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Laurie's attempted pardon rings Hollow, costly

by Jeremy Hooper

Remember when we showed you Laurie Higgins' latest, wherein the Illinois Family Institute spokesperson quite unabashedly drew a comparison between churches who didn't speak out against the Holocaust and churches that currently fail to speak out against homosexuality? Yea, well, Laurie is now astounded -- ASTOUNDED! -- that anyone could be offended by her words, so she's offering up this feeble attempt at absolution:

Those who made the false claim that I said homosexuals are the moral equivalents of Nazis are either obtuse or dishonest.

Although genocide and homosexual acts are both sins, in man's economy--and my own belief system--genocide is a far greater sin. And although I believe that all sin represents rebellion against God, I believe that homosexuality and genocide are by nature distinct. If I were going to compare the Holocaust to another sin in terms of its gravity and evil, it would be to abortion.

I never posited that homosexuals were the moral equivalents of Nazis. Rather, I compared the rationalizations church leaders offer for the silence of the church in the face of the evil of Nazism to the rationalizations church leaders offer for the silence of the church in the face of the evil of using public schools to promulgate destructive, erroneous views of homosexuality

So ya see, fellow LGBTs, Laurie doesn't think that we're Hitler. That descriptor apparently belongs to abortion providers, collectively. To Laurie, we LGBT folk are simply cousins to genocidal evil. Wow, that's SO much better, ain't it?

But the thing is: We never once said that Laurie was calling gays the "moral equivalents of Nazis," and guess what? We are still Huckabee-at-IFIas deeply offended by her words and this "explanation" as we ever were! Because what Laurie's doing in both her original post and this new "explanation" is painting us as an evil force that needs to be stopped. She's quite pointedly saying that our every claim about LGBTs being normal people who deserve normal treatment constitutes a form of evil. So the point is not whether or not she explicitly said "Gays = Nazis" -- the point is that she is directly likening our advocacy to Nazism, and church's who don't stand with her agenda as having future blood on their hands! It's quite enough, really.

**Laurie's new "explanation": Homosexual Activists: Obtuse or Dishonest? [IFI]


**ALSO: Laurie manages to further offend in this latest "explanation," as she goes on to suggest that we gay activists are not only evil for standing up for our lives and loves, but are also "men without chests":

If the philosophical propositions of homosexual activists are wrong and the historical, orthodox views of homosexuality are correct, then affirming homosexuality as good and moral is an act of unconscionable cowardice and cruelty.

The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis describes "men without chests"
Men who have not developed their sensibilities properly, who cannot distinguish that which should be appreciated, valued, cultivated, and cherished from that which should be rejected are "men without chests." We desperately need men with both chests and spines.

Gee, we know we've been slacking a little at the gym. But no chests? We (and our pectoral muscles) take great offense!

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Laurie Higgins = The scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz

Posted by: SammySeattle | Jul 29, 2009 6:52:25 PM

Laurie is not being Biblical when she denounces genocide as a sin. In fact, the Bible makes clear that genocide regularly is condoned, authorized, and required by God. God authorized genocide to be committed against the Amalekites and the Midianites among many others. With respect to the latter, he authorized the mass rape of surviving Midianite virgin women. And God slew the first born of Egypt even after Pharaoh was willing to let the Hebrews leave. God killed babies as a vain demonstration of power.

So when she compares homosexuality to genocide, she must be approving it, using her own standard of Biblical righteousness.

Posted by: Dan | Jul 29, 2009 7:40:01 PM

She has to stoop to using C. S. Lewis and his inane arguments supporting christianity. Arguments that would never serve to convince anyone other than those that are already sold on the lies. But she is lying to the faithful, and they eat that shit up.

And, while I do have a chest (and some 14" biceps, by the way), I would much rather be one without a chest, rather than to be one who uses what minimal mental capacity she has to foment fear and hate. In her idyllically dystopian future, the authoritarians command with medieval abandon. In the real world, she (and those like her) are soon becoming the relics of a distant past.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 29, 2009 7:57:11 PM

I think both her and your arguments are flawed. Hence the reason neither side can ever understand the other...

But in regards to her "If the philosophical propositions of homosexual activists are wrong" I say "What if her philosophical propositions are wrong?" Then wouldn't the Churches continuing the falsities be just as barbaric as what she's claiming is happening now by churches not standing up to the gay agenda in schools?

Posted by: Pomo | Jul 29, 2009 10:45:12 PM

"I think both her and your arguments are flawed"

Huh? You can't just say something like that and not say *why* you think my argument is wrong. Especially considering her basic argument is that Christian churches should oppose homosexuality just like they should've opposed the Nazis, and *my* basic argument is, "No, you're wrong, and that's very offensive.'

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 29, 2009 10:55:50 PM

Ms. Laurie is caught up in homophobia. Homophobia is a sin like lying, stealing and murder. God hates sin. Rather than trying to justify her sin of homophobia and trying to legitimize, normalize, promote and recruit others into it, she should repent and seek deliverance. Fortunately, many churches are starting to stand up to unrepentant homophobes like Ms. Laurie. This makes her feel guilt (because in her heart she knows homophobia is wrong) which leads to anger which leads to anti-gay diatribes. Nothing good ever has or ever will come from homophobia.

Posted by: Michael | Jul 30, 2009 2:46:29 AM

Oh noes; we're the chestless faces of evil!

Thank you, Laurie, for this scintillating & insightful contribution to mankind.
In recognition we bestow the Etch-a-sketch Of Enlightenment upon you, and ask that you sit with it in the corner in quiet contemplation for the next decade.

Posted by: PM | Jul 30, 2009 3:55:30 AM

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