The following is a letter I recently wrote to a good long time friend of mine who happens to be a strong liberal supporter of LGBT rights.
I have a question for you about the whole LGBT rights issue. I can understand why you have your position and, in fact, I am sympathetic to many of the goals which would protect them from not enjoying many of the same basic rights as others.
However, what I don't understand, is how good liberals like you, can stand by dumb and idle at many of the undemocratic tactics which a large percentage of the LGBT lobby and community are using to further their agenda. It seems obvious that many in the LGBT lobby make no real distinctions whatsoever between persons who disagree with their viewpoint. Anyone who disagrees, at least by a vocal group within the lobby, is immediately shouted down and dismissed and called a hater, bigot or homophobe. The effect of this is not merely to quash free speech and freedom of conscience, but has far-reaching implications beyond this. It is becoming clear that the agenda of many in the lobby is not merely to pass their anti-discrimination laws but to homogenize the culture into some kind of groupthink. And this is being carried out with coercive measures.
Here are some examples I have in mind from several recent events.
1) the Atlanta fire chief lost his job because somewhere in a book he had written he mentioned, among a list of other sins, that sex between members of the same gender was a sin. Did he single homosexuality to be the only sin? No. Other sins were included.
Christians, like the fire chief, don't say in their hearts, "ah he is a sinner, a homosexual no less,... we need to make him pay and need to withhold our love from him." The thought does not cross our minds. He says rather, there is a sinner, like me. How can I help. If they don't want help then okay...they are still just like we, and so we will commit ourselves to pray for them. Do we thereby hate them? C'mon. We have been calling out all kinds of sins since the beginning of the history of revelation. Why is this particular sin any different? If I call out adultery as a sin does that make me adulteraphobic? Or if I teach against pre-marital sex does that mean I am fornicatiphobic, or if I disagree with polygamy, does that make me polygaphobic? As if I want to harm these people who think differently than me? I don't. I want to help. God has opened the ears of many of these hurting and broken people to hear the gospel. If God can help someone as lost as I was, He can help anyone. And He is still working on me.
2) Another example is the Christian TV hosts who lost their chance to begin their HGTV show simply because they were Christians. Somewhere in their belief system, among their huge catalog of sins, someone in the LGBT lobby used their magnifying glass to discover they believed homosexuality was among the things they believed was a sin. Oh no!!! the world is ending.
3) Or what about the Chief of Mozilla Firefox. It came to the attention of the Silicon Valley firm that he had given money to support traditional marriage several years before. So he lost his job. Plain and simple. The list of these kinds of coercive measures and purgings goes on including the removal of Christian clubs from university campuses because among hundreds of other sins, homosexual sex happens to be among them... and how Christian professors who have to be secretive about their convictions for fear of getting a job, losing their job or their chance at tenure.
Tell me, how are these liberals much different than the communist purges by McCarthy in the 1950s?. So the whole segment of society who calls themselves Christians are to be blacklisted? Fact is, we are not going to change our view about this issue. True Christians do not fear man, but fear God only. From my point of view this tactic by this segment of progressives reveals the modern liberals as becoming the very thing they claim to despise.
Last, I would recommend that you read this essay which I think is a fairly good indicator of where things are going.
The shunning of Ryan T. Anderson: When support for gay marriage gets ugly by Damon Linker
So my question to you again is why liberals allow for their very tactics they claim to despise in others? You have freedom of conscience in this country to promote your views, but consider carefully that the present move in our society is to remove ours in the process.
No Free Speech for Christians at Some of America’s Best Universities by Owen Strachan