Pure Poison IconMiranda Devine, in today’s Daily Telegraph, on those who are mean to supporters of traditional values:

WITH its intolerance and standover tactics, the more militant arm of the women’s lobby is shooting itself in the foot. The vitriol and vile abuse heaped on anyone who speaks up for keeping women out of the professions is no way to win hearts and minds.

Saying anything that is not wholly supportive of the equal-rights-for-women agenda is the new taboo.

No, wait, that’s not what she wrote. That’s obviously something from the 1950s. Hang on, we’ll try that again.

WITH its intolerance and standover tactics, the more militant arm of the indigenous rights lobby is shooting itself in the foot. The vitriol and vile abuse heaped on anyone who speaks up against letting aboriginal people vote is no way to win hearts and minds.

Saying anything that is not wholly supportive of equal rights for indigenous Australians is the new taboo.

No, wait, that’s not it again. Now it appears to be a mix of Miranda and the 1960s. I don’t want to hear anything about interracial relationships or stopping telling Aborigines who they can and can’t marry. Can we please quote her directly this time?

WITH its intolerance and standover tactics, the more militant arm of the gay lobby is shooting itself in the foot. The vitriol and vile abuse heaped on anyone who speaks up for traditional marriage is no way to win hearts and minds.

Saying anything that is not wholly supportive of the gay-rights agenda is the new taboo.

Ah yes, that’s it. I’m not sure why those things got all mixed up together.

Can you please be more tolerant of those who demand that one group of Australians be denied the same rights as everyone else for no logical reason? What is it about demanding the government continue to discriminate against people for no reason other than irrational prejudice that deserves unkind language in response? Why can’t you be nice to people who claim that your long-term committed relationship is a perversion that should be discouraged and akin to child abuse?

Let’s be civil when debating how the government must treat you as a second class citizen. Is that too much to ask?

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