On several occasions supporters of a right wing SA political party, which can only be described as religious fundamentalist, have claimed that the party bears no ill will to gay or trans people (in their words, "homosexuals") in the country - and that we have nothing to fear should they ever come to power.
I wish I could believe them about the ACDP - but there is far too much openly visible hatred and intolerance in the ACDP for people such as myself and my friends and family for accepting us and showing us love - by a party which claims to be a Christian representative body - in its policies, statements, supporters and leaders. The facts say otherwise.
If the ACDP has no mal intent towards the pink community, then why is the ACDP so interconnected with known anti-gay hate groups such as Christian Action Network, and Family Policy Institute, even attending their conferences as guest speakers to attack gay rights and dignity?
Why have the ACDP's leading figures never censured or corrected certain individuals on their Facebook ACDP sites for spreading hatred and lies against the pink community and inciting more hate against them - but so far always supported them and even indulged in hate speech and dissemination of the same?
Why has the ACDP been campaigning to remove the civil rights of gay and trans people from the SA Constitution ever since founding in 1994 - after protesting vehemently against the decriminalization of homosexuality in the same year?
Why has the ACDP maintained policies, election manifestos and also made press releases over the past 15 years that if given the chance, it will revoke same gender marriage equality and that it sees gay people as "a threat to the family"and society as well as Christianity? Why has the ACDP demonized the pink community in the media since the beginning?
I may be a "lowly sinner" in their eyes - but I am far from stupid. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it sure ain't no turkey.
I would say it is because they agree with them, and share their view - or should I say, so-called "biblical worldview"?
Their bible tells them Christ told them to love their neighbor as themselves - I wonder, do they hate themselves that much?
Because we are your "neighbors" and what you show the world is hatred and intolerance for us. You not only show your own prejudice, but through your lies and propaganda, you incite hatred and intolerance for those like us wherever you speak of us. You use a loving God as a weapon of your own bias and prejudice and then to justify the spiritual and social violence you direct at us, and to absolve yourselves of this guilt, you unashamedly "wash your hands" in holy water and claim "it is not I that says so, but God...or the bible...".
And then, once more they try to twist the facts to show WE "reject every premise of Christianity"?
Being tolerant does not necessarily include acceptance - but tolerance does not include public campaigns, slander in media and press and defamatory remarks based on and repeating fallacies which incite further intolerance, hatred and even hate crimes. We can tolerate the existence of gay-hating bigots - but we will not stand for their attempts to strip us of our human rights and equality or to turn us into scapegoats out of their own selfish ambitions.
This "argument" has achieved little in any case - other than to show how obtuse they are. Willful ignorance is something to be ashamed of, not proud.
There is truth in the old adage "if you gather thistles, expect prickles" - and we can be very thorny indeed. As long as you or people like you and groups such as CAN, ACDP, CDA and the FPI act and speak out of hatred or intolerance, you will find us blocking your path.
You shall not go unchallenged. You shall not pass.