This morning I, quite by accident, found a piece on CNN from Anderson Cooper 360, which by the way, I never watch, the piece disturbs me on more than one level.
For nearly six months, Andrew Shirvell, an assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an internet campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.-CNN
And then I see on Slog, Dan Savage's blog, that the holy are responding to a youtube channel called "it gets better" created by Savage.
What I'm starting to wonder is this; Is it smart to engage the insane? Does is really behoove us to stand up and give credence to nutjobs like this guy in Michigan or the bag o bile that talks about mythological eternal damnation as though, 1.) it actually exists. and 2.) he's the arbiter of all things holy. (yes I'm coming dangerously close to engaging them myself here)
I think that sane people everywhere, and there are lots of us, know that people like this are not mentally healthy. I believe that all we really do by engaging this insane behavior is to give it credence.
This is not to say that the threat of violence from a wingnut like the ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL of MICHIGAN, isn't real. I'm sure that is a very real possibility, but did Cooper really uncover anything in his interview other than give this guy a public forum to display not only his hate, but his lack of sanity?
Yes this needs to stop, and yes it's a concern that there are people out there openly talking about these things and creating blogs etc.
I've always been of the mind that if one is going to defeat such an enemy all one need do is walk down the street with one's head held high.
Truly if there's a judgement to be made on these people it'll be made by a being other than us mortals. So let them protest our existence, let them march and legislate and harrass. In the end they can't win that way and we all know it. Especially if we don't acknowledge the insanity of their actions.
And so it goes: