Sunday, March 20, 2011

Homophobic writer makes case for Obama's anti-bullying campaign

The basic lack of integrity from some on the right who would attack President Obama's anti-bullying initiative was seen again last week.

According to Media Matters, Robert Knight, a veteran expert in smearing the lgbt community, wrote a column about Obama's initiative in which he cited the concerns of one Laurie Higgins, a member of the SPLC-declared hate group the Illinois Family Institute:

The government, under the auspices of three federal agencies, has created a website dedicated to ending bullying. Paraphrasing Mrs. Higgins, here's the site's underlying philosophy: 1) Homosexual behavior is equivalent to race, 2) any kind of sex is morally positive, and 3) expressing any conservative moral beliefs leads to bullying. What a neat formula for suppressing dissent.

Let's ignore for a brief moment the fact that nothing in the President's initiative has anything to do with sexual intercourse and let's ignore Knight's silly need to define the lgbt community in accordance to his fevered imagination regarding what exactly is "homosexual behavior."

It's that third point which catches my eye - "expressing any conservative moral beliefs leads to bullying."

One has to wonder what exactly does Knight feel is an "expression of any conservative moral beliefs."

Are they something like this:

"Homosexuals say they don't want the children, but boy they put a lot of energy into going after them."

Or this:

“If you look at the footage from Operation Rescue, um, vigils outside abortion clinics, you will see that the anti Operation Rescue demonstrators invariably have a pink triangle on and they are usually pretty big heavy set women who look like they’ve been over working October Fest for the last six years . . .”

Or this:

"You can’t fool nature. The rectum was not made for sexual activity.” Then, impishly, he adds, “it is an exit ramp, not an entry ramp.”

These are past comments by Robert Knight and they illustrate a point I've made before. If you look at the past statements and comments of the vast majority of those raising "concerns" about the President's anti-bullying initiatives, you would find that they've said things about the lgbt community in the past which goes well beyond that of "expressing a moral belief" In fact, these statements sound as if they are voiced by grade school and high school bullies.

We saw an example of this last week with Focus on the Family interviewing the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber about Obama's anti-bullying initiative in spite of the fact that Barber's past actions and comments against the lgbt community totally wrecks his credibility to speak on the issue - particularly the tasteless tweets he made about gays and lesbians serving openly in the military

So the big question here is not whether President Obama's anti-bullying initiative is unfair to those who have a moral objection to homosexuality.

The question - which should be put to Knight and those like him - is are they trying to protect the bullies?

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