After years of running a gay blog, I've become used to the regular insults and slurs that are submitted in the comments section. Sadly, I doubt some people could deal with the regular blows to the psyche gay people get regularly; others tacitly or actively participate in the taunts and hate. Here's a recent example from a post I wrote in January 2008:
Homosexuality is perverse and icky. Perverts have made this world slouch to moral decay. Your bunghole is going to rot out with worms you disgusting git.
hoosier | November 6, 2008 1:03 PM
Wow. Pretty disgusting, eh? These folks are obviously internet trolls simply looking for an argument. You know the type. If you ignore them, they go away. Unfortunately, the Indiana Family Institute encourages these types of comments on their blog, Veritas Rex. Check out the comment left on their site by the same person and the response from VR blogger Micah Clark. Clark is also the Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana.
The comment and Micah's response after the jump.
Here's the comment left on Micah's April 2008 post on Veritas Rex:
Homosexuality is perverse and icky. Perverts have brought the world slouching to immoral decay. Time to pass marriage amendment that supports only Man and Woman.
Posted by: hoosier | November 06, 2008 at 01:11 PM
Since VR has a list of their most recent comments (and a clip of the beginning of the comment), Bilerico-Indiana contributor Don Sherfick caught the similar comment left on their site and left his own on the post.
Your response to "hoosier" above, Veritas Rex?
Posted by: Don Sherfick | November 06, 2008 at 01:45 PM
Does "compassionate conservative" Micah condemn the comment as insulting to gays and lesbians? Does he apologize for his reader? Does he reflect that his own language in the post might be causing the reaction by his follower?
After all, when you say, "a constitutional amendment to protect marriage and the importance of both genders to the cornerstone of the family," it automatically sets up the violent image that marriage is "under attack." It also completely ignores love, respect and trust as the most important virtues in a family in favor of the adults' genitalia.
Later in his post he complains that "Indiana's statutes seem woefully unprotected" as if the queer horde were storming the gates. Again, marriage is "under attack." When the storyline has been set to include an attacker and a defender, is it any wonder that things quickly devolve into disgusting claims that one specific subset of society is responsible for all of civilization's ills?
No, Micah give his tacit endorsement and adds his own insults as well:
"Perverse" and "icky" are not not kind terms that help advance public debate or would be ones I would advise using.
"Risky", "physically dangerous", "emotionally harmful" and "spiritually destructive" would be much more accurate and appropriate.
Thankfully, for thousands of individuals, "changeable", "temporary" "former", "past" and "forgivable" are also applicable adjectives to the behavior.
Posted by: Micah Clark | November 06, 2008 at 03:54 PM
That's right. The most he has to say is that the words are "not kind." I'll bet it takes a lot of moral fiber in the morning to muster up that level of sincerity. Instead of condemning radical speech like, "Perverts have brought the world slouching to immoral decay," Micah decides to add on with his own laundry list of derogatory insults and slanders.
By deliberately choosing words like "temporary," "emotionally harmful," and "physically dangerous," Micah opts to lie to his readers. The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers have all clearly stated the opposite and publicly condemned those who repeat these lies. This has been pointed out often to Micah; if he's still repeating something he knows isn't true, plainly put, he's lying.
And if he's willing to lie to Veritas Rex readers, is he willing to deceive American Family Institute of Indiana members or state legislators or the IRS? What else is he willing to lie about?
Micah Clark: Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana, pathological liar and religious zealot. Would you trust this man with your family?