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Response to Faygo Kid (Reply #83)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:14 PM

102. I actually disagree somewhat

 

That this is a clarion call of hatred for gay people. I actually think the motivations here are somewhat varied. Certainly there is a large bloc of people out there today who are full of hate. Probably a sizeable percentage of those eating chicken today. But I suspect the rest are there for somewhat different reasons, some of which don't really have a whole lot to do with the marriage equality issue at all.

There are people out there who oppose marriage equality and aren't filled with hate. Many are, but there are some who don't particularly care about homosexuality, but also don't believe marriage laws should be changed. I know people who feel this way. I suspect that deep down, some of these people don't really care at all about the issue, but they oppose it simply because the left is for it. On a related point, I think that's what is motivating a lot of what we've seen today. Eating at Chick-Fil-A today can function as a generic act of spite against the left and an expression of solidarity with conservatives and conservatism. I believe this is why this caught on with the RW pundits and ideologues who have encouraged patronizing the restaurant en masse. It's a means of mobilizing the conservative base in the name of a conservative idea and demonstrating opposition to the left at large.

You see this kind of phenomenon with all types of issues. I suspect that some people who expressed sympathy with 9/11 Truth didn't 'really' believe in it, but used the issue as a means of demonstrating opposition to Bush. I also believe that many Muslims who tell a pollster they sympathize with terrorists don't actually have such sympathy, but they say so out spite for the West. I've always believed that most African-Americans knew that OJ was guilty, but they preferred to act like they didn't because appearing to side with the system was a bridge too far. Group identification matters in politics and ideological identity. If the other side is for or against something, it can be difficult to admit you agree and much easier to pretend you don't.

There is hate on display today for sure. But I'm certain that plenty of people out there today are less saying that they hate gays and more saying 'I'm part of something and I don't like the other side.'

In any case, the tide is turning and it can't be rolled back. They can eat chicken all day long and it's not going to change the fact that marriage equality is on the march and it's only a matter of time before it's the law of the land.

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