Wingnut: It’s Illegal to Say What We Say Every Day

One of the dumbest arguments we hear from the Christian right is that it’s now illegal to criticize homosexuality. Bill Muehlenberg, an American wingnut now living in Australia, writes at BarbWire that hate crime laws make it illegal for him to say the very thing he says on a daily basis:

All over the West diabolical hate crime laws are being passed, with Christians who take their God and their Scriptures seriously the primary target. The militants have convinced many of our elites that homosexuality should be a politically protected lifestyle, immune from any criticism or critique.

Homosexuals are the new untouchables. They cannot be questioned, challenged or crossed. Any attempt to do so will be treated as a hate crime and punished accordingly. Not only can the other 98.5% of society not utter a contrary word about this lifestyle, but the militants can wage war against us with gay abandon.

Really? You can’t question or challenge gay people or you’ll be put in jail? Then how do you explain the fact that you’re writing for a website that rails against gay people every single day? Every day, that site calls gay people Nazi pedophiles who are literally and deliberately out to destroy America, all of civilization and even God. And guess what? Nothing happens to them. They get criticized for it by people like me, but they aren’t censored or arrested and thrown in jail. The hate crimes law has no application to them at all unless they actually try to assault or kill someone.

Help, help, I’m being repressed! They’ll imprison me for saying the things I say over and over again with no repercussions whatsoever.

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  • dugglebogey

    Idiots like this and Sarah Palin always conflate being criticized with having their freedom of speech denied.

    There’s two reasons. 1. So they can play the victim. 2. Because they’re stupid.

  • John Pieret

    To be fair, he seems to be talking generally about Western nations, a number of which have passed “hate speech” laws, not specifically about the US, where such laws are barred by the 1st Amendment. Of course he can’t help hyperventilating to the point of passing out by claiming that gays will be seeking the death penalty for those who continue to criticize homosexuality.

  • matty1

    Among other things he clearly misunderstands the Hindu concept of untouchables, which doesn’t mean too important to be touched but rather too (ritually) unclean to be touched. If anything he accidentally hits on a relevant comparison since untouchables are subject to prejudice in India

  • dingojack

    Awww Bill – I’m sure Andrew Bolt will be you’re new BFF!

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    Dingo

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    Beaten to it. Christians as ‘Untouchables’, tone-deaf or deliberately offensive?!?

  • blf

    All over the West diabolical hate crime laws are being passed…

    Whatever it is he is screaming about, wherever it is happening, it is also happening now-ish (in the recent past, at the present time, or anticipated by reasonable people to happen to in the neat future). So, Mr Wingnut, Name One. Should be easy. Extra points if whatever it is you manage to clearly identify really does protect Teh Gay from “any criticism or critique.”

  • D. C. Sessions

    And guess what? Nothing happens to them. They get criticized for it by people like me,

    So you admit that they are persecuted for what they say, right there: They get criticized for it by people like me.

    And everyone knows that that’s just like being thrown in jail.

  • Kevin Kehres

    Well, since these guys seem to be saying exactly the same thing as Richard Dawkins, their claims must have some legitimacy…right?

    I mean, Richard Dawkins would never use hyperbole to claim persecution unless he was really and truly being persecuted, would he?

    Strange bedfellows, indeed.

  • karmacat

    I nominate “Gay Abandon” as the next band. Either that or the best party ever.

  • caseloweraz

    I look forward to Bill Muehlenberg’s Letter from a Canberra jail:

    While confined here in the Canberra jail, I came across many recent statements calling our present activities “unwise and illegal.” Seldom, if ever, do I pause to answer criticism…

    (No, I don’t think he lives in Canberra, but few Australian cities have three-syllable names.)

  • scienceavenger

    Wow, so I’ve been persecuted all this time and didn’t even know it.

  • Donnie

    @dugglebogey says:

    Idiots like this and Sarah Palin always conflate being criticized with having their freedom of speech denied.

    There’s two reasons. 1. So they can play the victim. 2. Because they’re stupid.

    Add Richard Dawkins and his fanboi (Mike Nugent) , fangrl (Christina Hoff-Sommers), and the rest of the atheistosphere to that list that cannot handle the concept of addressing multiple issues of female oppression and/or harassment at the same time.

  • forestdragon

    I think said wingnut meant ‘untouchable’ in the Eliot Ness sense. Not that that excuses the dipshittery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.johnston.7902 Peter Johnston

    Caseloweraz: He used to write articles for the Canberra Times (iIRC pro smoking and anti Martin Luther), taught some of the professional writing classes at the University of Canberra in the ’90s and we have had a jail here for s few years now, so you were more accurate than you may have known.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The hate crimes law has no application to them at all unless they actually try to assault or kill someone.

    Don’t call the cops until there are bodies in the street. Sounds like a good system.