The premise is that Christians are under assault by homosexualists, enabled by state and local governments and schools, to force them to accept LGBTs as — gasp — human beings deserving of civil rights! They are careful to mention “former homosexuals” and those struggling with “unwanted same-sex attraction” in order to soothe and absolve the target audience of “Christians” that their motivations are rooted in compassion, not bigotry.
Don Wildmon got this thing rolling back in February 2008 when he announced a 13 week half-hour television series called “Speechless… Silencing Christians” on the Inspiration cable network INSP. (Not available from any cable provider in my area.) After its run, he made it available as a streaming video online.
When he first announced this project, Wildmon had this to say:
For years, I have had a dream that AFA would find a way to produce and distribute TV programs addressing major moral issues, programs that explain how great the anti-Christian bias is in our society and that give viewers ways to respond.
On the “Silencing Christians” website, there is a survey. The survey asks thirteen questions, and gives “Yes, No, Maybe” multiple choice answers. However it would be better to answer these questions essay style.
For a site that is supposed to expose bias, these questions reveal a surprising amount of bias! I’ll answer these questions here:
- Do you believe the Bible condemns homosexuality as sin?
- Yes. Both in the New Testament and Old Testament. Jesus also condemns all women who divorce their husbands (for any offense) as adulterers. And Paul says Christians shouldn’t sue each other in front of a secular judge. Perhaps we shouldn’t be getting moral advice from a bunch of stories about amateur philosophers who lived a couple of thousand years ago?
- No one really knows for sure, but in many cases the answer seems to be “no”.
- What “special rights” have been given to blacks? The right to not be treated as chattel? The right to be treated equally? The right to an interracial marriage? The right to the same rights as other American citizens? The language you use here exposes more than a little racism.
- No. Hate crime legislation should be passed that gives equally severe penalties for a hate crime. In some states the penalty for a hate crime against a gay person is less than for a similar crime against an ethnic or religious minority. How is that fair?
- No. They are private organizations. Just like the Boy Scouts. They should be allowed to ban anyone they want from their clubs. However, if they do so they should be denied government funding of any sort so that the State may remain neutral toward religion. If the State gives money to a group who bans some of the State’s citizens, then endorsement of this practice is implied. How could citizens be equal in these conditions?
- No. And judging from your results, neither should you. That boycott against Disney really brought them to their knees didn’t it?
- No. Judges should be appointed who support equal rights to all citizens, and who uphold the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Special rights – such as the special right that some non-profit organizations must pay taxes while others don’t, should be closely examined for fairness.
- No. Employers should be forced to treat employees and potential employees equally in compliance with basic human rights and the rights that any American citizen has. In other words, no glass ceilings, no quid pro quo, no hiring minorities just because you need a “token”, no firing employees because they refuse to believe in E-meters and Thetans, and no shuffling resumes to the bottom of the pile just because someone seems effeminate or butch.
- I don’t know. Which secular media do you mean? Fox News? Is the secular media less biased about the “homosexual agenda” than the religious media? I don’t think so.
- It depends on the age of the children. Should we teach drivers education to kindergarteners? Or maybe have woodshop for first graders? Sex education is important, and some subjects are important enough to be taught before puberty, while other subjects can wait for later. By the time puberty happens, some kids are going to realize they are not like their friends. They shouldn’t have to feel like outcasts because of this – so it would be immoral to allow kids to think that it is right to treat homosexuals differently, unequally.
- No. I will gladly, vehemently defend a Christian’s right to say whatever he feels is appropriate in a public place, as long as he or she doesn’t break any law in doing so. (No yelling “Fire” in the theater.) However, I’ve noticed that preaching hate only gets a certain class of people to join your congregation. Is that who you really want as your membership?