In case you had any doubts about that open sewer that is the moral consciousness of Maggie Gallagher and the jolly gang over at NOM

“I’m not surprised that Miss Beverly Hills, Lauren Ashley, opposes gay marriage — after all 45 percent of young Californians voted for Prop 8, as did 7 million Californians generally,” the organization’s president, Maggie Gallagher, told us. “But I have to say, I am impressed with her courage in coming forward and for speaking up for Carrie. The elected officials of city of Beverly Hills are not demonstrating tolerance or kindness by continuing the avalanche of hatred against supporters of Prop 8.”

Recall, if you will, what Maggie Gallagher is calling courage

“The Bible says that marriage is between a man and a woman. In Leviticus it says, ‘If man lies with mankind as he would lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death and their blood shall be upon them.’ The Bible is pretty black and white.

In a time when anti-gay hysteria seems to be sweeping the African continent, when gay people are being set upon in nation after nation by mobs hopped up on the genocidal rhetoric of religious fundamentalists and political extremists, some vacant beauty pageant wannabe starts waving Leviticus around and Maggie Gallagher immediately, Immediately rushes to praise her for her…courage…of all things, without the slightest shred of thought to any consequences for gay people that this Their Blood Is Upon Them thing might possibly have. The danger to gay people clearly, obviously, sickeningly, never crossed her mind. And seriously…if you thought it might, you have not been paying attention.

Can we please dispense now with all this love the sinner hate the sin claptrap. There is no love in Maggie Gallagher for gay people. None. There is not a shred of regard in that barren wasteland she calls a conscience for our lives, let alone love. In her novel The Charioteer, the author Mary Renault described Gallagher’s kind, and Ashley’s, precisely…

Not wicked, he thought: that’ not the word, that’ sentimentality. These are just runts…They don’t sin in the sight of heaven and feel despair: they only throw away lighted cigarettes on Exmoor, and go on holiday leaving the cat to starve, and drive on after accidents without stopping. A wicked man nowadays can set millions of them in motion, and when he’ gone howling mad from looking at his own face, they’ll be marching still with their mouth’ open and their hands hanging by their knees, on and on and on…”

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Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. See it there in Gallagher’s reflexive solidarity with anyone willing to denounce same-sex marriage regardless of that little Their Blood Is Upon Them thing. She’s not ignoring it. She didn’t even see it. It did not register. The threat to our lives her crusade rouses in the mob does not concern her one iota. No, it is not hate. It is indifference.

Indifference…

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They have no instinctive sense of sympathy. Their moral compass only points inward. They are unmoved…indifferent…

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…utterly, starkly, shockingly, indifferent…

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These are the ones who, in another time, in another place, could live right friggin’ next to the concentration camps and say later, with horrifically genuine sincerity, “We heard the rumors but we didn’t believe them…”

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Courage. Courage is taking your lover’s hand in yours in a world where moral thugs praise beauty queens who use their moment in the spotlight to tell the world: Their Blood Is Upon Them.