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06/13/2012

Bryan Fischer equates stopping slavery with stopping gays; it gets worse from there

by Jeremy Hooper

Lincoln once declared that American cannot be both half slave and half free. The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer thinks this is an apt historical comparison:

To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, American [sic] cannot endure, permanently, half-straight and half-gay. We are going to have to choose.

And what does that choice look like? Well here, let Bryan expound on what he means:

Bottom line: America must choose between homosexuality and liberty because we cannot have both. Every advance of the homosexual agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. If gay marriage becomes the norm, it will be the end of the First Amendment. It will become a legal nullity.

There will be no freedom of religion. If your religious values conflict with the precious agenda of advancing sexual deviancy, your religious values will mean nothing. In fact, you will punished, as Elaine Huguenin was, for holding them and and acting on them.

Freedom of speech - gone. You will not even be allowed to speak in defense of natural marriage and in opposition to the normalizing of homosexual behavior.

I have written before that not all discrimination is bad. Discrimination for the wrong reasons is bad, but discrimination for the right reasons is good. This is the standard Martin Luther King, Jr. set for us when he looked forward to the day his children would “live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

So even for Rev. King, discrimination on the basis of character is perfectly proper and consistent with the goals of the civil rights movement.

Sexual conduct is one of the expressions of the “content of character.”

We must allow Americans - as individuals, in their churches, in their businesses, and yes, in their public policy - to discriminate on the basis of immoral sexual behavior. Since homosexual conduct is immoral sexual behavior - the standard legal term for it is “the infamous crime against nature” - it is an appropriate object of ethically proper discrimination. Americans must be allowed to discriminate on the basis of sexually aberrant behavior, or freedom itself will soon become just a distant memory.

Freedom of the press - gone. You will not be allowed to express criticism of homosexuality in print. It will be a hate crime and you will be silenced and worse for expressing a time-honored moral value.

Freedom of association - gone. You will be told that you must do business with those who engage in sexually dangerous practices, you must use your time, talent and treasure to promote their agenda, and you will be punished if you refuse.

America, it’s homosexuality or liberty. In fact, it’s homosexuality or the Constitution. Take your pick. We can’t have both. [SOURCE: AFA blog]

Is there any way to see this other than as a call to arms against LGBT people? I'm open to other interpretations, I just don't see what they could possibly be. Bryan Fischer is flat-out telling his "traditional values" listeners/readers that we can't live in an America with gays in it. That's not an overstatement—it's what he's saying!

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