Murdering Miss California?

Carrie Prejean, whose now famous answer on homosexual unions cost her the Miss USA crown, apparently has the power to inspire murderous fantasies from the powerful. Something very odd is afoot in the culture (and not just American culture), when an opinion shared by a majority of voters in most states inspires worldwide rage. The following comes from a senior Tory MP:

Mr Duncan, who had earlier in the show revealed his ambition to become Home Secretary, was discussing American Beauty Queen Carrie Prejean's belief that same sex marriages were wrong.

And the MP called her a "silly b***h" and said "If you read that Miss California is murdered you will know it was me".

I don't expect much from a blogger who names himself after a vacuous celebrity nonentity. But Mr. Duncan is apparently a serious man who may someday hold serious power (God forbid!).

The intensity of the hatred from one side of the debate seems to be an important phenomenon to understand. It seems clear evidence of some kind of mass derangement. It is one thing to care passionately about the issues. It is quite something else to publicly express murderous intentions toward those on the other side of the debate.