Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Gingrich Raises The Evil Specter Of "Gay And Secular Fascism"



Newt Gingrich received a sympathetic hearing by Bill O'Reilly on Fox–no surprise there–as he pinpointed the menace we all face:

Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank -- for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.

So gay people fighting for their equal rights to marriage is "gay and secular fascism" imposing its will. Exactly who is imposing on whom? Aren't gays the ones whose rights are subject to a vote–and whose rights were just rescinded by Proposition 8 in California?

Note how the "threat" is explicitly couched in terms of religion. Are we making laws according to theocratic standards or according to the separation of church and state and equal protection under the law? Right wing cultural warriors like Gingrich and O'Reilly represent the American version of the Taliban.

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