IL Family Institute Equates Being Gay with Incest, Race Supremacy

Illinois Family Institute
In a commentary on the recent national discussion around the Boy Scouts of America gay ban, Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute compared being gay to incest as well as racial supremacy. In her egregiously hateful statement, Higgins said:

Does President Obama really mean that “nobody” should be barred from the Boy Scouts? What about those who affirm polyamory or adult consensual incest as central to their identity? What about those who espouse theories of racial superiority? And how does an organization promote moral straightness or fidelity to God if it can’t make distinctions between moral and immoral conduct? (Let’s not forget that God has some rather uncompromising things to say about homosexuality.) [snip]  

Thanks to the relentless, presumptuous quest of homosexuals to shape the moral views of other people’s children, this Boy Scout kerfuffle is not over. Despite specious claims to the contrary, this battle is not about “equality” or “fairness.” It’s about the desperate desire of homosexuals to eradicate conservative moral beliefs and every last vestige of moral disapproval from the global moral landscape. The proper response to this obnoxious pressure from homosexual activists and corporations—neither of which group is noted for their commitment to God or sexual rectitude—would be for the BSA leadership to honor God and act bravely by publicly affirming that there are objective moral truths from which our sexual lives are not exempt. 

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When considering the potential for harm to children, set aside for a moment the issue of homosexuals who may prey on the boys under their charge. There is another harm that will be done to all boys whose leaders are homosexual. Those boys will be taught by example the deceit that homosexual acts and relationships are moral. It is unconscionable that an organization committed to God and moral integrity would countenance such destructive role modeling.

Besides throwing around a lot of heavy moral assumptions,  Higgins commits one of the worst argumentative sins of all: false equivalence. Arguing in favor of an individual’s rights to equal access to organizations, marriage, or other American institutions has no relation to psychological conditions, multiple person marital arrangements, or any other red herring conservatives seem to come up with out of thin air. 
Higgins is actually doing the LGBT civil rights movement a service in continuing to use extremist language in denigrating LGBT men and women. Polls show that average Americans – those who may or may not have an opinion on LGBT rights – will continue to see the outrageous claims emanating from wingnuts like Higgins and will see exactly which side of history they should stand with. 

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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