I believe that I’ve made my opinion on homophobia exceedingly clear before. Homophobes are idiots, and the only thing more stupid than the crazy shit they say is not expecting them to say the crazy shit they say. The garbage they spew is usually so repetitive that, by now, it no longer even affects me like it did a year or two ago. Very often, when I read something by some anti-gay bigot, I just shake my head or chuckle at the sheer stupidity of the statement, and then move on. However, every once in a while, something is said which penetrates this shield of indifference that I’ve created, gets under my skin, and rankles. Cue Michele Bachman.
In a recent interview with some talk show that I’ve thankfully never heard of, called “Faith and Liberty”, Bachman insisted that the LGBT community was lobbying to legalise paedophilia.
“They want to abolish age of consent laws, which means children would…we would do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually.”
What the actual hell?! How are nutjobs like this able to get away with publicly making those kinds of comments? When did the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality suddenly turn into getting rid of age of consent laws? What really pisses me off is the fact that this bitch knows that that’s not what’s happening, but since she has no rational argument against marriage equality, she’s creating this false crusade of “deviance” (she actually used that word) to generate anger and hatred towards gays everywhere from people who maybe don’t know what the LGBT community is after. If this ploy is successful, no one can tell me that this will not perpetuate anti-gay sentiments.
It is this same perpetuated homophobia which, in turn, denies the LGBT community equal rights, costs us our jobs, provokes widespread antigay violence (including murder), and forces so many too many to take their own lives.
I got this definition of “defamation” from a free online dictionary:
Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, orconfidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person.
Does all that not sound frighteningly similar to what I just described? Now, Michele Bachman has proven herself to be severely unhinged time and time again, I don’t deny that. I mean, if crazy could take human form, even it would be scared shitless of this woman. That being said, all this craziness doesn’t strip her of her political and social relevance, and she is evidently at liberty to use this importance to spew whatever she wants. The worst part is, she isn’t even the only one. Very many Conservatives have faced no legal or substantial ramifications for this vitriol that they spit out.
If anyone else had had those things said about them, they’d have their lawyers called up in a heartbeat. Hell, celebrities have sued publications (and won) over a lot less, using the argument of defamation. So, here’s my question. Can the LGBT community collectively – or at least certain prominent individuals – take these hateful wackjobs to court over these over-the-top comments that are obviously aimed at damaging our character?
It is beyond unfair that statements like these which have such prejudicial effects go unchallenged, just because those who make them argue that it’s their religious belief. If some insane Muslim extremist came on the media arguing that his religion was the best, and that Christians were part of some evil cult, spreading their dangerous agenda, and that they needed to be stopped at all costs, even if it meant through harm, he’d be locked up in Guantanamo faster than you can say “religious freedom”. Why, then, are these so-called “Christians” permitted to do the same thing against LGBT people, and everyone goes on as if this is the will of God?
Defamation is defamation is defamation. And, although the law clearly doesn’t favour the LGBT community, I’d still love it if loonies like Michele Bachman were made to pay dearly to a shelter for homeless LGBT youth. The law should be responsible for keeping them in check, since psychiatrists refuse to commit medicate them.