If you are gay the worst the Christian community can do in America is not serve you cake.…I just want you to think about being Muslim and gay today…the worst case scenario…bullies throw you off a building.
Fantastic. ‘Dear Muslima’ on the stage, from an ex-Muslim woman.
But in a bit of synchronicity, she’s neatly echoing the the sentiments of the right wing. From Tom Cotton, this week, on the discrimination bill in Indiana:
I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective. In Iran, they hang you for the crime of being gay.
Why is this so hard? Yes, being thrown off a building or hanged is worse than being denied a wedding cake — there is literally no comparison between the two, they are so far apart. But that does not mean that we should meekly accept the lesser injustice because of the threat of the greater; acceding to discrimination in the US does not diminish the odds of a gay man being murdered in Iran, and neither does fighting for equality here detract from a larger battle there. Both of these people are committing a kind of rhetorical extortion, using the threat of murder elsewhere as a club to silence those who strive for respect and dignity in their lives. And in that sense both Ali and Cotton are happily exploiting atrocities to justify continued injustices.