Along a similar line to the “Not all men” defence….Dan Savage is a gay activist who created the “It gets better” campaign. He talks about his experience dealing with Christians who would respond to his campaign saying, “But we’re not all like that!” They demand that he qualify his campaign to accommodate them. The “But we’re not all like that” argument is not about supporting LGBTQI people, it’s about defending privilege. An individual who is more concerned about protesting that they should be excluded from activist campaigns that aim to highlight institutional oppression are simply another symptom of bigotry. Rather than standing up for the human rights of minorities, privileged people spend more energy defending their right to be excluded from making progress.
Savage says: “Don’t tell me that not all Christians are anti-gay bigots. Tell that to all the so-called anti-gay leaders out there that claim to speak for all Christians…. and tell the world there are Christians who support LGBT people. Just whispering, ‘We’re not all like that,’ to me does nothing to change anything.”
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