Long ago in my early days of Christian activism, when I was working with my friend and then mentor Pastor Lon Mabon of Oregon Citizens Alliance, we often talked about how things just did not seem to be getting any better in Oregon despite our efforts (yet we accomplished much!). He used to repeat the old English proverb "It's a long worm that doesn't turn," meaning every successful movement (in this case the homosexual movement) will eventually have a reversal of fortune.
Well, it has been a very long worm indeed that has not wavered the slightest bit off its course these many years, but I think the "gay" worm may finally be starting to turn. It began to turn on the day Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy refused, in the face of a firestorm of criticism, to back down from his statement: "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.'" Instead, when pressed to the wall he replied without apology, "Guilty as charged." Finally a high-profile Christian had stood his ground – and the crowd went wild. Then on Aug. 1, Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day gave all of America the chance to unite behind Mr. Cathy's simple but bold stand. It was a staggering success.
Panic swept across the "gay" movement. They realized with the terror of a thief caught in the very act that their attempt to crucify Dan Cathy constituted a serious overreach. When their puppet mayors of Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia – in the full glare of the national media spotlight – pledged to deny Chick-fil-A the right to do business in those cities, America collectively witnessed "gay fascism" for the first time. And they didn't like it. The sleeping giant was aroused. The frog suddenly felt the heat and jumped out of the pot.
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The cow got out of the barn – and then all of them together went to Chick-fil-A for lunch to express their moral outrage.
But the story didn't end there. In the deep primal recesses of the tiny liberalism-shriveled brain of Floyd Lee Corkins, the panic turned to anger and then to rage. This homosexualist foot soldier, slaving feverishly for the homosexual cause at Washington D.C.'s LBGT community center, decided he would take revenge for the humiliation of his movement at the hands of the "homophobic" Christians. So he bought a gun and many bullets, and a bag of Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and with mass murder in his heart, embarked on his own personal jihad against the nearby Family Research Council. By God's providence only one man was wounded in the attack. (We pray for that man and for the misguided Mr. Corkins.)
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Floyd failed in his mission, but FRC's Tony Perkins did not fail in his. Perkins correctly pointed the finger of blame at the Southern Poverty Law Center, probably the most dangerous homosexualist organ in the nation because of its power (as the perceived "independent arbiter" of hate groups by law enforcement and media) to defame and marginalize any individuals or organizations that oppose the "gay" agenda. The SPLC simply labels us "hate groups" and voilà – that becomes the tag line for every subsequent news story in the mainstream media, and perhaps even "probable cause" for local or federal criminal investigators.
Now, suddenly, the SPLC's fascist tactics are also finally in the spotlight, and they're not at all happy either. How, after this, can these left-wing radicals get away with posing as "neutral" observers? It will be impossible! Also, the groups and individuals who have been victimized by SPLC are now cooperating together to pressure Fox News to stop using SPLC and its co-conspirators as pundits. You can join that effort here.
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Several weeks ago the Lord gave me a prompting that I now recognize as advance notice of the worm's turn. He inspired me to go to Springfield, Mo., to raise a ruckus about the sexual-orientation anti-discrimination ordinance the City Council was planning. I call these "gay fascism bills." A sexual-orientation anti-discrimination bill is the seed that contains the tree of the entire homosexual agenda with all of its poisonous fruit. I know from long experience that the "gays" never forward these bills without first having the votes locked in. The public comment period is all for show, meaning opposition is generally futile.
Nevertheless, for the first time in years (in the U.S.) I jumped into the fray, using my own notoriety and negative press (in large part generated by the SPLC) like a judo move to create a controversy about the bill in that Christian conservative city. It worked in spades. And in the weeks since I came home the public outcry against it, stoked by my good friend Pastor Mark Kiser, has risen steadily. I learned this week that the City Council has now tabled that bill! This is a huge victory – and a turning point in the culture war. Because, while we have had victories on holding back "gay marriage," which is our strongest and their weakest issue (what I call "fire-break" votes), we have not in a very long time had a victory on "discrimination," which is our weakest and their strongest issue (especially when the vote is in the hands of elected officials).
Now we know that when the leftists attempt to push a "gay fascism bill" in politically conservative areas, our response must be to create controversy to draw public attention to the bill so that the people wake up and realize there's a problem. Throw out the old playbook of acting nice and trying to persuade the public officials through reason. They think they are smarter than you all anyhow and have already made up their minds. They need to see angry crowds with tar and feathers in hand coming to run them out of office! Indeed, the Mayor of Springfield complained to the media that he was extremely bothered by threats of recall by the citizens.
If you find out there's a "gay fascism bill" coming to your conservative town and need help exposing it to the public, just give me a call and I'll come to help. Invite me to give a speech on my book "The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party" or address the global threat of homosexuality – or to give a give a sermon or lecture on ANY aspect of the homosexual issue. When they hear I'm coming to town every left-wing fanatic for miles around will start wailing and gnashing their teeth, and normal people will start popping their heads up to see what's going on. Once that snowball of public controversy starts down the hill it takes very little effort to keep it rolling till it smashes right through the doors of city hall like an avalanche.
Friends, I believe the worm has begun to turn and the backlash against the fascistic "gay" agenda has finally started. As Christians we need to steward this process and keep it civil and positive. Our goal is not merely to stop their agenda, it is to advance our own: a genuinely family-friendly society grounded in healthy biblical values. To that end, it is time for our side to begin showing the contrast in clear unequivocal terms. We need to expose every aspect of the homosexual lifestyle and agenda to public scrutiny and at the same time remind everyone that God's plan for sex and marriage produces as much good and health as "sexual freedom" produces harm and disease.
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Last week's vindication by the University of Texas at Austin of the Mark Regnerus' study exposing the dangers of "gay" parenting is both another sign of the worm's turn and a tool for every pro-family advocate to use.
Likewise, the choice of the Center for Marriage Policy to come against "gay marriage" on the grounds of public health, talking again about the diseases associated with homosexual conduct, is a very smart move. They have declared September "Protect Marriage Month" and are circulating a flyer detailing the many health risks of homosexuality. We need to bring back public discussion of AIDS as a "gay" disease, pederasty as major subculture of male homosexuality, mental health problems and domestic violence as major problems associated with lesbianism, the increasing recruitment of children into a homosexual identity through experimentation with "gay" sex, etc. – all the truths we stopped telling because the other side screamed so loudly about them.
Now is the time to step out from the behind the defensive bulwark of "traditional marriage" in which our only argument is that "marriage is between a man and a woman." It is time to start taking back some of the ground we have ceded to the other side in the face of their overwhelming public-relations superiority. Their marketing strategy to cast homosexuality as benign and even socially beneficial has finally hit the brick wall of reality. The phony facade is beginning to crack and crumble like an eggshell does when a baby chick is ready to be born.
I admit that in the past few years I have been more pessimistic than most about our prospects for rolling back the "gay" agenda. And I am not so naïve to think these few hopeful signs mean that we will eventually win the culture war. This may be temporary, perhaps even the first step in the end-times revival some of us believe will occur (which revival in my view must necessarily involve this most central moral issue of our age). However, I believe that at least in the short term the tide of battle is turning, and that looking back from some point in the future we will identify Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, or more accurately the day Dan Cathy refused to bend the knee to political correctness, as the turning point.