Poor Mike Huckabee. When Chick Fil-A's owner, Dan Cathy came under pressure from gay groups over his public condemnation of same sex marriage, an irate Mike Huckabee organized a Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day to encourage folks to combine their biblical homo hating with a big, heaping serving of Chick Fil-A chicken. But it seems that Dan Cathy, in what could be a smart business decision to expand the restaurant chain, has decided to temper his public opposition to same sex marriage and "is now going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues." Huckabee is not a happy camper. But rather than direct his ire towards Cathy, he is blaming gay bullies for forcing Cathy to cave. Hate group leader, Tony Perkins agrees. Awww.....
During his April 12th show, Huckabee hosted two whines about the topic. In the first segment, he immediately set the propaganda message by condemning bullies, terrorists, haters, and bigots (ahem). Huckabee, a paragon of tolerance (ahem), condemned the intolerance of those who try to "shut down with force a viewpoint that one doesn't want to hear." After asking "why we are allowing these attitudes and behaviors to destroy the last vestige of liberty in America," he went into a litany of examples of so called liberal intolerance including, of course, the criticism of the homophobic Duck Dynasty patriarch.Given that "atheist groups" are derided, on Fox, for their beliefs, Huck's next comment was laughable: "This is a country where patriots died so that we could take a stand and speak out for our beliefs."
His comment, that "when corporations and colleges raise the white flag of surrender instead of the red, white and blue flag of freedom, liberty loses and intimidation wins" was a segue into his attack on the LGBT "bullies." He described how Dan Cathy was bullied for his comments about "natural marriage." (ahem) After bragging about how he mobilized people to support Cathy, he reported that Cathy has "stood down" by apologizing for his past comments and is now OMG working with gay groups so that he expand his business. Huck lamented Cathy's "surrender" to those who tried to put him out of business. He suggested that, unlike the owners of Hobby Lobby who have "stuck to their convictions," Cathy is a gutless coward. American Taliban mullah Huckabee noted that "some have said that intolerant gays are the gaystopo." He finished his sermon: When we cave into bullies, we're going to create a nation of cowards."
Huckabee hosted Tony Perkins, head of the homophobic hate group, the Family Research Council, for his second screed about the evil gay bullies. Huck asked Perkins what he thought about Cathy's surrender. Perkins asserted that "those in the business community are becoming cowards." He waxed poetic about how the Founders "put a value on our freedoms and our liberties than they did seeking favors from government to open up a new store." (Oh, snap) He lamented that if we don't defend freedom, "it's going to go away." Huck yammered about how "the left" is out to shut down business that don't agree with them and asked why businesses "capitulate" when nobody is asking the left to do that. (Huck has forgotten about "the Grinch list" of business that should be avoided because they don't say Merry Christmas and his pals at the hate group, America Family Association trying to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as the JC Penny spokesperson.)
Perkins said "a whole new chapter is being written in the culture war" because those who support gay marriage said it was only about people being able to love each other but "tolerance is a one way street" and that gays are "forcing" America to embrace gay marriage and OMG "redefine America." The chyron reinforced the homophobic agitprop: "Bullying From the Left, Chick Fil-A CEO Takes Politics Off of the Menu." Perkins whined about how businesses, who are "fearful" of protest, "these attacks," are "capitulating" to those who want to "silence the vast majority of those who do not agree with them." While the man who plead guilty to shooting a guard a Perkins' headquarters, because he objected to their policies, was not connected to any LGBT group, Huckabee linked the incident to the "economic terrorism" of those who support same sex marriage.
When it comes to creating a climate of hate and intolerance, Mike Huckabee and Tony Perkins wrote the book.
Methinks, actually, that America has tended far too often to forget the the basic principles on which the country was founded. My list (far from complete) includes the McCarthy era when free speech was thrown out the window because of a bully who was eventually chastised by his peers, and – more recently – the extent to which the Republican party has been taken over by the bully element.
The experience of the McCarthy years suggests that America can and will eventually push back and that day may be coming for the Tea Partiers.
In Perkins’ America (or should that be Amerikkka?), tolerance would be that “one way street” he’s whining about now. Of course, when you’re the one determining what (or who) is “tolerated,” you tend to NOT “tolerate” anything (or anyone) that differs from your norm.
liberal intolerance – unwillingness to accept intolerant views, beliefs or behavior that differ from one’s tolerant beliefs.
I’ve seen conservatives using the phrase “liberal intolerance” for a while now, so I figured someone should try to define it.
Yeah, let’s talk about cowardice.