A friend informed me that a cable station near our alma mater was going to run a program called Speechless: Silencing the Christians, an anti-homosexuality, fundamentalist propaganda piece sponsored by the American Family Association (which might as well be called the Apple Pie and Cuddles Association to emphasize the warm fuzzies they use to hide the noose hanging from the nearest tree). Whoops, did I say that?
The network in question pulled the program after an avalanche of protests by LGBT supporters. At first, my reaction was elation. I clicked my heels, seeing one more poisonous influence kept from the eyes and ears of thousands. Such vile propaganda shouldn’t be allowed on television!… right? Upon further introspection, I reassessed my glee. I was a hypocrite. Censorship only proves the point of the AFA–we did silence the Christians.
I believe in free speech for all, no matter how bigoted one’s beliefs. I may hate that you think what you do, but I want you to have the right to shout it from the rooftops–or preach it from the television–if it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others or break any laws. The freedom to speak your mind is the same freedom that lets me speak mine. Let the ideas stand freely on their own. The weak ones will fall where they may. To borrow a phrase: let the best idea win.
On the website for Speechless, you can watch the piece and then answer a survey they plan to send to top media, political, and social leaders in the United States. Inspired by Calladus, I’ve decided to answer this survey after the cut.
Survey on Homosexuality
- Do you believe the Bible condemns homosexuality as sin?
- Yes, I think it’s very clear on the subject (or as clear as an Iron Age writer can be on the complexity of sexuality)
- Can homosexuals change their sexual orientation?
- I do not think so.
- Should homosexuals be allowed to adopt children?
- Absolutely. “American Family Associaton” indeed.
- Should homosexuals be given the same special rights extended to African-Americans and other minorities?
- The rights are not “special”. They are basic, fundamental, just, and should be given to all people, no matter their population numbers in this country.
- Should hate crimes legislation be passed that would call for more severe penalties for crimes against homosexuals?
- All hate crimes should be judged the same way. No one group should be singled out; ideally, all hate crimes against any individuals should be judged by the law.
- Do you believe that churches and religious organizations should be forced to hire homosexuals?
- Equal opportunity employment for all. I think it’s wrong if someone is fired because they are of a different race, sexual orientation, or gender. I’m not as familiar with employment law as many are, but I certainly hope the legality of descrimination doesn’t change because it’s a religious organization.
- Would you support a boycott of a major U.S. corporation that contributes money to support homosexual activist organizations?
- Where’s their donation box?
- Should judges be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court who support extending special rights to homosexuals?
- No. Judges should be appointed to uphold equal rights for all people and enforce and interpret the constitution.
- Should employers be forced to extend special consideration in the hiring of homosexuals?
- Must I reiterate this again? No. Equality. At all times. Why all these questions about “force” and “special” privileges? This survey is so incredibly biased.
- Is the secular media demonstrating a bias in favor of the homosexual agenda?
- If by “agenda” they mean seeing homosexuality as a normal trait of humans who can benefit society and deserve dignity and equality, then yes, perhaps it is.
- Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to limit marriage to a union between one man and one woman?
- No. In fact, if marriage is a religious/spiritual union it shouldn’t go anywhere near the constitution at all.
- Should children in public schools be taught homosexuality is normal, acceptable, and equal to the traditional marriage of a man and a woman?
- Apples and oranges. Homosexuality is normal, acceptable, and equal to heterosexuality. Marriage is not the same thing. I think teaching kids about sexuality is mainly the job of the parents. I don’t think we need to have a lesson plan in classes about heterosexuality vs. homosexuality. We might as well have classes on why it’s okay to be brown-eyed instead of blue. If it is a normal thing, why not treat it as normal and not harp on it?
- Do you agree that Christians should be arrested for speaking against homosexuality in public places?
- No. See my realization about free speech above. Christians sometimes get a bit of a persecution complex here in the United States, but often don’t defend the rights of people who don’t agree with them. Take, for instance, the atheist billboards seen country-wide this winter. Christians fight and claw to get them taken down because they’re offensive. But as soon as someone complains about their point of view or wants them to shut up, they cry persecution and censorship. Pot, meet kettle.