The religious right is at it again as they find more and more reasons to try to scare Christians in their battle against marriage equality.
In an op-ed, Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the far right anti-LGBTQ American Family Association, tries to tell his readers that we LGBTQ activists are out to force every church into performing same-sex marriages.
He curiously uses the term “Gay Gestapo” when referring to LGBTQ activist, a term coined by Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce . . . but more on that later.
Fischer writes that, “mean-spirited and bigoted (LGBTQ activists) won’t rest until every Christian who supports natural marriage is under virtual house arrest, exiled from polite society and forbidden to engage in commerce of any kind.”
He continues, “Your church may be next. Do not think for one minute that the First Amendment all by itself will guarantee your church’s protection from rabid gay activists and their minions in the court system. The courts have already shredded the First Amendment virtually beyond recognition, and as far as protecting your church’s religious liberty, it may be hardly worth the parchment it’s printed on.”
First, I know of no marriage equality activist who is advocating that any church, regardless of creed or dogma, be required to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. Not one. In fact, from the beginning of the movement we have always claimed that churches have the religious liberty not to perform our marriages.
But there it ends. To refuse service to a member of the LGBTQ community when you are a publicly licensed, tax paying business, is discrimination. Virginia is pushing forward a bill that would make it legal to discriminate against LGBTQ peoples in restaurants, EMT services, hospitals, housing, hotels and much more. These pro-discrimination bills are in response to people like Fischer who scare the people that their religious liberties are under attacked.
Now what about the use of the term “Gay Gestapo?” It is clearly offensive. To associate the LGBTQ civil rights movement to the Nazi regime is just ignorant and does disservice to the tens of millions of people who were persecuted and killed at the hands of the Gestapo.
Fischer thinks because a lesbian coined to phase it is appropriate to use.
It should be noted that this woman, Tammy Bruce, is an arch-conservative, who is highly critical of LGBTQ people and our issues.
Bruce, like Fischer, plies on the fears of the heterosexual community when it comes to the LGBTQ storyline they put forth. They have no credibility and questionable sanity, but unfortunately they have an audience.
Their twisted view of our community based on their own personal fears and hatred make it essential that members of our community continue to push forward to expand the truths that will find history siding with our goals. Remember “separate, but equal?” It is no truer then than it is now.