Right-wing talk radio host and columnist Steve Deace wrote an article that appeared in the Washington Times’ op-ed section on Monday. The column was about what Deace described as the intolerant left-wing, same-sex lobby. Essentially, Deace’s article was nothing more than bigoted drivel that was aimed at making other like-minded bigots feel good about feeling all yucky and icky about gay people.
However, besides standing up for so-called Christians who have been seeing their attempts to discriminate against gays and lesbians thwarted at every turn lately, Deace also used his column to somehow state that the coming out of Michael Sam, an NFL prospect, was used by the President as a way to distract from the biggest issue facing Americans today — Benghazi!
Below is an excerpt from Deace’s column:
Those who most sanctimoniously cry “tolerance” in the public square appear to have a zero-tolerance policy for anything other than their own propaganda.
This inconvenient truth has been on display during the NFL’s annual scouting combine, which invites top college prospects to show off their skills in front of every pro football scout on the planet.
Careers are made and broken at this event every year, and given the underwhelming performance of a certain prospect from the University of Missouri, his draft status could be in jeopardy.
Except this isn’t just any pro prospect. This is Michael Sam. The leftist media’s latest contrived attempt to distract the American people from the daily failures of the president who they cover for daily. Mr. Sam generated headlines from shills and wannabes who just couldn’t get enough of the first “openly gay football player.”
Of course, these are the same people that have been trying to kill football the past two years because it’s too dangerous. Now they can’t wait to rally around the rainbow flag. And they wonder why their credibility is about as low as that of Congress.
Not to be outdone, a flailing president who seemingly has no time to give answers to the families of four dead Americans at Benghazi, or the millions he broke a promise to that they could keep their current health insurance if they liked it, couldn’t wait to jump on Mr. Sam’s bandwagon.
You know, you would think this was an article posted by The Onion, but it isn’t. This is an actual column that was published in an actual newspaper. Apparently, Deace thinks that Obama will go out of his way to use anything and anybody to make us all forget about Benghazi. That, somehow, despite numerous committee and sub-committee hearings, and reports, and articles by the New York Times, we still have unanswered questions and need to rehash this event every single day despite it having happened in September 2012.
The rest of the article is just a specious argument about how gay people and leftists are the intolerant ones and that homosexuality is really a lifestyle choice and that gay people are not born that way. He also plays to juvenile fears about straight athletes being forced to shower with gay men like Sam and equating that to women being forced to shower with men. Obviously, with Deace, we are dealing with a real intellect here.
In the end, Deace’s article just goes to show that conservatives in this country have no actual ideas about anything. They are mostly reactionary and only seem to know how to disagree with what they don’t like or understand. They tend to practice moral absolutism. If you don’t agree with their sense of morality, you are wrong. Not only that, you are the intolerant one for not tolerating their own intolerance. Based on their religious or moral beliefs, they should be allowed to treat other people differently and discriminate at will.
In the end, Deace’s article is just the lashing out of a closed minded bigot who is on the wrong side of history and knows it. He sees the winds of change sweeping across the country and regardless of how much he rants and wails about it, marriage equality and gay rights are here to stay. This country is growing more liberal in its views and people like Deace are being left behind. The influence of reactionary conservatism is fading fast.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).