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    And bigotry, reality denial and hatred - (hatred in particular) - need to be ridiculed for being just that.  Yes, "ridiculed."

    One can have an adult conversation about many things upon which which might reasonably disagree as, for instance, Non-theists/Believers in God(s), or liberals/conservatives, or Dems/GOP etc. This is the foundation of our First Amendment protections from any type of governmental retribution.

    However, hiding one's bigotry behind a cloak of religiosity or any other ideological fig leave of cowardice, deserves to be marginalized in the most extreme and aggressive manner possible. There is a time for polite or respectful conversation, and there are some things that are so toxic that they warrant extreme marginalization.

    The right wing has moved the Overton window of bigotry so far, that it gives cover for Fox Infotainment, right-wing organizations, GOP Congresspersons etc. to spread hate or speak lies with virtual impunity.

    The shift in political and cultural discourse has swung too far for too long.  Sadly, this is partly the result of a reality-based community that has generously afforded polite respect to the media and politicians who are pulling the U.S. into their swamp. The results of non-aggressive rebuke and/or mere dismissal of the right-wing, and its media life support system, is much too inadequate and it must stop. Divisive bigotry and hatred has taken root too deeply within our "legitimate" institutions.

    A first step is to aggressively marginalize the poisoning and force commercially-fed media and politicians who desire the spotlight to either distance or embrace bigotry.

    -- Religion is like sodomy: both can be harmless when practiced between consenting adults but neither should be imposed upon children.

    by Caoimhin Laochdha on Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 11:37:27 AM PST

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