Marriot Hotel photo by José Carlos Cortizo Pérez
At Last—The Truth.
First they came after those who donated big to prop 8. Then they came after the ones who donated a hundred dollars or less. Now they’re coming after people who didn’t donate at all.
Is it principle or hate at the core of the boycotts? Comments I’ve heard have couched all kinds of behavior in the comfy blanket of victimhood. Everyone is excused from unconscionable behavior when they feel they’ve been wronged, right?
What if the target of the hate has done nothing? Does it matter? Or is the guise of victimhood just another excuse for the free exercise of blind fury?
Bill Marriott and his family own the Marriott Hotel chain. They have come under fire from gay activists recently, not because of something they’ve done, but because of their religious affiliation. What is their crime? Bill Marriott and his family are Mormon, and they refuse to state their unequivocal support for the gay marriage movement.
See these quotes from the Huffington Post’s Marc Gunther on the boycott of Marriot Hotels:
“… why go after Marriott? According to my friend Bob Witeck, who runs a consulting firm called Witeck-Combs that specializes in gay issues and advises Marriott, neither Bill Marriott nor members of his immediate family donated to the campaign on behalf of Prop 8. What’s more (and this is undisputed), Marriott as an employer has an exemplary record around diversity in general and LGBT employees in particular. “
“… it would appear that the Marriott Corp. is under fire only because the family belongs to the Mormon church. Bob Witeck says this is unfair. “Their policies and practices have been good for a long time,” he told me. “This notion of targeting people because of their faith is deeply troubling.”
“… silence or neutrality is unacceptable… Either you’re for us or against us…”
Certainly anyone who has a wallet is free to use it however he chooses, but consider the motivation here. Those proclaiming to be victims of hate are proving the case of the proponents of prop 8 who said that the gay marriage movement was about religious persecution as much as anything else.
I read a quote this morning from an LDS commenter at the Salt Lake Tribune that is particularly prescient:
“Just because a person is gay, I don’t assume they have AIDS, just because I’m Mormon, don’t assume I hate gays.”
Even reporters have been attacked. Steve Lopez, who interviewed Marjorie Christoffersen (Mormon target of the El Coyote Restaurant boycott), had this to say today on the virulent reaction his readers gave him:
…I’ve never been called a bigot so many times as I have since I wrote in my Sunday column about the boycott of El Coyote, the Los Angeles cantina whose Mormon manager donated $100 to Proposition 8, the successful November ballot initiative to ban gay marriage.
No doubt these hate-dripping commenters are among the same group who believe that prop 8 was all about hate. All the rainbow wavers with signs proclaiming peace and love, was all that a sham? a show? What about respect and diversity? What of tolerance and love? Who truly owns the hate?
Maggie Gallagher writes of her experience on the Dr. Phil Show:
“…I sat next to a powerful politician — Mayor Gavin Newsom — who ritually rejected violence but refused to decry these extraordinary threats to ordinary voters’ livelihoods. I also sat next to Joe Solmonese, head of the Human Rights Campaign, when a young Mormon in the audience asked him, “Why are you singling out my faith when so many other people supported Prop 8?” Did Joe, an amiable guy, take a moment to call his troops to back off from religious bigotry, to refocus on the larger problem — 7 million Californians disagree with his organization’s gay marriage civil rights dogma?
No. I sat silent, dumbfounded, next to Joe when he pointed at the young man and cried,
“We are going to go after your church every day for the next two years unless and until Prop 8 is overturned.”
My mouth dropped. This was Joe’s response just a few days after white powder was sent to LDS temples in Utah and California.”
Hate is hate, and it’s never justified. It’s clear that advocates of same-sex “marriage” present the idea as a step forward for tolerance and respect—but their actions present a different case, especially if you happen to be Mormon.
Please Teach Me—This provocative video response to the anti-Mormon religious intolerance was created by a first-year LDS college student.
Just a reminder that the nation is watching. —Beetle Blogger