Double standards on hate?

States that don't allow Gay, Same sex marriages

States that don't allow Gay, Same sex marriages

Since California voters passed a ban on gay marriage, some supporters of the measure have found themselves squarely in the bull’s-eye of angry gay rights activists.

After the voting commotion in November 2008 when California’s Proposition 8 (ban on gay marriage) passed it’s no secret who gave money for and against the controversial amendment to the state’s constitution, known as Proposition 8. California’s secretary of state publicized the lists of contributors, which were picked up by local media and Web sites.

Although this information is deemed “public information” American Age asks that one look into why this campaign money disclosure is considered “public.” Otherwise it is definitely a violation of an individual’s privacy rights as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.

So in the aftermath of this apparent “will of the people” we are still hearing this petty, ugly, and hate filled rhetoric from the gay community:

In Los Angeles, would-be patrons of a popular Tex-Mex restaurant were greeted by furious protestors like John Dennison. “El Coyote – millions in gay margarita money funding hatred,” Dennison yelled during the protest. “Boycott El Coyote!” (Original story here.)

It is this kind of petty protesting that irks us to no end. It is the embellishment of one’s actions-the freedom they have to do as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States-that people vehemently hate and intend on hurting a person who donated $100 dollars to the campaign.

Honestly, how many Margarita’s in L.A. no less will $100 get a person these days? Twenty if you’re lucky! 

In Sacramento, the owners of Leatherby’s Family Creamery found themselves part of the backlash when The Sacramento Bee printed the list of contributors. Dave Leatherby, a devout Roman Catholic father of 10, says he was responding to a direct request from his bishop to give generously.

And once that was known, retaliation was swift. “We soon started getting very nasty e-mails and letters and phone calls by the hundreds,” he says.

Moreover, something quite interesting happened on the day of the pre-planned protest. Business went up, instead of down. “The day they picketed us, there were about 15 picketers, and that day we had people waiting two hours to get into our restaurant for four or five hours,” he says.

“This seems to be an effort to indiscriminately go after anyone who contributed money, regardless of their position on gay issues,” says Frank Schubert, spokesman for the Yes on 8 campaign. He says the backlash has endangered individuals who exercised their constitutional right to freedom of religion.

And its given rise to charges that as gay rights advocates tried to change public opinion, some stepped over the line and turned their protest into a witch hunt. As for us at American Age, when does harassment start; or discrimination start? People talk of hate crimes, even hate speech, yet we are looking at a double standard head on here and where’s the action? (See original story at NPR here.)

As the saying goes with advertising…it can either work for you-or-when not prepared, it can work against you.

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7 Responses

  1. Jeff Bales,

    I have to give you a “hat’s off” for being so consistent in your application of tolerance. I hate to say it, but you are a rarity in my experiences arguing the issue of gay marriage with people. I’ve had people even go so far as to say that they are justified in demanding tolerance from the world but can be intolerant to me because I am intolerant to them. Such people don’t see that as hypocritical at all.

    Great site John Paul!

  2. Hello JPS,

    After reading many of your blogs on your other site, I have to admit that I may have been wrong and that our viewpoints are probably very different. I could give a long explanation, but I have no desire to do that.

    I allow all posters on my site, and do not require a moderator approval. I wonder if you will approve this post and allow the comment.

    Jeff Bales

    • Why wouldn’t I? We allow everything submitted to this site its just adeau; so long as it is professional correspondence; meaning of course, appropriate language, no graffiti, and being level headed.

      Jeff, I know that you and I are very different people. Why would that influence my judgment on a comment? Granted all people have a lot of differences, however it is important to remember that we are all human. Cheers!

      jps

  3. Hello Mr jps:

    Thanks for the comment about my blog. 🙂 It’s my first attempt and I have another idea forming along the same line of economic woes in my mind and I hope to write it by the end of the week.

    I also have an idea making comparison of craiglist, adam4adam and google.

    Can you tell me name the other site that has your essay’s on Tolerance?

    Thanks
    Jeff Bales

    • Hey Jeff,

      Sure the Essay’s on Tolerance can all be found at: The Thinker http://onemorecup.wordpress.com; I’m reasonably sure that they are in order there. If not, I’d be more than happy setting up a new page. Or everything I write or have a hand in writing is either at google under americanage.wordpress.com or onemorecup.wordpress.com. Hope you enjoy them…Cheers!

      jps

  4. I’m gay and out, and I’ve been out for more than 20 years. I completely agree there is a very public double standard of hate.

    What I mean by “public” is that there is a very small, tiny minority of “gay activists” that like to shot publicly, angrily, and usually have a “either you are with us or against us mentality”. They love to preach tolerance. But true tolerance is tolerant of all things, not just things that suit them.

    This small tiny minority also likes to insist publicly they speak for all gays. They don’t and they certaily don’t speak for me.

    Until the activists are removed from the picture, or the normal average person like me gains a larger piece of the picture, gay “rights” are not going to go very far.

    • Dear Mr. Bales:

      Thank you so much for your lovely response; moreover, your enlightening remarks about those given to really messing things up. We appreciate your boldness, that in most languages would be translated as ‘confidence.’

      We do agree with your assessment vis-a-vie the ‘rights’ portion of your response which we hoped would be the innuendo of our post. Straying just a bit here, this entire notion of ‘double standards’ we believe are ruining our nation. The likes of Wall Street, Banks, Investment firms, including the majority of our government tend to do things that are off limits for the rest of us.

      I am greatly interested in your ideas regarding tolerance. At a different site several of us contributed to a series entitled, Essay’s on Tolerance and personally I wonder if there is a limit on the amount of tolerance.

      Thank you again!

      jps

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