AFA's Bryan Fischer: "We Should Keep Sodomy Laws On The Books"
August 09, 2013 2:46 pm ET by Luke Brinker
Ten years after the Supreme Court deemed state laws banning gay sex unconstitutional, American Family Association (AFA) spokesman Bryan Fischer is still calling for the criminalization of homosexuality.
In an August 9 column for AFA, Fischer lamented that "judicial tyranny" - namely, the Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision - meant that state sodomy laws were "unenforceable," though he believes such laws send a powerful message of "disapproval" toward homosexuality:
As they say, the law is a teacher, and it's wise to keep an anti-sodomy law on the books, even if unenforceable due to judicial tyranny, to express the state's official disapproval of that kind of conduct. The fact that it is against the law provides an additional reason not to give it special legal protections in discrimination law. It's schizophrenic to give special legal protections to behavior in one part of your code that is illegal according to another.
As Antonin Scalia correctly pointed out in his dissent on Lawrence v. Texas, sodomy was always contrary to public policy everywhere in the United States, going back to the very beginning. It was a felony offense in every state of the union until 1962, and still a felony offense in the other 49 states until 1972, when the sexual revolution started causing the moral pillars to crumble. Sodomy is immoral, unnatural and unhealthy and should remain contrary to public policy.
From a public health standpoint alone, societies should resist the normalization of sodomy. Whether you think the human body was designed by evolution or by the Creator, the body was clearly not designed for the uses to which homosexuals put it. The elevated risk of HIV/AIDS is reason enough all by itself to reject the normalization and legalization of homosexual conduct.
From a man who is so rabidly anti-gay that he thinks we should ban openly gay people from serving in public office, Fischer's turgid rhetoric about how cultural developments like the acceptance of LGBT Americans "caus[ed] the moral pillars to crumble" is par for the course.
Just last month, a Louisiana sheriff's unconstitutional enforcement of his state's sodomy statute highlighted the potential for rogue state officials to use sodomy laws to bully, intimidate, and ensnare gays. Such actions reinforce the marginalization and discrimination that CDC experts say must end in order to ensure the mental and physical well-being of LGBT people.
You could listen to the CDC. Or you could listen to a man whose obsession with trolling gay people is so great that he'll use any unrelated news event - like, say, Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal - to condemn the gay community.