Tuesday, January 17, 2006

O, how my bleeding liberal heart weeps for those poor persecuted fundies

Saw this over at AmericaBLOG, Now, the Religious Right is protesting over what they claim is an infringement upon their rights as Christians in the universities. You mean that universities are clamping down on Christian Clubs, Campus Ministries, Outreach programs? You mean that universities are now attacking the churches fining them for just having services for concerned students?

Of course not, that is not the issue here. This is just exhibit #3800 in the self-martyrdom syndrome the Religious Right loves to play. It's those dastardly Satanic liberals in the universities who are trying to silence good, upright Christians from exercising their right to free speech. From Agape Press...
Now, it's alright to have beliefs in private disapproving of homosexual behavior, but it's when you openly try to demonize homosexuals and pillory them as being hell-bound in public that we should all have a problem with. No one is trying to force Christians to believe that homosexuality is good, Christian behavior. No one is trying to cram homosexuality down the throats of anyone. No one is trying to advance the non-existant homo agenda on us all. All what the GLBT community wants is tolerance and acceptance.

The universities don't want a repeat of hate crimes like these, including one at UNC where a gay student was chased and beaten by unknown assailants yelling expletives and slurs. Such rhetoric can lead to hate crimes, but the fundamentalists would rather have you see them as the victims here, victims of liberal censorship.

Now, I'm for freedom of speech and all, but hate speech is something that should be restricted out in public. There's nothing to restrict anti-homosexual behavior sermons in the churches and all. If a preacher wants to preach against homosexual behavior, fine, so be it. We may not like it, but as long as it's done in church and in a way that does not demonize homosexuals unlike what the Religious Right leaders like Falwell, Dobson, and Robertson do, it should not be restricted. Maybe they can disagree on homosexual behavior, but no one should have their civil rights denied because they are gay. Perhaps, if the Religious Right or religious groups on campus can focus on policing the behavior of their own members instead of imposing their morality on everyone, the world would be a better place.

Maybe speech codes are a bad thing, I don't know. But I don't see anything wrong with restricting speech that could incite violence and hate crimes. I don't see anything wrong with banning the crying of wolf by shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater. The opponents of these speech codes claim that of course you must ban the shouting of "Fire" when there isn't any in a crowded theater because it could hurt someone. That's a legitimate argument, but one could turn that argument around and say that hate speech could also hurt someone too.

It's just me personally, but I would rather be politically correct rather than have unrestricted speech lead to someone getting hurt or even worse killed like Matthew Shepard. However, what strikes me is the utter hypocrisy. These are the same people who tried to ban books by gay authors in Alabama and these are the same people who tried to force corporations to stop advertising in gay publications. For them to cry out loud about freedom of speech is Phariseeism at its worst. They want to look like good martyrs to everyone and cry out loud about religious liberty, but they would just turn around and deny "religious liberty" if they were lucky enough to impose their religion on everyone.

I can't see what's so wrong about the universities promoting dignity and respect for everyone.

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