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.