Equality = Communist Persecution!

Equality = Communist Persecution! May 24, 2012

Matt Staver and Matt Barber aren’t the only people affiliated with Liberty Counsel who can engage in the most overblown hyperbole when attacking anything that departs from their theocratic preferences. LC attorney Harry Mihet went on the radio show Crosstalk recently and equated gay rights with communist oppression:

Caller: I think it’s going to come to a time where as believers and followers of Jesus we’re going to be put into a situation where we are going to have to speak the truth in love to a homosexual and I think we need to be ready and just be willing to suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ.

Mihet: I think you’re right. Unfortunately I think truth is becoming the new hate speech in this country and I think we are headed for a time when speaking the truth is going to cost something. I’ve certainly seen that happen in Communist Romania, I saw how my father was taken from a church after a service and driven to the headquarters of the secret police and was held there and interrogated there for days at a time for doing nothing more than speaking the truth. Now that’s something we would expect from the Communists but that is something we are determined to not allow to happen in the land of the free, and so I think that’s the urgency that we’re dealing with here and that is why it is so important for every freedom loving American to inform themselves and to equip themselves and to join us in this critical fight for freedom in this country.

If they don’t have the freedom to oppress others, it’s just like communism!

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  • Ouabache

    Maybe I’ve been reading Right Wing Watch too much but all of their rants are starting to look like Fundie Mad Libs. Words like “communism”, “fascism”, and “liberal” don’t have any meaning their mouths. They are trigger words to scare their audience into sending them money.

  • arcanred

    I so hate the phrase “speaking the truth in love.” It’s such a cop out. “We’re going to say horrible things about/to you, but you can’t be angry about it because we’re pretending to love you.” Ugh

  • Brownian

    I think we need to be ready and just be willing to suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ.

    Duh. Ya think?

    Matthew 5:10–12: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Thanks to Jesus, it’s a favour to Christians to persecute them, and I’m more than happy to oblige them in their faith.

    And they say not enough people follow the Bible.

  • teawithbertrand


    “Socialist” and “Obama” are good ones, too.

  • d cwilson


    That’s been going on for years now. Even though his economic policies are similar to Reagan’s and both the stock market and corporate profits are up to higher levels than when he tooks office, they’ve managed to create this idea that Obama is radical socialist/Marxist who hates capitalism.

    It works with feel-good words as well as scare words. You can bet any time a group has “liberty” in their name, it’s meant ironically.

    For people who love to accuse others of being communists and nazis, they’ve master the Orwellian are of doublespeak.

  • Who Knows?

    Did these two happen to say just what Jesus had to say about homosexuality?

  • Most people masturbate to fantasies of things that appeal to them sexually; fundies fap while fantasizing about persecution that includes being manhandled by burly Roman centurions and lashed with a whip while their third-grade PE teacher watches.

    Oh, wait …

  • tubi

    I’m confused. I read most of the literature but I don’t recall any progressive, pro-rights person or group calling for churches to be shut down and church members to be kidnapped and interrogated.

    Even in North Carolina.

    Maybe this assclown can point me to something I missed?

  • garnetstar

    Mihet’s father must have been arrested for criminal stupidity, given the kind of “truth” he was undoubtedly speaking.

  • Scott Hanley

    “Speak truth in love.” Kinda reminds me of the rape scene in Boys Don’t Cry</i< — "This is for your own good!"

  • Tsu Dho Nimh

    we are going to have to speak the truth in love

    That is their code phrase for telling someone they are disgusting and going to hell for … whatever.

    It’s usually a spittle-flinging rant, accompanies by praise for the diety of their choice, ending with “I’ll be praying for you”.

  • cottonnero

    #5 d cwilson: And “Family”. Oh, and “Heritage”, although that one’s occasionally innocuous.

  • John Hinkle

    Liberty Counsel, FRC, etc…. these people are really afraid of becoming irrelevant, aren’t they.

  • Crudely Wrott

    Brownian @3:

    [. . .]And they say not enough people follow the Bible.

    + many and please accept the Internet as your own!

    You use a tactic that I attempt to use whenever I’m left an opening. Wide eyes and gaping mouths are such a fine reward.

  • birgerjohansson

    Another example of reality being against Republicans:

    “Social welfare cuts ultimately come with heavy price, researchers say” http://phys.org/news/2012-05-social-welfare-ultimately-heavy-price.html

  • dingojack

    I think fundies “Speak[ing] truth in love” would be a very good idea*.



    * apologies to Gandi

  • greg1466

    As soon as you demonstrate that your “truth” is actually true, we can talk. Until then, you’re just another irrational bigot spewing hate for anything you disagree with.