Ms. Green has some videos of truly hateful behavior by the anti-Proposition 8 folks. Yet it is the Christians who are continually referred to as haters. Sure, Fred Phelps and his ilk are haters and they call themselves Christian, but their behavior displays about as much fruit as their counterparts on the Left. And the demonstrators on the Left far outnumber the Phelps-types.
The Left uses the “hate” accusation reflexively to try to demonize and silence the opposition. It is amazing that the hate label sticks to us when we actually take a live and let live approach to gays. We just don’t like it when they shove their agenda down our throats.
I’ve known for a long time that their theme of “tolerance” was an upside down use of the word. You can only tolerate those you disagree with, and these people show no tolerance at all.
Here is one line of thinking to use in responding to the spurious “hate” personal attacks.
If you want to disarm the liberals, just point out that if homosexuality could be detected in utero that you would be against those abortions, and ask them if they would agree to make those abortions illegal. If heterosexual parents abort for Down Syndrome, gender, inconvenience, etc. I guarantee you that most parents would abort rather than have a potentially gay child (I wouldn’t).
I’ve asked this question many times and I have yet to find a heterosexual liberal who doesn’t love abortion rights more than gays. So this argument is a great way to make them squirm and to point out how ridiculous it is for them to label you as a homophobe. After all, they think it should be legal to destroy gays in the womb (even hypothetically) while you think they should be protected.
The most I’ve ever seen them say in response is that I’m against all abortions, so specific protections for gays isn’t meaningful. But I point out that if this was the only restriction made that I’d favor it. You shouldn’t kill an innocent human being because he is gay or even might be gay.
It also forces them to reconsider their pro-abortion views, because it points out how the unborn are real human beings. That is one reason they fight any exceptions, even for gender selection abortions. They know that once you concede the humanity of the unborn for any reason then other abortions wouldn’t be justified.
If you do Venn diagrams of pro-legalized abortionists and pro-gay agenda folks, you’ll see virtually concentric circles.
Authentic Christians do not hate these people. Watch the videos and see. But the truth sounds like hate to those that hate the truth. And those that are pro-legalized abortion and pro-gay marriage are in deep rebellion to God.
I explored this more in a hypothetical dilemma.
I know that the “rights” talk makes for a good sound bite, but what rights are we talking about? The right to relationships? They have them. The right to be married? Uh, sorry, but they already have the right to marry a living being of the opposite sex of the same species under certain conditions (i.e., no incest, bestiality, polygamy or necrophilia). And who are they to pull up the drawbridge after gays get these “rights” and leave the other groups hanging? Do they hate them? Why else would they oppose their rights?
I thought this was a great summary by Invictus, who previously had been inclined to try and support gay civil marriage:
You know, I’m not really inclined to support the creation of a new “right”–one that has never existed in all of human history–on behalf of a people who so easily take up the mantle of thuggish oppression as soon as they are given space to do so. Does anyone (idiots and liars excluded) really think that teams of police would be required to escort gay couples safely out of neighborhoods full of violent Mormons screaming death threats?