Appearing on Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt’s Pray in Jesus Name program Thursday Alan Keyes once more demonstrated the bigotry for which he has become famous. Keyes does enjoy making outrageous and baseless claims and this time out he went after one of his favorite targets, gay rights. He claimed that there is no such thing as a “right to homosexuality,” basically asserting that gay people do not have a right to be the people they were born to be.
Keyes’ reasoning is that we do not have any rights that were not granted to us by God and that God says that homosexuality is an “abomination” and therefore those who were born gay do not have the right to be “that way.” He says, “Only those things that are demonstrated to have a relationship with what is right from the point of view of the society, of human nature, and of the things that God requires of us as part of our responsibility to him, those things can be claimed as right.” It would seem that he is saying that the Christian church is in charge of our laws and country which the Constitution clearly forbids.
He goes on to say that if we accept the rights of gays we will soon have to allow incest and sex with animals since they too are things that people want to do with those they love. Of course this tired old argument is entirely invalid and has no true bearing on the issue, it is simply designed to evoke disgust in people and sway them to accept an idea which they know in their heart is wrongheaded.
Keyes is also worried that if the gays are allowed the same basic human rights as everyone else it will in some unexplained way lead to persecution of Christians by the government and others. How he arrives at this conclusion is unclear since he never explains how that would come to pass. Yet while he worries that there will be widespread persecution of Christians he seems to have no such aversion to allowing Christians to persecute anyone who they disapprove of.
Of course to see intolerance and bigotry coming from Keyes is no surprise. This is the man who after disowning his lesbian daughter (now there’s a Christian act) said, “…if you go down a road that satisfies your personal predilections and relationships and sacrifices the common good of the country, including the elementary institution by which its civilization is sustained, then you are not only derelict in your public duty, you are abandoning your obligation as a human being.”
Watch his conversation with Dr. Chaps, who remains mercifully silent for a change below.