During the height of the Tea Party movement, the stylish thing for liberals to do was wax poetic about the need for “civility” in our public discourse, particular after liberals (wrongly) implied that the Tea Party’s rhetoric and symbolism was the motivation behind the Gabby Giffords shooting (cite).
Fast forward a couple of years and you have liberals going bonkers over the comments of Chick-Fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy. Call it the “tastes like hate” campaign. I see the ‘All instances of opposition to gay marriage support a bigoted position which is hateful’ attitude on display in this thread in that same vein.
Now we’ve got an LGBT activist who shot up the Family Research Council’s HQ (cite). Why aren’t more liberals asking each other to tone down the rhetoric? Too timid to stand up to ideological allies? Blatant hipocrisy? A sincerely-held belief that over-the-top rhetoric is ok as long as it’s targeted at conservatives?