In the Brave New World of Political Correctness and activist lobby groups, it has now become extremely simple to silence all opposition. The radicals do not have to mount one argument, offer one shred of evidence, or make one reasonable assertion.
None of that is now needed. There is a far easier and much more effective means to ensure that only your point of view is heard, and all others are ignored or rejected. Now all the militant social engineers have to do is throw the H word around. Piece of cake really.
Anyone dare to disagree with you? No probs. Just say they are hate-filled. Works brilliantly. You can shut up any opponent, counter any argument, and brush aside any facts or evidence simply by accusing your opponent of being full of hate.
It is a terrific strategy really. It sure beats having to proffer a rational argument or present some solid evidence. You win every single debate without lifting a finger. Just apply a liberal usage of the H word, and presto, you are guaranteed a victory in all the encounters you are involved with.
The other side will still be encumbered with much more mundane things such as truth, reason, evidence, logic and facts. But hey, one quick application of the H word will leave your opponents speechless and rattled. Why didn’t activists think of this long ago?
And we see it in operation all the time. Simply seek to stand up for the institutions of marriage and family, and you are accused of being a hate-monger. Simply try to argue that marriage involves a man and a woman, and you will soon likely be charged with a hate-crime.
I of course get this thrown at me on a regular basis by my many opponents. It always beats an actual argument. But this has always been a cheap way out. Simply smear your adversary with a tag like this, and end of discussion. It is what is known as an ad hominem attack, a type of logical fallacy.
In a recent column Rebecca Hagelin spoke to this very issue, and she is worth quoting from:
“The new ‘haters,’ in this era of sexual license, are those who maintain that marriage has an intrinsic meaning – the union of man and woman – that simply cannot be extended to homosexual couplings. Crying ‘hate speech,’ the Southern Poverty Law Center denounced ‘anti-gay’ groups for spreading ‘falsehoods’ that say children do best when raised by a mom and a dad, as opposed to two dads or two moms. ‘Falsehoods’ that support traditional marriage are now ‘hate speech,’ thrown into the same filthy bucket as KKK and Neo-Nazi ideology.
“The view that marriage means one man and one woman and that children flourish when raised by a married mother and father is rooted not only in biblical teachings but also in common sense; it’s a truth proven by science as well as centuries of lived experience. But children know that ‘hate’ is a bad thing, and no one wants to be labeled a ‘hater.’ It’s not hard to imagine the pressure tactics that our children soon will face: keep silent or risk being slapped with the label – ‘hater’ – that will define them socially for years.
“The label of ‘Hater’ quickly shuts down reasonable discussion or open disagreement. And that’s the real point: to intimidate proponents of traditional morality into keeping silent. Put differently, it’s to lock traditional morality in the closet so social engineers can be free to redefine marriage as they wish.”
Also speaking of the SPLC claims, Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, said this was an “absurd distraction” and a “very sad” move for “a once-great civil rights organization. This is part of the unfolding process of attempting to redefine Christian teaching on sex and marriage as the moral, legal and cultural equivalent of racism. I do believe this is the goal of the architects of the gay marriage movement. And they’re making it very clear.”
Robert George also warned about this attempt to equate opposition to homosexual marriage with racism. He said that Jews and Christians would especially be adversely affected when anti-discrimination laws are used as “weapons against dissenters”.
He said the churches will find various legal disabilities imposed upon them: “It has already happened in Massachusetts, where Catholic Charities has been driven out of the field of providing adoption services.”
Quite so. This is all part of the campaign by the militant homosexualists to silence all opposition and contrary viewpoints. Instead of allowing open debate in an open society, they are working overtime to stifle debate and destroy genuine democracy.
In truth, they are a rather hateful bunch.