I have no sympathy whatsoever with the words attributed in a press report to Soren Andersson, the president of a gay activist group in Sweden. Andersson believes that the right of an individual not to get his or her feelings hurt trumps religious freedom. This is an extremist view that makes me shudder.
A report in The Salt Lake Union Tribune says:
A Swedish court has sentenced a pastor belonging to the Pentecostal movement in Sweden, Ake Green, to a month in prison, under a law against incitement, after he was found guilty of having offended homosexuals in a 2003 sermon. Green had described homosexuality as "abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society." Soren Andersson, the president of the Swedish federation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (RFSL), said on hearing Green's jail sentence that religious freedom could never be used as a reason to offend people.
I cannot make too strong a condemnation for the tactic of crude thought control and intimidation employed by these queer activists. Using the laws of a state to imprison folks who do not understand or agree with us, or who say mean-spirited things, cannot create a culture that makes LGBT folks safer and more secure. Instead, it will taint all LGBT activism with the stench of extreme political correctness gone amuck. This in turn undermines all authentic efforts at real, positive change towards creating healthier, freer, and more loving communities and societies.
Can you imagine the outrage if a Christian fundamentalist intruded in a private gathering of queer activists, overheard a speaker say "Fundamentalism represents an abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society," reported him to the authorities, and then the laws of our land permitted the speaker to be ARRESTED and imprisoned for a month? That speaker would become a martyr and hero to the cause, a victim of the unjust, evil times in which we live... and rage would ferment against our "enemies" and all that they represent.
If the report is accurate, then make no mistake: Andersson's brand of anti-liberal queer activism reflects one of the most insidious, dangerous threats to freedom in the world today. Gay and queer activists everywhere would do well to repudiate this anti-liberal threat in our midst whenever we see it in the strongest possible terms.