There’s a billboard that’s been popping up with the words “Imagine being fired because of who you love”. It’s put together by a radical LGBT organization that can’t tolerate merely having their wills imposed on the entire country by a few lawyers, but needs everyone to affirm their decisions and enthusiastically support them. There’s nothing new about this totalitarian impulse at the heart of the LGBT movement. I’ve long viewed it as a sort of intellectual defense mechanism against the Holy Spirit and conscience; when condemned so profoundly and comprehensively, the reaction is to look for affirmation elsewhere, and if that affirmation isn’t easily found, it must be forced.
But this post isn’t about the totalitarian impulse. It’s about the billboard.
I immediately thought of two problems with using the bumper sticker slogan on the sign as some sort of profound insight.
First, I can imagine a pedophile, or a couple engaged in incest, or a rapist, all using this as a defense. After all, if it is wrong to be fired because of who you love full stop, then surely it would be wrong to be fired for raping a woman you “love”, or a child you “love”, or a sibling you “love”. An LGBT zealot might respond that in the case of rape, there is no consent, and “consent makes right”, but this is just another opportunity to remind the zealot that their own incoherent worldview undermines this. “Love is love”, they say, and who are we to judge how that is conveyed? Surely, people with healthy consciences would find it appropriate for a company to fire a pedophile who stalks children. But following the logic of the billboard, that would be wrong.
Second, there is no reason to think that “love” needs to be identified as marriage or sex. This has been another consistent problem for LGBT advocacy. In trying to justify same-sex acts, the zealots undermine any other form of love that isn’t sexual in nature. But why do this? Parents love their children. Best friends may love each other more deeply than any sexual relationship even if sexual acts would never cross either of their minds and there is no sexual attraction whatsoever. The fact is, the “discrimination” implicitly condemned by the billboard is not of love or even the object of that love. It’s the sexual acts and demand to be considered “married” (a term with virtually no meaning to most anymore) that are in question. It’s telling that euphemisms like “who you love” are employed. Even the organization that threw together the sign knows, deep down, that they can’t get away with being clear and precise. Their ideas are too bad and shallow for that, and they need all the cover they can get.
No one is getting fired for “who they love”, but it’s probably true that some religious organizations and small businesses run by Christians have policies that don’t allow overtly evil behaviors like same-sex acts to be thrust into the faces of those they serve. This organization, deeply dishonest as is typical of LGBT advocacy and liberalism in general, must craft emotional pleas, because their real message is totally unpalatable. Their true message is: “Our right to sexual pleasure trumps all other rights, and if you don’t celebrate us, we want you to suffer painful death.”
Always, always remember that.