Elijah Parish Lovejoy was a minister and journalist, who for several years early in the 19th century edited a newspaper called the St. Louis Observer. Unfortunately, some of the locals weren’t fans of his anti-slavery views. From Wikipedia: (I know, but the actual sources are in the footnotes)
In May 1836, after anti-abolitionist opponents in St. Louis destroyed his printing press for the third time, Lovejoy left the city and moved across the river to Alton in the free state of Illinois. In 1837 he started the Alton Observer, also an abolitionist paper. On November 7, 1837, a pro-slavery mob attacked the warehouse where Lovejoy had his fourth printing press. Lovejoy and his supporters exchanged gunfire with the mob, which fatally shot him. He died on the spot and was soon hailed as a martyr by abolitionists across the country. After his death, his brother Owen Lovejoy entered politics and became the leader of the Illinois abolitionists.
The story of the martyrdom of Mr. Lovejoy inspired Prof. Laurens P. Hickok to deliver an impassioned speech two days later. Prof. Hickok stated “The crisis has come. The question now before the American citizens is no longer alone, ‘Can the slaves be made free?’ but, ‘Are we free, or are we slaves under Southern mob law?’ At the end of the speech, a man who had been sitting silently and unnoticed in the back of the room, rose and said solemnly, while lifting up his right hand, “Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!” Of course, as you probably know, his name was John Brown.
Even though this incident happened nearly two hundred years ago, the question of whether liberty can survive the mob remains relevant. In the 19th century, the mob was determined to silence anyone who spoke out against the evil of slavery, even if they had to destroy his livelihood, and even take his life. Today the mob uses political correctness to silence or destroy anyone who refuses to except the current orthodoxy that says that homosexuality is at least as wholesome, normal and appropriate as traditional marriage. I say “at least” because I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the popular culture suggests that homosexuality is a vastly superior, even fabulous, if you will, lifestyle. Popular network television situation comedies are largely responsible for the public’s acceptance of homosexuality. I know that Joe Biden said it, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. It was actually part of a brilliant and well-executed strategy that worked like a charm. Back in 1990, two guys wrote a book called After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90′s. It’s basically like a “Rules for Radicals” to get us where we are today accepting homosexuality, using the popular culture like television shows. Of course, just as no one ever explained how the twenty-somethings on “Friends” could afford New York City rent while working in coffee shops or other low-paying service jobs, no one explains that the homosexual couples on these sitcoms, who are just same-sex versions of Ward and June Cleaver, are not real-life representative of the “gay” lifestyle.
Having successfully convinced a large percentage of the public that it is “hateful” to consider homosexuality is wrong, deviant and bad for society, now activists have a new project; that is, silencing anyone who dares to say that it is, or behave in any way that suggests that he or does not approve. It’s not enough to live and let live. Like the Stalinists conducting their pre-execution show trials, the Pink Mob is determined to force everyone to “cooperate,” to admit that homosexuality is healthy and normal. That includes people who do not choose to participate in so-called same-sex weddings on religious grounds.
Here’s another example of this tolerant bunch. From The Washington Times:
A husband-and-wife bakery shop team in Oregon were forced to close their shop doors and move to cheaper digs — their home — after gay-rights activists hounded them and drove away contract business because they refused for Christian reasons to bake for a same-sex wedding.
Aaron and Melissa Klein own and operate Sweet Cakes by Melissa. In the past few months, they’ve faced heated scrutiny — some in the form of physical threats — from those in the gay-rights crowd who decried their May refusal to bake for a lesbian couple who wanted to marry.
So, Prof. Hickok’s question is still relevant. Today the question is not whether our “gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” The question is whether Aaron and Melissa Klein are free if they are terrorized out of running their business by militant fanatics. Their shop has closed, and as Huffington Post reports, the lesbian couple has filed a government complaint against them.
From the love that dare not state its name to the love that must be exalted at all cost, or else.
Nice little business you’ve got there Mr. And Mrs. Klein. It would be a shame if anything happened to it.
Are we free, or are we slaves to an anti-Christian militantly secularist mob?
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