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Is Viral Video Nightmarish Enough? Daniel Pierce's Travail Harkens To Even Worse Punishment 24 Years Ago

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What a day". i thought that waking up at 9:48 and being 15 mins late to work was going to be the biggest problem today. but i didn't know that my biggest problem was going to be getting disowned and kicked out of my home of almost twenty years. to add insult to injury my step mother punched me in the face repeatedly with my grandmother cheering her along. i am still in complete shock and disbelief.

- Daniel Ashley Pierce, on Facebook

It could have been worse: Daniel could have been living in 1990 and dying of AIDS.

The Daniel Pierce Saga

Within two days, the trauma caused by Daniel's Pierce's relatives exploded onto the internet with almost 4 million views. Like a crash sight, people were drawn to it and to share the pathos of the scene: Pierce, 20, was called upon by his family for an "intervention" which escalated to violence. He had told his family that he was gay, but when he refused to go through "reparative therapy", they showered him with verbal abuse, hit him, then cast him out of the house - and out of the family. To some, the video (which he recorded with his cell phone), is too much to view.

"... we love you ..."

The "I love you" that Mrs. Pierce first utters is, of course, the ubiquitous phrase taught to people for purposes of intervention. She later demonstrates that she would never have had the sincerity nor the imagination to say it had it not be part of her "required reading". Mrs. Pierce, in other words, is not that bright.

She is also irrational throughout the whole episode: at first, after we hear that she "loves him", we hear that she "knew" he was gay from the time he was a baby, but then she says that he made a choice (wtf?!?). All this before she slams him in the face. Maybe this was her version of "tough love", but if you knew that your son was different as a tiny baby, just who did she love all that time and how could it have been a choice? She also states that she has gay friends. Right.

Righteous arrogance of that sort brings out the irrational.

Perhaps the most startling point of the episode is that Pierce's family has never been very religious:

[Pierce's aunt Teri] Cooper says that despite their reliance on scripture in rejecting one of their own, Pierce's family is not especially religious, and does not regularly attend church services.

So the "word of God", it seems, was more excuse than conviction.

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