Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Thin Line Between Disrespect and Gun Shots

Conservatives, in general, try to keep a tight lip whenever something like a Tucson or an Aurora happens just to set the example that rushing to judgment doesn't help anyone. With the shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. yesterday, it was very hard to stay quiet because the obvious was like a neon road sign. Suspicions were confirmed and the shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II, turned out to be a left-leaning LGBT Center volunteer who was angry about FRC's stance on marriage. The guy even had fifteen Chick-Fil-A sandwich's in their background. From Tucson to Aurora the media has been trying, and failing, to blame a shooting on a right-wing faction and the one time it's from the left they don't want to talk about it. CNN took over two hours to report it, MSNBC didn't report on it until late last night, and the White House took FOUR HOURS to release a statement. The irony is hilariously sad. While the other three major shootings that happened this year produced calls of gun control and a ban on automatic weapons from the left, I haven't heard a word. Could it be that D.C. has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and Corkins's weapon of choice was a .9mm? But I digress.

No one has said whether this character is gay or not, and it doesn't matter. It would only make the irony even funnier since the gay left is the self-proclaimed champions of love and anti-hate. I don't hold the LGBT community responsible for this guy's actions anymore than I hold the black community responsible for the actions of the New Black Panther Party. However, I do hope it causes many on the gay left to pause and ask themselves, "What are we doing?" Chick-Fil-A could have easily told protesters to get off their property, but they offered them free water and lemonade instead. That's the Proverbs 25:21 verse Adam Smith was trying to personify but failed. Showing love and respect when you don't feel like it and when the other person doesn't deserve it gets you further than making out while people are eating, which started this mess in the first place.

Yes, I know what I said.

To disrespect someone is to show a disregard for them as a human being, to see them as less than. Their rights, opinions, and values are worthless compared to your own, so what it's to you to display your sexuality in front of children? Videotape yourself bullying someone? Damage their property? Take their life? It's a sick and sad domino affect because there's no one in leadership drawing the line. This is why Joe Biden gets away with the things he says, why Super PACs get away with calling Mitt Romney a murderer because no one's defining right from wrong. Media Matters, Huffington Post, and Think Progress, since this whole Chick-Fil-A mess started, have been trying to convince people that violent conservative rhetoric is what's causing problems, but it was the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) who posted on their website the day before that Paul Ryan would speak at the "hate group's" annual conference and the TEA Party has yet to be arrested for any crime. It's groups like the HRC who champion the disrespectful tactics while showing discontent and hatred towards groups with a different view. Even worse than championing the bullying and the vandalism is silence. Silence can cause things to escalate which can lead to things like Floyd Lee Corkins II trying to kill people.

If gay activists and their allies, particularly those on the left, continue with their aggressive I-will-force-you-to-love-me theatricals then no one will care about their problems and people will continue to see them as a sexual menace to society. I can't say for sure that this could have been prevented had the kiss-in never happened, but you never know (and it was never the right move, anyway). Gay or straight, a little Proverbs 25:21 would never hurt anyone, if only to teach restraint and patience and real love.

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