Caution: Explicit language. Thoughts on the Chik-fil-A gunman

Being a dick has consequences. I am not condoning the actions of the gunman who walked into the offices of the Rightwing Family Research Council in Washington DC, yesterday and wounded a security guard. To the contrary. His actions will run him in all likelihood, a good long stint in prison. And it should. But, as with everything, this did not take place in a vacuum.  FOX’s Mike Huckabee, and every other dick in the Rightwing media deserves blame as well for promoting this issue to the national stage and treating it like it was some sort of highschool basketball game or a vital patriotic cause, rather than a monthlong commercial for a large contributor to causes that directly affect the human rights and dignity of others. Have your views on homosexuality, but by flaunting it, using it as a political grindstone and cheering on a media campaign (FOX, Hugh Hewitt and others were giving hourly updates on lines) in the face of someone as a means of shaming them and stomping their dignity into the ground are the action of dicks.  

And now, because of this troubled fool in Washington, the Right is blaming an off-the-cuff remark by Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It was a stunt by former Arkansas governor turned smarmy talkshow dick on FOX, Mike Huckabee that saw an opportunity to exalt the meaningless stories into national assaults against minorities, the middle class and the Obama presidency. Huckabee, the uber-patriot, who celebrates friendships with dicks like Ted Nugent, who defecated in his pants to avoid the Vietnam draft, decried the so-called afront to Chik-fil-a’s rights when Chicago citizens, borrowing a page from the “community standards”  tactic chafed at the idea that Chik-fil-a, whose owner, Dan Cathy, didn’t simply express a disdain for Gay marriage, but actively funds causes against it, was welcome in a diverse community like Chicago. The Right quickly jumped on the bandwagon in a circus-like, fuck you sort of hate orgy. It was used as a political bludgeon, inflating a quick sound-bite into more hate celebration on the Right.  

In a joint statement yesterday, thirty-four gay rights condemned the shooting:

“We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers. The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.”

Is anyone surprised that some unstable character was incited by the blatant and open actions of assholes? But am I being a hypocrite when nut-wings on the Right attack and assail, and gun down people championing issues on the Left? Like gay marriage? Let’s say religious zealots becoming enraged that blacks or gays or some other minority group in the country asserted their rights, or had one them?

Therein lies the difference. No gay person wanting to marry the person he or she loves in any way impune the rights of Mike Huckabee, or anyone in the falsely named Family Research Council. All that is threatened is their power to  restrict the fairly demanded rights of others, and perhaps their right to be a dick. But their right to be a dick is their own, and the rest of us don’t have to stand for it.

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W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

2 responses to “Caution: Explicit language. Thoughts on the Chik-fil-A gunman

  • Amanda Voirol

    I woke up this morning thinking about our conversation last night.

    First, I firmly believe that people do not need to be protected from themselves, and that (in one way or another) we all suffer or enjoy (and should) the consequences of our choices. To assume that people need to be saved from their own decisions is, in my eyes, the height of arrogant self-righteousness.

    In response to the question concerning abortions for the impoverished…
    I believe abortion is, like assisted suicide, a medical procedure that terminates a life. I do not believe any government should involve itself in these issues – that’s what community is designed to do – to regulate social issues that exted beyond the individual.

    Furthermore, RAINN statistics cite a less than 2% chance of conception during a sexual assault, based on the body’s physiological response and the history of pregnancies from assaults. This – and this alone – is the cause for which I am disinclined to vote for an individual who wants to completely ban abortion. But, as we discussed last night, claiming that abortion is a right is not far from demanding car manufacturers put child-locked-in-car-in-summer sensors in vehicles for the (unfortunate) 23 children who died this way in summer 2011. It’s just not enough impetus to demand legislation that does more than protect a person who chooses abortion from a murder charge.

    So – to be clear – I’m not going to stop anyone from having an abortion. It’s not my place to force people to know the difference between right and wrong. (that’s up to God’s judgment)

    I do personally believe abortion is a tragedy and an act that degrades the miracle of life and grace. I would never have one – nor would I ever act irresponsibly so as to warrant one.

    And this brings me to my final point – I think it’s absurd to expect taxpayers to carry the burden of state-funded abortions. It is socially and civically, never mind spiritually, irresponsible to expect others to protect you from the consequences of your personal choices. Chances are, you had unprotected sex. You conceived. You need to accept responsibility. Consequences are intended to keep us mindful and courteous and responsible. Once you start protecting people from the consequences of their personal choices, you give them tacit approval to act itresponsibly.

    And that is all I have to say. For the moment. 🙂

    • 900poundgorilla


      Beautifully said, and I can’t find a great deal to disagree with. I’m hoping that means there is still hope that Americans who hold different perspectives on issues are still capable of compromise and conversation, and can protect one another from being dragged, forced or blinded into the extreme points of view on either side that do not allow for common cause or compromise.

      All that I would differ on is the last point about consequences of actions. I agree with that whole-heartedly, but to a point, because those consequences make a fundamental decision for a life or a potential life. The ultimate answer to that question may be one of science one day. In the meantime we are relegated to debating and feeling our way through that very difficult and complex issue in the uncertain land between philosophy, religion and legality.

      There’s an old joke I tell; when asked by someone, how do you know that aborted child wouldn’t one day grow up to cure cancer, to which I answer, how do you know that child wouldn’t one day grow up to murder the person who would cure cancer?

      Your perspective is very obviously deeply rooted in your faith. That perspective is an integral part of this conversation. I hope I properly conveyed the value I placed on your perspective, and though I may have argued from mine, that yours was equally important as well.

      Personally, I have strong feelings on the matter, and I know from our conversation that you do as well. I am happy for that perspective and acknowledge the monolithic certainty of my perspective must be called into question, if I am honest with myself, by the monolithic certainty of yours.

      WC Turck

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