Yesterday, the Czar excoriated the vile Charles Worley for his know-nothing rant about gays. In response, the Czar received what he considers a highly typical response from another thinker on the right, FJR of Virginia:
Charles Worley is an embarrassment to the pulpit and to the Baptist faith. I watched the short clip of his performance (I can’t call that preaching because it certainly wasn’t God inspired). I sat in stunned silence as I listened to his hate filled rant. I’m opposed to gay marriage and do not approve of the homosexual lifestyle but I love my gay/lesbian friends and would never treat them with anything other than love and kindness. Worley is a moron and he is as bad as any fundamentalist Islamist. He certainly isn’t preaching any Christian doctrine that I’m familiar with. God hates homosexuality but he also hates ignorance so maybe we should lock Worley up until he learns how to interpret scripture correctly. Or maybe Worley is a homophobe because of some suppressed tendencies. Who knows but your eloquent description of him as a jackass hits the nail on the head.
This is a perfect summation, and the Czar changed not a word of it. She blasts the hatred of the man, thoroughly repudiates his venom, and points out quite clearly that while the whole over-the-top lifestyle is unacceptable to her, she still dearly loves people, gay or otherwise.
Now let us contrast to this to our dear friend Madeleine McAulay, long-time FotG, who wrote largely the same opinion on her Faith, Hope, and Politics site. She cares little for same sex marriage, and theorized that President Obama was wrong to claim, for political points, that he does support it.
She received extremely obscene messages, including a couple of death threats, from folks on the Left. Not that her age has anything to do with her political beliefsit doesntbut she makes no secret of her youth, and the blatantly sexually offensive nature of the comments cannot be excused: people are threatening a high school girl, which makes these messages very serious in their nature.
The Czar has said it before, many times, and feels compelled to say it again. The gay and lesbian community loves to badger the religious, the conservatives, and the right for all these imaginary grievances. But they knowingly overlook the most egregiously offensive source of their own problems: themselves.
The gay community needs to purge itself as fully as possible of all these hateful, pissy, dramatic, bullying, threatening, and poison-spewing lunatics that totally destroy the logic behind their pleas for tolerance. Trust someone who knows: Tolerate us or well kill you is not effective marketing.
Likewise, we get hate mail, too, whenever we write about some bizarre event in the gay community and elect to use a photograph from some outrageous parade, in which participants are provocatively dressed or bedazzled in some over-the-top fashion. It seems that we promote stereotypes by doing so. As always, check the URL on those photo sources: they come from the gay community. If the gay community wants the rest of us to take you seriously, then you need toonce againfind the people trashing your image at these events and ask them to leave. They are the ones promoting it.
Another contrasting example. Tea Party members have quietly and carefully asked protest participants to (a) stop wearing outlandish 18th Century costumes and (b) leave rifles and visible firearms at home. Why? Because it detracts and ultimately humiliates the message. When you have members who make a crass joke out of your message or provoke or worry non-members, you need to police it.
Or, you could send death threats to wonderful high school juniors for worrying openly about the motives of her President. Which one, would a reasonable and undecided person think is more effective?
The gay community will continue to have a hard time enjoying the full freedoms they expect of this country, if they allow so many of their own members to bully, harrass, intimidate, threaten, or terrorize non-members, and likewise if they allow some members to promote the rest of you as debauched, lunatic, and sexually deranged freaks.
Gay and lesbian readers should pause and ask themselves if they really feel they have accomplished much in the last 20 years. If not, how else do you account for it? The diminished influence of the religious right? The static conservative majority who expresses, in poll after poll increased acceptance? The open inclusion of gays in popular media?
Or is it something within your own ranks?
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.