Friday, December 14, 2018

AFA is displeased with Orrin Hatch - Walker Wildmon weighs in

Walker Wildmon
They did not exactly start out with genius but each generation of the Wildmon family produces further diminished intellect.
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American Family Association is not happy with Orrin Hatch's final speech from the Senate floor. The six-term, 84-year-old lawmaker had the temerity to say (according to AFA):
I believe we can find substantial common ground on these issues that will enable us to both safeguard the ability of religious individuals to live their faith and protect LGBTQ individuals from invidious discrimination.
[…]
As one of my final acts as a U.S. senator, I challenge my colleagues to find a compromise on this crucially important issue — a compromise that is true to our founding principles.
Walker Wildmon is now a VP of the hate group:
OneNewsNow spoke with American Family Association vice president Walker Wildmon, who points out that Christians didn't start this fight and are not out to get anybody or to punish people or suppress their constitutional rights.

"Christians, historically, have been nice to everybody, even people of the opposite faith," says Wildmon. "That's what we do is we reach out to people who don't know Jesus Christ. But at the same time we still have to hold true to what the Bible says."

He says having Christian beliefs and believing in the Bible is somehow wholly unacceptable in American culture today.
Wildmon is not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier. He is also full of crap. His organization, started by his grandfather, has been exceptionally hostile to LGBTQ people. Southern Poverty Law Center listed AFA as a hate group around the same time that their Bryan Fischer said:
Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.
That same year, AFA released a statement opposing gay military service. It included:
If President Obama, Congressional Democrats, and homosexual activists get their wish, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals who may very well view them with sexual interest.
According to Walker Wildmon, statements like that are “nice to everybody.” Let us recall the many boycotts. A small sample:
  • In 2005 AFA boycotted Ford for advertising in gay media and supporting gay pride celebrations.
  • In 2008 AFA boycotted McDonalds because an executive was on the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Also in 2008, they boycotted Hallmark cards because the company began selling same-sex wedding cards.
  • In 2008, AFA boycotted Campbell's soup because the company advertised in The Advocate.
  • Then there was the Disneyland boycott for gay days which were not organized by Disney.
  • A long running dispute with Home Depot for “promoting homosexuality.”
  • A current boycott against Target for accommodating gender identity (just like every other major retailer). Target's offense, according to Tim Wildmon, was publicizing the policy.
Nice. Wildmon suggesting that AFA simply holds true to biblical beliefs is imbecilic. He is free to hold any views that he wants. If he happens to be gay he can stay in the closet, even enter into a loveless marriage to a woman. That freedom does not satisfy the people at American Family Association. For many years they have tried to impose their beliefs on society as public policy.

AFA's version of America denies Equal Protection to people whose sexuality they disapprove of for religious reasons. It looks more like Iran than the United States.
Walker Wildmon concludes:
At the end of the day, some homosexual activists want to punish Christians for their beliefs – and they want it to be to where everyone gives a hat tip to their lifestyle and basically applauds them.
I did say that Walker is not too bright. While attempting to promote the idea that AFA as not  hateful, he is calling a sexual orientation that he disapproves of a “lifestyle.” Wildmon's literalist Christian believes form a lifestyle — sexual orientation does not.

Ever the victim, Wildmon is also claiming that LGBTQ people want to “punish Christians.” He is promoting the ever-present zero sum hypothesis. As LGBTQ people become more equal and more protected from discrimination, Christians are equally harmed. In other words Christians have a divine right to discriminate. It is the very core of Christian Privilege.

Finally, Wildmon indulges in a frequent refrain: We are intent on getting his approval and when we do not get that approval we retaliate. The truth is that we neither seek nor require his approval or that of his organization. What he wants is for his approval to be necessary for things like marriage, adoption, employment, housing, insurance, medical care and so on.

What Walker Wildmon is also promoting is the idea that our problem is not that we are refused service or that our community's children are subject to bullying or any of the other things that hate groups like AFA are responsible for. Oh no. What upsets us are none of those things but the absence of their approval.

What Senator Hatch might have in mind is something like the Utah Compromise which was implemented in 2015. It provides nondiscrimination protections in employment and housing while broadly exempting religious organizations and their many affiliates. It does not outlaw discrimination by public accommodations which is essential if we are to have the dignity of service in the commercial marketplace.

My view was that the Utah Compromise was a PR effort by the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). It isn't even a compromise because religion towers over equal protection in all matters.

Why should we even compromise in the first place? Why should we have less rights than, say, a Mormon? They are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are not. They chose their religion while our sexuality is entirely involuntary.

Getting back to Walker Wildmon his claim that “Christians, historically, have been nice to everybody, even people of the opposite faith” is appallingly incorrect. Don Wildmon is an anti-Semite. He has blamed Jews for being too accepting of gay people. Historically, conservative Christians, particularly those from the Deep South have been hostile to other faiths, even Catholicism but particularly to Judaism.

Wildmon and others attempt to counter that with Christian Zionism which is based upon biblical prophecies. It has absolutely nothing to do with acceptance of Judaism. American Family Association is also hateful of Muslims. They claim that Muslims pose a threat to other people. Sound familiar?

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