Bryan Fischer has stumbled over reality again. Yes, it’s a Bryan Fischer BOGO here at PoliticusUSA: “We must choose between homosexuality and liberty”!!! Because homosexuals, he says, are bigots, and they will destroy free speech!
How does Fischer arrive at this conclusion? This gem comes from an incident in South Africa in which a former columnist who is now the South African ambassador to Uganda, Jon Qwelane, in what was not his first rodeo, was found guilty of hate speech in the Johannesburg Equality Court. Back in 2008 Qwelane wrote a column called “Call Me Names, But Gay Is NOT Okay.”
Qwelane’s punishment was a fine and an apology. This, says, Fischer, is proof that homosexuals are bigots.
For telling the truth about homosexual conduct, Qwelane was convicted of propagating “hatred and harm,” even though he called for no violence whatsoever against gay folk. There was no word about the “hatred and harm” directed against Qwelane for saying something that civilized people have been saying since the dawn of time.
This sorry incident tells us two things: homosexualism will kill free speech, and homosexualists are bigots.
They are hate-mongering bigots who will trample on the free speech and religious liberty rights of any who get in their way. They’ll trample on their unalienable, God-given right to private property by plundering them with fines. And they will trample on their unalienable, God-given right to liberty by throwing them in jail whenever and wherever they can.
Christians like Fischer routinely draw comparisons between homosexuality to incest, polygamy, pedophila or bestiality and somehow that does not amount to hate or bigotry. Michele Bachmann said, “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”
TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com has a list of Rush Limbaugh quotes on the subject:
- Aired a song about Senator Barney Frank called “Banking Queen“.
- Democrats will “bend over, grab the ankles, and say, ‘Have your way with me‘” to African American and gay voters.
- On the Mark Foley scandal: “In their hearts and minds and their crotches, they don’t have any problem with what Foley did. They’ve defended it over the — over the years.“
- Openly gay students are “trumpeting” their sexuality, “inviting dissent”.
- “When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult; it’s an invitation“
Apparently Jon Qwelane was not guilty, at least according to Fischer, of being a bigot by saying gay is not okay. But anyone taking exception of hate speech is guilty of bigotry? It’s a strange, unstable world Bryan Fischer inhabits.
Somehow Fischer draws the conclusion that,
Our choice as a culture is clear: we must choose between homosexuality and liberty, because homosexual bigots won’t allow us to have both. As for me and my house, we choose liberty.
The 2010 State Republican Party Platform of Texas offers us this:
Homosexuality - We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
Bryan Fischer himself offered us this:
“Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. Maybe it’s time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.”
I don’t know if he would agree with Michele Bachmann or not. Her excuse is that she doesn’t hate homosexuals but loves them. She loves them to death, literally:
“Two homosexuals that were holding up my picture this week at the Capitol and shouting that I want to hate people, I walked up to them and said: “I don’t hate you. I love you and the Savior who created you. He loves you, too, can I tell you why? This is not about hating them, this is about loving them into the Kingdom.”
I think they, and the rest of us as well, can do without your version of love, Michele.
This is a very small sampling of anti-LGBT hate and bigotry from conservatives. Yet even this is enough to prove the hypocrisy of Fischer’s words.
In the end I have to ask: if free speech means the freedom to hurl hate and invective at each other, why do Christians have the Christian anti-Defamation Commission and the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights? Obviously, Christian fundamentalists love to hurl hate themselves, but they get a bit touchy when it comes back to them.
And who is Bryan Fischer to claim homosexuality will destroy our liberty and our freedom of speech when he himself is arguing that profanity and blasphemy be outlawed?