said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an evangelical think tank and lobbying organization. “They are called bigots. Homophobes. That is not the way we operate in a free society.”
Let’s start right at the top… for a lot of people, opposition to same sex marriage is akin to being opposed to racial equality. Even the dumbest person would have to understand why someone wouldn’t want to be associated with a known racist so how would anyone think this is different? No one is saying you can’t hold whatever opinion you want, but don’t be surprised if people decide they don’t want you around.
“No, I’ll go further than that,” Perkins continued. “This New McCarthyism demands, ‘Do you now think or have you ever thought that marriage should remain the union of a man and a woman?’ Answer incorrectly, and watch your career be taken from you and your reputation smeared on a thousand websites.”
Seriously, this level of butthurt is just unbelievable. Perkins has made a living by demonizing lesbian and gay Americans and now he’s terrified that someone is going to remember that? It’s called karma, bitch… man up and take it. Speaking of fundraising, here’s someone from the National Organization for Marriage which was a prolific fundraiser that stoked the fires of hatred daily for decades…
“Even supporters of abortion don’t go around saying that people who believe that life begins at conception are evil people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization of (sic) Marriage. “But this is not the case here, and the problem is that the establishment gay marriage groups have not condemned this view that those of us who favor traditional marriage are bigots and therefore should be abolished.”
You spend decades fighting us, calling us names, being nasty and accusing of us everything from destroying America to being the next Nazis and NOW you want US to give you a free pass? A simple statement of ‘Don’t sweat it, bro. It’s all good’? Sure thing, man… right after I pull the hundred thousand knives out of my back. Brown, much like Perkins, just couldn’t help going a little further.
Another difference between earlier American civil rights conflicts and this one, he said, was that slavery, or discriminating against someone on the basis of race, was considered immoral around the world for centuries while the practice was ongoing in parts of the U.S. Hardly anyone in politics, on the other hand, was pushing for gay marriage “until about 10 years ago, but the people who don’t totally want to redefine a definition of marriage that has lasted for thousands of years need to be shunned.”
Yes, and much like the fight against gay marriage, the Bible was used a shield for those who opposed interracial marriage and the abolition of slavery. Brown’s truly a master at infuriatingly glib dissembling.
Yet (Ryan T.) Anderson (of the Heritage Foundation, natch) himself was involved in an incident that anti-gay marriage activists point to as an example of the increasing threat they are under. After he was booked to speak at Stanford earlier this year, an uproar ensued and gay student groups demanded that the organization that invited Anderson be stripped of its funding to put on the event.
Anderson said he had spoken at the university without incident the previous year, and he attributed the change in tone to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ruling in the Supreme Court’s gay marriage case, in which he wrote that the purpose of bans was to “disparage and injure” gay couples.
“He was essentially saying that opposing viewpoints don’t have a right to be heard,” Anderson said.
No, he was saying that laws against allowing LGBT Americans to marry were designed to hurt them. The ruling didn’t ban you from spewing your ignorance or hatred, it just eliminated your hatred and prejudice as a reason to enact a law that specifically targeted a group of Americans.
As a recently engaged gay American who can not, at present, marry in my home state, the ignorance and hatred these people engendered and made money from are and will be a part of my life for a long time. For those folks at the Heritage Foundation, FRC and NOM I can say only this… don’t expect me to go out of my way to forget that you made my life, and lives of tens of millions of others, far more difficult. We may forgive, but we will not forget.