Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reasoned irrationality?

  1. Members of the majority are intolerant of a minority group.
  2. That same portion of the majority works tirelessly to deny the minority equal rights; Bigotry per se.
  3. The minority group is harshly critical of the bigots.
  4. Reacting to the criticism, members of the majority claim that the minority is intolerant of them.
When you lay it out like this it seems pretty silly. Yet, this is the up-is-down, left-is-right, black-is-white world that some of us live in. Conform the facts to meet the need?

Chick-fil-A, for example, is a highly successful and very lucrative privately owned business. Motivated by their religious beliefs, they spend considerable sums to advance falsehoods about, and change attitudes negatively towards, gay people. We, the gay community, are harshly critical of the practices of this company.  Now it is Chick-fil-A that has been victimized by the "intolerance" of the gay community.

It is a form of cognitive dissonance known as "turnspeak."

Accuse an opponent of doing what you are doing and it creates confusion making it difficult to react to. We have a tradition in this country of respecting diverse religious beliefs. That does not make religious beliefs untouchable. In point of fact, such criticism is guaranteed when people use religion to oppress others.

What Dr. Regnerus, Chick-fil-A, National Organization for Marriage, Maggie Gallagher and all those who would feign victimhood need to know is that this prestidigitation has a limited shelf life. Eventually the American people catch on. They always do.
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