West Tennessee hardware store owner/Baptist minister/moron puts up "no gays allowed" sign in his store, and then, after the inevitable backlash, replaces it with a sign saying "(w)e reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion." Meaning he wants to keep Anthony Kennedy from shopping there? Or does Mr. Amyx really believe that gay folks violate his rights merely by trying to buy a box of nails in his establishment? You'd think, as a nominal businessman, he'd want to sell a box of nails to anyone -- at least, that's the kind of judgment right-wingers always tell us businessfolk have when those right-wingers are trying to gut clean air and water regulations. Mr. Amyx also says "I'm going to take more persecution than them because I'm standing for what I believe in," by which I guess he means gay folks don't stand up for what they believe in. And as far as persecution, well, he's got a long way to go before he's ever as persecuted as someone who risked being abandoned by family or getting the crap kicked out of them by peers just because they dared to be themselves.
From the "even when he's right, he's wrong" file: David Brooks instructs us that "those of us who were delighted" by the Supreme Court's pro-gay marriage decision should "show civility and respect" to our opponents and avoid "polariz(ing) the debate" and "call(ing) people bigots." So, upon our invasion of Iraq, Mr. Brooks certainly exhorted his political bedfellows to show civility and respect to the multitudinous Americans like myself who opposed the war because we love our country but who had endured repeated public taunts of "terrorist!" and "traitor!", did he not? No, he did not -- clearly, it was the furthest thing from his mind. So why is he now so concerned for the tender feelings of bigots? Oh, because it'll "be counterproductive for any kid in a rural area who wants to come out. He'll find himself in the middle of a very angry and polarized atmosphere." Setting aside the hostage-taking (don't call bigots bigots, or this closeted kid gets it!), does he really imagine kids won't want to come out of the closet to any significant degree because their defenders are too strident? No, I suspect they're more afraid of the bigots who'll beat them up, the same bigots who never show "civility and respect" to their opponents.