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09/12/2014

Anti-gay American Family Association claims the discriminatory business owner is our modern-day Hester Prynne

by Jeremy Hooper

We all know that the anti-LGBT activists have made a movement-wide choice to pretend that those who are called out for their attempts to discriminate are the real victims and that the citizens who suffered the embarrassing, unfair, and unlawful denial of service as the bullies. And we all know why: it's because they are now very much on the defensive in the larger conversation and need some way to shirk responsibility for the harms that they favor.

What's funny is watching the ways they try to sell that narrative to a public that, outside of their own echo chambers, is really not buying any of it. In a new piece for the American Family Association's monthly magazine, writer Teddy James uses the conceit of Nathaniel Hawthorne's famous novel The Scarlet Letter, demanding that business owners who have attempted to flout nondiscrimination laws so that they would not have to service gay couples are the modern-day victims of a Prynne-like witch hunt. And of course in his telling, these owners weren't doing anything wrong (heaven's no!). They were simply standing for their beliefs, natch:

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s magnum opus, The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet A on her clothing as a public declaration of her sin, adultery. Modern America has a new scarlet letter – I, for intolerant. Intolerance is the great cultural sin of our day, and many are forced to wear the scarlet I not because they were objectively wrong, but because they stood for their beliefs.

KEEP READING: Conviction Costs [AFA Journal]

I suspect misappropriation, literary and otherwise, will be a big part of the futures of groups like the AFA. The tale, as written, is certainly not going their way, and they demand that it MUST. They were promised, after all. 201409121926Because they were born winners, don't you know? They have all the answers. They know better than the rest of us. They've been telling us that for decades.

And now that fewer and fewer are listening? Well, you know what they say about desperate times.

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