It’s entirely likely Perez Hilton attacked Carrie Prejean because he knew his tirade would increase his media profile. And he probably realized he could get away with it. In our contemporary media culture, there’s no cost to insulting someone who holds socially conservative views.
It’s not just that there’s no cost. It’s that it’s practically become standard practice.
Even when gay marriage advocates do not use the harsh language that he did, when many appear on TV or on the radio, or are otherwise quoted in the MSM, they will invariably attack their adversaries, oftentimes in personal terms.
And that’s why Carrie Prejean triumphed last week. She didn’t respond to Perez Hilton in kind, merely stated her views.Â She thus offers a lesson for those who disagree with her. Do, as she does, say what you believe, clearly, concisely and with conviction.
And don’t attack your adversaries. Just make a better case than they do. Respect them as individuals. Don’t mock (or otherwise belittle) their motives. Appreciate that they express their convictions with sincerity. Take the time to understand their arguments and then carefully, rationally refute them.