Homo-Fascism vs. the First Amendment…
By the Editors, May 21, 2013
Scott Lively has long taken full advantage of his First Amendment rights and while no one would ever deny him that right, it certainly becomes pitiful when he whines about us not loving his hate when he exercises it. He is welcome to scurry around on the defensive, as he has done in a recent article, fretting in feigned fashion to protect the rights to free speech – but that does not mean we will back off calling a spade a spade! And here it is, simply put: “In pursuing his right to free speech Scott Lively is a religious bigot.” There we said it and now because we exercised our right to free speech we are called Homo-Facists. So we are even Scott – you are the bigot and we are the Homo-Facist. Which would we rather be?
“While traditional liberalism values the First Amendment freedoms of speech, thought and religion as the highest ideals of civilization, homo-fascists seek to criminalize any exercise of these ideals that are deemed to be a threat to “gay” culture. Present day examples of homo-fascist policies include speech codes in schools and colleges, anti-discrimination regulations in government agencies and private corporations, and de-facto anti-family censorship policies in the news media. Where pro-family speech and other activities are not yet constrained by law, homo-fascists employ bullying and other intimidation tactics to silence opponents and manipulate policy makers, all while posing as victims.” (Lively)
What Lively forgets is that he can have all the freedom of expression under his God given sun, but that does not make him any the less a hater and a bigot, and while he may indeed have the right to be such, he also conveniently forgets the amount of harm his words and sometimes the deeds of interference accompanying those words, have caused others.
So while he ‘cries woe is me, they are criticizing me for exercising my first amendment right,’ he is wrong – we are critiquing what are lies, myths and the resulting hate that ensues. And even more importantly while we are fighting for our own right to equality, Lively has yet to show one example of where his rights have been taken away. Not even one example. In fact he is making the admission that it is the gays who are in fact discriminated against when referencing “anti-discrimination” regulations. Blab away Scott – for the more you do the more you lose.
Lively’s mission, and that for which he raises money, is to travel the world pontificating upon and providing guidance in faraway lands for the denial or repeal of our LGBTI rights. Whether that be simply a proposed non-discrimination ordinance or the wholesale rejection of our being. I think he is right – if that is what I am up against then I shall relish in my new-found title, that of Homo-Facist, because I am going to fight his myth and lies, and ensure that I do all in my power to pursue equality. Full equality. Worldwide.
You see we are not on level playing fields in this story. Scott Lively has all his rights in tact – his right to hate, his right to speak about it, his right to read his Bible, his right to prayer, his right to marry and the list goes on… However we do not have all our rights in tact – we are unequal. Second-class citizens and less in some countries. In that context we will gladly take on title Homo-Facist – we have earned it. Thank you Scott – for you see us!
That said, as much as we feel we may have earned Lively’s kind title, we are struggling to see how it really fits given his own pie in the sky hyperbole-
His last blog missive posted today -”Homo-Fascism vs. the First Amendment” – begins:
Homo-Fascism is a form of extreme left-wing radicalism which attempts to establish rigid totalitarian controls over public discussions and policies addressing sexual morality, and to punish or suppress all disapproval of homosexuality and related sexual behaviors.
You really don’t need to read more than that opening sentence, or the title actually, to know what’s coming. More First Amendment Supremacy Clause propaganda from Scott Lively. More my religious ‘bigotry’ trumps your ‘special rights’ claims.
“Under no circumstance shall sexual orientation regulations supercede the First Amendment rights of individuals, churches and religious organizations to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
Agreed – but can someone explain how that can possibly happen?
Apparently we, the gay community, no longer engage in civil dialogue only “implacable militancy.” And have succeeded at “the complete restructuring of society with “gays“ or their surrogates in all seats of power.”
All this on yet another day where the gay community was the first to be thrown under the bus as the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill emerged from the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, excluding their pivotal quest for equality. Yes, that’s some fascist bullying and intimidation for you.
And then lest we forget the religious exemptions clause contained in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) Bill as introduced allows First Amendment religious bigotry to trump sexual orientation and gender identity protections for a very broadly defined category of religiously affiliated employers. Which is actually a striking example of Lively’s proposed First Amendment Supremacy Clause. A clause which means that all of the poster children for ENDA’s passage, like Carla Hale the Ohio teacher fired from the Catholic High School after her partner was mentioned in her mother’s obituary, would still all be fired if ENDA is passed.
So all said and done, Lively can throw chronologies of our fight for our rights back in our faces – chanting “homo-facist” and related definitions in response to our gutsy claim for equal rights, - no amount of crouching behind the First Amendment shield, will ever derogate from the fact that Lively is utilizing cheap, obvious and useless ploys by pretending to be the victim.
Added by an FB commentator quite correctly so is “While he whines and spreads falsehoods about his victimization, he himself is systematically seeking to silence LGBT advocates around the world by working with his allies in governments to “criminalize” advocacy.
- Understanding those very grave concerns about ENDA’s religious exemption (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- The Special Rights Battleground of ENDA and Immigration Reform (oblogdeeoblogda.me)
- Gay-hating Pastor Scott Lively finds new foothold in Oklahoma (oblogdeeoblogda.me)