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1: Desensitisation (and sometimes glamourisation though media promotion of celebrities who come "out") that tries to break down the "ick"/"yuck" factor.
2: Jamming of opponents, objectors or questioners that raise concerns about the agenda being pushed, to silence serious debate.
3: Conversion to tolerance or support (or even participation) so that the formerly clearly bizarre and objectionable is now tolerated, seen as a right or even seen as needing protection from the bigots who would dare object to it.
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” [Dan] Cathy said.
In a separate radio interview, Dan Cathy said, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about.”
The Henson Co., creator of the Muppets characters, said it no longer would work with Chick-fil-A. The mayor of Boston publicly bashed the restaurant chain. Chicago officials said they would not want the company to operate in their wards. And “kiss-in” protests were announced in front of company outlets on college campuses.
“I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith,” he said in a statement released by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. Chick-fil-A serves each of its customers with excellence, and treats everyone like a neighbor. It’s easy to see why Chick-fil-A has become so popular across America,” he said.
“The militant homosexual advocates have launched an all out assault on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, pushing for a boycott because the Cathy family has contributed to traditional marriage organizations. The attempts to hurt or destroy Chick-fil-A is nothing short of economic bullying. In the name of ‘tolerance,’ there is an effort being mounted to put pressure on people to stop eating at Chick-fil-A. Even worse is the vilification of the company and its employees. The Christian world view of Dan Cathy is being met with intolerance and vicious hate speech,” Huckabee’s announcement said.
“The name of the game being played against Chick-fil-A involved ending the discussion, by ruling one side of this important social debate completely out of order, and dismissing their beliefs as unworthy of respect. All resistance to gay marriage is instantly transmuted into personal hatred of gay people. On the other hand, criticism of traditional marriage proponents cannot be viewed as hateful, no matter how angrily it might be expressed. It’s a rigged heads-we-win, tails-you-lose game,” he said.
Cathy isn’t allowed to encourage reverence and support for the traditional family, or even worse, put his money where his mouth is. He’s not allowed to say that he finds moral or practical value in the time-honored definition of marriage, without feeling animosity towards gay people. His ideas and principles are automatic thought crimes, no matter how gently and constructively they might be presented.
Hayward bitingly continues, naming and shaming "Boston mayor Thomas Menino":
. . . who brings the power of government into the equation. “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston. You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population [-->there is no evidence of discriminatory policies or practices of the firm; but moral objections to the twisting of marriage into the shape preferred by an agenda are being smeared with this scarlet label]. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion,” he told the Boston Herald.
Referring to the proposed location of a Chick-fil-A restaurant, Menino thundered, “That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.” He promised that getting permits for restaurant construction “will be very difficult… unless they open up their policies,” by which he means the company abandoning its financial support for traditional marriage groups. [--> which includes support for a group that seeks to rescue and renew marriages and families that are in trouble]
What a bracing dose of Newspeak! Menino’s all about making Boston an “open” city “at the forefront of inclusion,” except for people who believe in the traditional definition of marriage. Those people get “excluded” as viciously as possible, but such exclusion is necessary to prove how inclusive the Mayor is. Up is down, day is night, “freedom” requires submission to a political agenda, and “open” minds are welded firmly shut. Hopefully the people of Boston won’t mind sacrificing some jobs, and culinary choices, in the name of the absolute ideological rigidity expected from an “open” city.
That is, at certain times, when assaults like this surface, we will need to expose the hostility, intimidation, manipulation, "he hit back first" turnabout false accusation rhetoric and deceptive, destructive agendas that are at work in our day across the world and in our region.