The left never saw it coming. They were so fired up about Indiana’s religious freedom law, they didn’t realize they had stepped over a precarious line. They overplayed their hand, and now they’re going to suffer the consequences of underestimating the religious conscience of this proud nation.
The backlash begins in Springfield, Missouri. Last year, the City Council voted to add sexual orientation and gender identity to Springfield’s list of protected categories. When put to the voters this week, however, the ordinance was overturned by a narrow margin. City officials say it was the largest voter turnout in Springfield since 2001.
A.J. Bockelman of LGBT advocacy group Promo was disappointed in the loss. “With the advance of marriage, you have two core beliefs that we believe are at odds in this country: religious freedom, and at the same time we believe as Americans that we don’t discriminate. That’s the fight we’re seeing now. What’s the length we can extend one without infringing on the other?”
It’s rare that you can encapsulate the left’s insanity in a single quote, but Bockelman has produced a doozy. At almost every step in the quote, he exposes the LGBT movement and its liberal champions for the lying hypocrites that they are.
We believe as Americans – Notice how Bockelman puts this. On one hand, you have religious freedom – you know, that wacky idea that only the weird conservative crowd believes in. On the other hand, you have Americans. And Americans don’t believe in discriminating. It’s subtle, but it’s effective in painting this as America vs. the bigoted Christians.
We don’t discriminate – This part alone is worth examination. It’s been repeated so often that we no longer bother to question it. Is it even true? Should it be? As a democracy, we discriminate all the time. It’s the nature of our entire system of government to discriminate among beliefs, ideas, and even people. Why does that come to a halt when sexual proclivities are hanging in the balance? Is homosexuality as deserving of protection as race and gender? Or have we simply accepted this argument without question?
Extend one without infringing on the other – It is impossible to extend “gay rights” any further without infringing on religious freedom. Gay people have all the rights afforded to anyone else. If a straight man goes into a Christian bakery and asks for a gay wedding cake, will they not be denied by the same people who would deny a gay man? The cake is at issue – the wedding is at issue – not the customer. And cakes and weddings do not have constitutional rights.
Christians, proponents of freedom, and business owners feel they have come under attack by the LGBT/liberal army. It didn’t have to be this way. They pushed it too far, and now they are going to lose ground. Can’t say I’m too broken up about it.