I was going to write something entitled Redefining Terms about the mutant infection some people give words. Gail Dines, for instance, uses the word “progressive” to characterize censorship. Huh? Yes, she and others have a reputation for doing this, and it makes me think they are little more than science fiction writers/orators/academics.
But then I saw one of Betty Bowers videos and it comically illustrates what is probably better described as “digestible hate,” which embraces redefining terms. “America’s Best Christian” would know.
In this video Mrs. Bowers counsels Shirley Phelps-Roper about Westboro Baptist Church’s overt hate via Skype. (This is satire, in case that requires noting.)
“…the trick to getting away with a ‘God Hates Fags’ message is just so simple. Avoid those three words. Well, at least when a camera’s running. You see, we may hate the same people, but we package our loathing more carefully than you ham-fisted, prairie yokels with your blunt, invective, polygamist compound couture and conspicuous unfamiliarity with hair conditioner. We use focus groups and we talk in code. We don’t ‘hate fags’, we ‘pray for sinful homosexuals’. Frankly, you unsophisticated loudmouths are showing our hand.
Try expressing your religious prejudices in a more artful, consumer-friendly way. Instead of ‘God Hates Fags’, try something that’s worked really well for us. ‘Love the sinner, but hate everything about them.’ Because hate doesn’t need to sound ugly. Hate pretty… like we do.”
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