Disagreement is not hatred, and the truth is not hate speech. Somebody needs to tell that to President Obama.
If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist.
I do not exaggerate. In a gathering at George Washington University this week, Obama's assistant attorney general for national security, John Carlin, revealed that the Department of Justice is creating a brand new position just to monitor us. The position, domestic terrorism counsel, will be created to combat the "real and present threat" of domestic terrorism.
And where, pray tell, does this threat come from? From the Muslim Brotherhood, which has a stated goal of exterminating Western civilization and sabotaging our miserable house from within? Nope. From ISIS, which is actively recruiting jihadists in all 50 states? Nope. Jihadists who are sneaking into the United States disguised as Syrian refugees? Nope.
No, the real threat to our national security, according to our president and his minions, is coming from the Family Research Council and the American Family Association.
Carlin lauded the work of the thoroughly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, which is so blatantly and maliciously biased against Christians that other parts of Obama's administration – the FBI, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Army – are getting as far away from the SPLC as they can.
But the folks at SPLC are still useful to the DOJ, which is desperate to paint conservative Christians as a greater threat to our domestic tranquility than people who are determined to decapitate us in the name of Allah.
According to Carlin, the SPLC does the noble work of "examining what the threat is, observing it, and reporting on it," and claimed that its work is "very important."
The SPLC, mind you, is the group whose "hate group" map was used by domestic terrorist Floyd Corkins to identify the Family Research Council as his target for a massacre. Only the bravery of an unarmed security guard prevented what could have been one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. In other words, if anybody's the hate group here, it's the SPLC.
Heidi Beirich, the SPLC's intelligence project director, teamed with Carlin to demonize pro-family groups. She told a reporter that the SPLC classifies groups as hate groups "on the basis of ideology." In other words, the SPLC will vilify groups because of what they believe, not because of what they do or because they have demonstrated any propensity toward violence.
And she flatly admits it. "We post groups on the basis of ideology, not whether they're violent or not."
And then she identified two groups by name: Family Research Council and American Family Association. "[W]hat they're putting out is anti-gay material so gay people are pedophiles, or molesters, or whatever the case may be, and that's why they're on the list and that's the direct analogy."
We – FRC and AFA – "are simply pushing propaganda that [the SPLC] consider(s) hateful." She acknowledges that theirs is a purely subjective standard: "It's our opinion that it's hateful, and that's basically it."
The plain truth is that we at FRC and AFA don't hate a living soul. We love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the physical and spiritual dangers of the homosexual lifestyle. We want something better for them than the darkness and disease associated with homosexual behavior. We want them to come out of that darkness into the light of the gospel of Christ. We are for the homosexual, and so we must be against the normalization and promotion of homosexuality.
Note the SPLC is no longer accusing FRC and AFA of hate or of violence based on some objective standard. They have simply made a purely subjective assessment that our beliefs about human sexuality and our defense of natural marriage are so offensive to them that we must become the target of the unlimited resources of the federal government.
Do we disagree with the homosexual lobby about homosexuality? Of course. Do we hate them? Absolutely not. Do we advocate violence against them? Never have, never will. We are simply determined to tell the moral, spiritual, and physical truth about non-normative sexual behavior.
Bottom line: disagreement is not hatred, and the truth is not hate speech. Somebody needs to tell that to the president.
Bryan Fischer hosts "Focal Point with Bryan Fischer" every weekday on AFR Talk (American Family Radio) from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Central).
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