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Telegraph's O'Neill: "Gay Marriage is Now the Issue Through Which the Elite Advertises its Superiority Over the Redneck Masses"

 

Brendan O'Neill of the UK Telegraph:

"...gay marriage is more a tool of the elite than it is a demand of the demos [populace]. The thing motoring the gay-marriage campaign, its political engine, is not any longstanding desire among homosexuals to get married or an active, passionate demand from below for the right of men to marry men and women to marry women. No, its driving force, the reason it has been so speedily and heartily embraced by the political and media classes, is because it is so very useful as a litmus test of liberal, cosmopolitan values. Supporting gay marriage has become a kind of shorthand way of indicating one’s superiority over the hordes, particularly those of a religious or redneck persuasion.

... The bizarre emptying-out of political debate from the issue of gay marriage, and its transformation instead into a clear-cut moral matter that separates the good from the bad, shows what its backers really get out of it – a moral buzz, a rush of superiority as they declare, to anyone who will listen, that they are For Gay Marriage. In this sense, supporting gay marriage has become less a declaration of truly democratic instincts and more a kind of provocation. In declaring your support for gay marriage, you can provoke both fusty old religionists and the backward masses into expressions of disagreement or disgruntlement, and then bask in the glow of your own superior, better-informed outlook.

This is the reason gay marriage has become so central to modern political debate in America and Britain, despite there being almost no societal drive or urge behind it – because it lends itself brilliantly to expressions of a very elitist sensibility. It allows the upper echelons of society both to distance themselves from the old and the thick and to advertise their own mental, cultural and moral superiority.

8 Comments

  1. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Excellent piece. And the author is correct.

  2. ResistSSA
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Great analysis. It's elitist lemming mentality for those who want to feel superior, but who have either no understanding of the issue or are afraid to express their actual opinion at the risk of being labeled ignorant or bigoted.

    The emperor has no clothes.

  3. Adam Eve Steve
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Actually, there's more to it.

    The media is incredibly biased in favor of redefining marriage. Read William Glaberson's, “Gay Journalists Leading a Revolution“, The New York Times, September 10, 1993.

    In his article, he reveals that:

    * Newspapers have sought out homosexuals.
    * Big and important news organizations recruit homosexuals at National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conventions.
    * Gay and lesbian journalists report on homosexual issues.
    * Gay and lesbian journalists function as information resources for other editors and reporters.
    * Homosexual journalists review articles to adjust bias.

    When it's the homosexual jounalists reporting on homosexual so-called "marriage", naturally their articles will be biased. Their spin (e.g., "marriage equality," "ban", "anti-gay marriage") and editorializing gets included in the reporting!

  4. Adam Eve Steve
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Actually, there's more to it.

    The media is incredibly biased in favor of redefining marriage. Read William Glaberson's, “Gay Journalists Leading a Revolution“, The New York Times, September 10, 1993.

    In his article, he reveals that:

    * Mainstream news organizations recruit homosexuals at National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conventions.
    * Gay and lesbian journalists report on homosexual issues. They function as information resources for other editors and reporters when they're not.
    * Homosexual journalists review articles for the purpose of bias adjustment.

    When it's homosexual jounalists reporting on homosexual so-called "marriage", naturally their articles will be biased. Their spin (e.g., "marriage equality," "ban", "anti-gay marriage") and editorializing gets included in the reporting!

  5. Dan
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, they're sooo cool with their political fashion statement. It's the new Levis for lemmings.

  6. John Noe
    Posted March 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah so very well put. The snobbish, elitists leftists are acting like snobs. You cannot get much more sinister as this.

  7. Ash
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Amen, Dan. Supporting ssm is becoming no more than a fashion statement. Kinda like "going green." http://www.noh8campaign.com/photo-galleries

    Great article.

  8. QueerNE
    Posted March 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Lemmings, huh?

    Religion. Enough said.