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05/21/2013

TownHall columnist: 'It's high time for…heterosexual America to stand up'

by Jeremy Hooper

Considering I've been waking to news of a new anti-gay hate crime on what feels like a daily basis, my patience for loose rhetoric like this is really wearing thin:

201305211611-1 "No matter how many TV shows are produced about gay couples being married and raising children, or phones calls made by president Obama to gay athletes, homosexuality will never be the majority in our culture. I think it’s high time the 97% of the rest of heterosexual America stand up for the preservation of American society not the distortion of it."

—Crystal Wright, writing for conservative behemoth Townhall.com

And the comments under Ms. Wright's article play out exactly how you'd imagine: untruths about gay people, biblical justification for our shunning, and commitment to never accept our "lifestyles."

Of course the difference between 2013 and the past is that we are now winning hearts, minds, and elections. That is a crucial distinction. When oppositional voices verbally degrade a minority population that is losing, the supporters who receive the message are more likely to feel self-satisfied. But when these same voices degrade a minority population that is winning, the suddenly disempowered supporters look for new outlets through which to express their fear and anger. And when they hear a writer for a leading outlet on their side telling people to "stand up" against that minority population, they are more likely to believe that he or she actually means it.

For years, I've feared the double-edged sword that could come from our political gains. I'm afraid we're just at the tip of it.

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