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June 18, 2013

‘Free Kate’ campaign misdirected

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So, this campaign has dredged out the tried but not so true invocation of “hate.” And that is the other truly absurd element here. Calling someone a hater is not an argument — it is an attempt to avoid an argument. People invoke it when they don’t have a good argument, in hopes of silencing anybody who might have a different point of view, or in this case to demand immunity from a prosecution that they would likely approve if it involved heterosexuals.

It is about time for those claiming to be victims of hate every time somebody disagrees with them, offends them, or applies the law to them, to be silent themselves until they have something more substantive to bring to a debate.

“Hate” is losing its effectiveness because it is so vastly overused, and so selectively applied. This crowd, which loves to attack those holding something other than politically correct views, claim they are just “calling them out,” or “holding them accountable” or “exercising our right to free speech.” If they are attacked, their knee-jerk response is to claim their critics are “haters.”

It’s a bit like “dissent,” which was the “highest form of patriotism” when George W. Bush was president, and now is labeled “seditious” and “extremist” if directed at President Obama.

Enough. Equal treatment means dealing with both privileges and consequences of actions. Nobody hates Kate, including prosecutors who are just doing a job. Hate is not the issue. Invoking it is trying to duck the issue.

— Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net.

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