Free Speech Wankery: It's Fundamental for Fundamentalists
Free speech is something that groups headed by the likes of Kevin Blier often claim as their absolute right, even up to protecting the right of hate-mongers like themselves who argue for the death of gays and lesbians. One such case is that of Michael Marcavage.
Blier's Center for American Cultural Renewal has posted a defense of Marcavage's radical anti-gay group, Repent America, by the homophobe Robert Knight. Marcavage is also known for beating the anti-everyone hate-meister, Fred Phelps, to the punch in claiming that Hurricane Katrina was a godly smiting of the unpious. Not unsurprisingly, a fundamentalist activist like Knight rises to the defense of scumbags like Marcavage, yet has gone out of his way to attack groups like the Girl Scouts of America and to make the argument against stopping kids in school from calling other kids names.
Here's a taste of the kind thing that Marcavage has said:
"According to the Scriptures, it's the government's job to enforce God's law and to uphold his law, and the Bible talks about how, I don't want to really get into this — it'll make me sound like I'm crazy — but it does talk about how [homosexuals] are to be put to death. The wages of sin is death. But I want to make [it] clear that I'm not advocating the [independent] killing of homosexuals. … I'm saying that the government's duty is to uphold God's law. … I know that's harsh, but we have all broken the law, God's law, and we need to be held accountable."Marcavage later claimed his comments were off the record and had been promoted by others "in a false light." The paper stands by its story.
- City Paper
In 1942 the death penalty was instituted for gay people (primarly men) in Nazi Germany. Gays in the military were shot.
"That wasn't a punishment, but simply the extinguishing of abnormal life. It had to be got rid of, just as we pull out weeds, throw them on a heap, and burn them."Fundamentalist extremists like Blier, Knight, Dobson and Marcavage claim an absolute free speech right, even up to calling for or defending those who would "extinguish" whole segments of the population. However, when it comes to others the right of free speech is not so much of an absolute. In fact, when you wade through all their hate-based rhetoric, you find that they have a biblically prescribed solution for anyone whose speech is not as unhinged as theirs is.
- Heinrich Himmler
If you'd like to read more about Kevin Blier and his hate group, see Cathy Resmer's recent piece in Seven Days, Uncivil Liberties.
What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."