Oklahoma Wesleyan president Everett Piper is getting a lot of attention for an op-ed he wrote for the far-right Washington Times. An excerpt:
I recommend this simple exercise: Go to any article in any magazine or website that argues for “conversations” about sexual morality and simply replace the acronym of the day with another set of letters. For example, every time you see LGBTQ in an article, simply replace those letters with ISIS. Change nothing else. Do this throughout the entire column in question.
In doing this, something will quickly become quite obvious. Sentences will emerge such as these: “Love is love and ISIS has the right to love who they want to love.” “The ISIS community simply wants to be accepted and affirmed.” “What right does anyone have to refuse to bake a cake for an ISIS wedding?”
As such absurdities jump off the page, hopefully it becomes clear how absolutely ridiculous our culture’s game of sexual politics has become. In this brave new world of hyphens and acronyms, we paint ourselves into a corner of “tolerance” where we must affirm the proclivities of anyone who “identifies” as ISIS just as much as we do all who identify as LGBTQ. After all, in both cases it could be easily argued, “that’s just who they are.”
Piper, you will be shocked to learn, is pushing an Oklahoma bill which would make it legal to discriminate against LGBT citizens.
But if this is their “identity” and if it’s consensual then it’s all good – Right?
This ain’t no slippery slope – It’s a cliff!! https://t.co/8oGfSy0A0J
— Dr. Everett Piper (@dreverettpiper) March 17, 2018
“What power should the government have over its citizens when it comes to personal convictions, religious belief, and the freedom to act and live in accordance with one’s own faith and conscience?” asks @dreverettpiper https://t.co/spjAMdT3FK
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) March 20, 2018