Even among the anti-gay Christian right, Linda Harvey distinguishes herself as a particular virulent bigot. I’d rank her with the likes of Scott Lively, Fred Phelps and Robert Oscar Lopez as among the most extreme hatemongers in the group. This column at Barbwire demonstrates why.
Should the U.S. State Department receive grants from private foundations promoting homosexuality? There’s something wrong with this picture, along with the State Department’s obsession with global homosexual “rights.”
Those quotations marks around “rights” are telling. Harvey simply doesn’t believe gay people have rights at all. In her world, gay people should be forced into reparative therapy to be turned into straight people (which doesn’t work, of course) or imprisoned. That’s why she so strongly supports a law in Nigeria that is doing exactly that.
But even more alarming is the callous treatment of children along the way.
The State Department does care, after worldwide media pressure, about the human rights abuses of girls in Nigeria. With the news that 300 girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the terror group Boko Haram, it was gratifying to hear that Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged U.S. help in locating these child victims of Islamic terrorism.
Because most of Kerry’s communications with Nigeria lately have been sharp admonition about its new law criminalizing same sex unions and homosexual clubs, societies and activities. Kerry wailed the law was an affront to “fundamental freedoms” and “universal human rights.” Is holding a “gay pride” parade a universal human right? It’s highly likely that billions of the world’s citizens would disagree.
This is the way bigots usually frame such issues. The law in Nigeria has resulted in the rounding up and jailing of hundreds of gay people by the Christian government led by Goodluck Jonathan. I don’t believe there has ever been a gay pride parade in Nigeria; it would be far too dangerous to do, even before this recent law was passed. But for Harvey, every gay person is standing on a float in assless chaps waving a dildo around. At least that’s what she wants her readers to believe. This is how you poison the well, even if you have to make it up out of whole cloth.
It is true that some countries, primarily those aligned with Islam, punish homosexuality with torture or even death, which constitutes a clear and deplorable human rights abuse. However, other countries have instituted lower-level criminal penalties to discourage the spread of disease, distortions of natural marriage, homosexual advocacy, and – important to note– corruption of youth. These too are decried as “human rights violations” by activists, with allegations that these policies “cause” attacks on homosexuals or transvestites.
We’re talking about Nigeria, where the Christian government passed the law. But you see, putting them to death, that’s barbaric and something only Muslims would do. Putting them in prison for nothing more than being gay, that’s what good Christians do. This is the product of a sick, twisted, authoritarian mind.