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12/30/2010

Fischer's idea of a truce: Gays sit down, shut up, and hope American Pie flakes off a few crumbs

by Jeremy Hooper

Bryan Fischer works the fundamental misrepresentation that keeps anti-gay "culture warring" rooted into the realm of American pastime:

A “truce” would have been homosexual activists coming to the FRC and AFA and saying, hey, we won’t push gays in the military, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-bullying legislation, special rights legislation based on gender identity, federal “spousal” benefits for partners of homosexuals, etc. etc. if only you’ll stop pushing for legislation that protects the integrity of the American family.
Bryan Fischer: Conservatives: Mitch Daniels truce is a surrender [AFA]

This is like a schoolyard bully setting truce stakes saying he won't take away any more of a certain kid's lunch money, just as long as said kid doesn't seek to reclaim any of the prior stolen funds. Because the reality is that every single "culture war" point Mr. Fischer highlights -- marriage limitation, military discrimination, wanton termination of employment, a national school climate plagued by anti-LGBT bullying, etc. -- involves self-appointed heterosexists taking away the kind of easily, benignly level playing field that should exist under all American citizen's feet. The LGBT rights fight is not really a push forward that deserves an adversary: It is a quest to reclaim the lost pieces that adversarial forces have swept under the national rug!

The "culture war" is a conservative-declared battle, filled with an uncountable number of lies, an exorbitant amount of squandered capital, and a priceless amount of human pain. There is only one side that needs to declare an armistice here -- and it aint the folks who always thought they'd get a chance to live their lives, not pause their existences in order to toss back unprovoked bombs!

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**FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR WITH FISCHER: He's the guy who's said that "homosexuals in the military gave us...six million dead Jews," who's said "homosexuals should be disqualified from public office," who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a "form of domestic terrorism," who's said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing "sexually immoral" people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers, has questioned why Medals of Honor are given to people who save lives (rather than take lives), who says that open service will "assign the United States to the scrap heap of history," and who has blamed gay activists for dead gay kids, saying that: "If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students." His words pretty much single-handedly landed the American Family Association on the Southern Poverty Law Center's hate groups list.

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