Here we go again. For those of you with a very low IQ and the inability to look up words in a dictionary, by definition, “disagreement” is not “hate.” Me believing that my viewpoint is correct and yours is not, is not hate. Believing I am better than you because my viewpoint is right could be hate and, in some cases, even racism.
Many were outraged last week when I posted my take on the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage. The haters popped a blood vessel, called me a hater, and then went on to say I have no business being on a local school board because I have a different opinion on the issue. They said things like, “He doesn’t believe gays and lesbians deserve equal treatment,” “He likened gays and lesbians to the issue of slavery,” and more garbage.
At first I wasn’t going to reply and just let them work themselves into a frenzy and do what they do best – spew hate and confusion. But then I would be guilty of the same thing I sometimes accuse my audience of – complaining and not taking action.
After seeing all of these posts about SCOTUS “getting it right,” “equality finally wins” and so on, I remembered some other “landmark rulings” from the past. For instance, Dred Scott v. Sanford (forced by the federal government) upheld by 7 to 2 that blacks could not be American citizens, whether they were free or slaves. The Nuremberg laws, which excluded German Jews from Reich citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of “German or related blood,” also decided by their federal government. Then there is Roe v. Wade. The landmark decision that guaranteed women the right to a safe abortion. Once again, the federal government forcing a law over the land that many at the time were opposed to.
Justice Ginsburg has had much to say about Roe v. Wade, both recently and in the past. In her speech at the 40th anniversary, Ginsburg said, “The landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion was too far-reaching and too sweeping, and it gave anti-abortion rights activists a very tangible target to rally against in the four decades since.” According to the University of Chicago magazine The Record Online:
“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to have stopped the momentum on the side of change,” Ginsburg said. She would’ve preferred that abortion rights be secured more gradually, in a process that included state legislatures and the courts, she added. Ginsburg also was troubled that the focus on Roe was on a right to privacy, rather than women’s rights. “Roe isn’t really about the woman’s choice, is it?” Ginsburg said. “It’s about the doctor’s freedom to practice. … It wasn’t woman-centered, it was physician-centered.”
OMG. Where is the outrage from the left? Her point was a great one, and one that my friend Xander Gibb made recently on my radio show about the recent gay marriage ruling. Let it grow organically, grassroots, from state to state. Legislators would have had to legislate. People would have had to get off of their butts and vote to support their candidates and positions.
The same-sex decision should have been left up to each individual state and to their citizenry.
There are plenty of others in the LGBT community who feel the same way but are ridiculed and verbally abused into silence for having this line of thought. How open-mined is that? Haters hating in their own community.
In hearing the subsequent speeches and comments made by those in the middle and on the right, I’m excited to see that a sleeping giant has been awakened.
Many conservatives (and even those in the middle) for years have figured government would get it right and people would do the right thing. But they are now finding out that many people just don’t pay attention. As I travel around speaking to various groups, Christians and conservatives always say, “They are doing what?” or “That can’t happen.” Guess what? They did. And it is.
Now they are seeing that while they were asleep, the house was being robbed. They left the doors unlocked and the windows open because they believed it would never happen to them. Reproductive education turned to sex education. Instead of teaching how the body works, it’s turned into, let’s teach them the many ways to have sex with whomever and whatever they want.
Where are the culture warriors? If you’re a Christian, the Bible says to put on the whole armor of God and to fight the good fight. Well, He wouldn’t tell you to put on armor and fight if there wasn’t going to be one. Now, for clarity: For you loons who will take this too far, I’m not talking about cutting off heads or stoning women or killing kids for not converting. Fights are not always physical.
For my Christian and non-Christian friends, I’m talking about using every resource available to you to make sure your voice is heard. Computers, email, social media, faxes, rallies, phone calls and letter-writing. Vote the bad ones out. Vote the goods ones in – and back out again if they don’t do their jobs.
I am not just talking about the recent rulings by SCOTUS. Look what is going on at your schools, in your cities, in your counties. Look at things being taught and how money is being spent.
There are many of the left who would love to see me removed from the school board because supposedly I’m “hateful” because I don’t believe in same-sex marriage. They say my views will hurt their kids. But I’m not the only one. How many other Christians (who think like me, but aren’t as vocal) are in elective office? Will you be calling to remove all Christians from elected office? Many elected officails resign because they don’t want the publicity or they don’t want to put their family through it. We have seen school districts cave to the ACLU because they don’t want to spend the money or put up with the aggravation.
Well, people, look at what it’s gotten you. The haters have come out and always will. We see hints that now if you disagree with same sex-marriage, you are against the Constitution and you hate homosexuals. If you’re against abortion, you hate women (to me it means you love life, but whatever). The left has been honing its messaging tools and banking on us not fighting back with the same fervor they fight with.
Where are the warriors? Where are the ones who will stand up against real hate, real bullying? Where are the ones who will fight for a decent world for their kids, grandkids and the kids of others? Where are the “lovers” who will stand against the “haters?”
Let no post go unanswered. Let no protest go unchallenged. Let no elected official go unchecked. As “Star Trek” Capt. Jean-Luc Picard always said – “Engage.”
Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.