Debating with activist-minded people is nearly impossible. With them, disagreeing with their cause is the same as hating those whom they claim to defend. Take Stanford University’s Anscombe Society’s scheduled conference called “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family & the Media“. The event has been called hate speech and discrimination camouflaged in communication and the group’s request for funding has been denied by the student government for this reason.
According to the minutes from the meeting, opponents of the group had this to say:
“An event such as this would be a negative event, in schools that have negative events there is a statistically significant increase in suicide.”
“ … makes homosexuals on campus feel less than equal to others.”
“ … this event is to help people better convey hateful messages … the conference is to help better articulate their views, but it’s not better articulating, rather camoflaging discrimination and hateful messages …”
” … public schools cannot deny student group funding based on viewpoint, but enforcing viewpoint neutral policy that denies funding for hate speech is an entirely different ballgame. Even if Stanford was a public university, it would be perfectly legal to deny funding to events that make LGBT community feel unwelcome. It would be the same for Stanford to hold a conference on why heterosexuality is abhorrent, and to strip the right away from heterosexuals, and it’s equally unacceptable to host a conference to strip homosexuals of their rights.”
” … there is a lot of feeling espousing the view that marriage is between man and woman is, at the least discriminatory, at worst hate speech.”
“This event is small and exclusive, this doesnt make us feel in community welcome, we don’t feel included.”
This tactic is common among the activist-minded person regardless of the issue. Anyone who disagrees with you hates you and your ilk. It’s a cheap rhetorically vapid trick to try to win an argument. Rather than offer reasons why your position is correct and others are wrong, they instead try to discredit and shut down their opponents before the discussion can be had with insults and name-calling.
Ever notice how those who demand tolerance so loud and so often are some of the last people to be tolerant? Bullies in the name of tolerance are bullies just the same.
(H/T: Culture Grind)