As the dishonest campaign to defeat the Matthew Shepard Act continues to roll along, we have an update.
One of the tried and true hysteria-generators in this campaign is the citation (with lots of exclamation marks!!!) of various cases in which some brave religious leader is prosecuted for “preaching against homosexuality” …in some other country.
In one of these cases, a straight human rights activist lodged a complaint against the Rev. Stephen Boissoin for writing an (admittedly hateful) anti-gay letter. It is currently being heard before a Canadian human rights panel.
Here is what they are not telling you about this free speech case. In a campaign that accuses the GLBT community of “censoring the church,” this just seems to me to be an interesting piece of information to omit.
It seems that even the national gay advocacy organization EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) is opposed to this prosecution, saying that Boissoin “has a right to express his opinions in the public arena, though it notes it vehemently disagrees with them.”
EGALE must recognize that the most effective approach to hateful and dishonest speech is to counter it with the truth, until such speech is no longer acceptable in civil discourse. And they managed to come to this conclusion even without being subject to our First Amendment.