Mercilessly mocking people who protest against human rights becomes pretty easy when they are talking about boycotting cookies. Yes, I said they are boycotting cookies.
While this is all really silly it does represent a bigger problem that most seem to be ignoring: the power of the media to make a non-issue an issue. Mainly the media are just playing a numbers game when they appeal to the sensitivity of the religious right. They have been doing this for decades because they represent such a large, vocal cohort. This vocalization in turn causes strong reactions from opponents to the religious right and a field day for news programs and talk shows. Stirring up the hornet’s nest of the religious makes for dramatic programming and higher ratings. This works for radio, newspaper and internet websites too.
Politicians, of course, ride the media storm waves all the way to election wins. Once the media has managed to get religious fundamentalists all worked up over something they eagerly vote for the person that they think supports how they feel and they vote in very large numbers. It’s a win-win for both media and politicians, neither of which have a reputation for sincerity.
To most of us the sleazy appeal to emotion at the cost of human rights is transparent and we would gladly laugh and ignore it but we can’t. We can’t because the media is bringing in ratings and politicians are bringing in votes at the expense of basic human rights. So we are forced to fight.
It is especially sad when one considers a few other things like:
Now let’s take a look at some other facts rather quickly:
All this time, energy and money against two people trying to get married. When one considers things like childhood disease, poverty, child rape and coverup, spousal abuse, drugs, and the crimes of bid industry we have to ask ourselves: What is wrong with a movement that considers two complete strangers getting married a bigger problem than children in agony? Indoctrination by the media and people in authority is a weak excuse for what is not only hate and discrimination but a shockingly poor sense of priorities.