No cause is well served in the long run by a strategy of lies, deceit, and distortions, a fact that calls into question a strategy that is currently in vogue with liberals in general and gay-rights advocates specifically. The strategy is I refer to is fabricated outrage. Not only is this strategy unethical, it is unworthy. Further, it will ultimately bring more grief than gain to those who use it. Why? Because people—no matter what their worldview may be—do not like to be lied to. Even those who support liberal causes become uncomfortable when their fellow advocates use lies, deceit, and distortions to advance their cause.
The purpose of fabricated outrage is to win public sympathy for a cause, in this case the gay-rights agenda. It works like this: 1) A story about some outrage inflicted on a homosexual individual or group is made up—the more heinous the fictional act the better; 2) The Internet and social media are used to spread the story as far and as fast as possible; and 3) The attention the story receives on the Internet is exploited to generate interest in the mainstream media. Of course, once the mainstream media picks up a story, the story—no matter how false, distorted, and deceitful—takes on a life of its own. This three-pronged strategy is effective, albeit unethical and immoral. The benefit of using the Internet and social media to spread the false story is the absence of factual verification, the ability to reach a substantial audience in a short period of time, and the unfortunate tendency of gullible people to believe anything they read. Once a story takes on a life of its own there is no way to effectively refute it. Even if the story is shown to be false, thousands of naïve social media and Internet users will continue to believe it. Even if the story is later retracted, people will still believe it. Retractions and revelations of inaccuracy do little to change perceptions. This, of course, is why using social media and the Internet to fabricate outrage is so popular with the radical elements of any cause; in this case liberals and radical homosexuals.
According to The Washington Times of February 24, 2014, “Blogger Matt Walsh sparked a sharp online debate after the viral news item about a ‘bigot mom’s horrifying response’ to a child’s birthday invite, trumpeted as a particularly egregious example of gay victimizing, turned out to be bogus. Worse, Mr. Walsh wrote, the fake story was just the latest to portray Christians and conservatives as villains through fabricated outrage. The gay-rights movement has been built with ‘mischaracterizations, fabrications, and outright lies,’ according to Mr. Walsh, listing nearly a dozen hoaxes perpetrated by or about gays…”
The story about the non-existent bigoted mother was picked up by a number of websites after it appeared on the Facebook page of radio station K98.3 FM in New York. It was soon revealed, however, that the story was a hoax made up by the radio station’s on-air hosts Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson. Both radio personalities apologized and were suspended for a week. However, the story is still circulating in cyberspace and thousands of people still believe it.
The worst aspect of fabricated outrage is when the supposed victims are the actual perpetrators. Quoting from The Washington Times of February 24, 2014 again: “Many ‘assaults’ (on gays) are even self-inflicted, such as the November story of a lesbian waitress in New Jersey who wasn’t tipped because a customer didn’t ‘agree’ with her lifestyle. The waitress…posted the nasty receipt on a gay-friendly Facebook site and was quickly showered with money, sympathy, and media attention. But her story didn’t hold up under investigation: Her bewildered customers, who support same-sex marriage, produced their restaurant receipt showing a generous tip—and no ugly message…” The gay waitress who conducted the hoax was fired from her job.
Liberal causes such as same-sex marriage and the broader homosexual agenda will ultimately fail if they must be propped up by lies, deceit, and distortions. The abortion movement is in decline because it is based on the lie that abortion involves nothing more than a woman making a personal choice when, in fact, the choice is to kill an unborn child in its mother’s womb. Socio-cultural, socio-political attitudes change slowly but they do change and the pace of change is accelerated when those attitudes rest on a foundation of lies, deceit, and distortions. The truth is a stubborn phenomenon. Sometimes it is slow, but ultimately it has a way of finding the light of day.