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Cindy McCain Takes Jab at John’s Gay Rights Stance in Absurd Ad

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Posted on November 13 2010 11:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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You see, it’s you and your discriminatory laws which are killing all those teens. Unless you are willing to aggressively push for change, to allow “gay marriage,” to eliminate DADT, and keep those troublesome states from crafting their own family law, you might as well turn yourself in for murder.

This is profoundly misguided rhetoric which abuses our language, insults our intelligence, and squanders an opportunity to make a legitimate point. Again, every law discriminates. That is its function. Laws against theft discriminate against thieves. Laws establishing the age of consent discriminate against minors.

Our concern in the craft of just law is not to avoid discrimination, but to ensure our discrimination applies equally to all persons. If I steal, it is just as illegal as when you steal. If a white 15 year old drinks a beer, it is just as illegal as when a black 15 year old drinks a beer. I may marry as marriage is defined in my state, and so may a homosexual. There is nothing within the concept of equal protection which implies everyone should approve of the law.

If we were to accept the premise this ad implies, and assert that any law which makes a person feel “intimidated” constitutes “bullying,” we would then be compelled to overturn any law the moment it was enforced. Law enforcement, by its very nature, intimidates. Operating under such a standard, we would quickly be forced to dispense with the tax code, traffic laws, zoning ordinances – just about every scrap of government at all levels.

Law which does not discriminate or intimidate is a patently absurd notion. Therefore, we may not rightly regard the craft and enforcement of law as “bullying.”

It’s no surprise that this ad contains spacious reasoning. It is produced by NOH8 Campaign, an organization whose primary effort is likewise mindboggling.

The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8″ painted on one cheek in protest.

Excuse me? How was anyone’s voice silenced by Prop 8? To the contrary, the people’s voice was heard on Prop 8 and silenced by a federal activist judge.

Even the organization’s name is disingenuous, implying that anyone who disagrees with their agenda is motivated by hatred. People have duly considered and thoughtful reasons for opposing gay marriage, supporting DADT, and holding other conservative positions on LGBT issues. What is truly hateful is disregarding those arguments in favor of name-calling. You might even characterize it as bullying, though I wouldn’t give the perpetrators that much credit.

Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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