It seems rather unfair that our choice to love who we want, be who we are and represent ourselves in our own authentic way is perceived in such negative light. Being compared to a terrorist group solely due to one’s identity seems far from fair.
The head of a religious university has compared LGBT people to ISIS.The comments come from Everett Piper, the president of the ultra-conservative evangelical Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Writing in the Washington Times, a right-wing newspaper owned by the fringe ‘Moonie’ Unification Church, Piper lashed out at the LGBT community by comparing them to ISIS extremists.
He wrote: “If we have decided the self-evident truths that condemn genocide and the killing fields of Pol Pot do not likewise exist in matters of human sexuality, shouldn’t we be asking what’s next?
“For example, if there is no moral compass other than ‘conversation’ to give us direction concerning the morality of same-sex intercourse then why not have a ‘conversation’ about consensual pederasty?
“Why not discuss the merits of adultery? Why not have dialogue about how those who identify as incestuous need ‘safe spaces’ where they can be affirmed, and loved for who they are?”
He added: “If you’re still not feeling a bit unstable on this slippery slope, I recommend this simple exercise: Go to any article in any magazine or website that argues for ‘conversations’ about sexual morality and simply replace the acronym of the day with another set of letters.
“For example, every time you see LGBTQ in an article, simply replace those letters with ISIS. Change nothing else. Do this throughout the entire column in question.
“In doing this, something will quickly become quite obvious. Sentences will emerge such as these: ‘Love is love and ISIS has the right to love who they want to love’. ‘The ISIS community simply wants to be accepted and affirmed.’ ‘What right does anyone have to refuse to bake a cake for an ISIS wedding?’
“As such absurdities jump off the page, hopefully, it becomes clear how absolutely ridiculous our culture’s game of sexual politics has become.”
ISIS are not known for their desire to “want to love”.
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that Piper has previously praised gay ‘cure’ advocates, claiming “redemption, restoration, reformation, and regeneration is not found in selfish desire but in a divine saviour”.
He has previously attacked gay rights activists for “ideological fascism”, claiming: “The result of this nonsense is that the rainbow banner of tolerance has become the dark flag of tyranny almost overnight.”