Viewpoint Enforcement: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was formed in 1973 to “build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” It does so primarily by publicizing LGBT issues, lobbying for public funds, and propelling “pro-LGBT legislation.” In 1983, it pressed the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which had been created in 1957 to secure rights for blacks, to begin counting offenses committed toward LGBTs as civil rights violations. In 1984, it began collecting data from LGBTs and publishing an annual report of “anti-LGBT” violence, including verbal abuse, “LGBT-bashings,” and intimidation. These efforts culminated in the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990, which required the US Attorney General’s office to collect and publish annual data on crimes committed because of sexual orientation.
LGBT forces then went to work combating the newly documented “epidemic” of “anti-LGBT” crime. Success came in October 2009, with enactment of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, authorizing federal investigation and prosecution of a crime if it was motivated by sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. (Crime investigation and prosecution are normally state and local matters.) Its passage was viewed by the LGBT community as historic and monumental. “We look forward to the days ahead when we will join together again to celebrate full equality and recognition of our community, including in employment, the military and in the full recognition of our families,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director of the Task Force, on the day it became law.
But, unlike blacks, LGBTs have always enjoyed the full rights of citizenship. What they lacked was full societal approval of their behavior. And Carey’s words reveal that this is what really drives LGBT politics. It’s not about crime prevention or civil rights. It’s about public opinion.
The fundamental problem with LGBT legislation is that it goes beyond censoring actions. An individual is punished, not for what he does, but for what he thinks. In hate crimes calculus, for example,
1 hate-crime = 1 crime + 1 thought-crime.
Hate crimes legislation didn’t alter criminal law. What did change is that, for the first time in US history, certain thoughts about sex and morality result in enhanced criminal sanctions.
Most Recent Assault:
And if LGBT activists get their way, more will follow. Next on the agenda is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits any refusal to hire or promote an employee based on such vagaries as his or her “gender-related identity, appearance or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics … with or without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.” Here’s how it plays out: If a man who used to be a woman … or feels like a woman or plans to become a woman … applies for the position of, say, kindergarten teacher, but doesn’t get the job, he has a legitimate federal case against the school. And the law is on his side.
Enforcing ENDA, should it get passed, will be its lead author, lesbian law professor, Chai Feldblum, the President’s 2010 appointee to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Feldblum made her intentions clear in 2006, when she wrote that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs” that may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”
Apparently, for LGBTs to enjoy their equality, those who have a moral opinion about their sexuality, other than full approval of it, must be silenced and shut out. By federal law. And they call it tolerance.
This article first appeared in Salvo 13, Summer 2010.
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