The ‘bigot’ tactic

By Derek Monson Recently I participated in a debate with someone from Equality Utah about religious liberty and public accommodations protections for LGBT individuals. After the moderator asked why they are pushing the public accommodations law, the other side opened by saying that he didn’t think a gay couple wanted “a homophobic florist, or cake baker, or wedding photographer to shoot their wedding.” Now, it has always been curious to me how LGBT activists, and the left in general, are so willing in political debates to stereotype and attempt to…

Condescenders, patronizers, and the soft bigotry of low expectations

You know that saying, “Boys will be boys?” You might hear someone say it after they see some hormonally charged teenage boy say something crude to a passing girl. “That was rude,” the person might say. “But boys will be boys!” What you are hearing there is the soft bigotry of low expectations. This demeans women, who are just expected to “put up with it,” just as it demeans men who are seen as incapable of doing better. In short, this type of bigotry means you believe that a person…