Some right wing pundits and their fellow conservatives are angered at the movement successfully removing Confederate flags. Now they are demanding the gay pride flag be taken down too.
It's taken a few decades and the horrific murder of nine Black people in a Bible study church group but finally the movement to take down the Confederate flag is successfully proceeding. In the works are the removal of the flag – which isn't even the actual Confederate flag – from the South Carolina State House, Virginia license plates, and the Mississippi State flag. On the corporate side, Walmart, Amazon, Sears, eBay, and now Etsy have agreed to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise. Expect more as Americans realize the flag some see as "heritage" is actually a flag supporting oppression and hate.
Of course, not everyone sees that, and some conservatives have a rather unique feeling toward the gay pride flag, or LGBT pride flag, or the pride flag – whatever you care to call it.
While the historic rainbow-inspired flag has earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art, and atop many corporate headquarters and government buildings, anti-gay conservatives are demanding it be removed.
Breitbart writer John Nolte, whose work represents some of the more unhinged articles at the site founded by LGBT rights supporter Andrew Breitbart, today sent these tweets:
When will this symbol of anti-Christian hate come down? pic.twitter.com/NbKmvx7ADg— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
The hateful symbol of those who harrass and bully those who stand for traditional marriage must come down... pic.twitter.com/q2yA3AE0Io— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
The hateful symbol of bigots who smear Christianity as hate speech must come down... pic.twitter.com/Tdf2ynblmu— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
Anyone who doesn't think the gay flag has become a symbol of bigotry and hate hasn't been paying attention. pic.twitter.com/chkTsR5dYh— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 23, 2015
Those were followed by a piece, "Take Down The Fascist, Anti-Christian Gay-Pride Flag."
"Under the banner of what is dishonestly called a gay pride or gay 'rights' flag, hate, fascism, and intolerance has festered for years, specifically against Christians and conservatives," Nolte claims. "Under the auspices of a 'rights and equality' symbol, Leftists have been on a rampage to take way the rights of others through bullying, lies, and online terrorism."
He also claims that in the name of the gay pride flag, "people are outed against their will, terrorized out of business merely for being Christian, bullied and harassed for thoughtcrimes; moreover, 'hate crimes' are being manufactured to keep us divided, Christians are refused service, death threats are hurled, and Christianity is regularly smeared as hate speech."
If individuals wish to fly this symbol of hate, oppression and bigotry on their own property, that is their choice in a free country. It is unconscionable, however, that this symbol of intolerance is allowed to fly above government-owned buildings.
Of course, no government building has the gay pride flag flying 365 days a year, nor is there any federal law requiring it.
Ironically, Nolte writes he is "also in favor of removing the Rebel Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol. Equivalence is not the issue here. Hate and intolerance is."
Nolte is not alone, of course.
American Family Association's Bryan Fischer offered up his usual Nazi comparisons to "Big Gay."
"If we are going to remove symbols of oppression from our culture," Fischer said, as Right Wing Watch reports. "if we come to the point where we say any flag that represents bigotry, any flag that represents hatred, any flag that represents slavery or oppression needs to be removed, then I want to suggest to you that the next flag to go ought to be the rainbow flag of the Gay Reich."
"The rainbow flag represents the gay lobby, it represents Big Gay, it represents what I'm calling for the first time today, I'm introducing a new term: the Gay Reich," he continued. "They've got a flag just like the Nazis had their flag."
A few more calls for the gay pride flag to come:
World changing when calls to take down Confederate flag while US diplomatic posts are unfurling gay pride flags. pic.twitter.com/8PwGN73dkX— Chase Winter (@chaseawinter) June 23, 2015
#ConfederateFlag comes down so should the Gay flag.— Danny (@RadicalConserva) June 23, 2015
If the #ConfederateFlag must come down why not the Gay Rainbow Flag.— Count Down to 2016 (@bad_robot_57) June 22, 2015
If they take down that Confederate Flag, I will start burning gay pride flags. I promise.— Alex Van Biersel (@alexandre_vb1) June 22, 2015
The gay pride flag offends me. Take it down.— Shannon Catoe (@shannoncatoe) June 23, 2015
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