The fact is this: the true bullies in the culture war are of the left. And some of the worst bullies in that culture war are members of the militant same-sex marriage movement. When Dan Savage screams at Christian kids who don’t want to listen to him slander the Bible, that’s bullying; it’s bullying, too, when he slanders Rick Santorum or tells Herman Cain to perform oral sex on him. But he’s still invited to the White House. The left’s anti-bullying crusade is, in large measure, a bullying crusade meant to delegitimize all those on the other side of the political aisle. And it shouldn’t be a surprise if some on the left take that crusade too far. When the left celebrates gay “artists” who deface the walls of Chick-fil-A with anti-traditional marriage graffiti, it’s a tacit nod criminal activity.
The left isn’t responsible for this person. He’s responsible for himself. But if any political rhetoric could drive someone to violence – and again, this person is responsible for his own evil acts – it is the rhetoric of the radical left. When President Obama says he “evolved” to okay gay marriage, he implies that his opponents are unevolved – lesser human beings. When government actors try to boycott restaurants owned by those who disagree on marriage, they’re painting them as somehow less than worthy of basic American rights. When Hollywood actors try to get theater managers fired for voting for Proposition 8, they’re sending a message of brutal intolerance.
The message of the left on marriage is that those who oppose same-sex marriage are haters. Or rather, H8ers. And H8ers deserve to be hurt.
None of this rhetoric causes murder or attempted murder. But if we’re going to live in a leftist media society where The Dark Knight Rises gets blamed for James Holmes, Sarah Palin gets blamed for Jared Lee Loughner, and the Tea Party gets blamed for Joe Stack, the left had better take responsibility for its own bullying – and results far more easily linked to their ideology than movie violence to Holmes, Palin to Loughner, or Gadsden flags to Stack.
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