Jennifer was a graduate student in Georgia. She was studying counseling at the graduate level when word got out about her religious objections to homosexuality. Some professors also found out that she considered homosexuality to be a chosen lifestyle. Neal Boortz found out and called her ugly names on his radio show. The university forced Jennifer to go through a government-mandated thought control program, which Neal Boortz had endorsed on air. She soon found herself facing the prospect of expulsion from the university. She later killed herself in the face of the Boortz-led witch hunt.
Wait .. you can’t tell me what you think. We’re not on the radio. So I’ll tell you what you think. As soon as you finished that paragraph you were probably telling yourself “Well I’ll be darned! I wonder how Boortz feels about that? He criticized this young girl on his program and caused her to commit suicide. I hope her family sues Boortz and nails him for millions.” I’m guessing that many of the people who read this column put it down before they got to the end and started calling friends to tell them that Neal Boortz had blood on his hands. As a matter of fact, we did start getting emails from my listeners telling me that I was a murderer and hoping that I would rot in hell. One email contained some reference to “blowing my head off.” How nice.
If you read the entire column (here’s your link) you will note that in all of the eight different suicides mentioned by Adams I was the only person actually outed (if you will) as being directly responsible for that young person’s death. It was as if Adams singled me out for especially harsh treatment in this column. Nobody else named. Not one person. I feel so privileged.
I mentioned that the story about Jennifer was in the fourth paragraph of Adams' column; the fourth out of ten. I really can’t say how many people decided to read through the entire column, but from the reaction I know of at least a few who did not. Now that you’re harboring such nasty thoughts about me, perhaps you might like to go ahead and see what Adams had to say in that last paragraph. Here you go:
These eight cases are all true except for one thing: The Christians who were bullied by gays and gay activists are all still alive. Not a single one has committed suicide. That is because they have centered their lives around Jesus Christ, rather than their sexual identity. And no amount of bullying can change my mind about that.
You mean she’s not dead? I’m not a murderer? Wow! Sure am glad I finished his column, aren’t you? But apparently I’m a bully! I’m certainly not a learned college professor, but I was able to look up the word on Wikipedia. Let’s see …. “Bullying behavior may include name calling, verbal or written abuse ….” In that tenth paragraph we learn that I’m either a “gay” or a “gay activist.” Plus, suggesting that I was a causative factor in a girl’s death – when the girl is, in fact, still very much alive – might that be considered a wee-bit abusive?
What say you, Professor Pot?
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