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01/24/2013

Bryan Fischer is hijacking the civil rights movement (is what I would say if I adopted his own movement's tactics)

by Jeremy Hooper

Isn't the religious right always claiming that gay is "chosen" and therefore cannot be analogous to race? Yeah, well—take a peep at this one:

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Now, obviously I don't think anyone's sexual orientation is "chosen." But what I do know—for sure, without doubt or nature/nurture debate—is that everyone's faith is a choice. 100% of the time. So how dare Bryan Fischer, a regular peddler of the "no one is born gay" nonsense, directly align Christian beliefs (by which he means anti-gay conservative Christian beliefs, of course) with the African American struggle while aggressively resisting such historical equations when applied to the plight of LGBT people?

With the far-right anti-LGBT crowd, the victim meme trumps all. "You're hijacking the civil rights movement!" they scream at anyone who dare note the obvious overlap between two minority populations' respective (but also shared) struggles for freedom. However, when that same sort of "hijacking" serves the false narrative of persecution that has become the anti-LGBT crowd's daily bread and not-as-slick-as-they-think butter, what was once a militant takeover of a past struggle becomes a fair rhetorical tool. Funny how that works (but not funny "ha ha").

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