“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate” (Rick Warren).
It appears that the cultural leaders promoting these lies have been dealt a setback by the Duck Dynasty debate.
This is partly because the lies have been built on a propaganda myth about the majority of Americans endorsing gay marriage. Proponents of this myth have used it to foster a sense of cultural superiority to oppress anyone who dares to take a different view. I’ve repeatedly exposed the myth as both false and intentionally manipulative. But more people need to know how the myth has been deceitfully promoted on a 7 point strategy to redefine sexuality and marriage.
While it’s true that more people today are accepting of gay marriage than a decade ago, many Americans just don’t care one way or another (until you step on their freedoms by forcing an agenda on them). It’s far more likely that a majority still support traditional marriage. Whatever opposition there is to gay marriage among the majority, it doesn’t mean that they hate people who choose a gay lifestyle.
Those who project hate on others are using the lies as tools of manipulation to demonize people and read evil into the slightest expressions of disagreement or public support of traditional marriage.
A civil people should not stand by silently in the face of such high level manipulation, false accusation and intolerance.
The GLADD organization (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has been in the forefront of the militant march against true tolerance and sensible, civilized conduct .
“GLAAD has worked tirelessly to marginalize and suppress the free speech of Christian leaders, Christian businesses and conservative talk-radio hosts… The group’s mission is not about equality or defending against ‘defamation.’ It’s about silencing critics, making open debate radioactive, demonizing people of faith and making even the slightest perceived slight a hate crime.” (Michelle Malkin).
It appears that one of the lessons of the Duck controversy is that far more people are now willing to draw a line against the elitist cultural effort to manipulate and impugn well-intentioned people for simply saying what they believe. This controversy has rattled the media machine by exposing the myth about the majority standing against people like Phil Robertson for daring to quote a Bible verse that doesn’t support a homosexual lifestyle.
Do I expect change? Sadly, it appears that change will only occur if it involves a loss of money (see: The Cracker Barrel story).
Perhaps, however, the whole issue can lead us to restore reason and sanity to society by exposing the two lies articulated above. Then we’ll likely get along with each other in a more civilized way despite our differences. In other words, we’ll practice the true virtue of tolerance.