What’s With the ‘Anti-Gay’ Label?

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The utter absurdity of calling Bible-believing, traditional marriage supporters “homophobes” or “homophobic” has already been wisely pointed out many times before.  We are definitely not afraid of homosexuals.  Any mention of this pathetic slur is enough to cause most Christians to shake their heads in disgust over the sheer nonsense of such an accusation.  To the contrary, if anyone’s terrified, it’s those who capitulate to “Big Gay’s” every demand for fear of being labeled “homophobic.” 

However, what about the equally inane, and frankly tiresome, onslaught of the “anti-gay” tag that’s being profusely pinned upon anyone who dares to disagree with the homosexual activists or the deeply defective reasoning that undergirds their agenda?  Can anyone adequately explain the constant, mindless parroting of this term to me?  Anyone?  This maligning moniker has been hung around our necks for far too long.  And it too, like the farce of “homophobia,” makes no sense whatsoever so I’m going to wade out into the rough waters of this perplexing issue.  Maybe we can figure something out.

I’ve actually heard many Christians say something to this effect:  The world has already heard numerous declarations about what the church is against, and it’s about time we started telling people what we are for/in favor of.  That may be true, but in part, the “anti-gay” label is also to blame for this negative perception.  It’s been extremely ingrained into our cultural mindset. 

So, again I ask, what’s with the “anti-gay” name-calling?  Does anyone actually think we’re anti-happiness?  Well, of course not!  The implication of this mean-spirited label is clear to everyone.  This term is maliciously intended to convey the false impression that we are somehow personally against the individuals who struggle with homosexuality.  Nothing, absolutely nothing, could be further from the truth.  We are not against anyone.  If anything, we are for everyone.  We are for homosexuals, and all lost souls for that matter, experiencing the meaningful and fulfilling life that our loving God graciously offers to any who are willing to repent of their sins and follow the pure path of Christ.   

As is the case with the race-baiting shysters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who are in the business of fomenting racial division, the homosexual lobby also stirs up its share of animosity between well-meaning, compassionate Christians and the average homosexual individual who is perhaps struggling with their same-sex attractions, but is certainly not on some godless crusade.   The militant homosexuals feel pressed to incite hostility where none might otherwise exist.  In an effort to recruit foot soldiers to their cause, these hate hucksters feel the need to deviously coax the average homosexual into buying their adversarial construct.  They must deceive people into thinking that Christians are their primary foes and the avowed enemies of what they wrongly call “equality.”  And the “anti-gay” label, among other unscrupulous tactics, certainly fits the bill.  It divides, distorts, and destroys.  The fraudulent label encourages a warfare mentality and has on numerous occasions incited violence against Christians and like-minded conservatives.  But this strategy is also quite convenient when it comes to advancing the homosexual agenda.  It manipulatively prompts unwarranted sympathy from opportunistic politicians, uninformed citizens, deep-pocketed Hollywood celebrities, and a collaborative media.  They are perpetrating a vicious hoax on the nation, and as a tragic result, people are being seriously harmed on both sides of this debate.   Many have thoughtlessly picked up on this “anti-gay” slur, and they haphazardly toss it around like it’s going out of style.  Our culture has so completely bought into this lie that it’s presumed to be accurate.  Moreover, such derogatory descriptives are frequently quite successful in demoralizing many Christians.  Since no authentic Christian should ever be unloving, hateful, or anti-sinner, they will often recoil when falsely portrayed as such.   That’s exactly what the “anti-gay” slur-hurlers are banking on.  To the contrary, though, one of the most hateful things anyone can do is to stop telling others the life-saving truth.  Telling people what they need to hear instead of what they want to hear is a profound expression of pure love.

Although we passionately desire to help those who are besieged by sin’s seductive lies, we are being negatively portrayed as the opponents of homosexuals.  The smear tactics of the vindictive Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which dangerously touts its bogus “hate” groups list, certain doesn’t improve matters at all.  Floyd Corkins II, the Family Research Council shooter, was actually inspired by the SPLC’s malicious list.  If anything, the hate-mongering SPLC, and others like them, have blood on their hands.

A Slate.com article characterized Kansas’ HB-2453, the Religious Freedom Act, as an “abominable anti-gay segregation bill” that placed a “smudge on the state’s reputation.”  Likewise a Gawker.com article labeled a comparable measure in Arizona, Senate Bill 1062, as an “anti-gay Jim Crow bill” that “would legalize discrimination against gays.”  What is so egregious about these two similar bills?  They each would basically allow individuals, businesses, government workers, churches and religiously-affiliated organizations the right to deny goods and services on the basis of religious conviction. But as soon as these bills are labeled as “anti-gay,” that’s supposed to immediately shut down all debate.  But are they actually “anti-gay?”  Absolutely not!  These two measures are pro-First Amendment, pro-religious freedom, and pro-conscience protections.  The Arizona and Kansas bills would also bring to an end the numerous, nightmarish lawsuits that are being brought against bakeries, reception halls, photographers, printers, florists, and anything wedding-related.  These Christian business owners are currently being persecuted, bankrupted, and ultimately put out of business.  Furthermore, according to a recent lopsided Rasmussen poll from July 2013, 85% of Americans believe that business owners should have the right to deny goods or services to any client if it meant that the owner(s) would be forced to violate their religious beliefs (only 8% disagree). 

What would our Founding Fathers have to say about this subject?  Just ask James Madison, Framer of the Constitution, who said in his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessment, “Man’s duty of honoring God is precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation to the claims of civil society.”  Likewise, Thomas Jefferson declared, “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”  And Madison and Jefferson were certainly no constitutional slouches.   

Both the Slate and Gawker articles are also guilty of inaccurately conflating race and homosexuality.  Utilizing racially-charged words such as “segregation” and “Jim Crow” is also a deliberate attempt to smear the people of faith as bigoted.  Even the unabashedly pro-gay American Psychiatric Association, which lead the way in 1973 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder has stated, “To date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology (causation) for homosexuality”—a statement  that is just as true today as it was when the APA first issued it in 2000.  Geneticist and researcher Dean Hamer has also emphatically declared, “We have not found the gene—which we don’t think exists—for sexual orientation.”   

The “anti-gay” smear tactic is really nothing new.  A U.S. News and World Report article from 1994 by John Leo is still relevant and illustrative of the subject at hand.  In the story, Leo describes a Chicago “pro-choice” “Night of Resistance” demonstration, which marked the anniversary of abortion doctor David Gunn’s murder.  The Chicago protest was held outside the Armitage Baptist Church to coincide with their regular Wednesday services.  The demonstrators were instructed to bring whistles, noisemakers, and to “dress to shock and/or impress; come in costume to show your rage.”

The sponsors of the event “included Queer Nation, an anarchist youth group, Sister Serpents (an underground women’s collective) and the National Committee to Free Puerto Rican POWs and Political Prisoners.  A few demonstrators wore patches that said, ‘Feminist Witch,’ and ‘Support Vaginal Pride.’”

John Leo continued: 

The church was expecting trouble.  In 1992, a dozen members of Queer Nation were invited as guests to the Easter services here. They interrupted the sermon, blew a whistle and put condoms in the collection plate.  Six were arrested. 

Since then, car tires have been slashed, cars vandalized, and pro-gay or pro-choice graffiti sprayed on the church. The night before the rally, “Choice or Else” was sprayed on the church, and the church reported that rocks were thrown at the glass doors. No damage was done – the doors had unbreakable glass panels…

The most common chant was “Racist, sexist, anti-gay/born-again bigots go away.” The “racist” charge is particularly weird. The Armitage congregation is about 40 percent white, 30 percent black and 30 percent Hispanic.  For “born-again bigots,” the congregation has made an unusually successful effort to cut across racial lines…

Did you also catch the “anti-gay” slur?  Inviting homosexuals to your Easter Services is definitely not an “anti-gay” gesture.  It’s pro-love, pro-compassion, pro-hope, pro-grace, pro-outreach, and I could go on and on and on.  The Armitage Baptist Church has clearly demonstrated what Christian are for/in favor of.  The members of Queer Nation, on the other hand, were certainly unleashing their anti-Christian hostility.    

As the angry demonstration drew to a close, Leo described the scene:

The security men had been singing all along, picking fast-paced music that almost matched the volume of the demonstrators. Then they gave way to a choir of black kids. The demonstrators were done for. The kids were too good and too loud…

Shortly thereafter, the disruptive, anti-Christian rally came to an end.    

In an brilliant February 14th speech on religious freedom, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal lamented the “silent war” against a “moral and religious people:”

This war is waged in our courts and in the halls of political power. It is pursued with grim and relentless determination by a group of like-minded elites, determined to transform the country from a land sustained by faith — into a land where faith is silenced, privatized, and circumscribed.

Governor Jindal then went on to catalog a long list of assaults on our religious freedoms, including the lawsuits against those who have refused to participate in a same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.   As the governor noted by his use of the word “circumscribed,” our religious beliefs are being marginalized, shoved to the peripheral boundaries of “progressively refined” social circles.  However, true Christianity is a most necessary component of a free and democratic society, and it must remain unbound by such constraints…and that includes limiting labels like “anti-gay.”

Christians are, in fact, the most pro-homosexual people out there.  We are the ones that love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth.  We love them enough to extend life-transforming grace.  We love homosexuals enough to point them to heaven and away from hell.  We love them enough to steer them away from a lifestyle that is physically harmful, emotionally damaging, and spiritually destructive.   That’s certainly not “anti-gay.”  That’s about as “pro-gay” as one can get.

Let me conclude with a word of advice for the more high profile Christians who will be interviewed in the future by news, commentary, or entertainment media outlets.  First of all, let me say that I appreciate your bold stance, and I also acknowledge that, in many cases, you may be more adept at articulating the Christian perspective on homosexuality than yours truly.   However, whenever an interviewer falsely characterizes you or something you say as “anti-gay,” call them on it immediately.  Reject this malicious accusation outright.      

It’s high time we put the “anti-gay” meme to bed once and for all.  The slanderous “anti-gay” slur is a titanic lie straight from the pit of hell, and we need to send it back to that wicked place from whence it came. 

We are not “anti” anyone.   In fact, we all know who the real “anti” people are.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Jeff Allen is both a senior editor and columnist for BarbWire. He also serves as senior pastor in a mainline Christian church in Indiana. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jeff is involved in several community ministries.

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