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These are the threats made against Democrat Bart Stupak after Sunday's  health care reform vote. They are chilling on their own but the fact  that they emanate from folks who claim to be "pro-life" gives an extra  batch of ice to the chill.

And of course some  on the right have trivialized incidents like these, which is  totally the opposite of the aftermath of the 2008 Proposition 8 vote  when gays and lesbians protested in anger.

Remember how Michelle Malkin  wept  and cried with pseudo disgust over us "gay bullies" who supposedly  attacked people via protests and boycotts?

Nowadays she is taking to  personally  attacking a Congressman who dare call attention to the excesses of  the anti-healthcare protests. Quite a hypocritical switch but business  as usual for  Malkin.

Remember how Mike Huckabee told only one side to the Phyllis Burgess  incident (i.e. the anti-gay protester who was pushed and her  styrofoam cross taken from her after she elbowed her way through crowd  of anti-Proposition 8 protesters so that she could get on camera).  Remember how the religious right portrayed the lgbt community on the  whole as thugs who were allegedly threatening people, vandalizing  churches, and shouting people down?

We were inundated with story after story of how gays and lesbians were  "beating up" on "innocent" Christians and those stories were connected  with earlier phony stories about gays and lesbians supposedly assaulting  people. It got so bad that I  wrote  a post calling for us to get a handle on the lies told.

And remember this comment:

Of course, activists say they are merely utilizing their  political freedoms and rights, but, the fact is, I see a lot of sore  losers who are intolerant of any outcome but the one they desire. Some  are acting like toddlers who throw a temper tantrum until they get their  way. Are they fighting for their rights or at last showing true colors  of intolerance against anyone who believes contrary to them?

That was  actor Chuck  Norris speaking about the Proposition 8 protesters. As far as I  know, he has been silent about the teabaggers threatening Congressmen  and their children.

Meanwhile the publication in which he ran that piece of vile, World  Net Daily, is now in a surfeit of stories about "socialism," how  Obama is trying to destroy the United States, how he is not a United  States citizen etc. etc.

And on other right-wing blogs and such comes even more shallow  defenses of the threats and violence we are seeing.
Apparently to some on the right it doesn't matter whether the protests  are truly violent or not. It's all about whether the supposedly "true  Americans" are protesting rather than the "undesirables."

That conundrum is as annoying as Republicans seeking court aid in  overturning health care reform after years of accusing judges of being  "unelected" and "activists."

But that is another column for another time.

Alvin McEwen

Alvin McEwen