Scott Lively, the utterly deranged bigot who thinks the Nazis were only really bad guys because they were gay, is trying to bond with us “classic liberals” who have criticized a couple of local officials for trying to stop Chick-Fil-A from opening new stores in their cities. And naturally, the Worldnutdaily is giving him a forum to do so.
Salon’s Glenn Greenwald chided his fellow travelers on the left in a column titled “Rahm Emanuel’s Dangerous Free Speech Attack,” remarking “You can’t cheer when political officials punish the expression of views you dislike and then expect to be taken seriously when you wrap yourself in the banner of free speech in order to protest state punishment of views you like and share.” He listed a number of other liberal journalists and groups like the ACLU who had also gone public with their criticism.
Welcome to the brave new world of homo-fascism, Mr. Greenwald, but watch your back. You’re now officially a “homophobe” because you have dared to oppose something that is favorable to the “gay” cause. Sure, you tried to cover your backside by tossing in a couple of cheap shots at the “chicken CEO” but that won’t save you from the brownshirts. They don’t really care about free speech. They care about power. Indeed, if you had been paying attention over the past few years, you would have noticed that their official position is that “anti-gay bigots” don’t deserve free speech at all.
Perhaps you are unaware of the “Commentator Accountability Project” of the powerful Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD). It was launched earlier this year to hold media outlets (not commentators) accountable for allowing traditional marriage advocates (including this writer) to have a voice in the public debate.
Ah, there’s that famous bit of stupidity where criticism is censorship — no, make that “homo-fascism.” He doesn’t cite anyone who actually says that Greenwald is now a homophobe because he, like me, defends free speech even for those we disagree with. Given that Greenwald is gay himself and a staunch advocate of equal rights, it’s not likely that anyone outside of Lively’s fevered imagination would ever do so (or try to do that to me, for that matter). Lively, on the other hand, actually is a homophobe, and one of the most virulent and pathetic in the entire world. He’s basically Fred Phelps without the crazy family.
But surely, Mr. Greenwald, you are not unaware of the many incidents of “gay” bullying of Christians in recent years, from the celebrity-level character assassination of beauty queen Carrie Prejean (for saying nothing more than that marriage should be between a man and a woman), to the recent bashing of Brad Pitt’s mom for giving her opinion that homosexuality is wrong in a letter to her local newspaper. Reportedly, death threats have since intimidated her into silence. Last year, just outside of Rahm’s Chicago in Arlington Heights, a church school that hosted me for a talk on the biblical view of homosexuality was vandalized when a chunk of pavement was thrown through a window. On it was written the message “Shut Down Lively” and a note was attached threatening future violence. Come to mention it, though, you wouldn’t have known about this hate crime because it got almost no press coverage, even locally. I wonder why?
True, these examples are not precisely equivalent to the case of public officials abusing their offices to punish pro-family speech, but they do share in common an implicit belief that all disapproval of homosexuality must be suppressed. And that the urgency of this goal trumps all other considerations.
Well sure. On Planet Wingnuttia, you see, criticism of a vapid beauty queen and a random, anonymous brick through a window is just like his own advocacy of putting all gay people in prison and lying about history in order to dehumanize them. The former makes you a “homo-fascist” but the latter just makes you “traditional values advocate” and a godly man.
Don’t get me wrong; I genuinely appreciate that some of you classic liberals have jumped to the defense of Dan Cathy’s free-speech rights. Forgive me for my skepticism of your motives, however, in light of all the other examples of “gay” bullying that have largely gone unchallenged by you all. One can’t help but wonder if the “danger” you sense is not actually to the First Amendment, but to the “gay” agenda itself, by the prospect of a too-early awakening of the sleeping giant of American public opinion. The frog must not be prompted to jump out of the pot by a too-sudden rise in heat.
Let me flip that on its head. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely appreciate your concern for our well being and your sincere warning to us to “watch our back” in the face of “homo-fascism” that will, in your delusional brain, will now result in us all getting ostracized from our allies in the fight for equality (yes, that was sarcasm), you’ll have to forgive my skepticism that a genuine fascist like yourself really gives a shit. So fuck off.