Civil rights advocates have pushed most racists into the shadows and now a leader at the Southern Baptist Convention is worried that that the LGBT movement could even force homophobes to be “ostracized to the level of being Ku Klux Klansmen.”
During a Tuesday interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Istook Live, Richard Land — who is in charge of addressing social, moral, and ethical concerns as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission — said he wouldn’t approve of his gay and lesbian friends join the Boy Scouts.
“We’re not talking about ostracizing people,” Land argued. “They know that I do not approve of their lifestyle, they know that I believe the Bible does not approve of their lifestyle. But that does not give me any reason to treat them any differently than I would anyone else when it comes to the workplace or when it comes to social activities. But the Boy Scouts have a right to have an association.”
LGBT activists, however, are not as tolerant of others, according to Land.
“They do not believe in a live and let live philosophy,” the Southern Baptist leader explained. “Let’s be very clear about what their agenda is, their agenda is to have the homosexual lifestyle affirmed by society as healthy and normal and as a perfectly acceptable to young people and to have those who disagree with that ostracized the level of being Ku Klux Klansmen.”
“[T]he Boy Scouts are an icon and so the homosexual activists have gone after the icons, the cultural icons of our culture,” he added. “They’ve gone after the military, the most admired institution in American society, the American military; they’ve gone after Disney, the family-friendly — supposedly — network and family-friendly entertainment venture; they’ve gone after marriage, what can be holier than marriage?”
“And now they’re going after the Boy Scouts, nothing is more American than Apple Pie than Boy Scouts. They’re after every front.”
Listen to this audio from Istook Live via Right Wing Watch, broadcast Feb. 26, 2013.
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