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While I mentioned yesterday some of the good things of the gay rights movement, I do want to address areas of concern briefly.
1. Hate crimes
Just as homosexual behavior isn’t a crime, neither is hate. Hate cannot be legislated away. Not only do hate crime laws not eliminate hate, but they make certain groups of citizens more protected. If I was beaten bloody in an ally, because I’m gay I could press hate crime charges, which would make the crime more serious in nature. But if my brother, who is not gay, has the exact same crime committed against him, it is not as serious. This is unjust, and is the opposite of the equality that America stands for. It should not matter who I am or am not, justice and the law should not have a different set of standards for when a crime is committed against me.
But not only does a hate crime create separate unequal classes of citizens under the law, it moves in an unsettling direction. It slowly transforms from violence against a class being a higher crime, to speech about a class or behavior that the class participates in as a crime. In some jurisdictions in Canada it has become a hate crime to even speak out against homosexuality. Hate crimes have a terrible propensity to evolve into the area of policing thought, making certain beliefs or speech illegal. This is a gross undermining of our first amendment rights. We don’t have to like what others have to say but it is their right to say it. Whether they are Nazis, KKK, atheists, Catholics, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Lady Gaga, or God help us, Justin Bieber.
2. Religious Liberty
I mentioned this a few days ago, but the forced participation in the celebration of gay “weddings”, even in states that do not have legal gay “marriages” is a terrible atrocity. The idea that religious belief is not allowed to be lived in public, and that you cannot run a business according to the edicts of your conscience because it might hurt a homosexual’s feelings, eliminates liberty for all people.
The term homophobia is definitely a terrible and false concept that has come from the movement. The idea that any opposition to the pieces of the agenda is born from fear is ridiculous. I am not, nor have I ever been, afraid of homosexuals, I mean, I am one. I don’t personally know anyone who is afraid of homosexuals. And I’m from a pretty deep red state. I can grant that there may be the straight “jock” type out there who is afraid that gays just want to take advantage of him, but the majority of reasonable people who oppose same-sex “marriage” and believe that homosexual acts are immoral are not afraid of homosexuals.
The concept is more than just ridiculous, but it breeds that absurd notion that any opponent in any argument is simply afraid of me or my argument. Its a concept that throws any useful dialog or discussion out the window. It may make me feel morally superior or courageous to simply write my opponents off as scaredy cats, but it has done nothing to show that I am capable of reason or open-mindedness. Nothing shuts down mutual understanding faster than accusing someone of being a fearful little hater before thoughtfully engaging them.
4. Marriage “Equality”
Probably one of the more frustrating things is that marriage “equality” has become the measuring stick of how much you love or hate homosexuals. This tremendous lie has spread that if you oppose same-sex “marriage” then you are a bigot who hates homosexuals. No wonder public opinion has shifted so much over the last decade, nobody wants to be a bigot. But it just isn’t true. Love isn’t giving people what they want all the time. If it was I would weight 500 lbs and would probably be sitting in a puddle of melted ice cream right now with chocolate and sprinkles dripping off my fat rolls. I thank God my parents loved me enough to not let me have ice cream every time I wanted. I may not have seen it as love but it was. The homosexual may not see my opposition to same-sex marriage as love, but that does not make it so. It certainly doesn’t make it hate. For all the talk from the activists about how there are much more important things to worry about than worrying about the gay couple down the street getting married, they sure do spend a lot of time worrying about the gay couple down the street getting married.
I think that most of what I had to say flows from those things. But as long as we can come to a place where the conscience rights of our citizens are protected from being forced to participating through speech (including artwork like photos and cakes) in things they find morally objectionable, whether it’s a gay “wedding” or the Republican National Convention, I think both sides of this issue should be able to find a common solution.