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April 02, 2013 12:58 PM Crime Against Humanity

By Ed Kilgore

One of the differences in the politics of legalized abortion and the politics of same-sex marriage has been that even though it’s pretty much the same people who oppose both, the former issue draws some additional heat from the widespread belief of anti-choice folk that we are living through a Nazi-style Holocaust in which a majority of Americans are playing sheeplike Germans while they are the small, brave band of resistance fighters—yea, the Confessing Church! It’s just really difficult to make a case for same-sex marriage hurting anybody, so once the ick! factor fades and the heterosexual monopoly on marriage is no longer the eternal practice of all societies, the opposition crumbles, or at least finds something else to rant about, pretty rapidly.

Ah, but for those who refuse to submit, or to change the subject, we may actually see more violent rhetoric used to oppose marriage equality. Check out this report from RightWingWatch’s Brian Tashman:

Alan Keyes once again appeared on Stan Solomon’s talk show, this time to discuss their stringent opposition to marriage equality.
After host, Steve Davis, claimed that just because they “oppose homosexual marriage or homosexual adoptions, it doesn’t mean that we’re homophobes,” Solomon insisted that he is indeed a homophobe.
“Speak for yourself,” Solomon said, “I can’t stand the thought, the idea, the concept of homosexuality.”
“I don’t think I’m showing love for anyone if I encourage them or enable them or stand silently while they do something that’s going to kill them; the average homosexual lives half the adult life of the average heterosexual, fact,” Solomon maintained, as he went on to comparing homosexuality to drug abuse, drunk driving and swimming with sharks.
Keyes, who kicked his daughter out of his house after she came out of the closet, agreed with Solomon’s anti-gay statements.
Later, Keyes attacked Sen. Rob Portman’s for endorsing marriage equality after learning that his son is gay: “If you go down a road that satisfies your personal predilections and relationships and sacrifices the common good of the country, including the elementary institution by which civilization is sustained, then you’re not only derelict in your public duty, you are abandoning your obligation as a human being.”
“Frankly, people throw around words like ‘crime against humanity,’ I think that kind of disregard for the God-endowed natural rights of human being is the archetype of all crimes against humanity,” Keyes concluded, “and I think we have an entire elite faction that is now committed to committing such a crime against the American people.”

Sure, Alan Keyes is a wacko bird, but this sort of rhetoric may actually spread among the Righteous Remnant resisting not only marriage equality but basic acceptance of LGBT folk. Here he argues his ideological enemies are engaged in a crime against humanity, or are perhaps themselves sub-human. We all know where that sort of thinking can lead.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • c u n d gulag on April 02, 2013 1:09 PM:

    I suspect you meant "resistant to change forces," I'm sure, Ed.

    Or, "rejection of women's rights forces."

    Or, "acceptance of the hatred of 'the others' forces."

  • boatboy_srq on April 02, 2013 1:14 PM:

    the elementary institution by which civilization is sustained

    THIS is why all the whinging about "loving, committed relationships [between cisgendered partners, of course]" the Reichwing loves to graft onto "traditional marriage" is a sham. It isn't about keeping marriage for heteros because heteros are special somehow: it's about Teh Baybeez. It's one whisker's-breadth away from Quiverfull.

  • martin on April 02, 2013 1:29 PM:

    but this sort of rhetoric may actually spread among the Righteous Remnant

    What do you mean "may" spread? It's been there all along, the yummy candy coating is just being worn away little by little to reveal the hate filled core. Do you think Keyes actually had an original thought?

  • Citizen Alan on April 02, 2013 1:38 PM:

    Personally, I'm glad to hear these outbursts. The more of them that make the news, the sooner we can ignore all those cries of "Godwin's Law! Godwin's Law!" when we point out the transparently obvious fact that the modern GOP is a fascist enterprise.

  • CRW on April 02, 2013 1:39 PM:

    I check NOM Blog from time to time and have noticed that it is becoming much more overtly religious, more like the AFA. It seems like they have given up on trying to be the "respectable" or "mainstream" anti-gay marriage group and are now just trying to cash out like the other right-wing religious groups.

  • Josef K on April 02, 2013 1:45 PM:

    We all know where that sort of thinking can lead.

    We do indeed. The question becomes which side ends up face-down in a ditch. I suspect these guys are in for a nasty (for them) surprise.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 02, 2013 1:50 PM:

    “If you go down a road that satisfies your personal predilections and relationships and sacrifices the common good of the country, including the elementary institution by which civilization is sustained, then you’re not only derelict in your public duty, you are abandoning your obligation as a human being.”

    Anybody else think this was a highfalutin' word salad of gibberish???

    Seriously, dude, you wax most windy...

  • boatboy_srq on April 02, 2013 2:19 PM:

    @Sgt Gym Bunny: that was dogwhistle for the Quiverfull "Baybees for Jeebus" crowd: IOW "If you're gonna sin, and spill your seed, and carry on contrary to Leviticus - um, the Good Book™, and not procreate like bunnies the way you ought to, then you're unWorthy and should be thrown outside the City Walls and banished to The Desert with all the other Unwashed Sinners."

    To them, it makes perfect sense.

  • Sgt. Gym Bunny on April 02, 2013 2:38 PM:

    @boatboy_srq: Well, it certainly has all the high-and-mighty pomposity of a grasping self-justification.

    Whatever happened to that old staple: "We'll just pray for them." I guess they've given up all pretense of being lamb-like, god-fearin' folk. Just an "All y'all gonna burn in hell anyway!!!" response. They must be REALLY upset.

    Good...

  • boatboy_srq on April 02, 2013 3:26 PM:

    @Sgt Gym Bunny: TRUE THAT. But given that "all y'all gonna burn in hell" for them applies to about 90-95% of humanity (you learn this if you ask the right questions) it's hardly an indicator.

  • zandru on April 02, 2013 4:36 PM:

    The "ick factor"

    I'm thinking that what gets the Bible-belters up in arms against gayo-sexuality are all the non-missionary-position sexy techniques that homosexuals, of necessity, use. But today, everybody (under the age of 60, at least) uses those very same methods, even the heteros! So younger folks can't understand what their elders are so outraged about.

  • Neil B on April 02, 2013 5:02 PM:

    Ed clearly meant to link to this instead:
    "Confessing Movement.

  • Steve P on April 02, 2013 6:36 PM:

    This kind of virulent talk almost screams down-low, with added rage thanks to the lack of courage necessary to cruise rest stops.

  • NealB on April 02, 2013 11:51 PM:

    Why give Alan Keyes, or the other guy, credence by quoting them? Anymore, the weird little quirk in all of the so-called support we get includes repetition of the smears, and lies, and threats against us gay men and women by wanton lowlifes like those quoted in this article.

    If Ed Kilgore believes what he portends in support of gays and lesbians and universal, unalienable rights, he would not quote the bigotry of the psychotic leaders of the dwindling few that continue, unashamedly, to testify and confirm their bigotry. It's not bad enough that such voices are heard in the world at all, but that we must hear Ed Kilgore echo their violence here?

    These men are nothing. They've never had followings that amounted to more than a few of the most depraved, decrepit of mankind. I'm becoming an old man that's listened to the likes of these monsters my whole life. What's the point of supporting progress away from such bigotry if the same support repeats the violence.

    Thoughts, words, and deeds. Thoughts are up to each of us individually. Deeds cannot be taken back. But words are your business; and you, Mr. Kilgore, use them to bully. You always have. Enough.

    Dear Ed: If you sincerely support us, stop quoting the bigots. You're a reasonable man. Think about it. If you really cared, would you echo-chamber the very violence you descry? Think about it. Surely it's hard for you to comprehend, but a lot of us have suffered indignities our whole lives. Too many have had our lives diminished to emptiness, or shattered. Why repeat the speech that causes such suffering?