What is it with wingnuts not understanding that just because someone points out their stupidity and bigotry, that doesn’t mean they’re being persecuted? Bryan Fischer makes this asinine argument yet again when writing about the court ruling that the names of those who signed a petition against marriage equality can’t be withheld:
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.
Um. No, you idiot. He did exactly the opposite. You have every legal right to express harsh criticism of the mythical “homosexual agenda.” And others get to harshly criticize you for doing so, including calling you hateful. And then he actually manages to get even dumber:
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.”
Hey, guess who did defend that teacher’s First Amendment rights? The ACLU did.