Monday, October 10, 2011

Fowler Winning Praise for Beating Back Gay Rights

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM

David Fowler, the Pat Robertson of Tennessee politics, is getting hero's treatment in the Christian Right for successfully bashing Nashville's anti-gay bias ordinance in this year's legislative session. He's landed on the cover of the October issue of Citizen, a conservative Christian magazine.

The glowing article—with the mystifying headline "Finding Harmony in Nashville"—recounts how Fowler drummed up opposition to the city's ordinance and eventually won the day by enlisting the help of the Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land, who organized Baptist preachers to lobby their lawmakers.

Metro Council members and others have sued the governor over Fowler's law, which overturned Nashville's ordinance and banned any city anywhere in Tennessee from enacting another one. During the farcical debate, lawmakers insisted they weren't singling out gay people for denial of the right to seek legal protection from discrimination. That would have been unconstitutional and made legislators look like bigots to boot. Instead, as if reading from a script, they repeatedly claimed their sole aim was preventing burdensome business regulations.

The author of the Citizen magazine article apparently didn't get the talking points. According to the article, it's imperative to stamp out ordinances like Nashville's to save humanity from the homosexual menace. Yes, once we stop discrimination in hiring, it's only baby steps to gay marriage and unisex restrooms.

Under the guise of “fairness,” local governments nationwide are introducing and passing similar nondiscrimination laws at an alarming pace — with devastating results. Once passed, these measures mandate special protections based on individuals’ professed or perceived sexual orientation or “gender identity.” These protections not only affect employment law, but everything from public restrooms to rental contracts. Once codified, judges, activists and legislatures use these statutes to not only justify same-sex marriage, but also to clamp down on businesses and individuals who espouse deeply held religious convictions about homosexuality.

Here's Fowler on YouTube railing against "moral relativism" and talking about his "Stand for Truth Seminar" in which he instructs conservative Christians on how to lobby public officials.

"Look," Fowler warns, "our culture is running out of time. We're about to see a massive redefinition of our rights of freedom of speech, of private association and religious liberty that will draw the cords of cultural captivity around our neck like a noose."

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