Monday, December 8, 2008

Pat Boone Likens Anti-Proposition 8 Demonstrators To Mumbai Terrorists

There are times when right wing religious leaders' pronouncements on events on this planet seem like they originate from another solar system.

Rev. Jerry Falwell connected the 9/11 attacks with "...the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians...the ACLU, People For the American Way..." Rev. Pat Robertson linked Katrina with legalized abortion. 

Now singer Pat Boone, shown above, is connecting the terrorists in Mumbai with demonstrators against the passage of Proposition 8, which rescinded the marriage rights of thousands of gay Californians. The following are italicized excerpts from his article "Hate is hate, in India or America," followed by my commentary:

Oh, I know the homosexual "rights" demonstrations haven't reached the same level of violence, but...I'm referring to the intolerance, the hate seething in the words, faces and actions of those who didn't get their way in a democratic election, and who proclaim loudly that they will get their way, no matter what the electorate wants!

Yes, there is anger over the denial of a right that had already been recognized. Words like "hate seething," though, falsely paint the demonstrators as blind to reason. Regarding their attempt to"get their way," I'd call that a determination to assert their rights on an issue that should not be subject to a vote, but to the principle of equal protection under the law.

...Every homosexual citizen has the same, identical rights as any other American. The Constitution says nothing about marriage, and shouldn't. Marriage is not a governmental creation; it is a time honored and biblically ordained institution that is subject not to the government but to the will of the people. And the people, down through the centuries, have spoken. Not just the Bible, but Webster's Dictionary, defines this covenantal relationship called "marriage" as a commitment between one man and one woman.

If every "homosexual citizen" had the rights of "any other American," he or she would have had as much chance to get married as I did, with all the attendant tax breaks, health benefits, and inheritance and adoption rights that my wife and I enjoy. As for definitions, they change over time. Not too long ago, marriage between black and white Americans was forbidden.

...There never were any "rights" granted or designated to those who dissented with the will of the majority, other than the same rights all citizens have to work through the democratic process to accomplish their purposes. No "rights" were ever granted to citizens on the basis of their sexual habits or lifestyle. There simply are no such "rights."

Boone doesn't understand the very nature of rights. Rights are not granted; they're recognized. If a group is discriminated against, their inherent rights are denied. Gays have the inherent right to marriage; the problem is that, other than in Massachusetts and Connecticut, they are not allowed to exercise their right.

...What troubles me so deeply, and should trouble all thinking Americans, is that there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists. Hate is hate, no matter where it erupts. And by its very nature, if it's not held in check, it will escalate into acts vile, violent and destructive.

"Sexual jihadists" threaten us with another Mumbai massacre? Here Boone reveals his irrationality and hatred for gays. And hate is hate, no matter where it erupts.

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