Skip to comments.The Radical Intolerance of Radical Gays
Posted on 12/20/2013 8:11:15 AM PST by doug from upland
The Radical Intolerance of Radical Gays
August 26, 2013 by Richard Larsen
Tolerance is a virtue. But to be a positive force in a nation, or a community, it must be applied universally, not selectively. Definitionally, it denotes not only forbearance of behavior, but of opinions that are disagreed with. Yet the degree of intolerance shown to those who oppose the radical homosexual agenda is immensely disturbing, especially coming from those who are such ardent advocates of toleration.
Those who oppose the leftist agenda are often subjected to threats, obscene anonymous phone calls, character assassination, and disturbing mischaracterizations in social media for having the courage to express their opinions.
A courageous couple, Ralph and Rochelle Lillig of Pocatello, ID, have felt the wrath and intolerance of the radical left. And what is the heinous injustice the Lilligs are guilty of? They have the chutzpah to suggest the citizens of their town exercise their right to vote on whether to accept a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that criminalizes any perceived discrimination against homosexuals or transgenders. Encouraging democratic involvement is fundamental to the American tradition. The Lilligs should be lauded for advancing the notion that their community should actually have a direct voice in the laws the citizens are beholden to, rather than just leaving it in the hands of elected officials, some of whom have proven susceptible to coercive pressure from a small yet vocal minority.
There is a local group that calls itself 2Great4Hate, which is supporting the ordinance. They are exercising their freedom of speech to advance their agenda. They are not being vilified for doing so. So why do they display such intolerance to the Lilligs for exercising their freedom of speech? It would appear that the lefts version of tolerance is very selective and exclusive. I was unceremoniously ostracized from their Facebook group because I failed to comport with their selective concept of tolerance. Apparently its not enough to simply oppose any form of discrimination, but one must accept the entirety of their narrow, codified version of it, regardless of the unintended consequences.
The lefts version of tolerance obviously excludes social conservatives who have the temerity to support the nuclear family, and broad exercise of freedom of speech. This was made painfully clear by their reaction to Chik-Fil-A last year when the company CEO revealed they were supportive of the traditional nuclear family. The lefts reaction evidenced a selective tolerance disorder, where its not enough to merely advocate treating others the way you want to be treated, but you have to buy into their precise agenda of forced acceptance of aberrance, deviancy, and codified enforcement.
As a principle, and a characteristic to be aspired, tolerance is antithetical to ideological conformity. If tolerance is publicly demanded of behavioral and ideological aberrance, it should likewise be extended toward people of contrarian values. Freedom of speech and expression should be absolutes for all citizens and groups, not proscribed for those who believe differently. Applying a common aphorism, if its good for the goose, its good for the gander.
Its disconcerting when the primary means of advancing a particular agenda is verbal guerilla warfare of intimidation and personal attacks against those who have the audacity to disagree with them. It smacks of a fascistic tyranny of the minority by attempted intimidation of nonconformists.
I was critical of Attorney General Eric Holder when he claimed that were a nation of cowards for not addressing racial issues to his liking. But its no wonder were becoming a nation of cowards, since whenever someone has the courage to exercise their First Amendment rights of free speech and it doesnt conform with the left, they get vilified and publicly excoriated. That doesnt seem very tolerant to me.
Christopher Hitchens, the secularist and author of God is not Great said in a New York Post interview, More and more I find that those people are the real enemy intellectually. Theres no dishonesty like liberal dishonesty, just like theres no intolerance like liberal intolerance. Theres nothing they wont excuse and no excuse they wont deploy. Their piety is a big aspect of that.
The ultimate hypocrisy is to claim adherence to a standard of behavior yet fail to hold oneself accountable to that standard. If tolerance is a noble virtue to which our society must aspire, it must be applied universally, not just demanded of those who believe differently by those who have so little to spare. The bigotry and churlish behavior exhibited by the left on these kinds of issues should be sufficient to give any sentient person cause to spurn not only their conduct, but their agenda.
Tolerance is the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. It doesnt mean we have to agree, but it does require civility and mutual respect, in spite of perceived differences. Its a worthy virtue to aspire to collectively as a society. But to have any collective efficacy, it must be applied universally, not selectively.
Award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at email@example.com.
I blame the public in general for allowing a small minority to dictate rules of behavior and public policy. Gays are not the problem, but rather, the public that tolerates the tyranny of the minority.
It appears Christopher Hitchens is a traditional liberal. That’s something completely different than today’s so called progressives. I don’t agree with Hitchens’ opinion about God, but I would fight to defend Hitchens’ right to say what he believes. It appears he would do likewise for me and my beliefs. That is correctly called tolerance.
Progressives are intolerant, regressive hypocrites who appear to be completely unaware of how ridiculous and illogical they seem to any mature, rational adult.
It's not the public's job to leap all over every new thing that comes down the pike. The public trusts its legislators, in a representative democracy, to carry its water. Career politicians forget this, and get paid off by lobbyists with hidden agendas. They take the thirty pieces of silver, and breach the public trust; then lie and cover up and run again, and the public is still busy trying to make a living, take care of kids and get from one day to the next, and reflexively reelect the corrupt-but-familiar devil they know rather than someone they've never heard of who is being vilified by the devil-they-know. And on and on. That's why it always takes a deep crisis for people to finally act; and why humans have to have periodic revolutions.
You are correct that America was founded on principles specifically meant to counteract those mechanisms. But the left studied the principles with the express purpose of finding ways to subvert our system, by surrupticiously capturing all public institutions and corrupting them, which they set out to do over the last century and gradually accomplished. Finally, they have captured the fort -- the presidency, and the enforcement arms of goverment, the DOJ, the CIA, the NSA. The public is now effectively under anti-constitutional martial law.
You're right about gays not being the problem; according to the Bible, they are the punishment.
Oooooo, you’re really going to hate Fridays...
I didn't write it, dude. I just read it.
Atheism, and "functional" Atheism is the hinge on which the door to homosexuality opens to a society. It's right there in Romans 1.
It’s the punchline to a joke...
Isn’t telling the joke first, standard humor protocol? :o)
Lemme look it up...
You Will Hate Fridays
One day a guy dies and finds himself in hell. As he is
wallowing in despair, he has his first meeting with the devil...
Satan: Why so glum?
Guy: What do you think? I’m in hell!
Satan: Hell’s not so bad. We actually have a lot of fun down here. Are you a drinking man?
Guy: Sure, I love to drink.
Satan: Well you’re gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays that’s all we do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, Guinness, wine coolers, diet tab and colas. We drink till we throw up and then we drink some more! And we don’t worry about getting a hangover because you’re dead anyway.
Guy: Gee, that sounds great!
Satan: You a smoker?
Guy: You better believe it!
Satan: All right! You’re gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars from all over the world and smoke our lungs out. If you get cancer no biggie, you’re already dead, remember?
Guy: Wow... that’s awesome!
Satan: I bet you like to gamble.
Guy: Why yes, as a matter of fact I do.
Satan: Cause Wednesdays you can gamble all you want. Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, Slots. If you go bankrupt... you’re dead anyhow. Do you do drugs??
Guy: Are you kidding? Love drugs! You don’t mean...
Satan: That’s right! Thursday is drug day. Help yourself to a great big bowl of crack, or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can do all the drugs you want, you’re dead, who cares.
Guy: WOW! I never realized Hell was such a cool place!
Satan: You gay?
Satan: Ooooh You’re gonna hate Fridays.
That’s a keeper!
I’m sure the coming Sharia Law will coddle gays and they’ll be juuuuuust fine.
It is up to the public to hold the political class accountable. It is not being done. The political class has become disconnected from the people. The people get the government they deserve. Obama got elected easily in 2008 and 2012. The Dems have controlled the Senate since 2007. If you look at the single digit approval ratings for Congress, I don't believe the public trusts its legislators.
The public is now effectively under anti-constitutional martial law.
Where are the outcry and outrage? Who is enforcing martial law? What happened to the "people's representatives?" Who defends the Constitution?
“Gay is the least appropriate of all. Those people are miserable and self-loathing because they know what they are. That’s why they so desperatly seek our validation, and viciously attack us when they don’t get it.”
Bingo. If homosexuality was really the wonderful thing they keep trying to convince themselves of, why on earth would they ever need to punish those who disagree with them? I’m a Christian and I know Christianity is wonderful whether anyone else agrees with me or not.
‘Christopher Hitchens, the secularist and author of God is not Great said in a New York Post interview, More and more I find that those people are the real enemy intellectually. Theres no dishonesty like liberal dishonesty, just like theres no intolerance like liberal intolerance. Theres nothing they wont excuse and no excuse they wont deploy. Their piety is a big aspect of that.’
Christopher Hitchens’ comments remind me of this C.S. Lewis quote which definitely applies to the homosexualists and modern leftists:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience”
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Wow...I can think of plenty of words much more harsh than that.
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