Veteran and gay candidate for state legislature Dan Manning finds death threat on door.
Also, his opponent, extreme conservative Brenda Landwehr has made his sexuality an issue, apparently saying things so offensive that people wouldn't say them to Mr. Manning.
Then he found a death threat on his door, including the delightful "fagit will die."
Okay... haters need to learn how to spell. Sweet Jesus.
Would this have happened is Ms. Landswehr hadn't been stirring the pot? Possibly. I agree with others who have said that her people may say something like "Clearly we didn't mean for this to go this far." If they say anything. The reality is more that they didn't care. Ms. Landswehr's handlers (and quite probably Ms Landswehr herself) don't honestly care what effects the campaign has on the community.
They'll wrap themselves in the First Amendment (which they'll probably ignore for the "Ground Zero Mosque", but that's a rant for another time) and discuss how they're martyrs because people have the nerve to be angry about what was said. They ignore the idea that words can lead to actions.
Because there is a link. Hate speech like that encourages people to violence. We know this. The space between "faggots are evil and God says that they'll burn in Hell" and "let's go kick some faggot ass" is a small one.
A very small one.
Another possibility is that Ms. Landswehr or her people WANTED something like this to happen, because they want to keep the gay community "in its place". You know, shunted aside, ignored, not allowed basic human rights. This gay man running for office is a threat to them... he's an uppity gay and needs to be slapped down.
As my brother (and a few other very conservative people) have said to me, "I wish we were back in the 50's, when everyone knew their place."*
This is the attitude that Ms Landswehr embodies. And it needs to end.
*When I've pointed out all the problems with life in the 50's -- you know, racial discrimination, woman trapped in the home, homosexuals forced into unhappy marriages and a shadowy existence with police harassment -- I get blank stares and a "That's not what I meant", though it clearly was what they meant.