Radio host and conservative columnist Peter Heck, broadcasting from the dark heart of Hoosierdom, that is to say, 1350 AM, WIOU Kokomo, Indiana, has a lot of nonsense to sell if you’re gullible. He’ll tell you for instance, if you really are in need of a laugh, that “It’s official: The Left is Completely Out of Ideas” or that “If outlawing decadence is bigotry, codifying it is even worse.” Peter Heck particularly hates homosexuals, and he is pissed off now because CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out of the closet in his memoir. Heck says this is part of “an alarming fad amongst the entertainment glitterati by joining the LGBT crowd.”
Heck laments a “culture where someone as genial and pleasant as Dr. James Dobson is branded a hater, while someone as vile and perverted as Lady Gaga is hailed as a courageous trailblazer.”
Now I’ve addressed the many good things Lady Gaga is doing here before, in the Gospel of Lady Gaga vs. the Gospel of Hate and I stand by those things I said there. In the interest of brevity I won’t go into those arguments again.
But wait a second. Somebody as genial and pleasant as Dr. James Dobson? Is this an episode of Stephen Colbert? Makes you do a double-take. But no, read it twice, three times, it still says the same thing. Is this the same James Dobson we’re talking about?
Let’s look at some of the “pleasant” and “genial” things Dobson has said (and we can only scratch the surface of hate here):
Homosexuals are not monogamous. They want to destroy the institution of marriage. It will destroy marriage. It will destroy the Earth.
- On gay marriage, from The Daily Oklahoman, Oct. 23rd, 2004
“Christians have made arguments on both sides of this question. I certainly believe that God is displeased with America for its pride and arrogance, for killing 40 million unborn babies, for the universality of profanity and for other forms of immorality. However, rather than trying to forge a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the terrorist attacks and America’s abandonment of biblical principles, which I think is wrong, we need to accept the truth that this nation will suffer in many ways for departing from the principles of righteousness. “The wages of sin is death,” as it says in Romans 6, both for individuals and for entire cultures.
- When asked after 9/11 if “God withdrawn His protective hand from the US: “http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=4257 People for the American Way, “Right Wing Organizations: Focus on the Family
“[The homosexual] agenda includes teaching pro-homosexual [sic] concepts in the public schools, redefining the family to represent “any circle of people who love each other,” approval of homosexual adoption, legitimizing same-sex marriage, and securing special rights for those who identify themselves as gay. Those ideas must be opposed, even though to do so is to expose oneself to the charge of being “homophobic.”
- “Complete Marriage and Family Home Reference Guide” by James Dobson
“My observation is that most women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership.”
- James C. Dobson, Straight Talk, (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1995), 151-52
Of the “now defunct Women’s Liberation Movement,” he says, “It left its mark before disappearing from the scene, but the general public quickly realized that anger between the sexes and lesbian ideologies, even the Equal Rights Amendment, were not in society’s best interests. Unfortunately, many gullible people were sucked into the web before their eyes were opened. Some are still paying the price for mistakes made during that era.”
- Dobson, Straight Talk, p. 186.
“The examples of humanistic folly have been legion in recent years. The only logical answer is to return America to the Judeo-Christian values system with which we started! It served us so well, from the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock through the ‘Happy Days’ of the 1950s.”
- James Dobson and Gary L. Bauer, Children at Risk: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1990), p. 294.
“I doubt if many students or their parents realize just how antagonistic many of our state schools have become to anything that smacks of Christianity. There is simply no place for God in the system. The new god is ‘diversity,’ which respects all world-views and philosophies — except one. The Christian perspective is not only excluded from the classroom, it is often ridiculed and undermined.”
- James Dobson, Life on the Edge: A Young Adult’s Guide to a Meaningful Future (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing, 1995), 230.
“Many of the trials and tribulations that come our way are of our own making. Some are the direct consequence of sin.”
- James Dobson, When God Doesn’t Make Sense (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1993), 192.
We have to consider the source, of course. When Heck finds Dobson “pleasant” and “genial” we have to remember that he thinks that supporters of LGBT rights are “sexual anarchists.” This is a guy who says of the effort to secure for ALL Americans their Constitutional rights:
In the end, it’s not the presence of decadence in our culture that is the issue. Free societies will always produce the occasional oddball, and embracing liberty means securing the basic rights of those who are different. But what we’re experiencing is a move on the part of the oddballs not to secure their own rights, but to deny and disparage the rights of others to disagree with them and their choices. If outlawing decadence is bigoted, codifying it is even worse.
Nobody on the side of LGBT rights is trying to deny or disparage the rights of others to disagree with them and their choices. Nobody is stupid enough to think this is even a remote possibility, after all. What they are trying to is secure for gays and lesbians the same rights everyone else has. What Heck and the forces of evil he represents are trying to do is deny Constitutional rights to a segment of the population of which they do not personally approve. The only effort to codify anything is coming from Heck’s forces of evil, and that codification would make of a segment of our population effectively second-class citizens (if citizens at all) simply because they have different sexual preferences than Mr. Heck and his fellow evilists.
Thank you, Peter Heck, for leaving us in no doubt as to who in this equation is really vile and perverted. I’ll give you a hint: It’s not Lady Gaga.