Anti-gay marriage group is pretty sure we're going to try to '1984' them or something

Anti-gay marriage group is pretty sure we’re going to try to ’1984′ them or something

Jan 9, 2014

Let it never be said that NOM, the National Organization for Marriage, has not superbly and deftly mastered the art of hyperbole. Because here we are with a fascinating blog post on the site titled “Imagine The Government Suing Phil Robertson.” It seems they think that we are headed towards a terrifying 1984-like dystopia in which people are hauled off to jail for being opposed to same-sex marriage.

We can imagine many things. We can “imagine” the government requiring us all to eat a can of peas a day. We can “imagine” ourselves flying across the sky on the back of a majestic Pegasus. We can “imagine” a universe without shrimp. Or a universe made up entirely of shrimp. You can “imagine” me and you–I do–I think about you day and night, it’s only right. But just because we can “imagine” something does not mean it is a thing that can actually happen. Otherwise, I believe the show “Reading Rainbow” would have gotten the world in a whole lot of trouble.

However, let’s hear them out. Let’s hear what it is that they are “imagining.”

nom email 2014 01 08 pointer Anti gay marriage group is pretty sure were going to try to 1984 them or something

…Imagine that the situation didn’t involve a high-powered lobby and busy-body “thought police.” Imagine instead that Phil had been up against the full force of the government and the actual police.

nom email 2014 01 08 pointer Anti gay marriage group is pretty sure were going to try to 1984 them or something

…Imagine that it hadn’t been a network with the mere ability to hire and fire. Imagine instead that the man-in-charge was a federal judge, able to saddle Phil with criminal “hate-speech” charges, civil rights violations, and onerous fines.

nom email 2014 01 08 pointer Anti gay marriage group is pretty sure were going to try to 1984 them or something

…Imagine that it wasn’t just a Hollywood clique and cabal disapproving of a certain celebrity’s Christian values. Imagine instead a new State regime wherein those values were the legal and cultural equivalent of racism, and any citizen expressing those values was subject to punishment.

This is what our country is facing if the same-sex ‘marriage’ movement gets its way: a society in which not just Phil and other celebrities who voice Christian values are put in the crosshairs and targeted for persecution, but any ordinary citizen who believes in traditional values — ordinary citizens like you and me — will be liable to sanction.

Breakin’ it down:

“Imagine that the situation didn’t involve a high-powered lobby and busy-body “thought police.” Imagine instead that Phil had been up against the full force of the government and the actual police.”

Do you recall anyone suggesting that Phil Robertson be sent to jail for his views? I do not. There are many people who hold views considered extremely objectionable by society at large who have yet to be sent to jail simply for having an opinion. The KKK, the Westboro Baptist Church, Stormfront, Nazis, regular old racists, etc. etc.

We don’t send these people to jail for their beliefs–unless their beliefs turn into action. Action that involves discrimination or hurting someone or infringing upon their rights as a citizen of this country. They are free to continue believing in whatever ridiculous crap they like as long as they don’t then go out into the world and fuck with other people.

“Imagine that it hadn’t been a network with the mere ability to hire and fire. Imagine instead that the man-in-charge was a federal judge, able to saddle Phil with criminal “hate-speech” charges, civil rights violations, and onerous fines.”

These are two very different things. One is a private company, the other is the government. Private companies can do things that the government cannot do and vice versa. Do these people have any idea how this shit actually works? Now, simply saying “I think being gay is the same thing as fucking a dog”–though shitty–cannot and will not ever land you in jail. Just like me saying “I think practicing Christianity is the same thing as fucking a dog” would be a shitty thing to say, but not illegal. What could end you in jail would be if you said “Go set some gay people on fire.” Because those are “fighting words” and thus not protected by the First Amendment. If you do not actively discriminate against people, you will not face civil rights violations or “onerous fines.”

The reason we don’t allow active discrimination against people in this country is because doing so violates their civil rights. Their right to not be discriminated against supersedes your right to discriminate against them. We had to pick a side in this one, and we went with the underdog.

…Imagine that it wasn’t just a Hollywood clique and cabal disapproving of a certain celebrity’s Christian values. Imagine instead a new State regime wherein those values were the legal and cultural equivalent of racism, and any citizen expressing those values was subject to punishment.

You know that it’s not illegal to be racist, right? It’s illegal to express that racism by not letting black people eat at your restaurant or by burning a cross on their lawn, but it’s not illegal to be a racist.

Culturally? Sure, I’ll give you that. Why? Because it’s just as bizarre and creepy to give a shit over gay people you don’t know getting married as it is to be mad about having to use the same rest room as a black person.

No one is suggesting that you be “punished” for your views. However, we are more than free to think those views suck. Just like you are free to think our views suck. You are welcome to be viscerally appalled by a gay pride parade, and I am free to think you are a paranoid nut for thinking gay people getting married is going to affect you in the least.

This is what our country is facing if the same-sex ‘marriage’ movement gets its way: a society in which not just Phil and other celebrities who voice Christian values are put in the crosshairs and targeted for persecution, but any ordinary citizen who believes in traditional values — ordinary citizens like you and me — will be liable to sanction.

This is categorically untrue, and it’s not even what you’re really afraid of. What you don’t like is the fact that your “traditional values” are no longer in the mainstream. You don’t just want to be allowed to have your own beliefs and go about your own lives, you want everyone to congratulate you on how wonderful they are.

However, at this point, I would like to remind you that the “traditional values” vs. “civil rights” debate has been going on for quite some time in various forms. Each time, the people on the “traditional values” side of things have predicted exactly what you are predicting now and it has yet to happen.

Now, you may be OK with women being able to vote nowadays. You may not care where black people sit on the bus. You may not even care if a black person and a white person get married. But before those things became the law, there were a lot of people just out there claiming that those things violated the tenets of the Christian religion, and predicting the exact same things you are predicting right now. It didn’t happen then, and it’s not going to happen now.

Your problem is that you don’t want to feel like you’re in the same category as the people who opposed those things. Unfortunately, this is a movie we’ve all seen before and we all know how it works out in the end. Just deal with it now, history is not going to look kindly upon you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have your beliefs.

Addendum: May I just take a moment here and point out that George Orwell was a leftist? That he was, in fact, a dreaded Socialist?

For some years past I have managed to make the capitalist class pay me several pounds a week for writing books against capitalism. But I do not delude myself that this state of affairs is going to last forever… the only régime which, in the long run, will dare to permit freedom of speech is a Socialist régime. If Fascism triumphs I am finished as a writer – that is to say, finished in my only effective capacity. That of itself would be a sufficient reason for joining a Socialist party.– “Why I joined the Independent Labour Party,”  George Orwell

So could you people please do us all a favor and stop trying to use his works to your own end, because I’m pretty sure he would have thought you were all blithering freaking idiots. Having an opinion on someone’s opinion isn’t being “the thought police.” Thinking someone is an asshole or a bigot is not being “the thought police.”  Not wanting to watch someone’s show or buy their products is not being “the thought police.” The “thought police” send you to jail, they do not take to the internet and pen essays on the internet about how they think you suck.

We are not the thought police for disagreeing with you anymore than you are the thought police for disagreeing with us. Given the fact that you want to be allowed to police who people love and whom they are allowed to marry, however–let’s face it, you’re a bit closer.

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