I always hear hesitation and worry from within our community when it comes to using the term “bigot” when talking about those out there who fight tooth and nail against us like Tony Perkins, Brian Brown, Bishop Harry Jackson, Bryan Fischer and the usual crew of haters and their followers.
But according to various dictionaries, including Merriam Webster and the words origin and history it is absolutely the correct term to use.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “bigot” as:
big·ot – noun \ˈbi-get:a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially:one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
— big·ot·ed \-gə-təd\ adjective— big·ot·ed·ly adverb
Freedictionary.com spells it out even more clearly and in no uncertain terms and provides a history of the word “bigot” that easily justifies its use today in our ongoing struggle.
big·ot (bgt) n. One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
Bigot: [French, from Old French.] Word History: Bigots may have more in common with God than one might think. Legend has it that Rollo, the first duke of Normandy, refused to kiss the foot of the French king Charles III, uttering the phrase bi got, his borrowing of the assumed Old English equivalent of our expression by God. Although this story is almost surely apocryphal, it is true that bigot was used by the French as a term of abuse for the Normans, but not in a religious sense. Later, however, the word, or very possibly a homonym, was used abusively in French for the Beguines, members of a Roman Catholic lay sisterhood. From the 15th century on Old French bigot meant “an excessively devoted or hypocritical person.” Bigot is first recorded in English in 1598 with the sense “a superstitious hypocrite.”
So there’s the proof. Those who are against the LGBT community are bigots plain and simple.
Don’t be afraid to use the word. Words have power and bigot is a very powerful word.
Would Merriam Webster lie?