Bill Maher calls them the “gay mafia.” Lesbian activist Tammy Bruce calls them “the Gay Gestapo.” Many of us in the pro-family movement refer to them as “homofascists,” because of their determination to repress, silence and punish any dissent from the pro-sodomy orthodoxy.
We can add social commentator Andrew Klavan to the list. Klavan, it must be noted, does not believe that homosexuality is a sin, even though he calls himself a Christian. And he supports homosexual marriage, even though he calls himself a Christian.
But what’s important here is that even though he may not believe that homosexuality is a sin and does believe the state should sanction gay “marriage,” he understands and recognizes that those who disagree with him on these matters have an absolute right in America to be heard without fear of losing their jobs, their careers or their freedom.
Having said all this, I think Homofascism — this current movement to regulate and restrict opinions and outlooks toward homosexuality — indeed, toward anything — should be crushed…When someone is sued, attacked, shamed, boycotted or fired for opposing gay marriage or just opposing gayness in general, straight and gay people alike should protest. No one should lose his television show, no one should be dragged before a judge, no one should have his business threatened. Don’t tell me about a company’s right to fire its employees. It has the right, but it isn’t right. It’s unAmerican and it’s despicable.
What Klavan is talking about here are the guarantees in the First Amendment of the right to the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The right to openly agree with God about the immoral nature of homoseuxality, the right to express that in public discourse without fear of punishment, and the right to publish one’s thoughts so that others may read them.
These are precious, foundational, fundamental, non-negotiable rights because they are rights that have been given to us by the Creator. No man, no government, no government agency has the moral authority to deprive us of these rights since we have received them from God himself.
Gay rights, like all rights, do not in any way supersede the rights of others. A free person may have any opinion about homosexuality he chooses…and he should be able to speak that opinion out loud and act on that opinion if he does no immediate harm…Does he believe that homosexuality is a sin that degrades the practitioner? He should be able to say so. Does he feel it would be a sin for him to participate in a gay wedding as a baker or photographer? He should be allowed to follow his lights in peace. Does he feel male-female marriage is a pillar of freedom? Let him fight to preserve it. Does he find gay sex disgusting? Rude to say out loud maybe, but still, within his rights. Maybe he finds it unnatural (whatever that means). Or maybe he’s a leftist and feels that all gender behaviors are pure social constructs…[H]ey, there’s no law against being an idiot…We should all be able to say — and vote — what we please. It’s called freedom. It’s a beautiful thing, even when it gets ugly.
Part of the genius of the American political experiment is that we regard robust, vigorous public debate as an essential part of forming sound public policy. Nobody’s voice should be silenced in that debate. Klavan is right. Homofascism must indeed be crushed.
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