Fox News contributor Erick Erickson issued his most strident attack on the LGBT community this week, comparing gay activists to ISIS.
Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor, the Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com, and was recently named the “Most Powerful Conservative” in America. That last honor is a stretch at best (anyone hear of the Koch Brothers?) but it’s a clear indicator that Erickson, God help America, is a thought leader on the right.
On Thursday, Erickson published an editorial he wrote that claims the “divide between Islamic extremists and gay rights extremists is at death.”
He goes on to lament the news about a Washington florist who refused to arrange flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding, citing her deeply-held religious beliefs. Erickson, falsely, states “Barronelle Stutzman is now going to lose her business, her life savings, and possibly her own home for putting her faith into practice. Both her customer and the State of Oregon are taking everything she has for not bowing at the altar of sexual sin.”
(In fact, the fines, if any, have not been determined. Even the Kleins, the Oregon bakers who lost their case, have had no fines determined, years after they refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.)
“Islamic extremists take lives because of the Islamic extremists’ beliefs,” Erickson continues. “They will take life for being offended. There will be no magnanimity and there will be no mercy.”
Never mind the fact that ISIS repeatedly has thrown people they accused of just being gay off the rooftops of buildings, then stoned them on the ground – just in case the impact or the terror didn’t kill them. The analogy between gays and ISIS is mind-bogglingly false.
Calling gay rights activists “the Imams of America’s cultural ghetto,” Erickson notes they, for the most part, “have not turned physically violent. But they are intent on destroying any who disagree with them. They will take the homes, businesses, and life savings of any who defy them. They will use the tools of the state and mob action through boycotts, fear, and intimidation to make it happen. They will not kill but they will threaten and scare.”
One might think every baker, florist, and photographer in America has been sued and lost their businesses, life savings and their homes for refusing to follow the laws enacted not by gay people, but by state legislatures and local city councils. In actuality, none have.
Dissatisfied at comparing gays to ISIS, Erickson takes one last swipe at the LGBT community.
“Christians have more children than homosexuals. We also have a God who stands with us, loves us, and will see us through to eternity.”
In Erickson’s eyes, gays are terrorists, there are no gays who are Christians, those children Christians are having aren’t gay, and God does not stand with or love gay people.
This is the thought leader the right has chosen.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Erickson as RedState’s founder.
Hat tip: Joe Jervis
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Fox News reports the Republicans want Barr “to appoint a special counsel to investigate alleged revelations coming from a laptop purported to have belonged to Joe Biden’s son Hunter — specifically the elder Biden’s alleged participation in his son’s business dealings.”
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Trump is attacking Barr for not having already opened an investigation into the Bidens.
“Lock him up!” chants for Joe Biden are a new staple of Trump rallies.
“I know people that would’ve had him locked up five weeks ago,” Trump says, suggesting Bill Barr is having mercy on Biden. pic.twitter.com/kSQzx1j3Jt
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Watch the video below.
"Women. I like women. I like women." — Trump pic.twitter.com/AF3VyWcSbX
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