How’s this for chutzpah? The homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign, which has endorsed John Kerry for president, is demanding the Republican Party suppress any speeches or performances at the GOP convention by people they don’t like.

That’s right. Republican strategists are supposed to take advice from a lobby group that calls the Defense Of Marriage Act “hate-filled” legislation, even though both houses of Congress passed it overwhelmingly in 1996 and it was signed by Bill Clinton. HRC also contends that ordinary people, such as the 71 percent of Missourians who voted to pass a state constitutional amendment to protect marriage, are “bigots.”

If the Republicans actually listen to HRC, then they’ve been drinking too long at the wet bar of their own homosexual activist group, Log Cabin Republicans, which is dedicated to making the GOP safe for sodomy.

HRC says in a press release that the GOP specifically should muzzle Christian entertainer Donnie McClurkin, Mormon book publisher Sheri Dew and Michigan pastor Bishop Keith Butler because of their “inflammatory” comments about “GLBT Americans” in other venues. GLBT stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered.

We don’t recall HRC having any problem with the lineup at the Democratic convention a few weeks ago. They didn’t even mind hearing from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who incited a race riot in Crown Heights, N.Y., that left a young Jewish man dead, and concocted the fraudulent Tawana Brawley “rape” story that a court ruled had slandered innocent men.. Sharpton, you see, is for “gay marriage,” so he’s apparently a fine addition to any podium.

HRC condemns Mr. McClurkin, Ms. Dew and Bishop Butler for the sin of publicly laying out the threat that the homosexual agenda poses to families and children.

Ms. Dew was taken to task for supposedly comparing homosexuals to Hitler. But Ms. Dew did not do that. In a speech about several threats to family life, she compared Americans who fail to defend the family with indifferent Germans who failed to oppose Hitler’s rise to power. Her point is not that “gays” are like Nazis, but that complacency invites defeat and the middle ground is disappearing. They took her out of context, and removed her caveat, “at first it may seem a bit extreme to imply a comparison between the atrocities of Hitler and what is happening now in terms of contemporary threats against the family – but maybe not.” She undoubtedly should have elaborated to make sure she would not be misconstrued. But the description of her comparing “a group of Americans to Hitler” does her a grave disservice.

But what really sticks in homosexual activists’ craw is Donnie McClurkin, who, they say, on “The 700 Club” “has accused gay Americans of trying to kill our children.” Mr. McClurkin, an accomplished gospel singer and author, overcame homosexuality himself. He knows firsthand the devastation, especially among young men, of homosexual sex. So he’s more than mildly alarmed at the prospect of activists in schools presenting homosexuality as a normal, healthy activity. Hundreds of thousands of young men have died and many are now taking dozens of pills daily to stave off the effects of HIV-AIDS, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases.

McClurkin’s own story is worth hearing. Molested by an uncle when he was a youngster, McClurkin fell into homosexual behavior, but was delivered of this temptation by the grace of God.

Here’s the synopsis from McClurkin’s book, “Eternal Victim /Eternal Victor”:

Remembering and recounting the ordeals of his early childhood, Donnie McClurkin resurrects feelings of hurt and pain that had long been forgotten. He causes himself to reveal the scars of healed wounds, explain how it happened, how he endured and how he and his family came out delivered and victorious. This truly personal testimony by one of Gospel music’s favorite artists, shares his tremendous compassion for those who have not received their healing for their hurts, as well as those who are still in the midst of their personal struggles – especially the children.

From the moment he neglected watching his 2-year-old brother only to see him toddle into the street and be tragically killed by a speeding car, to the extreme sexual violation of an uncle who took advantage of his childhood innocence, to his bout with homosexuality, McClurkin candidly recounts the steps he took to turn his life from a victim to a victor.

Better shut him up, all right. And anyone else who dares to challenge the idea that homosexuality is as normal, healthy and good as apple pie.

Homosexual activists cannot win the theological debate, nor will medical science, biology, history or common sense support their deadly, tragic and changeable behavior. So they are reduced to accusing their opponents of “hatred” and silencing those brave enough to speak about the consequences of sexual anarchy on children, the family and society.

Their latest gambit is a federal “hate crimes” bill, passed recently by the Senate, in which 18 Republicans joined the Democrats. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act, sponsored by Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore., was an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill, which passed the House without any “hate crimes” language in it.

The word on the Hill is that as soon as conferees are appointed to reconcile differences in the two versions, pro-homosexual Congressmen will introduce a motion in the House to instruct the conferees to accept the Senate “hate crimes” language. Even if the House were foolish enough to pass such a measure, the conferees still could leave the “hate crimes” amendment out of the final version. But homosexual activists could crow that the centerpiece of their campaign had reached critical mass in the U.S. Congress.

If Americans don’t want to see “thought crime” invade the nation’s legal system, they had better get on the phones to members of Congress. This kind of dangerous bill succeeds when cowardly congressmen think nobody is looking.

The only way homosexual activists can persuade America to validate and enforce their agenda is to suppress the truth about homosexuality. The Rev. Earle Fox, who himself was silenced at the Episcopal ceremony at which openly homosexual bishop Gene Robinson was consecrated, put it this way in a recent letter to the Washington Times:

Honest science and godly love are at one with each other. The aim of homosexual-rights advocates has nothing to do with honest love – it is the public justification and total acceptance of homosexual behavior. If possible, they will coerce this acceptance by so-called hate-crime laws.

But they have sold the public a pig in a poke because they (very understandably) do not want the public to see what it is buying. There has never been a candid, mutually respectful public discussion of the real issue – homosexual behavior – because homosexual advocates cannot afford to discuss such self-destructive behavior in public, and conservatives are almost universally too prudish to do so …

When that discussion finally happens, as it will, the jig will be up for public acceptance of homosexuality.

So it makes sense for “gay” activists to press for muzzling speakers who might give America a glimpse of what their agenda is really all about. The most invisible people in America are the people who have overcome homosexuality. The “ex-gays” are such a threat to the false, “born-that-way” paradigm that they must be kept off stage.

Sheri Dew and Bishop Keith Butler are threatening enough, but Donnie McClurkin is living proof that lives can be reclaimed from tragic sexual detours.

No wonder they are going to such lengths to keep him out of the limelight.


Robert Knight is director of the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, and a board member of Parents and Friends Of Ex-Gays and Gays.

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