What Western Elites and the "Gaystapo" Have in Common: Self-Destructive, Suicidal Arrogance

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Fri, Apr 4, 2014 - 5:35pm

In case you hadn't heard, Firefox CEO Brendan Eich resigned over pressure from...get this...a dating website. The problem? Years ago, he donated to Proposition 8 in California, which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Proposition 8 passed in California, despite the Left Coast's reputation for being a pro-gay paradise.

So for having a mainstream view, this man was targeted, attacked, and ousted from his job - all thanks to the "Gaystapo."

I first heard the term "Gaystapo" from Kevin DuJan, a former Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer who turned conservative...and oh, by the way, he is gay, Catholic, and has publicly stated his opposition to gay marriage. "Gaystapo" refers to a certain extremist segment of the gay rights movement that not only wants equality under the law, but demands thought compliance from everyone about homosexuality. If you are not 100% behind gay marriage, you are to be shunned, ridiculed, driven from your job, and made a persona non grata.

(Kevin DuJan is a great example of the true diversity of America. He can't be segmented into a marketing demographic. He doesn't kowtow to group-think. And for that, he's been the target of much heavy criticism from certain folks in the gay community, who find his independence of thought threatening.)

I lived in California in 2008, and I was able to vote on Proposition 8. For the record, I voted against the proposition, in favor of a more libertarian position on gay marriage. Behind me, in the line at the voting place, was a nice Hispanic man who was having trouble understanding the wording of Proposition 8 on the ballot. He asked for my help.

I told him: "This proposition is about gay marriage. If you vote for it, you are voting for traditional marriage between a man and a woman. If you vote against it, you are voting in favor of gay marriage."

"Oh no no no, gay marriage?? I am not for that!!" he said. "Thank you!"

I knew he was canceling out my vote, but I had enough respect for him to tell him the truth and not lie to him about what was on the ballot.

Sadly, this respect is sorely lacking among the "Gaystapo." My first, direct encounter with them was when a good friend of mine was targeted by them. This friend, like Brendan Eich, had donated to Proposition 8 due to being a Catholic. My friend worked for a very large entertainment company in a management position. Personal information, including the amount of the Proposition 8 donation, was passed around to gay rights activists, who proceeded to contact the company in an attempt to get my friend fired.

Fortunately, the company declined to act.

My friend forwarded one of these blacklist emails to me. I wrote the guy and lambasted him for presuming my friend was homophobic, when, in fact, my friend was in favor of civil unions and we had mutual gay friends. That did not matter to this guy, who wrote me back telling me that anyone who supported Proposition 8 needed to be punished.

My friend was lucky - no job was lost. Additionally, Proposition 8 opponents actually went so far as to publish maps with the home addresses of many donors to Proposition 8 - an invasion of privacy my friend fortunately did not have to suffer.

I bring up this personal example to highlight the mindset of people who are so hell-bent on achieving their agenda that they don't care who they hurt along the way.

Make no mistake - this outrage over opposition to gay marriage is a symptom of a much greater problem, and that is the dark side of human nature. In the course of history, certain people with certain personality types gravitate to whatever issue they can most beat other people over the head about. These people, in a word, are the Control Freaks.

The Control Freaks transcend gender, race, and sexual orientation. They transcend party affiliation or political labels. (Remember the Dixie Chicks record burning?)

And the worst part of it all: The Control Freaks are currently running China, the E.U., and America right now.

The same mindset that leads a bleeding heart to want to destroy someone's life in the pursuit of their grand vision is the same mindset that leads to destruction on a world scale. The whole reason we are in this mess in the Ukraine is because Control Freaks in the West decided they needed to put in a soft puppet more friendly to their side. In response, the Control Freaks in Russia are now putting their chess pieces into place to wrest power back.

Waiting in the wings is the grandfather of all control freak countries, China, the remaining Communist superpower that is just biding its time until it calmly collects its chips.

China, by the way, is planning on launching satellites to watch over the entire planet. If you think the NSA was bad, just wait until China gets its fat, grubby hands on the planetary steering wheel. As much as the idea of a Western New World Order scares me, the idea of the ruthless Chinese Communists running everything scares me more.

So here's one of the big problems with agenda-driven Control Freaks - besides the fact that they tend to be insufferable and annoying - they always push too hard. They get so caught up in their lust for power and domination, and they are so convinced they are right, that they think they can just steamroll over everybody without consequence.

Watch carefully and see how things play out in the gay rights culture wars. We've got a number of scenarios that might develop, if the intensity of the blacklisting and thought control keeps ramping up:

Scenario 1: The "Gaystapo" literally become that, and are given power by the government to enforce "proper" beliefs about homosexuality. Religious freedom is suppressed, free speech is curtailed, and in the most extreme nightmare scenario, people will be jailed or sent to re-education camps for not complying.

Hey, now that science is figuring out how to read people's minds, maybe they will start institutionalizing you for thinking the wrong things!

If you think this is far-fetched, then I urge you to look at the results of the "hate speech" laws in Europe. A pastor cannot preach against homosexuality without threat of arrest (and some have been jailed).

Scenario 2: Possibly in concert with Scenario 1, people end up getting tired of being pushed around and start fighting back. The backlash at its worst could end up being quite violent and nasty, and any of the "gains" made by the gay rights movement will be rolled back or nullified. Expect to see an increase in violence against gay people, more discrimination against gays, and more anti-homosexual laws in countries.

This is already happening, not just with Russia's new laws against homosexual "propaganda" but in more draconian laws in other countries. In America, gay bashing incidents have been apparently on the upswing - but not by whites in Southern states, by minorities in New York City.

(Here's what I find ironic: Gay marriage is mostly a white liberal issue. They think that when enough white conservatives "die out" they will win. Except, white liberals keep working to bring in more Hispanic immigrants, who tend to be much more socially conservative. This is why Proposition 8 passed in the first place! Doh!)

Ultimately, I find the tactic of the gay rights extremists to be in the long run extremely self-defeating. It only creates more ill will and anger. You know it's getting to be bad when even outspoken gay columnist Andrew Sullivan takes them to task for their excessive behavior.

But that won't matter to the agenda-driven person. That type of person never seems to get the message. They just double down.

So, it is perhaps not a surprise that this same suicidal, destructive arrogance is now controlling our so-called leaders.

Do they really think it is a good idea to keep poking at Russia? Do they honestly think that if they get the World War they seem to so desperately want, that they will come out on top? Have they not figured out that China pretty much owns America (due to all our debt)?

But hey, we Americans will let them continue on with their suicide course, because we are too busy getting up in arms over the personal beliefs of the Firefox guy who created JavaScript. (But hey, we need our JavaScript so we'll keep using that, won't we?)

So while the Gaystapo is busy bullying everyone in sight, the elite are free to go ahead and lie and cheat and pillage. Eventually things are going to blow up in everyone's face if we don't get our priorities straight (no pun intended). If China ends up owning us, and positive depictions of homosexuals are erased from the controlled media (like they are now in China), don't say I didn't warn you.

Stephanie blogs sporadically at a number of websites, including Freeople and Free Thinking Christianity.

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Apr 7, 2014 - 12:13am

@Les Baux - The Civil Rights Act of 1964

You wrote: Shareholders aren't allowed to vote out a CEO, or voters their representative, based on their beliefs (religious or otherwise)? Where are you getting that?

Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States[4] that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.[5] It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as "public accommodations").

Specifically:

Title VII of the Act, codified as Subchapter VI of Chapter 21 of title 42 of the United States Code, prohibits discrimination by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin (see 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2[40]). Title VII applies to and covers an employer "who has fifteen (15) or more employees for each working day in each of twenty or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year" as written in the Definitions section under 42 U.S.C. §2000e(b). Title VII also prohibits discrimination against an individual because of his or her association with another individual of a particular race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, such as by an interracial marriage.[41] Title VII has been supplemented with legislation prohibiting pregnancy, age, and disability discrimination (See Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Age Discrimination in Employment Act,[42] Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964

Les Baux
Apr 7, 2014 - 12:09am

OK, serious question

Shareholders aren't allowed to vote out a CEO, or voters their representative, based on their beliefs (religious or otherwise)? Where are you getting that?

@Dagney

Every day the government, in addition to exhibiting all manner of woeful incompetence in so many other ways, arrests, prosecutes, tries and convicts rapists, murderers and pedophiles. In doing so, they protect the right of citizens not to be raped, murdered or molested. I feel stupid even typing this, that's why I resorted to name calling and meme-linking.

Dagney Taggart
Apr 7, 2014 - 12:08am

@Baux

Examples please of when government has protected rights or ever been the solution to anything in history. You didn't answer my question. You just resorted to name-calling and "government is us" propaganda.

Do not confuse solving a problem with delaying the consequences of its actions or masking the symptoms. It has never happened.

Apr 7, 2014 - 12:00am

@Les Baux - Don't be disenguous

You say on the one hand that no-one "fired" Eich, but then you say: "But if that station becomes public, I hope their constituents are aware of their beliefs and allow it to influence their votes accordingly."

May I repeat: You do NOT have the "right" under current Civil Rights laws to actively fire or "vote out" someone working for a company based on their religion. Period. Whether it is "public" or not.

You basically admit that Eich was thrown out due to the votes/pressure of the so-called "shareholders." He technically "resigned" but clearly was pressured to do so. Blackmailed. Threatened. Whatever.

If he had any real balls he'd sue them on grounds of religious discrimination, and I hope he does.

PS You act as if a "public" company were some sort of socialist construct owned by "the people." It is not.

Apr 6, 2014 - 11:55pm

Thanks Dagney

And you make a good point about the difference between a boycott - and simply ignoring a company or a person you don't like - and mob behavior, which is all about actively agitating to preemptively destroy someone's career or business.

Dagney Taggart
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:55pm

PS @Baux

My Nevada neighbor explained to me once that the way it works in America is that states can make any damn law they please so long as it does not interfere with the constitution or the supremacy of the laws reserved for the federal government. If a person doesn't like a state's laws, they vote with their feet and move to another state.

Am I wrong on that?

Seems easy to remember since it feels quite natural and logical.

Les Baux
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:52pm

Sorry, but firing someone due

Sorry, but firing someone due to their religious beliefs is currently AGAINST THE LAW in the United States.

Sorry, who fired Eich?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to want all sorts of bad things to happen to the Brendan Eichs of the world.

I am more than happy to correct you. I have no reason to believe that Eich is anything other than a wonderful person other than this particular shitty belief he holds. I live in the south, and know many wonderful people who hold absolutely awful beliefs (mainly towards black people). I do not wish any misfortune upon them, and have genuine affection for them.

They are, however, to be ridiculed for the specifically awful beliefs they hold. And I do ridicule them, and their shitty, ignorant, backwards beliefs, even as I share in their appreciation and interest in other subjects. And I'm happy to see them rise to any station they can achieve. But if that station becomes public, I hope their constituents are aware of their beliefs and allow it to influence their votes accordingly. These decent people are free to leave behind their specific dumbass beliefs, and if they don't it's at their own peril. Why do you want to eliminate that peril? What purpose does that serve?

On to Dagney:

When has government protected rights or ever been the solution to anything in history? N-E-V-E-R.

Wow, that's just a diseased mind, or more likely one that has read Ayn Rand and literally nothing else for the last 30 years. Not even sure how to respond. Government is frequently responsible for protecting and violating, solving and destroying. Government is the reflection of the best and worst of human nature, because government is us. To have such a strong belief that government has N-E-V-E-R protected a right is just, well...

Dagney Taggart
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:48pm

@stephanie

Your explanation of Libertarian is sound.

Dagney Taggart
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:46pm

@Baux

Cut the BS. When has government protected rights or ever been the solution to anything in history? N-E-V-E-R.

I see you're an American and new around here so you should probably stand in the corner until you catch up.

From my limited understanding of what it means to be an American citizen, Gays, Jews, Blacks, women, whoever have the same rights as everybody else as citizens. They are not exceptional in those rights and have NO special rights. Am I wrong?

"There is no infringement of any human right to be found there"? Are you serious? Suppression of free speech using means of coercion is not an infringement? Is this not just as bad as a thief playing the anti-Semite card as a shield from scrutiny after he has just stole $65 Billion in a Ponzi scheme? Democracy (tyranny of the simple majority) that you advocate is one of worst forms of government in history unless there are basic rules to how it can be applied. Otherwise, mobs of looters are inevitable. Sound familiar? Being in the vicinity of the world's largest mob of looters, probably not.

See, we with a free market mentality simply BOYCOTT and ignore a product when it or it's leadership strays. We also tell people like you to go fuck yourself, your mobs, your parasitic laws, and all forms of collectivism you dream up. You are not marching on or up. It just appears that way until you look from the side and notice there is a cliff right in front of you.

Les Baux
Apr 6, 2014 - 11:41pm

@Les Baux - Basic human rights also includes religious freedom

You wrote: "I am advocating only for government protecting basic human rights, including the right of the constituents and shareholders to decide who represents them or leads their commercial enterprises. Part of that system entails individuals rejecting officeholders on the basis of beliefs that they find objectionable."

Sorry, but firing someone due to their religious beliefs is currently AGAINST THE LAW in the United States. I believe that pesky little thing getting in the way of your firing anyone who doesn't believe as you do is actually the Civil Rights Act.

Granted - I, as a libertarian, would grant you the right to fire anyone as long as the same goes in reverse - that your employer would have the equal right to fire you for your pro-gay marriage beliefs if s/he so chose.

Our country was started because the Puritans left England due to religious oppression by the state. You seem to think religious oppression is all fine and dandy because you are *convinced* that your beliefs are superior. In my mind, however, you are no better than the most rigid fundamentalist religious person. You are so convinced you are right, that you will listen to no reason and have no problem destroying the lives of people who disagree with you.

You act as if someone who has so-called "archaic beliefs" is deserving of poverty, ill health, shunning, and any number of punishments. You act as if people were black and white. You dehumanize them. This makes you out to be a hateful person at heart and not acting out of love or kindness. It does not speak well to your side and you are a poor representative for gay rights because of it.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but you seem to want all sorts of bad things to happen to the Brendan Eichs of the world.

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