Linda Harvey: World Class Bigot

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.

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  • raven

    Nigeria is also the country where alleged child witches are killed by xians. Estimates are that around 1,000 a year are killed in Africa. Ironically, the few groups that are trying to help and rescue these children all seem to be secular.

    The claim that xianity is a source of morality has been falsified many times over.

    A lot of people have criticized the Nigerian government for not doing anything to rescue these girls. It is looking more likely that they simply aren’t able to. It is in a remote area where the government doesn’t have much support or power.

  • blf

    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.

    There apparently has been one, Uganda: Against Odds, Gay Pride Events Take Place in Entebbe (dated 13-Auguest-2013).

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    Should the U.S. State Department receive grants from private foundations promoting homosexuality?

    Shall we talk about Faith Based Initiatives?

  • arakasi

    Statistically, several of the kidnapped girls are almost certainly gay. Why do I get the idea that if the kidnappers freed all the girls except for those, Linda Harvey would think that their fate is somehow appropriate.

  • AndrewD

    a sick, twisted, authoritarian mind.

    Isn’t that a tautology?

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    Bah, I apparently read that backwards.

  • John Pieret

    Is holding a “gay pride” parade a universal human right?

    Is speaking out in a majority Muslim country in favor of Christianity a universal right? If the former isn’t, then neither is the latter and the State Department shouldn’t decry the oppression of unpopular minorities anywhere, including Christians.

  • dingojack

    Harvey asks “Is holding a gay pride march a fundamental right?’ then goes on to say ‘It’s highly likely that billions of the world’s citizens would disagree.’

    Let me ask you this Linda, ‘is being Christian a fundamental right? It’s highly likely that billions of the world’s citizens would disagree’. I bet you’re saying ‘to hell to what a billion non-Christians think, it’s a fundamental right whether the majority agrees with it, or not.

    Get it now?

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    Linda Harvey: 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.

    The fact that the Nigerian government had to be pressured to accept the offer of help has nothing to to with the delay, in her view, evidently.

  • Synfandel

    This is how you poison the well, even if you have to make it up out of whole cloth.

    I assume you’re using something like neoprene fabric or your cloth well will leak.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Ms. Harvey sure seems to “think” that scare quotes are a “good” thing. She can”t get enough of them. Your “opinion”, miss, is duly noted and “appreciated”.

  • psweet

    There apparently has been one, Uganda: Against Odds, Gay Pride Events Take Place in Entebbe (dated 13-Auguest-2013).

    Check your geography, blf. They’re two different nations.

  • dhall

    ” . . . other countries have instituted lower-level criminal penalties to discourage the spread of disease . . .”

    Her equation of being gay with being diseased is really telling. But I guess that if you’re deluded enough to think it can be cured, you’re deluded enough to think it’s contagious.

  • Chiroptera

    It’s highly likely that billions of the world’s citizens would disagree.

    Huh. Since when do US conservatives care about what the world’s “citizens” want?

  • footface

    She was probably talking about AIDS and homosexuality. Of course, AIDS hasn’t needed homosexuality to spread throughout Africa.

  • militantagnostic

    [pedant]”assless chaps” is a superfluous unnecessary redundancy. Chaps are assless by definition. If the ass was covered they would be pants.[/pedant]

    AIDS hasn’t needed homosexuality to spread throughout Africa.

    When has truth ever mattered to a Christofascist?

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    [pedant]“assless chaps” is a superfluous unnecessary redundancy. Chaps are assless by definition. If the ass was covered they would be pants.[/pedant]

    If chaps with an ass were pants, they’d be crotchless pants.

    Which would certainly make life more exciting, I’ll grant you that.

  • dblake

    All chaps are assless, or else they’d be pants.

    (sung to “Give peace a chance”.)

  • Synfandel

    dblake, thanks for the ear worm. I’ll be hearing that all day now.

  • smrnda

    Yes, I think marching in a gay pride parade is a human right, and the fact that lots of people don’t agree just proves that many people don’t really support human rights, which is hardly encouraging. I’m sure that many people don’t support the religious liberties of minority faiths.

  • magistramarla

    If the Americans and others who have gone there to help manage to free those girls, when they are being thanked by the Nigerian government, they should be sure to mention “Oh, by the way, 20% of the rescuers are gay”. Heads would spin!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    Speaking of Gay Pride parades, I’ve been in dozens of them in Chicago and Los Angeles, the first being in 1971* I have never worn chaps or waved a dildo in any of them.

    People who seriously believe that that wearing chaps and waving dildos are all that those parades are about surely have to think that the people in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade dress like that all year long.

    *The parade in 1971 was, for most of us, a day of extreme joy and extreme fear. Death threats had been made prior to the parade. 1971 was only four years away from the police riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention and the massive police presence at the parade was no assurance of safety. They could have gone off on us as surely as they did on the protesters at the convention. My group kept constant watch on the rooftops all along the parade route.

    We all remembered Mayor Daley’s famous quote that the police were not there to create disorder but to preserve disorder.

  • dingojack

    “assless chaps” is a superfluous unnecessary redundancy…”

    I not sure about that. William Pitt the Younger* was a chap who was proverbially ‘assless’ (his Prince Regent, no so much).

    Dingo

    ——–

    * William Pitt (1759-1806), English PM (1783-1801; 1804-1806), was nicknamed ‘The Bottomless Pit’ due to his slight build**..

    The Prince regent (later George IV), definitely not an assless chap (even a quarter horse would be hard pressed)..

    ** A three bottles of Port per day man (on the advice of his doctor), BTW.

  • Robert B.

    Is holding a “gay pride” parade a universal human right?

    Some people have thought so, yes:

    Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech… or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…