When the folks at Pajamas e-mailed me last month and asked me to write a piece on the Perez Hilton/Carrie Prejean controversy, I had little idea what the hullabaloo, so I wrote back, offering to write a piece on Perez Hilton as an example of Hollywood self-promotion. At the time, all I knew was that the gossip blogger had gotten a lot of media attention for something he had done related to the Miss USA pageant.
Had it not been for this invitation, I might not have even touched the story as I had other issues on my long list of potential blog topics. But, then again, the way this story keeps growing, I may at one point have looked into the matter on my own.
When I started researching the story for Pajamas piece, I found it offered me an opportunity to present to a larger audience a notion I have addressed frequently on this blog, how all too many advocates of gay marriage prefer to attack supporters of traditional marriage rather than respect their concerns and address their arguments.
And it’s not just supporters of traditional marriage some of these advocates malign. We gay conservatives have often been the target of their wrath.
So, maybe that’s why when I delved into this story, I kind of related to Carrie Prejean, even if I find her choice of primary past-time somewhat odd. She is fascinated with cultivating her appearance. And while I do take care to stay in shape, I spend more time cultivating my mind. All the same, I have experienced the same sort of attacks she has–albeit on a much, much, much smaller scale–and from some of the same kinds of people.Â We have been vilified for expressing our views.
All too many on the left, alas, particularly the gay left, resort to vilification as a means of addressing their ideological adversaries. And this phenomenon, particularly widespread, all but goes unnoticed outside conservative circles.
It would be nice if the gay leadership, so aware of the hatred gay people experience and have experienced in our society, acknowledged the hatred in our own community. Instead of addressing this angry intolerance, in many cases, they abet it, if not actively countenance it.
It is truly a sad day for civil discourse in our society when name-calling becomes the standard means by which proponents of a significant social change address supporters of the status quo. They do it because in our contemporary media culture, they know they can get away with it.