opinion

Focus on the Hate

Tom Hymes
Vote NO on 8 and NO to the theocratic totalitarian base of the McCain/Palin ticket!

The grotesquely misnamed Focus on the Family is at it again. They have been circulating a letter from the future that describes the results of four years of an Obama presidency, and the picture isn't a pretty one. The execrable screed is called "Letter from 2012 in Obama’s America," and one wonders why they didn't go all the way and make the "c" a "k."

The feeling that Focus on the Family and all such groups want to both generate and exploit is one of victimization, the idea that as Christians they are a victimized people. Under siege by godless liberals and others who would use "hate speech" as a reason to drive Christian speech into silence or oblivion, they claim with a straight face that four years of Obama will undo the previous two centuries of American tolerance for all expressions of religious belief and practice.

Not surprisingly, it is the homosexual agenda that is the linchpin of many of the ills the writer from the future describes.

"The most far-reaching transformation of American society came from the Supreme Court’s stunning affirmation, in early 2010, that homosexual marriage was a 'constitutional' right that had to be respected by all 50 states because laws barring same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution," states the incredulous witness. "This was a blatant example of creating new law by the court, for homosexual marriage was mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, nor would any of the original authors have imagined that same sex marriage could be derived from their words."

As a result of that decision and others by the courts and government agencies, a shaky edifice comes crashing down in short order as the America we thought we knew becomes intolerant of Christians and supportive of a range of freedoms that include an enthusiastic wave of infanticide and euthanasia.

And of course, all current restriction on the public showing of sexually explicit content was immediately done away with.

With Obama in the Oval Office, "The Supreme Court in 2011 nullified all Federal Communications Commission restrictions on obscene speech or visual content in radio and TV broadcasts, and television programs at all hours of the day now contain explicit portrayals of sexual acts... the Court essentially found that any pornographic work had some measure of “serious artistic value,” at least according to some observers, and thus any censorship of any kind of pornographic material was an unconstitutional restriction on the First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of the press."

Even child pornography gets a new lease on life. "... Law enforcement officials can no longer stop the distribution of child pornography, after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the such distribution violated freedom of speech and interstate commerce laws."

These people have descended into utter paranoia due to a divinely-inspired intolerance of others and are dangerous for it. I seldom worry about extremist kooks like this, but I have learned to watch them closely. Their inane tracts are rhetorically sophisticated enough to always contain just enough plausible elements to make them sound reasonable to an audience of people who are comfortable being told what to think and believe.

Usually, I could care less who they hate or whose rights they want to deny, because I think they're a bunch of fringe hate-mongering wackos without a fraction of the political power they think they have, but one can't be too complacent. The fact that a vice presidential nominee is on the same page as the letter writer should alarm even the most hardcore of Republican-leaning libertarians.

Vote NO on 8 and NO to the theocratic totalitarian base of the McCain/Palin ticket!

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