Erick Erickson just doesn’t do that whole thinking thing very well. Honestly, I’m not sure he even tries to do so. All he tries to do is arrange words and reality in a way that fits the narrative he wants to be true. His column about that evil gaystapo is a perfect example.
We have another life targeted for destruction by the gay rights community. Barronelle Stutzman, an evangelical Christian, declined to provide flowers for the homosexual wedding of a long time customer of hers. The customer was gay and, again, a long time customer. Barronelle Stutzman is now going to lose her business, her life savings, and possibly her own home for putting her faith into practice. Both her customer and the State of Oregon are taking everything she has for not bowing at the altar of sexual sin.
And now, a word from reality. The “gay rights community” hasn’t done anything at all to this woman. She has violated the law by discriminating against her customers. And no, there is no reason for her to lose her business at all. She was offered a settlement for $2001.00 and refused it. And even after that, she faces only a $4000 fine. The plaintiffs in the case did not ask for punitive damages, they asked for less than $8 for the cost of the gas to drive to her store. That’s it. And she’s more than welcome to continue doing business as long as she doesn’t discriminate. And she could do that not by doing the flowers for gay weddings but by not doing flowers for any weddings, the business for which is a mere 3% of her revenue. So now, this is alarmist nonsense, a wild exaggeration.
Someone on twitter the other day noted that the struggle for civil rights and gay rights are not the same. You don’t need a rainbow sticker on the back of your car to let people know you’re black, the person on twitter noted. Nonetheless, gay rights activists have decided to equate their struggle for marriage with that of the civil rights movement. They are not, however, going about it peacefully or in the same way. They are not, as Martin Luther King, Jr., did, urging white Christians to be better Christians. Instead, they are using the state to ruin Christians who try to practice their faith. There will be no magnanimity and there will be no mercy. There will be no going down the street to another florist, baker, or photographer.
Sorry Erick, you flunk history. This florist is in legal trouble because she violated anti-discrimination laws — exactly the laws advocated by Martin Luther King and the entire civil rights movement. And if she had refused to provide flowers for an interracial wedding and claimed the religious freedom to do so, the result would be exactly the same. The only difference would be that Erickson would not be throwing a fit about black civil rights activist trying to destroy this poor woman, because he would know that such a claim would be wildly unpopular and that about 95% of Americans favor such anti-discrimination laws.
Erickson has it exactly backwards. He’s the one who is taking the position of the enemies of the civil rights movement, the position that someone who has a business open to the public can discriminate against potential customers. He just wants the drinking fountains and lunch counters to be straights only rather than whites only.
Oh, and of course, gay rights activists are just like Muslim terrorists, only not as deadly:
In taking life, the Islamic extremists want the public spectacle. They want not just revenge, but they also want to make others fear and second guess doing the same. They want to silence others and drive them from the town square. They use death and violence to do it.
Gay rights activists, with few exceptions like Floyd Lee Corkins and the guy in North Carolina last week, have not turned physically violent. But they are intent on destroying any who disagree with them. They will take the homes, businesses, and life savings of any who defy them. They will use the tools of the state and mob action through boycotts, fear, and intimidation to make it happen. They will not kill but they will threaten and scare.
Again, precisely the opposite of reality. The only difference between Erickson and Muslim terrorists is one of tactics. Like reactionary Muslims, Erickson wants to discriminate against gay people because his religion tells them that they are dirty sinners. He wouldn’t kill them, of course (though I bet he was railing against the Supreme Court ruling that said they could no longer be arrested and thrown in jail just for being gay in 2003), but he’s all in favor of punishing them for being gay by locking them out of societal institutions, from marriage to flower shops.