Thursday, February 17, 2005

Those we don't speak of

WorldNetDaily: City can bar 'family values' message: "Supervisors Robert Bobb, then city manager, and Joyce Hicks, then deputy director of the Community and Economic Development Agency, ordered removal of the flier, stating it contained 'statements of a homophobic nature' and promoted 'sexual-orientation-based harassment,' even though it made no mention of homosexuality."

In The Village, people in a nineteenth-century rural community lived in an uneasy truce with terrifying creatures who inhabited the surrounding forest. The creatures were so fearsome that the villagers dared not even call them by a name, but only referred to them as "those we don't speak of", and uttered the phrase nervously, as if even this would cause the creatures to appear. There are now city officials and judges in some places who believe that Christians should have the same sort of relationship to the homosexual community: not only may we not question what they do, but we can now get into trouble even if we don't articulate who we're talking about!

Thankfully, though, not all judges agree. The Philadelphia Four have been acquitted of the "crime" of speaking publicly within earshot of aggressive homosexual demonstrators. The judge who acquitted them said: " "We are one of the very few countries that protect unpopular speech."

Well, you do in Philly anyway. Oakland doesn't seem to have gotten the memo.