In their CNN to-and-fro last week, Focus on the Family’s James Dobson wagged his finger at the media for not demonizing and ostracizing homosexuals — while the Human Rights Campaign’s Joe Solmonese summarized the Gay Agenda:

But I would be lying if I said that we don’t have an agenda — we do, and this is it:

1. A good job, where workers are respected for the work they do, are treated fairly and offered equal benefits

2. A safe home. So that we and our families can live in a community without fear of hate crimes and persecution

3. Fair and quality health care so that we have the ability to take care of our loved ones

4. And the right to be in a committed and legally recognized relationship that includes the same legal protections and rights offered to every other American — no more, and no less.

And that, my friends, is not a radical gay agenda — it’s the American dream.

(Hat tip: Pam Spaulding)

But Steve Boese points out that both Dobson and Solmonese left the central and indispensable issue out of their CNN op-eds:

The faith and morality of gay people.

Boese’s commentary is much too thoughtful and nuanced for me to summarize easily.

Instead, I’ll simply add that, while Solmonese may be a conventional Democratic secularist (someone who views faith as a private matter), Dobson is a joyous secularist: someone who worships the idols of the state, such as flag and “founding fathers”; who misapplies superficial trappings of Biblical meaning to those state idols; and who weds the power of the state to majoritarian heresies that oppress religious minorities while corrupting political and social institutions.

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