On Friday night I attended a campaign rally at Christian Liberty Academy
My wife dragged me there. She wanted to hear Rick Santorum speak. Naturally I, being the civilized loving husband that I am, went with her. We got there at 7 p.m. central time as the introductions were being made. If I were asked to estimate the size of the crowd in the gymnasium I would say it was close to 2,000 people. The people there seemed to be from all age groups and demographics that you would expect in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Actually we were in Arlington Heights.
The candidate began to speak to the crowd, and he displayed a charisma that I frankly never appreciated from the 10 second news bytes usually shown on TV. The crowd was engaged and clearly Christian.They brought their children and they listened.
Here was a Roman Catholic man speaking to an Evangelical audience.Yes, there were Catholics there; I am one. And, yes, there were Lutherans there; I recognized some. All were there to hear a message of hope, traditional values and constitutional law. Santorum was masterful and even Reaganesque in his delivery of a hopeful message that America could return to civility, compromise, freedom of speech and religion – much in antithesis of the Obama message.
Then about half way through the speech the unexpected happened. In an auditorium filled with Christian people of faith and morals, two gay activists decided to put on a display of in-your-face gay behavior. They kissed and were booed and escorted out of the auditorium by security. In the Daily Herald, an article by Tara Garcia Mathewson and Larissa Chinwah clearly stated that Ben Clifford and Tim Ross showed up at a Rick Santorum campaign stop to protest his politics.
What a neat way to excuse these two radicals from their hate crime and hate speech. They knew that the people in the audience would be offended by their silly, immature antics. These two men need to be called out for their deliberate hate speech against Christians of faith. They may have a right to free speech, but not premeditated hate speech.
What remains to be done in response to their deliberate attempt to injure the feelings of Christians of faith is to arrest them and subject them to the full penalty of the law.
Do not think for one minute that if these were Nazis confronting Jews in a similar way they would not be held accountable. Do not think that if these were Klansmen who were confronting blacks in this manner that it would be overlooked. So why I ask do we not classify gay radicals who display in public what most people keep secret as hate criminals? They can only be excused if they are found incompetent, uncivilized or moronic. I have a strong feeling that their confession to the Daily Herald journalists is clearly an admission of guilt.
When are we all going to get to the point where enough deliberate hate speech is enough? Perhaps we should ask the Obama administration.
Theodore Morrison Homa MD