Liberty and Virtue

A person who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with his religious beliefs keeps an eye out for examples of gay activists' (1) showing intolerance and hatred of traditional religious and moral beliefs and believers, (2) attempting to deny freedom of speech, assembly and religion to others, and (3) trying to cause the government to impose liberal views on sexual morality on society. Other stuff of interest to blogger may also occasionally be posted.

Gay activists do not speak for all those who experience same sex attraction!

Not all those with SSA reject traditional sexual morality!

Not all those with SSA support promiscuity!

Not all those with SSA believe the gay activist ideology of “gay pride”!

Not all those with SSA believe in making their sex drive their primary public identity!

Not all those with SSA support public indecency in “gay pride” parades!

Not all those with SSA support government promotion of homosexual activity!

Not all those with SSA support same sex marriage!

Not all those with SSA support biased teaching in public schools on homosexual matters!

Not all those with SSA demonize traditional religious believers!

Not all those with SSA wish to deny basic freedoms of speech, religion and association to those who disagree with the gay activists’ ideology and agenda!

Christian charity for persons does not require affirmation of sinful or immoral activity!

Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Special-Interest Group Hug [Howard Dean and Gay Activists]

Howard "I hate Republicans" Dean panders to gay activists' outrageously overblown sense of victimhood:

"You are among the most persecuted people in the history of mankind," Dean tells his first audience, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus. This leads off a rapid-fire series of applause lines from Dean, who during his presidential campaign once declared, "If Bill Clinton can be the first 'black president,' I can be our first 'gay president.' " He doesn't go this far yesterday, but assures everyone that when he's elected, "it will not be my chairmanship, it will be our chairmanship."

Me: To say that those with same sex attraction are among the most persecuted people in the world is utterly ridiculous. Those with same sex attraction are not in our current society in any way deprived of life, liberty or property based on who they are. Indeed, with the Lawrence v. Texas decision, they cannot even say that their pursuit of consensual adult recreational sex is prohibited. Practicing and promoting homosexuals are completely, and I mean completely, free to live their chosen lifestyle. The problem is, they are not satisfied. What they want is that everyone affirm their actions as morally acceptable. They want government affirmation of homosexual relationships. They want public schools to teach the moral acceptability of homosexual activity. Far from wanting or needing any additional freedom for themselves, they want to use the government to impose their moral values on others. That is taking away rights of others, i.e. persecution, not being persecuted. The fact that someone, somewhere, believes that homosexual activity is immoral and states so publicly is NOT persecution.

Even assuming Lawrence had not been decided, and that unenforced bans on homosexual activity had continued on the law books, how is the legal right to recreational sex among consenting adults a fundamental liberty? How is it in any way equivalent to rights to life, property and liberties of the sort explicit in the Bill of Rights (e.g., freedoms of speech, religion and association, due process rights, etc.) such that the denial of such legal right is in any way comparable to persecution of discrete groups by denying them life, property or other such fundamental liberty rights? To equate the denial of a right to mutual masturbation with, say, the oppression and genocide of Jews by Nazi Germany, or the treatment of African-American slaves in the pre-Civil War South, is an insult to the memory of those truly persecuted groups. Homosexuals actually statistically fare better than average in our society, and are in fact a privileged, pameperd group, not a victim class. It would appear that the pursuit of the orgasm as the highest good in life is not only at the heart of contemporary gay activist ideology, but increasingly, at the heart of the modern American Democratic party.

Charles S.

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