In police states which feign some degree of freedom, oppressive governments have various ways to repress dissent and keep the masses from expressing their concerns. Militias or government forces dressed in civilian clothing will often patrol the public spaces on the lookout for any signs of rebellion or protest.
When such outbursts of freedom and democracy are encountered, they are quickly dealt with: beatings, arrests, intimidation and coercion are all weapons of the totalist state. In the face of such crackdowns on free speech and contrary views, we can all be glad to live in the free West. But are things really all that different here?
One very ironic aspect of the contemporary Western world is that the more we trumpet the values of tolerance and inclusiveness, the more intolerant we seem to be becoming. Western freedoms and democracy are being used and abused by militant activist groups to push their agendas, regardless of the rest of society’s approval.
And increasingly these activist groups are imitating the attack squads found in the police states. They regularly go around searching out any signs of dissent, and often disrupt any public meetings or gatherings where free-thinking individuals dare to question the agendas of the activist groups.
An obvious example of this are the militant homosexual activists who are continually on the prowl to disrupt, shout down, or even force the closure of any group activity which they do not approve of. They not only target any public meeting, but increasingly private ones as well. They are happy to disrupt church services and intimidate private citizens going about their own business.
Many Christians have felt the full wrath and fury of these forces of ‘tolerance’. Indeed, many examples of this anti-Christian bigotry have been documented. One pastor has even written up a harrowing account of how the homosexualist attack squads have assaulted his family and church. See Chuck and Donna McIlhenny, When the Wicked Seize a City (Huntington House, 1993).
No wonder they are increasingly referred to as the gaystapo. They are the self-appointed vigilantes for political correctness and the homosexualist cause. And so often they have the tacit support of the state. With harmful ‘hate crime’ laws being passed all around the Western world, the State is siding with these militant groups, and clamping down on the freedoms of ordinary citizens.
And plenty of institutions – both public and private – are embracing the cause of the militants, using coercive measures to ensure that their agenda is fully carried out. Corporations, schools, universities, workplaces and other bodies are all becoming willing or unwilling standard-bearers for the radical homosexual agenda.
The modern Western university is certainly a prime example of this. Such places are supposed to be the home of free inquiry and open debate. But more and more they are becoming closed shops, with only one viewpoint and ideology allowed. Any competing views are quickly and effectively squashed.
If the schools themselves are not engaging in such censorship and discrimination, there are plenty of activist groups that seem to be freely allowed to initiate their own reign of terror on campus. Consider yet another recent example of this.
Dr Robert Gagnon is a New Testament scholar who has dared to affirm the biblical view on the issue of homosexuality. For this ‘crime’ he is regularly targeted by the homosexualist assault squads. If they cannot prevent him from speaking, they will do all they can to disrupt him, demonise him, and make life miserable for him. All in the name of ‘tolerance’ of course.
He has just written up the most recent ordeal he has had to endure at the hands of the militant homosexualists. It is well worth reading in its entirety, but I here reprint a few choice snippets. He begins, “My speaking engagement at Bowdoin College near Portland, Maine, on Friday Oct. 30 presented me with a glimpse into the oppressive future of homosexualist ascendancy. The talk was attended by about 150 persons, including a large contingent of ‘GLBT’ students and staff who, I heard from other students, had been planning how they might derail my presentation.”
He continues, “The talk lasted about an hour-and-a-half. The Q&A time that followed lasted about 45 minutes. The questions/comments were almost entirely from the aggressive ‘GLBT’ side of the audience. I think the evangelical Christians were, for the most part, too intimidated to say anything. Throughout my presentation and responses in Q&A there were many from the ‘GLBT’ contingent who behaved rudely: eye-rolling, turning to talk to others while I was speaking, some abortive attempts at ridicule.”
He describes how instead of intelligent discussion, he was simply verbally abused time and time again, with ad hominem attacks the main form of ‘debate’. But what is also of interest is the university itself. It is so typical of where most schools are at today in the West. Those individuals who would stand up for traditional family and moral values have become the new blacks. It is becoming ever harder to simply get a fair and even-handed hearing.
Says Gagnon, “I was invited by the Intervarsity chapter at Bowdoin to give a presentation on the Bible and homosexual practice primarily intended for the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship (BCF) but also open to the whole campus.”
But to take up such an invitation is risky business indeed. In fact, sending your kids to a typical Western university today is risky business: “Yet, if you are thinking of sending your child to Bowdoin, consider this: Bowdoin suffers from a major inhibitor of free speech. Let’s just say that if you want to go to a college where homosexualist ideology reigns supreme at the highest levels, a place where you will be belittled as a homophobic bigot if you express your conviction that homosexual practice is wrong, then Bowdoin is the place for you. Bowdoin has not only the usual ‘Gay and Lesbian Studies’ program but also a special ‘Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity,’ just recently renamed from the more descriptive ‘Queer-Trans Resource Center.’ The Center has its own building and full-time director.”
And consider what the university demanded of the Christian group: “The school had the night before brought over Marvin Ellison, a self-professed ‘gay man’… I discovered that the administration had pressured Bowdoin Christian Fellowship to co-sponsor Ellison and to consider Ellison their reliable guide to a proper Christian perspective on homosexuality. In his own research Ellison has shown little understanding of Scripture in its historical and literary context, which makes his attempts at hermeneutical appropriation weak indeed. While wanting an evangelical group to co-sponsor a homosexualist advocate, homosexual administrators were quite unhappy with BCF bringing up an expert to explain and defend the position held by the vast majority of BCF members, namely, the biblical position for male-female sexual prerequisite.”
He goes on to cite the recent case of a Massachusetts man who was fired from his job “because of his traditional beliefs on same-sex marriage”. He then concludes with these words: “Bowdoin College gave me a glimpse of the oppressive future coming from legal support for homosexualist ideologies. The example, along with many others … shows how insane it is for anyone who believes homosexual practice to be immoral to support, or fail to vote against, ‘sexual orientation’ laws and ‘gay marriage,’ or even to keep in office those who support such agendas. In effect, such a person would be voting for his or her own oppression by the state.”
He is quite right. His recent experience is just where the entire Western world is headed. We have homosexualist hit squads on the lookout for anyone who dares to say anything counter to their aggressive agenda. Needed today are courageous men and women who value truth more than acceptance, who value genuine debate over stifling political correctness.
Robert Gagnon is a very brave man – and a rare one. Very few today are willing to stand up to the intimidation and bullying of the homosexual militants. Most would rather deny the truth than risk being subject to their wrath. So please support Dr Gagnon and keep him in your prayers. The opposition will keep seeking to work him over until they fully silence him as well.