The massacre at the Emanuel AME Church at the hands of a white supremacist forced our country, once again, to talk about racism and our nation’s failed gun laws. Photos of the killer sporting a Confederate battle flag also prompted a widespread conversation on the acceptability of flying or otherwise displaying that flag — especially on federal and state grounds. South Carolina, which had been debating whether or not to permanently lower the Rebel flag for years now, finally decided enough was enough and removed it from its capitol once and for all. Other states such as Alabama quickly followed suit. Many neo-Confederate activists and conservatives vehemently disagreed with the decision to erase what they saw as a symbol of Southern heritage from the public square, in spite of the flag’s blatant associations with racism and slavery.
Writers at Breitbart News, a far-right propaganda mill founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, not only disagreed with taking down the Confederate flag, but are evidently still hung up on the issue. In a recent article about the slaying of two Virginia journalists by a disgruntled former co-worker, Breitbart Editor-at-Large John Nolte seized on the news that the killer, 41-year-old Vester L. Flanagan, had a gay pride flag in his run-down apartment:
The Daily Telegraph has learned that “police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag” from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan Wednesday. In an apparent hate crime, Flanagan is the 41 year-old black journalist who murdered two white Virginia reporters on live television Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself.
This was not a hate crime, but rather an act of workplace violence.
Both of Flanagan’s intended victims were straight.
The gay pride rainbow flag reportedly found in Flanagan’s apartment is seen by many as a symbol of anti-Christian hate.
After a white racist terrorist in South Carolina murdered nine innocent black churchgoers, photos of the racist with the Confederate Flag resulted in a media frenzy to ban the flag.
Like the Confederate flag, the provocative gay pride flag, a symbol of religious oppression, has flown on government property.
The Confederate Flag has since been taken down in South Carolina.
Thus far, other than a mention in the Telegraph, the media has not reported on the fact that Flanagan might have owned the LGBT rainbow hate-flag.
Nolte is grasping at straws here. There are no grounds to compare a symbol of white supremacy and treason (it always astounds me to see self-proclaimed “patriots” wave this flag unironically) with a symbol of LGBT civil rights. The only people who view the pride flag as “a symbol of anti-Christian hate” are a shrinking minority of virulent homophobes.
People such as the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, or presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, or that backwards Kentucky clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Most Americans have no issue whatsoever with gay people or their marriages, and there are thousands of LGBT Christians in this country. Nolte certainly wasn’t thinking of them when he typed up this incomprehensible screed.
The comment section of the article, in fact, is a fairly accurate depiction of the type of people Nolte is referring to. Here is some of what they had to say:
Here’s some racist and homophobic word salad from “sipius”:
“Missie” believes a nearly thirty-year-old piece of satire represents “the ultimate hatred”, while “WAYNEBIZ” is thinking way too much about gay sex. Also, I’m pretty sure gay men feel the same way about vaginas that you do about penises — that is, assuming you’re straight, “WAYNEBIZ”, which I highly doubt:
Here “stokr” cuts to the chase, and accuses civil rights activists of being “gay supremacists”:
Here’s some more homophobia from a deranged Obama hater:
Here, “tomte” tries to distinguish the homophobia of radical Muslims and fundamentalist Christians. Of course, LGBT people have been murdered by Christian zealots in the past so…
A white supremacist named “rondogg9” wants to ban pride flags from major retailers, and asserts that white people “create” while blacks only “destroy”:
A Southern commenter explains the, er, Christian origins of the Confederate flag:
“BuzzardSays” weighs in with some fire and brimstone preaching:
A woman who calls herself “Brenda Unibrow” compares homosexuality to bestiality and necrophilia. She then follows up with an even more confusing statement about gay people murdering thousands of people for sex:
Finally, here’s a Breitbart reader who is at least honest about his racism:
Can’t you just feel the Christian love?