I'm breaking from my usual policy of not responding to blogs (I cite them and I expand on their points, but I don't do the answer thing, because I personally think that since anyone can get a blog, it's a waste of time to repond to everyone I disagree with) and posting on this because it is so very beyond the pale.
It's an article on Townhall entitled "How to bomb a gay bath house", and the author, Mike Adams, sounds serious. (Follow the link above to read the whole thing. The language and imagery is a bit strong, so I'm putting the blockquote after the jump.) John Aravosis thinks it's a joke; I respectfully disagree. (h/t to him, btw)
The column starts by lamenting how gays can use the word faggot and "straits" (he can't spell it) cannot, as reasons why Ann Coulter shouldn't apologize for her John Edwards comment. He says that her critics are just part of a Homosexual Agenda to Shake Down Money out of Fearful Pandering Corporations, and he's 100% serious there. (When he loses the right to marry, 27% of his income, and his ability to show affection towards his significant other in most public spaces, I'll personally write him a License to Say Faggot.) But the article only gets worse from there, and that's all after the jump.
After playing the Straight Oppression Card, and with no change in gears to show irony, he says:
But enough about what Ann ought not to do. Here's what she should do immediately:
1. Start a website called "Global War on Fags" today.
2. Begin writing essays calling for the cleansing and purification of society via the mass murder of homosexuals.
3. Distribute videos on the website showing the actual murders of homosexuals.
4. Circulate instructions on how to bomb gay bath houses in San Francisco.
5. Circulate a "battle dispatch" to give people specific information on America's most notorious bath houses.
6. Apply for a job at Kent State University.
Now, if this is supposed to be some sort of joke, then I'm flabbergasted that he would think that it's funny. Would he find it funny if I started a webpage calling for his death with his address and all and if someone actually went out and killed him I posted a video of it happening? Absolutely not - that would be incitement to murder, not schtick.
I think he's probably referring to an internet conspiracy theory where a Middle Eastern or Muslim Kent State Professor was thought to have done the same. Besides the fact that the probability it happened as he describes is the same chance that Jamil Hussein doesn't exist (0%), the situation is different when he's touching the reality of a, by any rational calculus, powerless minority. From Fred Phelps to killbattyboy.com to Ronald Reagan's intentional ignorance of AIDS to the whole Religious Right's pray-away-the-gay, it seems like the only thing that the Right wants is for us to die or otherwise stop existing. What he's describing is not some abstraction, but reality. Adams here is only adding to that voice, not criticizing it or using it as an appropriate analogy.
More importantly, this is one of the most frequented webpages of the Right. It's not just any blog. Like some conservatives who tried to distance themselves from Coulter's CPAC comment, most will embrace it because it is the center of their "movement".
Like Aravosis said: "And Republicans wonder why only 30% of the country likes them anymore."
All I know is that now that I'm considering schools at which to pursue higher education, Adams' UNC-Wilmington will not be one of them.