Step 1: Denial
Maggie Gallagher covers her ass on Tyler Clementi’s suicide:
I do not think the absence of gay marriage is the cause of these tragedies or its presence will resolve them. We can make this a symbol of all our other fights, or we can try to save all our kids, gay and straight, from this kind of ugly and mindless cruelty. My heart goes out to the family of the young man. God bless him and them.
Step 2: Degradation
World Net Daily columnist Vox Day:
[Tyler Clementi] killed himself because he could not live with the shame of knowing that everyone would be aware of his submission to what he apparently believed to be evil desires. While giving in to our desire for evil is something that we all do from time to time, it is also true that some desires happen to be more shameful or humiliating than others. For example, a man’s desire for his neighbor’s wife is sinful, but few consider it to be as appalling as his desire for his neighbor’s child.
Step 3: Damnation
An account of Senator Jim DeMint speaking at a Spartanburg church rally:
DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn’t be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who’s sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn’t be in the classroom.
Step 4: Repeat
Here’s what the right-wing Christianist (not Christian) message boils down to:
It’s not our fault gay kids are killing themselves. They kill themselves because they feel naturally ashamed of their perversion. Also, they’re vile creatures who shouldn’t be around kids.
How angry are you? How much angrier can you get? Double that. Then get angrier.