By Bryan Fischer
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A federal judge in Washington state ruled yesterday that that the names and addresses of all the signers of a petition to defend natural marriage in the Evergreen State must be made public. Attorneys for signers pointed out that signers had already been the subject of threats and intimidation, and were naturally concerned that such hate crimes would escalate with the release of these names.
But no matter to this judge, who is apparently quite happy to see the hate crimes of harassment and threats committed by homosexual bigots continue unabated against people whose only offense is to believe in man-woman marriage.
The pro-homosexual bigots who want these names released have made it clear that their objective is to find out who these people are so they can confront them and have aggressive conversations with them. If these signers are harassed for doing nothing more than participating in the democratic process, it will create a natural reluctance on the part of voters to sign conservative-oriented petitions in the future. The chilling affect is obvious.
But Dale Carpenter, writing on the all-things-legal website Volokh Conspiracy, has no patience for folks in Washington state concerned about retaliation from homosexual activists.
"The law protects us from violence and threats of violence. But it does not protect us from criticism, even harsh criticism, when we take public positions on public matters. It does not protect us from having our feelings hurt or from having others think poorly of us.”
Well, golly. Mr. Carpenter, without having any idea what he was doing, just condemned the Southern Poverty Law Center for listing pro-marriage organizations such as the AFA as hate groups.
Thanks, Mr. Carpenter, for protecting our absolute right to express “criticism, even harsh criticism” of homosexual behavior based on its impact on human health. And thanks for protecting our absolute right to express “criticism, even harsh criticism” for the homosexual agenda and its repressive impact on religious liberty.
And when Mr. Carpenter says the law “does not protect us from having our feelings hurt” he just decimated the entire agenda of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the ACLU, because the only basis for most of their lawsuits is that someone has been “offended” by a prayer or by a Ten Commandments monument.
Let’s see if Mr. Carpenter will come to the defense of the public school teacher who may get fired for doing nothing more than expressing “criticism, even harsh criticism” of homosexual behavior on her own Facebook site, which apparently got somebody’s “feelings hurt.”
A local attorney who is calling for this teacher to be terminated with extreme prejudice says such “public comments from a teacher cannot be tolerated.” Well, Mr. Carpenter, we’re waiting. Are you going to come to the defense of this teacher or are you going to act the part of a hypocrite and remain silent? Hmmm?
So Mr. Capenter, let’s see how consistent you will be the next time the SPLC adds another pro-family organization to its list of hate groups, and how consistent you will be the next time the ACLU files suit because somebody suffered an emotional boo-boo.
I’m not holding my breath, are you?
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)