You know, there are so many reasons to dislike Glenn Beck. So, so many good, good reasons. He is, in my most personal and unreserved opinion, a moron. He is not, however, Mr. Gay Marriage all of a sudden.
In a recent televised conversation with Bill O’Reilly, Beck said that gays marrying wasn’t atop his list of concerns: “Honestly, I think we have bigger fish to fry.”
“Do you believe gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?” O’Reilly asked.
“A threat to the country? No, I don’t,” Beck said.
For all the grief he’s getting from the right, Beck might as well have asked O’Reilly to gay-marry him.
This, combined with Ann Coulter’s agreement to speak to a group of gay conservatives, has people like World Net Daily’s managing editor David Kupelian in a huff.
Beck, says Kupelian, is a coward. “Very simply, most people in today’s America, including conservatives, are afraid of ‘the gay issue,’” Kupelian writes on WND. “Why are they afraid? The gay activist movement relies heavily on intimidation ... and no one likes to be mocked, marginalized, demonized, called ugly names, boycotted, persecuted, prosecuted for ‘hate crimes’ (thought crimes, actually), fined or imprisoned.”
Kupelian’s lament is a classic case of the oppressor positioning himself as the oppressed. Though it’s true that people don’t like to be kicked around. Remember Stonewall? Apparently, ever since then, gays have become big ol’ bullies, strong-arming their way toward U.S. domination.
“Interestingly, (during) the exchange between Beck and O’Reilly, Beck added that he was OK with same-sex marriage ‘as long as we are not going down the road of Canada where it now is a problem for churches to have free speech,’” Kupelian writes. “Glenn, it will go down ‘the road of Canada’ and other Western countries where Christians are persecuted for openly expressing deeply held biblical views.”
And the gays won’t stop “until Christians and other traditionalists opposing homosexuality are shut up, discredited and utterly silenced.”
And Kupelian knows a thing or two about trying to discredit his opposition. He’s perfectly content with casting homosexuals as evil bogeymen.
“If same-sex marriage becomes the law of the land, moral confusion will dominate our culture, polygamy and other aberrant forms of ‘marriage’ will quickly follow, traditional Christianity will be essentially criminalized, and much more,” he writes. “In a word, America will become unrecognizable.”
And if gays aren’t scary enough for Kupelian’s readers, he has another scapegoat up his sleeve: Muslims.
Letting gays marry each other, he says, will inevitably lead to legalized polygamy.
“For Muslims living in the U.S., for whom polygamy is allowed under the Quran (up to four wives), we will see large numbers of polygamous marriages within the United States of America,” he writes. “And of course, polygamy’s legalization in the U.S. will serve as a powerful magnet to draw vastly more Muslims to immigrate to the U.S., and no doubt will encourage more American men to convert to Islam to give religious cover to their dreams of convening their own personal harem.”
No doubt, huh? Really? Somehow I don’t buy that there are scores of American men who wish they could have multiple wives. Multiple sex partners, yes. But you don’t have to convert to Islam to screw someone you’re not married to. My goodness, there sure are a lot of antigay conservatives who know all about that.
D’Anne Witkowski is a Detroit-based freelance writer.