George Orwell, in an essay about Salvador Dali and the disintegrating culture in which he flourished:
[Dali] grew up into the corrupt world of the nineteen-twenties, when sophistication was immensely widespread and every European capital swarmed with aristocrats and rentiers who had given up sport and politics and taken to patronizing the arts. If you threw dead donkeys at people they threw money back. A phobia for grasshoppers – which a few decades earlier would merely have provoked a snigger – was now an interesting “complex’ which could be profitably exploited.*
So, when Dali produced his execrable art, patrons threw money at it. The “dead donkey” was a still, one of Dali’s favorite pictures, of a rotting corpse from a Surrealist film, Le Chien Andalou.
The gay political bloc in this country is now chortling over Arizona Governor Janet Brewer’s veto of the allegedly “anti-gay” bill that would have purportedly protected the right of businesses to refuse dealing with gays on religious grounds. But the whole “gay” phenomenon in this country is but a dead donkey decorated with a live grasshopper affixed to its nose. Gay organizations threw it at the government, the courts, the press, and the public at large – and they all threw money back at it.
As I mentioned in my column, “Transformation” via “Rehabilitation“:
The issue has little to do with Christian beliefs, or any system of beliefs. It has to do with forcing a mind to act against one’s best interests and values.
Brewer explained her veto:
“Senate Bill 1062 … could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want,” she told the room packed with journalists from around the country. “Let’s turn the ugliness of the debate over Senate Bill 1062 into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding among all Arizonans and Americans.”
“As governor, I have protected religious freedoms when there is a specific and present concern that exists in our state,” she said. “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”
Give the Gay Gestapo time, Governor. There is an Islamic tactic for punishing outspoken critics of Islam called “libel tourism,” which, if anyone remembers, involved suing an American author or publisher from another country’s court, most notably a British court, for “libeling” Islam. Even though many states have adopted laws that protect American freedom of speech rights from such costly and time-consuming legal moves, the prospect still chills speech.
The Gay Gestapo has adopted that tactic and is applying it to their own ends – which is the submission of Americans to the ethereal “rights” of gays. They adopt an “in your face” flaunting of their gayness and expect no one to have anything to say about it – or else. One could object to homosexuality on religious grounds, or on rational grounds, but “gay rights” must trump freedom of thought and the freedom to act on one’s convictions.
The “gay political” bloc is international and national in scope. The Gestapo will be going from state to state to test the judicial waters by targeting smaller businesses for “discriminatory” attitudes and actions towards gays.
Tammy Bruce, in a February 28th Washington Times article, “Houses of worship now vulnerable to ‘Gay Gestapo’,” opened her article with:
As a gay conservative woman, I supported Arizona’s religious freedom bill, which was just vetoed this week by Gov. Jan Brewer.
I supported it because it embodied the values every American civil rights movement stood for: the freedom to live our lives without being punished for who we are.
In this case, it was a bill making sure people of faith would not be forced to violate their religious beliefs in the event someone demanded they do so.This bill, like others across the country, was thought necessary because of the emergence of business, large and small, being attacked by the gay left for either espousing Christian values or acting on their Christian faith. Ranging from a bakery to a photographer, individuals were being sued for refusing to violate their religious beliefs.
Bruce, recounting the failure of the Gay Gestapo to make Chick-fil-A knuckle under, noted:
That targeting of Chick-fil-A was a massive failure, which is why, I contend, the left shifted its focus to smaller, local businesses that could more easily be intimidated and threatened.
Why would the Gay Gestapo suddenly need to convince everyone that any act of faith must be viewed suspiciously as discrimination and “hate?” Forcing a bakery, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A or a photographer to either violate their religious beliefs or be destroyed is simply a test run. The real target is the church and temple. If the left can convince our society to force people of faith to violate their sacraments in the name of “equality,” why would we allow that to stop at the church door?
Because they’re after bigger game: the whole culture, the whole country. Nothing will stop the Gay Gestapo from using their litigatory battering rams to break down everyone’s door. They’re taking a leaf from the Islamic campaign to conquer the country, one selected target at a time. Which is strange, because Islam persecutes gays. The Left, with which the Islamists and gays are allied, is also clueless or deceiving itself about the end game of Islam. This unholy alliance shares one end and one strategy: to make America bend to their collective will – with lawsuits, harassment, and even violence. Their poster child is a person of indefinable gender wearing earrings and a Gay Rainbow T-shirt. Their battle cry is “Expropriate the Expropriators of Our Self-Esteem and Dignity!”
I ended my “Transformation” article by naming the culprit behind this new political force, the Gay Gestapo: The Civil Rights Act of 1964.
[It] allowed the new “protected class” to assert its power over everyone else, and to proceed with its deconstructionist agenda to rehabilitate the whole country – with force. It fits right in with Barack Obama’s plan to “transform” the country.
“In five days we are going to fundamentally transform America.”
….into tribes of protected classes, who cannot be refused anything.
One of those new “protected classes” is Hispanics or Latinos. One such group has lodged its protest against the Arizona “anti-gay” bill. The Los Angeles Times article of February 26th, “Latino lawyers group pulls convention from Phoenix over SB 1062,” reported:
The Hispanic National Bar Assn. said it will move its 40th annual convention, scheduled for September 2015 in Phoenix, because the legislation, SB 1062, discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“The HNBA views this as a civil rights issue. As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice,” national president Miguel Alexander Pozo stated.
Who’s next? The League of LGBT garage mechanics? The National Association of Androgynous Pajama Boys? The American Alliance of Undecided Ethnicities? Whose feelings have been irreparably hurt by anyone not wanting to deal with some random manqué and group cipher – and reparable only if a deconstructionist, half-wit Progressive judge rules against freedom of association and forces people to deal with gays, whether they wish to or not, and to pay court costs, besides?
Lest anyone conclude that the author is “anti-gay,” he would be wrong. I am neither “anti-gay” nor “pro-gay.” I frankly do not dwell much on the psychological and identity disorders of others. For years I had a gay literary agent; the issue of his “gayness” never arose. Before he retired, I regarded him as the last “gentleman agent” in the business. He would have regarded throwing the “dead donkey” of his gayness at me as uncivil and unforgivably offensive. Ours was a voluntary business relationship; he liked my novels and I liked his sales track record. A business relationship based on court-sanctioned force on either of our parts was inconceivable. But that was in the 1970’s and 1980’s, when many current norms were inconceivable.
See the gay parade float pulled by a twenty-mule-team, featuring an odiferous, putrefying dead donkey! It’s “art”! It’s “gay pride”!
Dali would approve, and expect everyone to salute it. And if you don’t salute it….see you in court! Hee haw!
*From “Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali” (1944), in All Art is Propaganda: Critical Notes, by George Orwell. New York: Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. P. 221.