I’m disappointed conservatives are acquiescing to the LGBT agenda. Let me be clear—the Orlando shooting was absolutely terrible and tragic. But the response to this tragedy should not be embracing and advocating for gay rights.
I’ve seen the posts, the articles, the profile pictures, all embracing rainbows and the gay rights agenda. Even Breitbart, one of the most popular conservative media outlets, posted an article the day after the Orlando shooting titled, “After the Pulse Club Massacre, It’s Time For Gays to Come Home to Republican Party.” The openly gay author writes:
“Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country. I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.”
The author then goes on to describe all the wonderful things he has done for the Right and against the Left. Then he does something subtle and alarming. He says he is now saving his country from “the socialist onslaught,” and then begins to describe how conservatism is the only hope for so-called gay rights.
Constitutional conservatism expressly recognizes through the Declaration of Independence that the only Rights that exist come from God and are therefore dependent on consistency with God’s law. Yet this gay activist is very slyly parlaying his political conservatism into a social referendum completely inconsistent with conservatism.
He goes on to misattribute the June 2015 Supreme Court opinion on gay marriage as delivered by “a conservative Supreme Court” that “granted gays the right to marry.”
It was a not a conservative a Supreme Court that “gave gays a right to marry”—that phrase alone speaks volumes of the author’s ignorance of constitutional law. It was an activist Court that had no jurisdiction and no constitutional basis.
In a 5-4 opinion, only the liberal justices and judicial activists on the bench rendered an opinion that slaughtered the Fourteenth Amendment and usurped states’ jurisdiction in domestic relations matters. The remaining four justices came down hard on the majority’s unconstitutionality, and the opinion has been misunderstood as “creating law” since June 2015.
Conservatives, don’t view this tragedy through rainbow-colored glasses.
Just because we are all heartbroken (and indeed we are) that 50 Americans lost their lives does not mean that America, conservatives, or Christians should become activists for homosexuality or any other immorality.
I didn’t see the Left suddenly become Christian activists after Charleston and try to welcome Christians or even stand up for what actually is a fundamental Right—free exercise of religion—specifically enumerated in the First Amendment, thereby protected against federal government infringement.
I didn’t see the Right suddenly become abortion advocates after the Planned Parenthood shooting. Wisely, we stood our ground that the shooting was tragic, but abortion is still immoral and murder and should properly be outlawed.
We cannot conflate the issue here. The deaths were an absolute tragedy, but LGBT activism is NOT the appropriate response. To begin activism only after a mass shooting concedes there was no reason to object in the first place. That is simply not true. We have every constitutional and moral reason to object to gay activism.
If something is wrong, it is wrong. Homosexuality is wrong. Mass murder is wrong. But two wrongs do not make a constitutional gay right.
Jenna Ellis is an attorney, professor of law at Colorado Christian University, and international speaker.
Email Jenna at firstname.lastname@example.org