The Christian Post reports that anti-gay author Dr. Frank Turek is finding it just a little bit harder to sell his team-building consultancy services after publishing a book promoting discrimination against many of the employees and customers of his prospective clients.
Just months after being fired from Cisco Systems in California over an anti-gay marriage book, Christian consultant Dr. Frank Turek was also given the boot from Bank of America.
“I get a lot of flak for just actually agreeing with what a majority of Americans agree on and that is that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Turek said this past week on American Family Radio.
He’s being just a bit dishonest, of course. If all he were doing was defending the freedom to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, then that would be fine. It’s a bigoted and ignorant opinion, but freedom of speech means that people are allowed to hold bigoted and ignorant opinions, as long as they don’t try to force their bigotry on others in a way that violates their civil and human rights. That last bit, however, is exactly what Dr. Turek and his fellow believers are trying to do, which is why he’s taking some heat for it.
Nor can Dr. Turek plead ignorance. He knows that there’s something inherently wrong with what he’s really trying to do, which is why he’s so careful to avoid any direct mention of it. Anti-gay Christians aren’t proud of their efforts to ban marriage. They’re ashamed enough to consistently try and disguise their actions, and to hide them behind deceptive euphemisms like “defending marriage.” Nobody is arguing, however, that men and women should not be allowed to marry, so there really isn’t any attack to defend against.
It’s good to hear that the charade is finally wearing thin in the business sector. Society thrives by substituting tolerance for our natural propensity for conflict and mutual harm. Attitudes like Dr. Turek’s aren’t merely bigoted, they’re anti-social and detrimental. If Dr. Turek wants to benefit from the advantages of living in a tolerant and harmonious society, he needs to quit trying to promote division and discrimination.
(By the way, Dr. Turek is one of 2 authors of the book I Don’t Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST, which I dissected in some detail over at Evangelical Realism. Blogging, sadly, has a bad habit of listing posts in reverse chronological order, so it’s a bit awkward to go through all the posts. If anybody knows of a plugin or something that would make it easier to read a series, I’d be happy to hear about it.)