The big news this week has been over a Bill in the AZ Legislature which would have allowed businesses to act as individuals and claim religious "rights" to discriminate based on their chosen religious tenets. It was a bad bill, and deserved veto, for no other reason that the Founders granted INDIVIDUALS certain rights, and corporations only the right to exist. Making corporations legally equal to individuals leads to corporate oligarchy, and needs to be fought at every turn.
So, huge pressure was put on the conservative Governor of AZ, Jan Brewer, and we had to again witness the ugly spectacle of "gay pride" being paraded before the cameras. When the Federally-protected corporation known as the NFL chimed in with dark threats to cancel the next Super Bowl, scheduled for Glendale AZ, Gov. Brewer knuckled under and vetoed the bill.
This got your blogger to thinking, and posing himself a "what-if":
What if the early attempts to integrate the races in the USA had proceeded on the "gay pride" model, instead of the model of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?
Let's look at this.
The "gay pride" model tell us that gays are SOOOO different, and this is accentuated by the outlandish clothing, the dyed hair, the suggested or actual sexual contact before the cameras. It's all "in your face", and it sends the INTENDED message of "we're here, we're queer, get used to us". I, like most other conservatives, don't give a rip what you do in the privacy of your homes, but I also believe that ANY conduct on the order of what passes for "gay pride" should not get public exhibition in a civilized society.
Dr. King's model. Having the exact same problem of selling a skeptical public on the acceptance of "different" people, Dr. King said: MINIMIZE THE DIFFERENCES, ACCENTUATE THE SIMILARITIES to the majority society.
Dr. King succeeded with his message, and the queers have failed with theirs.
Consider: What do you think would have happened if the blacks of the 1950's had used the "gay pride" model to get their desire for integration heard? Malcolm X and Huey Newton tried with this model and failed, BTW.
Answer, we would still have Jim Crow laws, that's what. Our society would not have made the last 60 years of racial-acceptance progress.