Thursday, March 13, 2014

Judicial tyranny and civil rights: who said this?

What conservative, speaking today about equal rights for LGBT people, do you think said this?
"Ministers, lawyers, teachers, newspapers, and every private citizen must guard his speech and watch his actions to avoid the deliberately imposed booby traps put into this bill. It is designed to make Federal crimes of our customs, beliefs, and traditions. Therefore, under the fantastic powers of the Federal judiciary to punish for contempt of court and under their fantastic powers to regulate our most intimate aspects of our lives by injunction, every american citizen is in jeopardy and must stand guard against these despots…. 
A left-wing monster has risen up in this nation. It has invaded the government. It has invaded the news media. It has invaded the leadership of many of our churches. It has invaded every phase and aspect of the life of freedom-loving people. 
It consists of many and various and powerful interests, but it has combined into one massive drive and is held together by the cohesive power of the emotion, setting forth civil rights as supreme to all. 
But, in reality, it is a drive to destroy the rights of private property, to destroy the freedom and liberty of you and me…. 
We must destroy the power to dictate, to forbid, to require, to demand, to distribute, to edict, and to judge what is best and enforce that will of judgment upon free citizens.
We must revitalize a government founded in this nation on faith in god.

Not today, and not about LGBT rights.  These words were spoken by George Wallace.  Yet they seem perfectly in the zeitgeist of the hysterical anti-gays of the Tea Party and fundamentalist Evangelicals, don't they?

1 comment:

Brother David said...

As I read it, I assumed that it was a present day quote in regard to the civil liberties of sexual minorities in the USA, but at the same time was thinking how much it sounded like the arguments of a time gone by and could have easily been directed at the civil liberties of racial minorities.