When your ethical system begins and ends with “good” as defined by “what ever authority tells you,” you end up with skewed and questionable conclusions. For instance: Paul Shepherd, a Republican Idaho state representative, recently made an ethically dubious comparison in response to his website being hijacked by a hacktivist.
Shepherd is an anti-gay bigot, although if his comparison is any indication, he’s one of those bigots who thinks he’s not a bigot because he’s not calling for gay people to be killed. After the rights to www.paulshepherdusa.com expired and he forgot to renew them, Dylan Hailey, a gay student and activist, converted it to a pro-gay website.
This did not set well with Shepherd; when asked for a comment by Idaho Reports, he went to that dark place where ethical quandaries are solved by cleaving the world into two categories that never meet:
“Slave owners were very good Christians and good people,” he said, adding that he disagrees with slavery itself. “They weren’t terrible, rotten, horrible people. And that’s how I see gay people.”
At least he doesn’t consider them rotten, terrible, horrible people, so yay, go mockery of all things decent?
Hailey, meanwhile, has created a funny and insightful website using the state senator’s name. Among some of the media on the site is the video below, mocking anti-gay proponents like Shepherd: