How far do gay activists go in order to silence critics?

Well, consider this article from the Public Discourse.


Janna Darnelle’s recent Public Discourse essay, “Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me—and Our Children,” reveals what is behind the heartwarming pictures of gay families from a mother’s point of view.

[…]For those of you who avoid the subterranean landscape of online same-sex parenting debates, it is useful to be introduced to Scott “Rose” Rosenzweig, a virulently misogynistic LGBT activist. As soon as Darnelle’s essay was published, Rose went into action, darting from the blog Good As You to other sites in an effort to destroy her personally. (Rose’s obsessive internet commenting has attracted attention at other news outlets as well.) Darnelle’s ex-husband even weighed in. A helpful fellow, he left her personal information in the comments section of several activists’ blogs, including her full legal name.

Janna Darnelle wrote under a pen name in order to protect her family. Unfortunately, her ex-husband’s comments helped Scott Rose embark on a campaign of harassment and intimidation. As I will discuss below, Rose was not content to confine his character assassination to the internet; he has also contacted Darnelle’s employer in an attempt to get her fired.

[…]The publication of Janna Darnelle’s story led to a spate of blog posts full of vitriol, calling her “a pitiful creature,” accusing her of mental instability, and questioning her very existence.

With the help of her husband’s comments, Scott Rose set off to dig up and publicize as much personal information as possible about Darnelle, such as high school graduation and real estate records. Rose has harassed Darnelle with threatening messages. He has even contacted Darnelle’s employer, leaving this message on the company’s Facebook page:

This is a COMPLAINT against […], an executive assistant in […]. Under the nom de plume of “Janna Darnelle,” […] has published a horrifying, defamatory anti-gay screed on the website “Public Discourse.” The first problem would be that she is creating a climate of hostility for eventual gay elders and/or their visiting friends and relatives. The second problem would be that in the screed, she comes off as being unhinged. Her public expressions of gay-bashing bigotry are reflecting very poorly on LLC.

Sadly, all of this conforms to a predictable pattern of attack. If you study the routine that plays out whenever extreme activists like Scott Rose decide to take someone out, you will see seasoned patterns. Four steps comprise their usual character assassination.

First, they call the individual a liar and say the person’s existence cannot be verified without more data about him or her. Second, once they have such data, they write to the person’s employer to get him or her fired or professionally destroyed. Third, if they cannot get the person fired, they go after the family members. Fourth, if they cannot turn the person’s family against him or her, they blast endless broadsides against the person, trying to make him or her feel afraid or unsafe at all times.

This is actually not unusual for some extreme gay activists. I’ve blogged about things like before – e.g. – getting Frank Turek fired, forcing out Brendan Eich at Mozilla, expelling students from university, discriminating against foster parents, violence at student demonstrations, coercing Christian businesses, leaking the names of pro-marriage donors, closing down adoption agenciesthreatening teachers with termination, terminating police chaplainsvandalizing businessesvandalizing churches, or actually being convicted of committing domestic terrorism by attacking the Family Research Council building with GUNS. Any disagreement with the moral rightness of the gay lifestyle at all – no matter how caring, compassionate or rooted in evidence – could potentially draw a coercive response, or even violent response.

7 thoughts on “How far do gay activists go in order to silence critics?”

  1. There really is an almost stalker-like obsession with ideological opponents in some parts of the ‘LGBT-affirming’ community. I suspect this owes much to the frenzied, unhinged stereotyping of conservatives as unfeeling, hate-filled monsters akin to the so-called ‘Westboro Baptist Church’. All reason and civility go out the door when you’ve convinced yourself that the little old lady next door with the pro-marriage sticker is on the same level as a KKK member. -_-


  2. I read the original article and while I am all for revaling the hipocrisy of LGBTs, who talk about tolerance all the time, I was quite disappointed by it overall… It’s mostly woman complaining about gay card beating her vagina card.
    Worst was this paragraph:

    Erasing and Exploiting Women
    On the most superficial level, what Darnelle described could have parallels in a heterosexual divorce. In most cases, a woman’s standard of living drops significantly after a divorce, while men’s goes up significantly. So, in that sense, there was nothing surprising in Janna’s story: the judge favored the husband, who had a steady high income.

    while in reality in most cases get women better or considerably better settlement (which is why they file for divorce more often, I guess).


    1. Yes, the author of the rebuttal was just flat out wrong when she said that divorce benefits men, unless she meant that suicide, jail and separation from his kids benefits men. But she is a feminist, so you know…


  3. I used to occasionally put a sincere question on a SJW forum board, but I stopped doing that. The first question was usually published. Invariably one or more people would respond with some snarky insults, but of course not answer the question. Then I might respond with an “inconvenient” follow up question. Most often it is deleted by the moderators. I am always perfectly civil, so I know it has nothing to do with that. The moderators just don’t want the other readers asking themselves inconvenient questions. So often all that remains of the thread is my initial question and the insulting responses.


  4. How does a woman marry a sexual deviant and not know it? I have to question Ms. Darnelle’s judgement.


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