Skip to comments.How to fight the left-wing hate machine
Posted on 03/31/2013 3:32:05 PM PDT by neverdem
Judging from the oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases before the Supreme Court this week, it appears the federal Defense of Marriage Act will be ruled unconstitutional on federalism grounds, and that the court will punt on California's same-sex marriage law, effectively allowing every state to define marriage as it wishes.
That is not good enough for the progressive movement. Progressives want marriage to be redefined in every state to include same-sex relationships. And they will not stop there, either. As the court was listening to oral arguments Wednesday, progressive blogger and former Pennsylvania State Democratic Committee member Chris Bowers wrote, "The step after victory in legal LGBT rights will be social ostricization of those who oppose it."
Don't think for a second that Bowers' desire to punish those who disagree with the progressive agenda is an isolated case. The Center for American Progress, or CAP, the nonprofit organization founded by President Clinton's Chief of Staff John Podesta, has also labeled anyone and everyone who opposed redefining marriage as a bigot.
Of course, the progressive stance against bigotry has nothing to do with principles and everything to do with politics. After all, less than a year ago, President Obama opposed redefining marriage. Neither CAP, nor Bowers nor any other major progressive entity was devoting resources to calling Obama a bigot. It was an election year, for Pete's sake.
CAP is not content with name-calling, either. The group has led progressive efforts to ostracize anyone who disagrees with it.
Take the Boy Scouts of America. Like any large nationwide organization, it has its flaws, but it still provides countless community service and leadership opportunities to almost 3 million boys nationwide. Because BSA does not allow gay adults to become Scout leaders, the BSA must be isolated and punished.
Earlier this month, Chipotle was set to sponsor a Scout-O-Rama fundraising event in Utah. CAP sprang into action, organizing a pressure campaign to get Chipotle to drop its sponsorship. Within 24 hours, Chipotle ended its sponsorship of Scouting entirely.
Same-sex marriage is not the only issue progressives are looking to punish and isolate people over. Companies that have dissented from progressive views on health care have also been attacked. This October, Darden Restaurants -- the parent company of the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and other chains -- announced it will be shifting as many of its employees to part-time status as possible in order to avoid Obamacare's expensive health insurance mandates.
CAP again took action leading a negative public relations campaign that labeled Darden as "another example of employers prioritizing profits over employees' satisfaction and well-being." Two months later, CAP celebrated the fact that Darden's profits had fallen by 37 percent.
Not long after that, Darden partially relented, announcing that while it would not be moving current full-time workers to part-time status because of Obamacare, more of its future hires would be part-time. Denny's, Applebee's, Taco Bell and Papa John's have all faced similar attacks from left-wing groups over the exact same Obamacare issue.
So how should conservatives respond to liberal efforts to label all opposition to progressive ideology as bigotry? One California Chick-fil-A owner may have the answer.
Gay marriage activists have been attacking Chick-fil-A for years because to the company's donations to Christian charities that believe in traditional marriage, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. And last year, the anti-Chick-fil-A tantrum reached a crescendo when company President Dan Cathy told a radio station he opposed gay marriage.
span class="BodyCopy">Knowing this, when gay marriage supporters held a rally near Corey Braun's Chick-fil-A franchise in Rancho Cucamonga this past Monday, Braun saw an opportunity. He gave the protesters dozens of free entree tickets and invited them to get to know Chick-fil-A better.
"We serve everyone. We're happy to serve the community, and this was an opportunity to have this group come in and show them our hospitality regardless of their beliefs, sexual orientation or whatever," Braun told the Los Angeles Daily News.
Republicans should keep Braun in mind as they try to rebuild their party's image.
Conn Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior editorial writer for The Washington Examiner. Follow him on Twitter at @conncarroll.
Been there, done that, was lucky to get to keep the T-Shirt.
If a whole different group of folks want to subject themselves to that misery, I will not object.
Isolate and ridicule, it the Leftist way..
Hello, it’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about the hijacking of language, it’s about re-defining reality, it’s about a totalitarian takeover of our society.
To me, it’s about saying what God calls an abomination is something to celebrate. I will not - ever.
Right now the #1 target of progressives is Dr. Ben Carson.
The leftwing barrage directed toward him on FB is enough to make any honest person puke.
Okay, so maybe the government needs to get out of the marriage business.
Should states have family courts?
They are attempting to do to him the same thing they attempted to do to Sarah Palin.
I feel pity for the low info voters that are not intelligent enough to see this. If this continues, their lives cannot become anything but more miserable.
Alinsky rule #13: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
It’s axiomatic that wherever the State gets involved, the State screws things up.
Marriage is no exception.
This is but a step in their dream of eradicating Christianity.
Meanwhile the economy is still crap and tens of millions are unemployed or underemployed - but hey, we can have poop sex and forget it all.
If I am ever made King, the media will be the first ones against the wall (in a loving Christian way, of course). They exist for the sole purpose of hiding the naked emperor.
Sorry, but that is so badly written it was difficult to finish reading.
Two lesbians divorce. Who gets the children and the alimony?
Perhaps this will force courts to be more level when dealing with hetero couples. I’m just saying...
Drywall screws in a washing machine will usually take it out.
The hate machine thrives when it has a loyal audience, stop being its audience.
Two lesbians divorce. Who gets the children and the alimony?
If you think THIS is the argument that is going to make homeosexual marriage go away, you are sadly mistaken.
Where the children go now is a court-decision. Who pays alimony is decided by a formula.
Imagine what the psychotic Progressive movement will be able to do when it disarms the law-abiding population
and legitimizes the gun rights of its hardcore followers.
Obviously he’s a great threat to them.
Same-sex marriage is legal in only 9 U.S. states (+D.C.), but homosexual couples (married or not) can legally adopt children in at least 25 U.S. states.
No. The states have way too many courts already.
They can deal with it the way the rest of us do.
Since you put it that way...
It makes sense...;-)
I am asking a question, not making any argument. In my state, alimony and custody go to the wife, little or no exceptions by precedence and la.
My question remains whether gays or lesbians.
In my state and many others the formulas I cited determine custody and alimony and it wont matter what sex either parent is.
Hmm, I wonder if there is an antidote to the Alinsky method.
I’m sure there is but don’t know. Obviously the Repubs know even less than I do.
I think when the autopsy is done on the institution of marriage, it won’t be gays that gave it the blade, it’ll be women.
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