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Jewish World Review June 5, 2000 /2 Sivan, 5760

Don Feder

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Why gay thought
police fear debate -- WHAT DO Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Brian Camenker have in common? The nationally syndicated talk-show host and Massachusetts family activist both have been bludgeoned, bound and gagged by the gay thought police.

Even opponents of gay censorship -- those who object on free-speech grounds -- miss the point. They never ask why activists are so desperate to stifle any discussion of an issue with momentous implications for the family and society.

Why does the movement insist that its view of homosexuality is not just the only legitimate one, but that dissent is hateful and promotes violence?

Dr. Laura's affront to the new code of decency is taking a biblical position on sodomy and describing homosexual relations as "deviant."

Thus far, activists have persuaded Proctor & Gamble to withdraw its advertising from her upcoming TV show and United Airlines to pull ads for her radio show from its in-flight magazine. There's an ongoing campaign to pressure local television stations not to air the program.

Even more chilling, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (a quasi-government agency) has ruled that henceforth, Canadian stations which air Schlessinger's radio show must censor her "abusively discriminatory" views on homosexuality. Please welcome the Royal Canadian Mounted Gestapo.

For ripping the veil of secrecy from the indoctrination of minors, Camenker has also made the movement's most-wanted list.

A member of his Parents Rights Coalition taped a March 25 conference at Tufts University sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which benefits from a $1.5 million state appropriation, supposedly to make schools safe for gay youth.

At the conference, teachers, who got professional credits for attending, were told how to "come out" to a grade school class.

Several hundred children also attended. Kids as young as 13 were encouraged to describe the raunchiest acts imaginable, to make them comfortable with their orientation. A presenter told teen-age boys that choosing to have sex with a man and not using a condom didn't indicate a lack of self-esteem.

In a suit filed by the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, also publicly funded, Boston Superior Court Judge Allan van Gestel has imposed a gag order on Camenker and his group. They are barred from releasing the tapes and even discussing what's on them.

GLSEN -- which has threatened to press criminal charges against Camenker -- says its right to privacy has been violated. It's right to use public funding to introduce minors to the joys of "fisting"? Dr. Laura, that hatemonger, would probably call it a "deviant" act.

The gay thought police are working double shifts.

When the subject is homosexuality, moral judgments are deemed to be discriminatory. In a pending Supreme Court case, activists are trying to force the Boy Scouts to give a merit badge for deviancy. Christian groups are being hounded off college campuses because of their refusal to edit Leviticus.

It's more than just the left's penchant for screaming "evil" instead of engaging in a dialogue. Homosexual activists are terrified of being challenged on their dogma.

They seem to know, at least subconsciously, that their arguments won't stand up to scrutiny. The movement's premises - that being a homosexual is comparable to being black or female, that gay marriage will promote social stability, that objecting to any of the foregoing incites violence -- have never been proven, because they can't be proven.

If sexual orientation is biological, what are we to make of the ex-gay movement, with an estimated 20,000 members? (Did they change their DNA?)

Researchers have essentially abandoned the quest for the elusive gay gene.

If homosexual unions benefit society, why has no society sanctioned them? If disagreeing with the homosexual agenda promotes gay-bashing, then dissenting from the GOP platform must spur violence against Republicans and should also be banned.

They came for Schlessinger and you did nothing. You're not a radio personality. They came for Camenker and you were silent. You're not a family activist. Who do you expect to be there to object when they come for you?

JWR contributing columnist Don Feder's latest book is Who's Afraid of the Religious Right. Comment on his column by clicking here.


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