Crying “faggot” in a crowded theater

Crying “faggot” in a crowded theater

Justice Breyer said that while he seems to be against such nastiness as the Westboro Baptist Church case presents, since it’s a “matter of public concern” they’re perfectly able to say the nastiness for the good of the national theater in which this debate over gay people rages. Why 300,000,000 are seemingly obsessed with 20,000,000 or less is beyond me. The Supreme Court is going to be busy with gay cases for years on end. Because the legislatures are intent on a dwindling number of laws against us and absolutely not one for us. The executives are intent on simply denying the reality that there’s gay people in their jurisdictions and that they pay taxes and are law abiding. And the lower courts are coming to so many different conclusions on a thousand different things. All because of DOMA and the dogma which permeates it and the culture that somehow gay folks are a threat to the family, nation and civilization itself. It’s nuts, and you all know it, but that’s ultimately what the debate is about. Are we a threat or not?

Only the WBC nastiness isn’t just the garden variety that most people enjoy. It’s of the “let’s exterminate” them variety. There can be no doubt that the WBC, and many similar churches, and dare I say many mainline churches want us gone. They want us gone as much as we want to stay, maybe more so. So essentially the Supreme Court ruled that one group of Americans, no matter how wacky, can publicly call for the extermination by any means of another group of Americans who quietly go about their business. The Westboro Baptist Church doesn’t want to keep DOMA, they don’t want to prevent gay folks from having joint checking accounts. They don’t even want to prevent us from doing whatever it is we do in the privacy of our own homes. They want to exterminate us. They are clear. That’s their plan. Now it’s OK for them to argue their case. Wunderbah!

They are joined by others parading around somewhat more reasonably. They have plans for cures, and arrest and incarceration, exportation. The Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg is well on record for the latter two. Many rather rational Americans run around with some idea in the back of the mind that you can get rid of gayness – by somehow convincing us to be straight. Or for us to find Jesus. Or God. Or something only they themselves know. There are dozens of groups, all incestuously conjoined, stirring up the program. They’re trying to repeal every smidgeon of a law for us, and get more laws against us. They want to claim for themselves the legal right to shun us like lepers and also to get the nation to do so. They’re organizing boycotts against Home Depot right now because that company makes nice with us. They’re after the other hundreds of companies too. They’ve been after Disney for years for the June Gay Days when nothing more than guys in red shirts go enjoy the amusement park.

But forget the gay folks.

What the 8-1 decision did is open up the Pandora’s box to anyone saying the most vicious slurs. I’m sure shortly now someone will let loose. And they will say: I’m protected by the Westboro decision. The target group will grow miffed and say, “Hey, I thought that was only to say faggot and nothing more.”

They will be wrong. The kooks and crazies will surface, and say malicious things. And they’re now free to do so in a way not seen since Gone With the Wind was published. Or maybe some church will now come to the realization that they really can call for the forced conversion of Jews so Rapture can come. Who knows what wackjobs will surface. But they will. They will be emboldened.

The WBC case is a protection racket for nastiness. And people will push the envelope. Oddly, only the usual wackos will keep on about the gay folks. It might even lessen the nastiness against us. It’s what the rest of you will say about each other.

The Right blogosphere harps on the “new civility” that the President calls for as hypocrisy. The Left blames the Right and the Right blames the Left for incivility and burns up the wires going on and on about it. Well, ladies and gentlemen, you just got your answer. Incivility is just peachy. You now have no more cause for complaint if someone hurls venomous words, wrongful words and false accusations. Suck it up. If a bunch of sissies have to tolerate the nonsense than you do too. But aren’t you glad now that you can hurl the nonsense too? The nation was very confused for a long while whether every known slur like the “N” word – and the entire alphabet of slurs – could be said with impunity. People lost their jobs for saying such words. But now? No more! Why, it’s Free Speech! And will anyone give thanks to gay people for having forced the clarification? Doubtful.

Except oddly, gay folks and the Right will have one thing in common. We won’t lower ourselves to such nastiness. But will instead continue to appeal to reason, heart and mind. And that’s a strange bedfellow situation indeed.

 

 

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