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Friday, June 10, 2022 

The time has come to stop using the word "homophobia"

And also "islamophobia", and "transphobia" but we'll get to that later. For now, here's an important argument that should apply to Israel just as much as anywhere else:
The word is a tool of ideological warfare. It frames the argument in a way that one side of the argument is “good” and the other “bad.” It weaponizes language to make one person psychologically healthy and the other psychologically dysfunctional. It bypasses rational, logical debate in favor of defining the person in the debate. In this way, it “wins” arguments by intimidating anyone away from even getting into the debate arena. It silences rational debate by preventing it from ever happening.

Calling someone a “homophobe” is an easy, no-cost way to establish moral superiority on the cheap. “Logic,” “rationality,” “clarity,” and so on—all part of the hard work involved in defining words clearly and thinking rigorously—are irrelevant. The point is power. It imbues the accuser with instant righteousness and smears the accused as psychologically defective. It’s no wonder it’s become so infectious and popular.
Many leftists also obsess with calling anybody who dares voice an opinion they don't agree with "bigots" and "xenophobes", which, along with the above, are actually just different ways of calling their opponents "filthy pieces of shit", or even cursing them with the F-slur. And that's another disturbing problem with their conduct. They use slights to their ideologies as justification for vulgarity and rudeness.

Anyway, what's spoken about in the article is something that even here in Israel the left would do well to consider, recalling this recent news, and come to think of, even right-wingers who don't show the courage to defend dissent with ideology. Besides, declaring somebody a "homophobe" can be seen as a compliment, an honor and a celebration.

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