Bilerico got an awful lot of attention this week from both the Indianapolis Star and other blogs that it doesn't normally get. Other gay blogs link here, other liberal blogs have linked here, and a bunch of smaller blogs have, but it just seems that we have had an influx of peolpe who normally wouldn't read a gay blog showing up. And if you've read the comments, you know what I'm talking about. We've gotten into more heated comments debates than I can remember ever happening on this blog. The server was down yesterday afternoon with all the new visitors. And even Michele O'Mara, our resident advice columnist, got a letter from one such person. (You should send her an email if you have a relationship problem, by the way, because she gives really astute and lengthy advice.)
While it's great to have all sorts of new readers, some of the comments that they wrote left me feeling a bit icky. And I'm sure that some of you feel the same way. But, if I may, I would just like to highlight here some of the things that I learned this past week from the new commenters that I didn't know before.
- Discussing how a picture was edited by the Indiana Family Institute is the equivalent of going on a hateful anti-Tony Dungy screed that will make people sick to their stomachs.
- Tony Dungy is entitled to his opinion, the rest of us aren't entitled to disagree with him.
- Someone stating that their opinion is related to their religion means that that opinion is beyond reproach and beyond discussion.
- All Christians agree on one interpretation of the Bible.
- For Christians, Levitican law trumps Jesus' teachings.
- Disagreeing at all with Tony Dungy is racist.
- Bizarrely, I learned from multiple comments that Tony Dungy wants to have me over for dinner. I haven't received this invitation yet.
- One can be in favor of equality and also support two different sets of laws for two classes of people with one set of laws giving far more rights than the other.
- Being pro-family means being against the legal recognition of certain families.
- Writing with the caps lock on makes a person more persuasive.
- Indiana is a theocracy.
- The best way to fight for LGBT rights is to shut up, go home, and get back in the closet.
- People who taught me the previously mentioned lesson are completely and only concerned with the advancement of LGBT rights.
But seriously, considering that this is the best that they've got, I'd say that the gay rights movement is in great shape. Of course, we won the logic battle for full equality long ago, now we just need to win the political one.