Last night I watched “Free speech apocalypse“–or as much of it as I could stomach–on Amazon. It’s Doug Wilsondougwils attempting to speak at U. of Indiana, while most of the “students” tried to drown him out. I have never been more convicted of the futility of starting a discussion/debate/argument with opinions. The starting point of fruitful debate is the unmasking of the authority behind the opinions. Once that is explicit, it can become the authority of the Bible vs. your leftist professor, Rolling Stone and MTV. Now, THAT’S A DEBATE!
Instead, viewers are treated to the spectacle of costumed hecklers yelling unintelligible insults, shaking their fists, waving little rainbow flags, draped in bunting that says “the queer will inherit the earth” (from whom? I ask, and how will you do that when you can’t reproduce your own kind?) and chanting alternately “we support free speech” then “this is hate speech.” I guess it’s difficult to justify supporting free speech while threatening and heckling and shouting down the one speaking. I can live with all that–that’s merely young, naive bubbleheads performing their job description. What I can’t live with is this faculty member, described as the protector of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transwhatever students (whose position is paid for by taxpayers on one of the most conservative states in the U.S.), proudly holding up the t-shirt he intends to wear at Pastor Wilson’s talk. It says “Jesus loves drag” and he further insults the Lord of Life by saying He would be on the side of the hecklers. Isn’t that even greater hate speech?
One of the primary justifications the hecklers gave for labeling Biblical wisdom as hate speech is that is that it encourages and justifies violence against LGBT people. I have 5 questions about that assertion:
1. Who actually does more violence, church-going Christians against homosexuals, or homosexuals against churches?
2. What does Jesus say about using violence against people for their beliefs and practices?
3. To label anything “hate speech” assumes you can read the mind of the speaker and know they intend to harm with their words. Since the labeler is claiming knowledge of the internal state of the speaker, what is their evidence for this power?
4. If your position is so righteous and correct, why do you fear and avoid dialogue, instead substituting name calling and ad hominem attacks?
5. The most important question is, “what is the authority for your position?” If you disagree with what the Bible says, what authority can you cite that has a greater track record of truth? Kinsey studies? Newspaper editorials? TV shows?