January 14, 2011
Cross-posted at Waking Up Now.
by Rob Tisinai
I can’t believe this. Here’s what NOM wrote on their blog, complaining about Paul Krugman saying that toxic, eliminationist political rhetoric comes overwhelmingly from the right.
By “eliminationist rhetoric,” Paul Krugman means rhetoric which suggests that one’s opponents are not just wrong, they are illegitimate—that in a better world they would not exist.
Well, you and I know a little about rhetoric that sounds like that don’t we?
(He may only be speaking of rhetoric inciting to violence, and I want to be clear that I don’t consider gay-marriage advocates on their worst day to be doing that.)
But for me the worst part of the gay marriage debate is this eliminationist quality coming (in my experience, and of course I’m speaking only about public and visible organizations and spokespeople) almost exclusively from one side: activists who support gay marriage.
“Almost exclusively from one side: activists who support gay marriage.” All I can say is…
This is just two days – two days! – after NOM quoted a Catholic Bishop who called same-sex marriage “the modern day evil works of Satan.”
Who distorted the Bible to say God slaughters entire cities for homosexuality.
Who said – one day after the shooting of Rep. Giffords: “In this battle, there is no neutrality, no demilitarized zone.”
Really NOM, you don’t think anti-gay eliminationist rhetoric is coming from the right? Let’s go to Facebook and check out your “Favorite Pages.”
Yet you stand there and say the eliminationist rhetoric comes “almost exclusively from one side: activists who support gay marriage.” It’s baffling, infuriating, bizarre. Are you lying? Or have you broken with reality? Believe me, if there’s a third option I’d love to hear it.
On the other hand, maybe you’re right. Maybe the eliminationist rhetoric is only on the left. Because what I see when I look at your allies on the right is an eliminationist agenda.