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The Gay Community’s Strategy: Will it Backfire?

I’ve been following the massive repercussions on the Proposition 8 vote in California – which amended the state constitution to protect traditional marriage.  Since the vote passed by a significant margin on November 4, the gay community has organized protests across the state, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vowed that the “fight isn’t over” (call me crazy but I thought a governor was sworn to uphold the law), and the LA Times (who supports the protests) has reported the huge web organizing on the issue.  The question becomes, will the violence, protests, blacklisting, and more, end up hurting their cause?

I’ve already mentioned the theater director, Scott Eckern, who resigned amid a flurry of protests after gay activists exposed his support of traditional marriage.   And the blacklisting continues.  The Los Angeles Times reports today that gay activists are targeting studios, film festivals, and distribution companies.  Richard Raddon, the director of the LA Film Festival has been personally targeted as well.  It’s been amazing to hear leaders in the homosexual community demand that people should be fired and marginalized because of the their support of traditional marriage.  A protest is even planned at the Sundance Film Festival.  Although the gay community’s historic position has been about “tolerance,” I have to admit not seeing a lot of it in their post-election strategy.

The question is – by reacting so strongly – including staging major protests outside of Catholic and Mormon churches, blacklisting entertainment professionals, plus, the complete repudiation of the electoral process, will this create a backlash against support for the gay community?

One thing I’ve learned is that extreme measures like boycotts, protests, and sit-ins, can backfire very easily.  I caution that these measures should be a “nuclear option” only, when all other possibilities have failed.  But the interesting thing here is how quickly the gay community has gone negative.  It’s as if they were completely ignorant of the thousands of years that people of faith have valued traditional marriage.

Another development is how the gay community has marginalized the African-American and Hispanic communities who hold traditional marriage as something very precious.   They’re even blaming them for losing the vote.

Strategy matters – no matter what side of the issue you’re on.  I’m thinking the gay community has misfired and will regret this direction.  What do you think?

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  1. I think it just might.

    The gay community worked diligently to put a friendly happy face on themselves…and achieved that with great success. It's no longer weird or odd to talk about, to watch movies about, to have friends that are a part of the gay community. 

    In fact they did such a good job at it that a side effect was to make those who did not support a gay lifestyle look like idiots. We looked like the bully…because we weren't "tolerant".

    Then they went after marriage.

    They lost.

    So now where's their "tolerance?" I find it almost amusing that we are always the ones that need to be tolerant of other's beliefs but the same isn't said for the other side.

    Don't get me wrong…we do plenty of things to earn the title of bully, and shame on us. But don't point fingers at the Christians who boycott a movie as "intolerant" and then do the same thing yourself and call it righteous.

    Of course, I guess that could be said about both sides.

  2. I agree that this could cause a major backlash against them, and their protests may well be aimed at the wrong target. Given the statistics that less than 8% of Californians attend ANY type of church, their must have been broader swaths of California voters than Christians, Mormons and Catholics to get Prop 8 passed.  Of course this is not up for consideration, because this fight, ultimately, is not about Prop 8. It's about attacking followers of Christ.

    I believe this is why the anarchists have shown up and turned this violent.

    The big question for believers is how do we live out the Sermon on the Mount in this situation. How do we show the love of Jesus in this situation? He told us persecution would be coming, but he told us to love our enemies and to turn the other cheek. Powerful words, but how do we do it?

     

     

     

  3. Great point Tal…imagine, just imagine what would happen if one church got some refreshments, donuts…I don't know sushi, and served those that are picketing, etc. Not to support them, but to simply love them.

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