Armstrong Williams

Gay activist groups and Democrats are ripping high-ranking Republican Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) to shreds for expressing his distaste for "homosexual acts" during a recent AP interview. Santorum added that he has "no problem with homosexuality."

Santorum also made the profound observation that homosexual acts are contrary to family values (presumably, he was referring to the value of being fruitful and multiplying).

For this, he will have hell to pay.

Already, various gay rights groups are pumping their fists at Santorum, making the ubiquitous Trent Lott comparisons and calling on Senate leaders to oust the Pennsylvania representative. Never mind that most Americans agree with the statement. Anyone who expresses an idea about a group based on ethnicity or sexual orientation will automatically be accused of spewing hate and fanning the flames of discrimination.

This is dangerous territory because words are linked to thoughts. And the ability to freely express our thoughts - even the not so pleasant ones - is part of what gives our democracy meaning. Also consider that gay rights groups have a free pass to flaunt family values, but supporters of traditional family values cannot talk about how the homosexual lifestyle threatens the nuclear family structure. This is not a free exchange of ideas. It is censorship along the lines of political correctness.

Examples of overzealous political correctness are everywhere. Radio pundit Laura Schlessinger was recently dubbed a hate speech monger for verbalizing her disagreement with the homosexual lifestyle. In Indiana, Liz Anderson was ordered to stop wishing her co-workers a "blessed day," because it was deemed offensive. In Florida, a Christian group was ordered to remove a posted ad for a seminar about "addressing, understanding and preventing homosexuality in youth."

Will there come a time when our priests and spiritual advisers must avoid discussing the Bible's take on homosexuality for fear of being branded a hate monger? Apparently, that time may have already come in Canada, where Jerry Falwell reports that he must censor any remarks regarding homosexuality and partial-birth abortion on the Canadian broadcast of his "Old Time Gospel Hour."

Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
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