Klavan: Gay Radicals Should Thank Christ for their Rights

Hi, radical gay people who hate Christianity! You folks who sued an Arizona photographer because she wouldn’t take pictures at your wedding, who forced an Oregon bakery out of business because they wouldn’t bake your wedding cakes, who threatened an innkeeper when he wouldn’t host your wedding ceremony.

Here’s an interesting experiment you can perform when you’re not persecuting those who disagree with you.

Google the phrase “gay rights.” Click on the Wikipedia entry “LGBT rights by country or territory.” Take a look at the world map captioned, “LGBT rights at the United Nations,” with the countries that have signed a General Assembly Gay Rights Declaration marked in green.

Notice anything about the green area on the map? Of course you don’t. But I’ll help you out.

The green area — the area where gay rights are supported in the U.N. — is what once might have been called western Christendom, those countries where the culture developed out of either Roman Catholic or Protestant religion. A map of countries where homosexuality is legal would show all of Christendom, including Russia. That’s right. The places where the majority religion is or was Christianity, where the morals of the people are rooted in the morality of the Jewish Bible and the Christ who brought that morality to the gentiles — those are the places where people believe gays have rights. (Oh, and let’s not forget Israel, where they dial the Father direct!)

Now you may find this strange, radical gay people who hate and persecute Christians. The Bible does not speak well of homosexuality and many defenders of traditional marriage are acting on their understanding of biblical principles. It’s natural for some gays to think that the Bible and Christianity are their enemies. The great actor Ian McKellan (a gay activist back in the days when that actually required courage) admitted that when he stays in a hotel room with a Bible, he tears out the page of Leviticus that condemns homosexuality. And, of course, foul-mouthed bully Dan Savage will boldly denounce absolutely any religion that contravenes his desires — as long as its adherents are committed to forgiveness and therefore unlikely to scimitar his cowardly head off.

While I have no respect for Savage, I do understand where the 74-year-old McKellan is coming from. I’m old enough to remember when a gay American could be arrested just for being gay; and Sir Ian is old enough to remember when the great British war hero Alan Turing was chemically castrated for the “crime.” It must‘ve been dreadful for gay people to live in such an atmosphere, and no current political debate should make us angry enough to lose our compassion for even the passive victims of that kind of injustice.

Still, I think you radical gay enemies of Christianity are making a terrible error. As the maps demonstrate, your rights — the very notion that you have rights — did not just fall upon you as the gentle rain from heaven. Rather, they grew up from their foundations in specific thoughts and beliefs, and they stand on those foundations still. Even the classical democracies were not built on the basis of natural human rights. That idea is derived from the conception of man as created in the image of God — a God who suffered unjustly when he made himself into the image of man.

In other words, you have the Bible and Jesus Christ to thank for the fact that you even conceive of yourself as creatures with rights.

Such ideas take centuries to develop and the process isn’t smooth or easy. But over time, a culture comes more and more to resemble its core principles. To indict those principles for the sins of history is a crude and thoughtless mistake.

Your cause is in the ascendant, gay radicals who hate Christianity.  And so you think you can safely abandon the Judaeo-Christian fundamentals that got you here: tolerance, freedom of conscience, forgiveness. You think you can pull out the bottom block of the tower of freedom in order to build onto the top. It’s a fool’s game.

I bear no hostility towards you because you’re gay; none. It’s your small-minded bigotry I despise.