Animator Mark Fiore comments on the Attack of the Gay Agenda.
Bill (and Kent) tally the mayors that have said they support marriages for gay couples. So does Tom Balkin, who cites a Washington Post article and discusses how activism shapes public opinion, which in turn reshapes constitutional norms.
John Kusch writes:
I’ve been spending a lot of time arguing the gay marriage issue on moderate-to-conservative websites, trying to figure out what is so threatening about the legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
He passes on some of what he has learned in a calm and thoughtful essay.
The somewhat conservative Family Scholars Blog consistently manages to discuss issues with precision and without polemics.
Exodus spokesman Randy Thomas begins his Feb. 19 blog entry with rational if somewhat erroneous guesswork over the legal issues in San Francisco and Massachusetts. He should have researched the legal issues a bit before posting. Instead, he proceeds to associate San Francisco and Massachusetts officials and the “gay lobby” with the Nazis, citing an essay on “Homosexuality and the Nazi Party” by fringe antigay propagandist Scott Lively:
In both states a small group of people assumed power to determine the will of and effectively skip over the voice of the people. This isn’t just about being worried over the morality of same sex attraction. We should be worried about those who would be tyrants and exploiting this issue, like the Nazi’s did, for their own agendas to grab power. If the gay lobby succeeded in their efforts according to the true rules of government, I still would be opposed and offering a different viewpoint through the process and beyond it. But at least there wouldn’t be a concern about the basic structure of the society’s democratic foundation regarding balances of power and freedom. San Francisco is a much bigger concern than Massachusetts in my estimation: the “do anything” methods being employed to achieve an end could set the stage for fascism in the name of freedom and “rights.”
All you need is a leader who doesn’t give a hoot to existing laws and does whatever he wants.
I honestly wonder if this isn’t really a political agenda to make religion and basic democracy look bad on a number of fronts; not just homosexuality? Pat Buchanan and Tammy Bruce make those type of arguments in their books.
All the while people with same sex attraction and identify as gay, and I will assume have good intentions, are being emotionally put through the wringer with unprecedented pressure that will only bring more hurt and confusion…not an end.
Thomas: “I honestly wonder if this isn’t really a political agenda to make religion and basic democracy look bad on a number of fronts; not just homosexuality?”
Thomas apparently isn’t reading the few information sources he quotes. Has he forgotten that, just a few paragraphs earlier, he wrote that Barney Frank (and, for that matter, much of the gay activist leadership) opposed San Francisco’s fast-track approval of marriages?
Thomas: “Pat Buchanan and Tammy Bruce make those type of arguments in their books.”
Buchanan is known by most Americans, even most conservatives, for adversarial polemics and racism. The less-known Bruce writes polemical books similar to those of Ann Coulter, issuing sweeping generalizations with a tendency to ignore evidence running contrary to her arguments. It’s unfortunate, I think, that a leader of Exodus sees these individuals as reliable or constructive sources — or uses them to support his own arguments.
Thomas closes by quoting R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who claims to speak for “God and man” in condemning the news from San Francisco while rallying antigay troops to “defend” marriage against an “onslaught.”
Where gay couples see love, religious expression, parenting, and privacy as their goal, Thomas and Mohler seem to see anger, atheism, treason, and warfare.
Addendum, Feb. 20: Why is it that when anti-abortion demonstrators commit illegal actions to protect unborn children, they are likened by the Christian Right to martyrs, but when couples get married, they are likened to Nazis and antidemocratic anarchists? I sense a double standard here.