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07/15/2008

Yea, MR? He 'berated' you? Really? That's what you're going with? Interesting.

by Jeremy Hooper

Wanna see an example of the sort of unapologetic misrepresentations that have led MassResistance to earn such dishonors as being declared a certified "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center? Well check this out. This is a video that the anti-gay group filmed at a recent event held by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick:

Alright, so Patrick couldn't have been more reasonable and understanding, right? He even made a point of speaking directly to those liberal-leaners who might be quick to devalue the conservative voice. He admitted that he was from a different perspective, but he expressed a willingness for dialogue.

So how does MassResistance sum up Deval's words on their website? Well here's the headline they are currently running:

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Uhm, "berates"? "BERATES"?!?! What video were they watching?! Because in this one that was filmed by MassResistance supporter Kevin J. Thompson, Deval Patrick berated absolutely nothing. Sure he pointed out the possibility for MassResitance to have an "attitude," because let's face it -- they frequently do! Over the years, they have snarkily targeted not only Deval, but also his wife and daughter. Here, here's one attitude-laden comment that the group recently made about what they think the governor's doing to the state:

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Implying that Deval is f***king the state? Yea, that's attitude! And that's fine -- they can use attitude if they wish. But if they're going to frequently rely on snark and rancor, they can't act all holier-than-thou when someone points it out!

We truly believe that MassResistance has completely lost any semblance of grasp on the truth, and is now 100% incapable of looking at their state's politics in an even semi-objective manner. Anyone who is to the left of their organization (and even the Pope, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter are starting to look like liberals in comparison) are presented as aggressive militants who are being mean to the poor wittle MassResistance "family advocates." It's annoying and tiresome, sure. But the wonderful silver lining is that the more they keep up this "poor, pitiful me" act in the face of SO MUCH evidence to the contrary, the more people are starting to connect the dots regarding which side has truly been throwing stones all this time, and which has merely been trying to protect their families from the constant attacks!

Massachusetts Governor berates MassResistance for having "an attitude." [MR]

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Folks from MassResistance HAVE to lie, Jeremy. If they spent even five minutes being intellectually honest, they'd have nothing left to say.

Posted by: Mark | Jul 15, 2008 11:08:24 AM

'tis true, Mark.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 15, 2008 11:24:20 AM

I remember a couple of lessons I taught my children when they were small. Lessons taught in ways that even James Dobson would approve of. Of course he would think they still were not effective because they were taught by a gay man, but I digress.

I had one candy bar and 2 sons that both wanted it. I suggested we break it in half and they share it. One son was fine with the idea, the other said no. He wanted the whole thing. He would not be convinced otherwise. So I gave the whole candy bar to the son who was willing to share and explained that he was being rewarded for his willingness to share while the other was being penalized for his unwillingness to share.

Another time they were playing with a group of neighbor kids. The same son who had been unwilling to share felt that one of the kids should not be included. Again he would not be convinced otherwise. So I pulled him out of the game. Again making it clear that the other kids were being rewarded for their willingness to include everyone and he was being penalized for not.

This type of scenario played out a few other times, but it didn't have to happen too many times.

Guess what. He's 22 and one of the most generous, sharing people you would meet. Sometimes to the point that I want him to not be so nice sometimes!

Back to this situation. That's how I would respond to these people who imply that by including gay people (or whatever minority they don't like at the time) means we are somehow, not including them. We can and should all play together, but if that is impossible because one group refuses, that's the group that I say should be shut out. These people need to be taught, as my son did, that trying to exclude others should hurt them. Not the people they are trying to exclude.

Posted by: Steve - Geneva, IL | Jul 15, 2008 11:56:07 AM

I saw what they said when the guy asked Governor Patrick the question. They made it seem that the governor was fudging and the guy stuck it to them. watch the tape to see the truth. I don't think anyone in Massachusetts takes Mass Resistance seriously. Even more than that, their interference actually helps gays in the state because they have a habit of alienating even folks who would be their allies.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Jul 15, 2008 12:04:56 PM

If that is berating someone, maybe they should go back to school instead of running a website, and learn exactly what berating someone means?

Posted by: Rob79 | Jul 15, 2008 12:32:34 PM

I must register a disagreement with this post.

The Pope, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter do not start "to look like liberals in comparison" to MassResistance. They ARE liberals in comparison.

Posted by: David | Jul 16, 2008 2:02:52 AM

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