& Noble Unite Against “Hate Crimes”
the smokescreen of "tolerance", bookstore promotion encourages
"intolerance" of Christian views on homosexuality
Rev. Ted Pike
friendly local Barnes & Noble bookstore is not so friendly to
Christians any more. It has teamed up with the Anti-Defamation League of
B'nai B'rith (ADL) to encourage your children to learn about homosexuality
and protect the gay life-style from criticism by fellow classmates.
the same time, behind the smiling mask of "respect for
diversity," they subtly imply that Christianity, with its
condemnation of sodomy, is "homophobic." Homophobia, this
educational outreach asserts, is the irrational fear of homosexuality - a
form of "hate crimes."
most people, even Christians, upon entering a Barnes & Noble bookstore
and perusing the "anti-hate crimes" materials presented, would respond,
"But this is not anti-Christian. It is about love, tolerance, respect
for diversity, not judging others. Those are Christian virtues. This is
this promotion is anti-Christian. Here's how: Christianity believes
in a holy God who condemns rebellion against Himself (sin). As such,
Christianity claims that through God's Biblical revelation of His will for
mankind, with its Ten Commandments, man can not only possess a personal
knowledge of what is right and wrong, but has the right to inform such
persons as homosexuals that they are "sinners" and in violation
of God's law.
Christian views his duty to warn such persons, not as an act of
"hate," but of love and mercy, performed in hope the homosexual
might repent and escape an eternity in hell.
ADL/Barnes & Noble campaign takes the opposite perspective. It implies
that all humanity, including homosexuals, are basically good. Thus, we
should approach all such persons and groups devoid of any pre-judgment.
And even if, after investigating, we disagree with them, who are we to
claim that we are "right" and they are "wrong?" Thus,
the only persons who are truly "bad" are those who pre-judge
so bad? Because, according to the ADL perspective, such "negative
stereotyping" has been proven to spawn persecution, violence, the
Holocaust, gay-bashing, and school shootings.
does the ADL define "hate"? It teaches that bias and hate are
the same. According to the ADL, bias is "pre-formed negative
opinion" against a group. The ADL portrays it as the great evil that
begets almost every other evil. And what religion is loaded to overflowing
with "pre-formed negative biases" against various categories of
sin and "sinners?" You guessed it. Christianity.
hovering in the darkness that surrounds the sweetness and light of the
ADL/Barnes & Noble bookstore, is Christianity. No, Christianity is not
named specifically as the source of "hate" in our culture; yet
it is everywhere implied.
best way to end such hate and hate crimes, the families who enter Barnes & Noble are
instructed, is to take part in the current "close the book on
hate" program, which encourages reading pro-homosexual literature,
such as "Growing Up Gay" and "Overcoming Heterosexualism
and Homophobia," learning to appreciate the gay rights movement, and
valuing the contributions and "diversity" which homosexuals
bring to our community.
by understanding the homosexuals' point of view, ADL/Barnes & Noble
contend, can you and your children unlearn the "negative
stereotyping" against the gay life style which Christianity's
homophobia may have imprinted upon you. In fact, the ADL's free pamphlet,
"101 Ways to Combat Prejudice," encourages parents, children,
students and student bodies to sign and recite a pledge recognizing that
"opposing...homophobia...is a responsibility of all people."
are the real, long-range goals of the ADL/Barnes & Noble campaign? At
present, the ADL's top priority is passage of S625 (HR1343), The Local Law
Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2001. The ADL's "anti-hate crimes" bill
would set up an anti-hate bureaucracy in America, presided over by the
Justice Department, FBI, and ADL, which would make homosexuals a special
federally protected group and criminalize those who verbally
a result of pressing legislation during the 107th Congress and the
terrorist threat, Congress was not able to rubber-stamp the Orwellian
legislation in 2001. Hence, the ADL is orchestrating a massive propaganda
program to marshal public opinion behind passage of S625 early this year.
This delay means freedom-loving Americans may still have a few precious
months to build momentum for our own grass-roots program to warn Congress
and legislators against the peril to freedom of speech posed by S625.
you phoned or sent your emails, faxes, and telegrams to your elected
Senators and Representatives, protesting S625?
hope you will. The ADL is betting you won't.
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