I believe there is a problem that has reached Colombia, but which has not originated here. It has to do with the lie that those who wish to have certain "rights" recognized only want respect for themselves and their ability to live their lives peacefully.
This is a falsehood.
Those behind the fight for recognition of same-sex marriage do not want just that.
Those fight for the "right to choose (abortion)" do not want just that.
Those who lead to fight for the right to "die with dignity" do not just want that.
And those who insist upon the right to “self-identify” as to gender, do not want just that.
They want...indeed DEMAND…that those who disagree with these ideas to not only go along and comply with their views, but to actively participate in the violation of their personal consciences.
This is why same-sex marriage activists seek out bakers/photographers who, for reasons of conscience, do not wish to participate in such ceremonies, and force them to do so (even though there would be many others available who would be happy to participate), or be run out of business.
This is why doctors, nurses and institutions who oppose abortions are being forced to actively participate in them. In the US, the federal government seeks to force nuns to provide abortifacient drugs to their employees. In Colombia a decision protected nurses from being forced to participate in abortions, but why? Because the “pro-choicers” have been trying to force them to do so. Forced compliance.
This is why doctors and health care facilities who conscientiously disagree with euthanasia are being forced to participate actively in providing and procuring euthanasia under threat of losing their licenses (this is what Canadian doctors, for example, are now faced with).
And now, if my 17 year old daughter joins a gym in Canada or the US and tries to take a shower, some guy can “self-identify” as a female and go in the shower with her. And if I have the temerity to object, I am supposedly the bigot.
I deny that I am a bigot.
But people are being frightened into compliance and participation against their consciences. We are seeing tactics that are not only horrific but totalitarian. We see lawfare applied against dissenters, so that people buckle-under under the threat of economically unsustainable litigation. We are seeing the criminalization of dissent in many countries. For example, in my former life as a lawyer I defended people against state-sponsored lawfare of the most obscene kind.
Worse, we see the Orwellian distortion of language and redefinition of words to create weapons against conscience. To me the most striking today is that "dissent” has now come to be re-defined as “hate”. If you dissent, you are a “hater”.
I deny that if I dissent, or if I am worried for my daughter's safety, I am a hater.
Rather I am a free man in a free country with not only the right to hold views based upon my conscience, but to act upon my conscience. And I deny to anyone…individual, group or state...to inquire into, or opine upon, how or why my conscience was formed. If it is based upon religion, lack of religion, history, genetics or the roll of a die it is no one’s business but my own.
So, those who call for respect for opposing views make a valid plea but I am very afraid that the situation is devolving to the point that we need to do more to protect our right to a conscience than just beg for respect. Some resistance, such as the march the other day, may become necessary.
Otherwise, I am not sure for how much longer I will be able to say “I am a free man in a free country.”