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Is the Gay Community Totally Militant Now?
A physician, former director of Public Health for a major city, renowned public health expert, and a former member of the President’s Advisory Council on AIDS/HIV was recently fired from his job as a district health director for preaching at a church. His crime was delivering controversial messages on homosexuality, evolution, and the corrupting power of certain music types. A CEO of a large internet company was driven out of his position and forced to resign for stating publically that he was against gay marriage. Twin brothers and co-hosts of a popular cable TV Home Improvement show had their show cancelled for joining in a protest against gay marriage and abortion. Sports analyst and former NFL player was working for a top tier new channel when he spoke out against gay marriage. He was fired days later. A college professor was axed for posting anti-gay messages on a social media site. A professional boxer had his contract terminated with a major show company for making antigay remarks. An engineer working for a major car manufacturer posted a comment on-line describing himself as someone who disagreed with his company’s policy of supporting the gay community; he was terminated.
A gay pastor buys a cake, and then buys another cake that he puts a false message on in an attempt to slander a major food company as anti-gay. A waitress writes a message on the restaurant copy of a receipt with a fictional gay slur. A gay server at a different restaurant said a customer denied him a tip and wrote a hateful note on the receipt. A lesbian college professor actually hit herself in the face to create a false narrative that a man had punched her and spit on her at a concert while calling her names. A young man carved a homophobic statement into his flesh and claimed he was attacked by a gang because he was gay. A college student and member of a fraternity falsely claimed he was stripped naked, beat up, and choked by a group of people shouting gay slurs, yet it never happened. A woman gets over $40,000 on-line from supporter after claiming her yard was vandalized for being too gay. Turns out she was running a con. A 15 year old transgender student claims to have been assaulted and sexually molested in a school bathroom, only to admit a day later he lied.
Punished for Having an Opinion
These events are all real factual events; American citizens lost their employment, the means to support their families and themselves because of their opinion. In a nation where Freedom of Speech is supposed to be protected, these citizens suffered the injustice of summary dismissal for speaking their opinion, often in private. We’ve seen multiple instances where gay people have tried but failed to have restaurant workers fired, fellow students expelled, or to extort money from a company because they were unhappy that everyone didn’t accept their lifestyle choices. The legal system in some states has already begun a campaign of punishing people who don’t fully accept the gay agenda. We all remember the Oregon bakery that was fined $135,000 for not making a cake for a lesbian wedding. There was a New York couple who were fined $13,000 for refusing to hold a gay wedding at their farm. Florists, photographers, and others across the nation are all being punished for not serving the gay communities same sex marriage events. Those who bear the brunt of the damage; well, they are Christians or other devoutly religious people and their faith is their guide to decision-making. Yet, instead of being respected for their values, they instead see their reputations dragged through the hot coals of internet forums, their small businesses are forever damaged, and they now live in a state of constant fear.
The Constitution and the Law
In the United States, freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution. The first amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” What this says is that the government cannot interfere with a person exercising their religion. The statement is quite broad and of course subject to interpretation by those who disagree with it. Practicing a religion to some could encompass their entire lifestyle, while to others it might only mean going to a worship service once a week. On the other hand, the Constitution does not make any specifics about gay rights however that esteemed document does provide equal protections to all people regardless of their lifestyle choices. The fact that both groups appear to have standing on the topic of protection of their rights does present an impasse. Over time, there have been many rulings and new laws which are meant specifically to protect those who identify as homosexual.
Since 2003, homosexuality and the practice of it have been legal in all 50 states; individual state laws prohibiting it were superseded. Twenty two states now outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. Hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender identity are also punishable by federal law under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 signed into law by President Barack Obama. Adoption of children by same sex couples has been legal since 2015. And the Supreme Court has ruled that same sex marriage is now legal. Yes, there are many people who disagree with these rulings, but they are the law of the land. These laws and protections are just a sample of America today, but there are many LGBT groups who are not satisfied with this equality under the law. Groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network seek to intimidate, suppress, silence, or otherwise defame anyone who opposes the homosexual movement. Despite being given everything they have demanded over the years, as these laws clearly demonstrate, these groups continue to try and indoctrinate younger generations, organize protests to further their agenda and oppose anything even close to traditional family values. They have success in their unlawful actions because of powerful allies behind the scenes.
The President, Hollywood, and the Growing Battle
Despite claiming he was against gay marriage early on in his career, President Obama has supported the homosexual agenda for his entire term in office. He appointed homosexual propagandist Kevin Jennings to be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Education in charge of the “Safe and Drug-Free Schools” program. Aside from overseeing drug education programs, the term “safe” also means making public schools “safe” for homosexual or transgendered children. Jennings is the founder and, until recently, the President of GLSEN, the nation’s leading homosexual pressure group. Their plan is to insert a homosexual agenda into America’s public schools by training faculty members to start homosexual clubs and organizations in schools. President Obama has also strongly supported hate crimes legislation, which criminalizes any opposition to the gay agenda. He favors quotas in federal hiring to include more homosexuals. These are just a few of the issues the president has championed; the entire list is lengthy. It’s obvious that with support from the highest office in the land, the LGBT platform has some serious clout. Back that up with support from business and entertainment leaders such as Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, Ellen DeGeneres; news anchors Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Shepard Smith, Don Lemmon, TV moguls Ryan Murphy, Andy Cohen, Music industry legend David Geffen and internet publisher Nick Denton, and George Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney. This small list of individuals has a huge influence across multiple channels. Walt Disney alone owns Walt Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilms, Marvel Studios, Buena Vista Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood records, ABC, Hulu, and ESPN. Major news anchors on CNN, MSNBC, and the internet have a powerful voice. Many other friendly media and entertainment sources follow the core lead and drive the message across mainstream America.
Democratic homosexual politicians on the Federal, State, and local level are driving the gay agenda on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling making same sex marriage legal. Those against the LGBT agenda are pushing back politically. Currently there is a boycott of the great state of North Carolina happening because they passed a law which prohibits people from using a restroom that doesn’t match up with their physical sexual identity. It was a direct message to the city of Charlotte which had just passed an ordinance that banned any type of LGBT discrimination. As many as 28 states have introduced legislation over the past 18 months that seeks to protect religious based organizations, allowing them to challenge or opt out of laws which run counter to their religion. Since freedom of religion is part of the Constitution, many feel it should trump these new laws, but in today’s America it doesn’t appear to be the case.
Stepping up their Efforts
These groups and their well-heeled backers have nearly unlimited funding and through a carefully orchestrated multi-year plan have succeeded in painting themselves and the rest of the homosexual community as the victim. It’s worked so well that they’ve been able to supplant blacks and other minorities as the most disadvantaged group in the nation. Much of the public has been convinced that their behaviors are not only normal, but something to be accepted and even applauded. Yet not everyone is on their side nor is everyone ready to accept their actions and behavior. As was in Europe and later America homosexuality existed in the shadows. Most homosexuals kept their sexual persuasions hidden to avoid the scorn of mainstream society, which viewed homosexual behavior as immoral and against God. Religion is the leading enemy of the homosexual movement as the moral compass instilled by religion and their associated texts preach against same sex relationships. Our government however isn’t run by any religion and so the homosexual lobbyists have used the legal system to force their agenda on everyone, whether they wanted it or not. These laws put LGBT groups and religious groups on a virtual battlefield, arguing over whose rights should triumph.
Over the years, the LGBT community has stepped up their efforts by using real and manufactured hate crime reports to create an environment where people are afraid of challenging them. The victim status they fostered has allowed them to push many things to the very limit and they have done so. Gay rights groups make demands, call for boycotts of companies, stage protests, and anything else that will help them push their agenda forward. Corporate America caves into their demands for fear of losing precious sales, universities often support the efforts and provide research and a forum for their continued growth, and now even churches which were the primary defense are starting to crumble and embrace their gay lifestyle. The continued desensitization of mainstream America from the same people who demanded acceptance and tolerance has shown their true colors by refusing to accept anything other than complete capitulation.
Silence the Opposition
Those who continue to speak out against homosexuality are branded homophobes and ridiculed. Traditional marriage supporters are heckled and scorned both privately and publically by actresses, musicians, and internet personalities. Anyone who chooses to voice an opinion loud enough to draw attention is silenced and often permanently damaged. The LGBT community demands immunity from any criticism, whether it is for their lifestyle choice, or their tactics, or attempts to indoctrinate others. They expect the rest of America to abandon hundreds of years of tradition and moral values because their small group demands it. Many people on the outside are left feeling betrayed by their government and their communities for being forced to adjust their lifestyles and Constitutionally protected rights to please this small segment of people. If they mention heterosexual American rights or Freedom of Speech, militant groups will shout them down or silence them. Why is the opinion or lifestyle of an LGBT American more important than an opinion of a heterosexual American? Why must the collective be forced to compromise their morality and immediately and fully accept the homosexual lifestyle as normal and regular? Why must school children be taught about homosexuality? Why is an opinion a reason to get fired from your job?
A Chilling Blueprint is Drawn
This process is far from over and like racial tensions, no matter what laws are passed or protections implemented; it won’t change people’s opinions. If someone is traditional, then most likely they’ll stay that way, just as if someone doesn’t like another group because of their skin color, passing a law won’t change it. Militant tactics and forcing people to do anything often result in more friction and angst. The youth of our nation are being indoctrinated in the schools system to support many things their parent’s generation is against, but that isn’t a sure thing. Giving any group an advantage or unearned status always creates animosity and it can blow up at any time. What truly makes me pause is how this model is being replicated in other parts of society. Black Lives Matters, Occupy Wall Street, and countless other protests are using this blueprint of intimidation, suppression of free speech, and mob-rules violence to drive what they call social change. The results are unrest, tension, and fear amongst the people – its change, but change for the worse. I’m happy to live my life tolerating everyone else’s lifestyle as long as the tolerate mine and everyone else’s in return; but that won’t happen until people return to thinking for themselves, formulating their own opinions, while talking less and listening more.
I expect a lot of debate over this piece since there are two very divided sides of the equation - it's out in the open and there for you to dissect as you please. Point out where you think I'm wrong or where I'm right. Bring your facts, additions, evidence of my errors....
I'd like to forewarn anyone who attempts to use this thread as there own personal sounding board that it won't happen - write your own piece and defend it as you choose -- this one is mine.
Thanks for reading.