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08/08/2013

I'm not hostile to those non-existent, deep-end-dwelling sinners!

by Jeremy Hooper

It's no surprise that every last one of the comments is hostile to LGBT equality. After all, the Christian Civic League of Maine framed Equality Maine's efforts to create safe and inclusive schools as a "reeducation" plan. When people who are already opposed to equal rights for LGBT people hear purposely loaded terms like "reeducation," you can only expect their replies to trend toward the vehement.

But this one reply really caught my eye:

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FULL SET OF COMMENTS: Readers comment on reeducation by homosexuals [CCL of Maine]

Really, anonymous Mainer? You're not homophobic, the term widely accepted to mean anti-gay, but you believe gays (a) don't even really exist and (b) are just fallen sinners who reside in some sort of deep societal dredges? Seems like your self-assessment might be just a tad off, dear.

Anti-LGBT conservatives of the modern era spend as much time denying that they are animus-driven as they do actually fighting LGBT rights. It's understandable why they feel the need to do this. With every passing day, more and more Americans realize just how unfortunate, misguided, unfair, and offensive the past few decades' onslaught against LGBT rights has been. Citizens are starting to see the modern LGBT rights fight for what it is: The civil rights fight of our generation. The same citizens are casting the opposition movement's role off of this, the widely understood script of this 21st century tale.

But self-declaration does nothing to change the merit. If you go so far as to say that gay people just don't exist at all, then you're probably going to have a tough time defending your role in this civil rights fight. And if you truly do believe that, then it's not "reeducation" you need on this subject. The "re-" part is superfluous.

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