Friday, August 28, 2015

Haters Seize on Shooter's Rainbow Flag

As noted in the previous post, the usual "family values" organizations and "news outlets" that pander to them are ecstatic that a rainbow flag was found among the possessions of Roanoke shooter, Vester Flanagan.   The presence of the rainbow flag is being used to fan the meme that Christians are under persecution, especially by gays.  The irony is, of course, that Christians have a documented history of oppressing and in some instances murdering LGBT people, not to mention Christianity's history of forced conversions and enslavement of indigenous peoples  not to mention the genocide inflicted on "pagan" and "savage" Native Americans.  Looking back over history, if anything is a symbol of hate, one could argue it is the Christian cross. The sickness of the far right and so-called fundamentalist Christians is festering and becoming more and more of a threat to the rest of society.  The good news is that more and more of the general population are coming to recognize the toxicity of fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity in America.  Joe Jervis looks at some of the batshitery from Breitbart:

The gay pride rainbow flag reportedly found in Flanagan’s apartment is seen by many as a symbol of anti-Christian hate. After a white racist terrorist in South Carolina murdered nine innocent black churchgoers, photos of the racist with the Confederate Flag resulted in a media frenzy to ban the flag. Like the Confederate flag, the provocative gay pride flag, a symbol of religious oppression, has flown on government property. The Confederate Flag has since been taken down in South Carolina. Thus far, other than a mention in the Telegraph, the media has not reported on the fact that Flanagan might have owned the LGBT rainbow hate-flag.
Thousands of Breitbart commenters are posting the usual Christ-filled responses.
These folks truly are living in a fantasy world and a scary one at that.  Nothing seems likely to deter their increasingly strident demands to be above the nations laws and any and all opposition to such special rights will be labeled as the persecution of Christians. .  

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