Hillary Clinton's Insidious Threat to Traditional Christianity
But some of the most offensive attacks have come directly from Clinton herself. In a speech given in December 2011, Clinton openly compared religious opposition to the LGBT agenda to honor killings, widow burning, and female genital mutilation.
The third, and perhaps most challenging, issue arises when people cite religious or cultural values as a reason to violate or not to protect the human rights of LGBT citizens. This is not unlike the justification offered for violent practices towards women like honor killings, widow burning, or female genital mutilation. Some people still defend those practices as part of a cultural tradition. But violence toward women isn't cultural; it's criminal. Likewise with slavery, what was once justified as sanctioned by God is now properly reviled as an unconscionable violation of human rights. [Emphasis added]
In other words, if religious people oppose gay marriage and special legal protections for transgender people, that is tantamount to religious violence and morally comparable to honor killings and slavery. This interpretation is extremely uncharitable to religious conservatives, who do not hesitate to condemn violence against homosexuals, and who most strongly object to being forced to partake in gay weddings, which they see as a violation of religious freedom.
In case you think this is all ancient history (emails from 2011 and 2012, a speech from 2011, and a speech from 2015), read Clinton's words to the LGBT magazine The Advocate in July of this year:
America was founded on religious freedom. It's enshrined in our Constitution. And the Equality Act, for example, advances LGBT equality while maintaining religious exemptions that have been part of our civil rights laws for decades. So this should not be an either/or question.
Sounds good, right? Not quite. Clinton says she supports religious freedom, but then repeats the "discrimination" line so painfully familiar to religious Americans.
Now, the concerted effort underway in a number of states to discriminate against LGBT people under the guise of protecting religious freedom is something very different. It's insincere and insidious. And we shouldn't let it stand.
As president, I will fight to make sure all Americans can live their lives free from discrimination, including LGBT Americans.
Here's the problem — the laws which promote religious freedom do not discriminate against LGBT people. The religious freedom laws only allow businesses to refuse to serve gay weddings (when they have a religious exemption, and since there are many other businesses which will happily do so), and allow churches to operate on their beliefs that people are born male and female and should not change their gender.
The "discrimination" line itself is "insincere and insidious," as are Clinton's efforts to force change in religious doctrines.
These declarations present Hillary Clinton as a radical opponent of religious freedom. We're not just talking about "clinging to their guns and their religion" rhetoric for which President Obama is notorious. No, Clinton and her team have advocated subversion of Christian churches.
Clinton isn't just arguing that Christians "discriminate" against gay people, she's effectively saying that it is the government's job to make them conform. She is equating Christians' unwillingness to support special laws for LGBT people to physical abuse against women. This isn't just an insult — it's a hateful, odious lie that makes enemies of all religious conservatives.
Next Page: Where Clinton's view comes from, and why it is so wrong.