We hear it now from the right...it's a culture war. And it's been a culture war for a long time.
Well, yes, it is. And the right declared it.
Right-wingers think that there's too much sex, too much acceptance of "alternate lifestyles," too much booty-shaking in popular culture--just too much of what they don't like. And therefore, since they don't like what they see, they're free to demonize anyone they don't like.
Without getting into the fact that these folks seem to misunderstand everything about Christ's message when they claim to act in Christ's name, isn't it a bit ridiculous for right-wingers to act pouty and righteous when they're advocating eradicating the constitutional rights of people whose views and lifestyles they just don't like? Lifestyles and things that just make them feel icky, or scare them, or make them question their tiny little universes?
Some righties claim that hate comes from the left, but that's garbage. Who fought for civil rights in the 60s? The left. Who fought against it? The right. Who stands up for the rights of the oppressed, the poor, the mentally ill? The left. Not the right. The Republicans still like to call themselves "The party of Lincoln." What a laugh. (I wonder if they'll keep doing that now that allegations have arisen that he was gay!)
I don't hear anyone on the left using the kind of ridiculous vituperation that emanates quite regularly from well-paid right-wing radio commentators, many of whom don't really even believe the junk they say on the air, but are going for all the money they can get.
Yes, it's a culture war. And the right has declared it. And now we on the left have to figure out how to fight when all we want to do is to be left alone.