Bigots defended against ‘an orgy of bile’

 

No to gay marriage, but a three-in-bed romp is OK, suggests this Methodist church sign

THE Freethinker got itself castigated in the Telegraph yesterday.

Defending the godly against the slings and arrows of the “liberals” and “elite” who reacted with fury over South Carolina’s vote against gay marriage, columnist Brendan O’Neill – in an an article entitled “The bile being spat at the people of North Carolina exposes the ugly elitism of the gay-marriage lobby” – wrote:

A majority of North Carolina’s voters – 61 per cent – voted for the amendment to the state’s constitution, which says: ‘Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognised in this state’. For doing this, for having the temerity to say that marriage should stay as it is, they have been subjected to extraordinary levels of abuse and ridicule.

The media says they’re all ‘bigots’. Apparently they were driven by a typically Southern hatefulness.

He added:

Gay-marriage supporters have even deployed borderline racial lingo to express their fury with the uninformed hordes of North Carolina. The secularist magazine Free Thinker (sic) describes them as ‘knuckle-draggers’. So does Daily Kos, the must-read blog of the liberal set: it slated the ‘hateful, paranoid, bigoted, right-wing knuckle-draggers’ who voted for Amendment 1.

And:

The idea that hatred and ignorance have ‘enveloped’ the people of North Carolina is widespread. The gay advocacy group Faith in America said voters had been ‘duped’ by religious leaders; they were ‘uninformed or deceived’. The only reason Amendment 1 passed, says Faith in America, is because of ‘the populace’s misunderstanding about sexual orientation’.

Of course it isn’t possible that voters simply had a considered moral objection to gay marriage – no, they were clearly all brainwashed by religious crazies. The passing of Amendment 1 shows that voters should not be trusted to rule on sensitive moral matters, says the LA Times. Apparently these kind of ‘anti-gay’ votes will continue until ‘people of conscience put a stop to it by asserting that tyranny of the majority is wrong’.

O’Neill concluded:

 This orgy of bile, from the mainstream branding of North Carolina’s voters as ‘ignorant’ to the peripheral demands that they do the world a favour and kill themselves, shows what is behind the gay-marriage campaign. This is not about rights and equality, or love and happiness. Rather, gay marriage has become a tool through which the right-minded sections of society express their moral superiority over the dumb, the brainwashed, the insufficiently cosmopolitan, the churchgoing. Gay marriage has become a kind of weapon, wielded by the right-on to demonstrate that they are better – that is, less brainwashed and more caring – than your average redneck or country black.

Supporting gay marriage has become a kind of cultural signifier, a way of distinguishing oneself from the ignorant throng.

Given all this, it is possible that the voters of North Carolina were not only voting against gay marriage, but were also sticking two fingers up at the sneering cultural elite which has been hectoring them for weeks to do ‘the right thing’ and embrace ‘liberal values’. In the intensively divided America of 2012, being against gay marriage can now be seen almost as an act of political rebellion, against a faraway elite which fears and loathes anyone who is not like them.