[Trigger Warning: Violent Hate Speech]
"What’s really sad to me is how enormously hateful the [equality] protesters have been. They have gone over the line....Hate is not a family value. Americans who came together across lines of race, creed, and color to protect marriage as one man and one woman are not haters. Gay activists treat Americans who disagree with them about same-sex marriage like bigots.
They want to use the law to suppress and marginalize and stigmatize. It’s just shameful and wrong for these activists to try and portray good Americans in that way." -Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for [Heterosexual] Marriage
While the National Organization for Marriage has been diligently tweeting about alledged homosexualist cars cutting off their marriage bus in traffic and such, one of their supporters recently showed up to one of their Indiana summer marriage tour destinationholding this sign:
That puts a damper on Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown's victim narrative that posits that "marriage defenders" of faith are unfairly called haters, intolerants, and bigots. There are no reports of anyone from NOM renouncing, disagreeing with, or condemning this man's sign.
So, if we may now turn our attention back to Ms. Gallagher's statement at the top of this post and submit the above photo as evidence that sometimes, faithful Christian "marriage defenders" really are bigots and haters. Unfortunately, rather than embracing this reality and condemning such hate, Gallagher seems to want Americans to shut our eyes, plug our ears, and pretend LGBT people are just being hyper-sensitive whiners about the fact that many people believe their religion requires my death.
Your brother's death.
Your mother's death.
Your friend's death.
Let's be clear.
This is a big. fucking. deal.
Unfortunately, such violent rhetoric is a reality that we've become so accustomed to that it's hardly surprising. We expect this from them. Believing LGBT people should die is a normative, moral statement in some religious circles.
Getting cut off in traffic, something Brian Brown implied was evidence of LGBT "intolerance," having to endure being called a "bigot," are simply not equivalent to this sort of religiously-motivated hate, murder, and violence directed toward LGBT people. The individual actions of LGBT advocates and allies, not being backed by the same amount of institutional power that religion commands in our society, does not come close to matching the terror that Christians can impose upon us in the name of their all-mighty god in a nation they believe is their god's special nation.
That's why these false victim narratives like like "it's the poor, brave religious marriage defenders who are being persecuted at the hands of homosexuals" ring so incredibly hollow.