Scotland: Parliamentary Officer accuses LGBT groups of 'intolerance, intimidation'
Sunday, October 28, 2012 4:23 pm
In a strongly-worded opinion piece in the Sunday Express, the Catholic Church in Scotland's Parliamentary Officer John Deighan has accused leading LGBT campaigners including a Scottish MSP of "intolerance and intimidation"
John Deighan also charges Gay rights charity Stonewall of displaying stridency and aggression with its ‘Bigot of the Year’ award, created to intimidate anyone who criticises their agenda.
Mr Deighan details some of the intemperate and hateful attacks to which he and others have been subject, simply because they expressed public support for traditional marriage. Examples include a Twitter comment by Green MSP Patrick Harvie who told 7,000 Twitter followers; “John Deighan is possibly the most contemptible man in Scotland".
The full text of the article is shown below.
Hundreds of public bodies give sizeable financial donations to Stonewall and it receives generous government funding for the myriad projects that it runs. It has no shortage of business supporters and benefactors. This year’s award sponsors include Barclays and Google.
The constant promotion by the media and entertainment industry that anything gay is good has caused informed public debate to be dropped. In its place we have intolerance and intimidation.
Promoting the view that traditional marriage is the most stable foundation for family life opens a door to vilification and hate. I have been labelled; “a f***ing nobhead” “a homophobic tosser” and faced calls for my arrest “on charges of inciting hatred”.
Nick Clegg’s recent slip-up when he labelled supporters of traditional marriage ‘bigots’ may have seemed an injudicious choice of words but it fitted a well developed theme and involved well-rehearsed vocabulary.
When Marshall Kirk penned his blueprint for turning around the heterosexual understanding of relationships 25 years ago, “The Overhauling of Straight America”, he stated that there would come a time when vilification of those who oppose the ‘gay agenda’ would be necessary. He specifically spoke of a need to draw parallel with the Nazis, it seems his advice has been followed to the letter.
Robert Lopez, an American who describes himself as bi-sexual was brought up by a lesbian couple, he recently found himself at the centre of a “soul-crushing scorched earth battle”, the recipient of intimidation and threats to his life for daring to defend sociological evidence that showed “children of gay or bisexual parents had greater difficulties than children of intact biological families with a mother and father.” His mistake was to think evidence and experience can count in the propaganda war.
Its time to acknowledge we are in a propaganda war. Disgracefully, only one side is being subsidised and publicly funded. Many may find it easy to stand back and not rush to the defence of Church leaders like Cardinal O’Brien and Archbishop Tartaglia. Their high profile status puts them at the top of a “hit list” They may be today’s victims, we may all be tomorrow’s.