Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Slate: anti-gay marriage 'concern trolling'

Slate discovers a new subset of anti-gay marriage activists:
...Concern trolls are largely people who know that they can't argue their viewpoint on its merits, so instead they try to undermine the persuasively argued viewpoint with their "concerns..."
     The Sunday morning news shows were littered with concern trolls this past weekend. Karl Rove, Peggy Noonan, and David Brooks all suggested that if the court rules that same-sex marriage is a right, it will somehow set back the cause of same-sex marriage by making the homophobes very angry. "Americans don’t take it well and don’t accept it as a resolution when their black-robed masters in Washington decide to put on them what they decide is the right thing," said Noonan, claiming that this is what happened with Roe v. Wade.
     The claim is a specific subset of concern trolling, popular with conservatives: the "too soon" troll. The idea behind it is that if you're gentle with the bigots and let them get their way long enough, they will eventually soften and cave on an issue. But if you push progress through the courts, their resentment will poison them against you forever. This argument has been forwarded in defense of everything from slavery to bans on abortion...

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