6 responses

  1. Hunter
    April 11, 2013

    “When such things as these happen, the anti-gays rush to denounce the specific act and claim no connection.”

    Their reaction is more likely to be “we deplore violence” without ever mentioning a specific incident, because of course, it has nothing to do with them. And they’re not really sorry it happened. Or they’ll attack their critics, much as Tony Perkins did over Dan Savage’s “sitting on a pile of dead teenagers” remark.

  2. Marcus
    April 11, 2013

    To be fair, anti-gay violence was endemic long before the gay rights movement, and thus its opposition, came into being.

  3. Robert
    April 11, 2013

    Marcus-

    That doesn’t make a difference since the issue is more about how the animus is growwing and act of violence have INCREASED dramaticlly since these arguments and vitriol have increased. The increase is mesuravle and thus valid and important in the current debate.

  4. Marcus
    April 11, 2013

    @Robert: True. I guess I was thinking more of the centuries-ago, burning-at-the-stake days.

  5. Reed
    April 12, 2013

    Ah, I see Brian Brown’s little visit a couple of months ago has born the kind of rabid mobs that I suspect he secretly dreams of while polishing up his Knights of Columbus sword.

  6. Rob
    April 12, 2013

    Marcus and Robert, I don’t think we know if violence has increased since before a gay rights movement, no one kept track and the victims were either dead or not willing to invite more attacks by reporting to the police. Most of those attacks were not reported or were mislabelled.

    That aside, we do know that attacks such as this one can be tied to specific movements such as opposition to gays in France or the others cited by Hunter. It is the habit of movements that daemonise opponents to pretend that violence done to their opponents has nothing to do with them or their fear-mongering and hate-mongering. Any movement that is against an entire class of people simply for existing and expecting equality are cowardly at their core.

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