Monday, April 25, 2016

Frank Turek is acutely confused

Frank Turek
Monday, at Charisma News, Frank Turek asks: “Can Bruce Springsteen Refuse to Play at a Gay Wedding?” The answer to that question is; it depends on where that wedding takes place. Yes — Springsteen can refuse if,  for example, that wedding takes place in North Carolina. No questions asked. On the other hand The Boss would have a problem if he did so, based upon the couple's sexuality, in New York. It's not all that complicated.

According to Turek:
When Bruce Springsteen refuses to do a concert in North Carolina for moral reasons, he's a hero to the liberals and the media, which are the same thing. (Imagine what would have happened if Bruce had a wedding band that refused to perform at a gay wedding? He'd go from hero to zero!) Yet, when a conservative band, florist or photographer refuses to work at a gay wedding for moral or religious reasons, the left and the media bully those folks mercilessly as intolerant bigots. And they do so while claiming to be against bullying and for "tolerance"! (As Ryan Anderson pointed out, if it wasn't for double standards, liberals would have no standards.)
Except for three things:
  1. Ryan Anderson is an imbecilic ultra-orthodox Catholic cultist and;
  2. It's a false equivalence and;
  3. Did I mention that Turek is profoundly confused?
Turek doesn't apparently understand what he cited. Anderson claimed that it was a double standard to boycott North Carolina while doing business in China. The problem with that argument is that these companies that Anderson (and Turek) refer to are based in the United States and they are run by Americans. We have a different level of interest in domestic affairs.

There's this bit of inanity:
Of course HB2 has nothing to do with denying services to anyone. It is about public heath and safety. While artists and businesses exercise their right to discriminate against North Carolinians, they have the audacity to claim that North Carolinians have no right to discriminate between the sexes.
Having nullified nondiscrimination ordinances in most of urban North Carolina, HB2 has a great deal to do with denying service. Throughout all of North Carolina HB2 made it perfectly lawful to discriminate against LGBT citizens in housing, employment and public accommodations. I would argue that the bill actually encourages discrimination.

And this:
There are 21,054 convicted sex offenders in North Carolina—one of them was a leader in getting the Charlotte ordinance to pass, which created the need for HB2 in the first place (a fact conveniently ignored by the mainstream media). Is it bigotry to protect women and children from these people? No, it's loving and right. It's actually bigotry to fail to read HB2, mischaracterize it and blindly goose-step to the propaganda put out by the misnamed Human Rights Campaign. 
The first link is to a post on Facebook (very authoritative). The second is to a story on Breitbart. What created the need for HB2 was Christian privilege and Christian supremacy in defiance of the Establishment Clause. This has nothing to do with sex offenders. Southern conservative Christians have found that religious freedom includes the freedom to discriminate against others. Where these laws are in effect they have not been used by sex offenders to molest women and children. Never. It is Mr. Turek who is mischaracterizing HB2 (we can all read the law) and the Third Reich imagery is offensive to me as a Jew.

And of course there is this bit of bigotry:
The misnamed Human Rights Campaign is also upset because "sexual orientation" is not a protected class in North Carolina or at the federal level. Well, why should it be?

Some will say because race is. But the comparison doesn't work. Race is not a behavior and it has no impact on your behavior. LGBT issues are all about advancing behaviors that violate the deeply held moral and religious beliefs of many Americans. And LGBT political goals are all about imposing certain objectionable behaviors on others, whether it's forcing participation in a gay wedding or allowing men into women's bathrooms and showers.
This baffled boob can certainly bloviate. Neither sexual orientation nor sexual identity are behaviors. Christianity is a behavior. So is Judaism yet the difference in behaviors caused these same folks to discriminate against Jews for many decades.

Then this:
LGBT political goals often involve a solution looking for a problem. Are LGBT people have trouble getting work? Are they being discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual behaviors off the job? To the contrary: LGBT people often run the workplace! Why else would so many companies immediately express outrage over such a commonsense bill?
LGBT people are routinely discriminated against in the workplace. The fact that there are a few gay CEOs (we are probably underrepresented) does not prove otherwise. If Mr. Turek would spend some time actually listening instead of talking he would know that these corporations seek to protect their bottom line. Discrimination is bad for business. Many non-LGBT people do not want to work in a state that is discriminatory.

I experienced their bias personally. In 2011, I was fired as a consultant by Cisco and Bank of America for writing a book against same sex marriage even though my beliefs were never expressed on the job. Why did they judge and fire me? What does accepting homosexual behavior have to do with job productivity? Are we supposed to have sex at work? 
Five years ago and this schmuck is still whining. If his book was anything like this polemic it is like Jews in the workforce finding out that their company's consultant is also a Klansman. I would be first on that line to get the consultant as far away from my employer as possible. Turek doesn't see it that way. According to him, sure, anti-Semitism and racism by Christians in the past were wrong but these gays are different. They are dirty and perverse in defiance of God. They threaten our children whom they wish to recruit into their filthy lifestyle.

And there is this (Turek gives us much to work with):
Again, this is different than race. While race protections and affirmative action may give preference to certain people (thereby creating reverse discrimination), race has no impact on behavior or business results. But cross-dressing is a choice to behave in a way that can hinder job performance and drive off customers and profits. A business owner should not be legally forced to suffer because an employee engages in behavior that hurts business. 
Bullshit. They made the exact same argument for race discrimination. The mere presence of Black personnel would scare white women and drive customers away. Blacks had to know their place.
But that's what the misnamed Human Rights Campaign wants—they want LGBT preferences to supersede everyone else's rights. According to them, the only right you have is to agree with them. That's why they think someone like Bruce Springsteen has rights that you don't have.
Turek has not explained what right Springsteen has that is exclusive to him. Nor do I know what preferences Turek is referring to. Well, actually I do. In order for society to conform to scripture, gay and transgender must be sexual preferences. Turek's god only makes males and females and they are all heterosexual. Evolution is junk science, the universe is 6,000 years old and man cohabited with dinosaurs. I am only surprised that they aren't advocates of geocentrism because, in spite of empirical proof otherwise, the Bible is the truth in all things. Sure.

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