By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 08/09/11
This past week we’ve seen played out in the pages of the
Idaho State Journal the modus operandi of the left in reframing and reshaping
fundamental issues regarding cultural and societal standards, by denigrating
and disparaging those who believe differently. Lynda Eggimann, an intelligent,
affable woman of exceptional courage and moral clarity brought to readers’
attention two local events. One is an attempt to further disenfranchise the all
too reticent majority’s freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and the
other a further degradation of our cultural mores.
She didn’t seek to silence the self-proclaimed “Thinkers,
Atheists, and Agnostics for Religious Tolerance.” nor did she advocate
disallowing them their rights of expression and free exercise of their beliefs.
She rather lamented that due to their intolerance, they were prohibiting people
of faith from exercising their inalienable rights.
Lynda was right on in questioning where we’re heading as a
society when fundamental First Amendment rights are being deprived for the
majority of the population by a small vocal group of intolerant extremists, who
ironically have “Tolerance” in the name of their group.
To these individuals, freedom of religion can only be
exercised by those who conform with their
concept of religion, or lack thereof. Freedom of speech can only be exercised
if it conforms with their
ideology, and all other voices are to be proscribed. Adherents to this
perverted logic reject the fundamental right of all Americans to express their
faith freely and publicly, and rather advance a fascistic concept of tyranny of
the minority by imposing their views on all others.
Her second point of contention was not against homosexuals,
contrary to what her antagonists imputed to her. It was against the
“in-your-face,” “ram down society’s throat” tactics of the radical advocates of
homosexual normalcy. There are societal and cultural mores, or standards that
vary by community. The mores of Pocatello and Eastern Idaho, however, are
significantly different than San Francisco, where Lynda’s from, or from
Amsterdam’s Red Light District, or New Orlean’s Bourbon Street or Sodom and
Yet the events surrounding Pocatello’s homosexual pride
event sound like they belong in any of those places, much more than they belong
here. The very spectacle of a transgender hip hop “artist”, Katastrophe,
leading a parade down Main Street seems incongruous with Pocatello’s cultural
mores. Also disconcerting is the nature of his art form and his lyrics, and
what he stands for. After all, his debut album as a producer was “Let's F***,
Then Talk About My Problems.” Participants
at the event are warned five times in the rules and regulations that there is
to be no public nudity. Do you think there just might be a threat of that? What
kind of a debacle of debauchery has our mayor and city council authorized, even
granting public alcohol consumption privileges to them? It would appear they
are equally bereft of community standards of decency.
Alan Sears and Craig Osten in their book The Homosexual
Agenda, identified the four stages that the
movement has gone through to reshape the issue. It’s now in the fourth stage of
legitimization where, with the full backing of the American Psychiatric
Association, Hollywood, the mainstream media, and the education establishment,
the issue has been taken from a treatable psychological disorder to normal, if
not preferred, “lifestyle” in less than 40 years. If the practice is so
“normal,” how long would civilization last if we were all that way?
Most of the movement’s success can be linked to reshaping
the argument from a moral and logical debate to one of “human rights.” As such,
all who question the movement and the practice are labeled as “homophobic,”
“hateful,” or “intolerant” toward those who are merely “different.” And as we
saw this last week, they do so with all the acrimony, animus, and vitriol they
can muster and get away with in print.
Society has been reprogrammed to assume they’re victims,
even with all the laws on the books preventing discrimination and in the Equal
Opportunity Employment protections while seeking employment. With the passage
of “hate crime” legislation, they now have super protection where opponents can
and are literally deprived of their freedom of speech for expressing opposition
to their agenda. In England and Canada ministers have been arrested for
referring to it as a moral issue. With our hate crimes legislation on the
books, it won’t be long before the same occurs here.
There is a sharp distinction that needs to be drawn between
accepting and loving those of different persuasions and accepting the militant,
extremist tactics of the movement purportedly advancing their cause. If
anything, we need more Lynda Eggimanns who can make that distinction, loving
the person, but willing to stand against the erosion of our cultural standards
of public decency.