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05/10/2011

Video: Focus on the [obtuse attempts to blame gays for anything they do]

by Jeremy Hooper

The "pro-family" logic just gets more and more absurd. And offensive. And scapegoating. And responsiblity-shirking.

Like take this clip from Focus on the Family (please). Building on the outrage over Peter Vidmar's own choice to step down from his position at the USOC, FoTF's Stuart Shepard tries to use the whole "they say gay marriage won't affect us but we know it will" strategy. Except in this case, he's actually talking about the banning of same-sex marriage eliciting a reaction, not gay relationships themselves:

Simply outrageous! Here we have a man who supported an effort to deny gay people of a right they had already been granted. To deny people of the benign peace that should have accompanied their court-backed civil marriages. Yet now, because gay people refuse to take that treatment without saying something in their own defense, this is somehow an example of how gay relationships affect those who discriminate against the same?!? They say we are the ones futzing with their lives? With *THEIR* lives?!?

If we were to truthfully apply Stuart's "How does our long-term, committed, same-sex relationship have any effect on you?" setup, it would pre-date the Prop 8 fight as a whole. Because that question and it's "It doesn't" answer is the very reason why groups like Focus on the Family should have minded their own business and keep their focus off our homes! But they wouldn't and they didn't, forcing us to again fight over what should be a non-controversy. And now they are adding even more insult by stepping back into that ill-fitting victim suit they insist on squeezing into.

The illogic: it burns.

The burn: It earns way too much of a pass.

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