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05/10/2012

Maggie denies she plays victim role, immediately plays victim role again

by Jeremy Hooper

For those of us who have followed her so closely for so many years, it is beyond ridiculous to hear Maggie Gallagher claiming it's "absurd" to think that she sees herself as a victim:

No, [Andrew Sullivan], I do not see myself as a victim. That would be absurd.

Nonetheless, the wall of hatred now directed at anyone who opposes gay marriage or traditional understandings of sex and gender is worth mentioning. Because it tells us what gay marriage is about. Not pluralism, not live-and-let-live, but establishing a new public morality which will not be optional.

And because real people are being affected by this wall of hatred.

And because hatred of one another is wrong, coming from any part of the political spectrum.
[SOURCE: NRO]

Maggie may not see herself this way, but I would bet that as many as nine out of ten people who know anything about her body of work would classify self-victimization as at least the #2 talking point in her rhetorical arsenal. Since Prop 8, her resounding cry has been that if marriage equality becomes the law of the law, then people like her will be treated like racists and bigots (*see my take on it from over three years ago). Considering Maggie, America's most prominent "traditional marriage" voice, is the one who repeats the "racists and bigots" claim as if it has replaced oxygen as her own personal ice sustainability system, it's only logical to connect the belief to her personally. And considering it's 100% designed to garner sympathy for those who will be "harmed" by a certain event or action (i.e. the very definition of victimization), it's more than fair to say that Maggie's identifying position is a victim's posture.

Maggie using phrases like "wall of hatred," as if that really is the definitive nature of the equality movement, because she wants her opposition to seem aggressive and her own discriminatory movement to seem increasingly marginalized, stigmatized, and unfairly shunned. That is absurd.

That

is victimization.

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