That didn’t take long. It’s not unexpected but nonetheless disappointing that the reaction to my comments about Perth Pride from the LGBT propaganda machine have been so vitriolic. One example is this article from Pink Saltire. Of course given the source I was hardly expecting it to be unbiased or a fair analysis but what it reveals is depressing. Note the methodology used that has now become the standard response to anyone who dares to question the philosophy and ethics of the LGBTQ movement.
Step 1 – accuse anyone who disagrees with you of hatred…..
It doesn’t matter whether they have said anything hateful, or encouraged any hateful acts – the mere fact that they have disagreed with you is hate speech. After all you have said ‘love is love’. They disagree with you- therefore they must be against love. Simples! It’s not very rational and it’s not very intelligent – but in todays dumbed down culture it works.
His hatred is claimed in the name of God yet any scripture denounces hate of anyone. There are definitely more bible verses on hypocrisy than anything relating to LGBT+”. Perthshire Pride
I’m not sure that Perthshire Pride understand what either hypocrisy or love is. It would be hypocritical of me as a Christian minister not to teach what Christ teaches. And the premise of their accusation is false. I don’t hate anyone. In fact it’s precisely because I love people that I want to save them from a philosophy which only causes harm.
Many Christians back off at this stage, quite simply because they genuinely don’t want to be considered unloving or speak hatred or encourage hatred. They don’t stop to think whether it is true or not! This is also true of step two.
Step 2 – accuse those who disagree with you of harm….
The harm or hurt card gets played all the time. Its a form of emotional bullying. If you don’t agree with us then you are responsible for every hurt and harm we experience. They demand that we be ‘welcoming and accepting’ which of course means that we have to be welcoming and accepting to their views. There is an hypocrisy here – because the LBGT activists are not of course going to welcome or accept anyone who dares to disagree with them. (witness their reaction to my article).
“The Pride celebrations aim to build bridges with all people and welcomes people of all faiths and people with none. We stand with all people who have experienced oppression and intolerance.”
This is real hypocrisy. They don’t welcome people who have the faith of Jesus Christ and follow his teaching (nor incidentally do they welcome people who follow the Muslim or Jewish faith – which both teach that homosexual practice is wrong). They will only welcome those who still claim the name Christian/Muslim/Jewish but ignore its teaching. They will not tolerate and they will oppress any who dare to question their ideology. Which leads on to step 3
Step 3 – Seek to intimidate those who disagree with you
“We’re unhappy with David Roberston for being blatantly homophobic, ‘sad and tragic’ is not how a culture should be described. Religion is no excuse, there are many examples of other religious persons & churches in the Dundee area who are more than supportive of one of the many things we stand for, love is love. We trust our University to do the right thing.” Dundee University LGBT society
The Pink Saltire helpfully reminds its readers of the Catholic priest who was removed from his role as a University Chaplain in Glasgow and suggest that the same thing should happen to me. “We trust our University to do the right thing”. These are chilling, menacing and threatening words. Such tolerance for diverse views!
Those Christians who are left are often easily intimidated. We don’t like hassle. We don’t like trouble and we don’t like threats. Especially as they don’t just affect us but our loved ones. Keep the heid and keep the heid down tends to be the motto. But again I ask if we give into intimidation on this – what comes next? And what if they come for those whose livelihoods depend on having the correct political opinion? Who is going to speak out?
Step 4 – Silence those who disagree with you
That banning of course does not just go with official posts, or jobs, it also goes with the media. Stuart Duffy, the author of the article, is a gay activist journalist and business owner. The aim of groups like Pink Saltire is to ensure that only their voice is heard and anyone who disagrees is silenced. If we can’t be emotionally bullied or threatened into silence, then they will try to sideline through ridicule and intimidation. They have the power, they have the zeitgeist, they have the money and the corporates (Amazon, Arnold Clark, the AA and others are sponsors). Who will stand up to them?
I wonder what they are scared of? Why won’t they dialogue ( a dialogue is where there are different points of view – but they insist on only one)? Why do they lie, bully and blackmail? I suspect it is because they know that they can. Very few are prepared to stand up to that kind of intimidation – certainly not Politicians, companies or Universities (we will see how long Dundee grant me freedom to express the traditional Christian teaching on marriage). Churches cave in too quickly as well. (for what its worth I’ve heard from sources deep within ‘121’ that they are very unhappy with Scott Burton for ‘outing’ them – but of course they won’t do anything about it!).
Pink Saltire seem to think I do this because I like controversy…that is apparently my track record. They could not be more wrong (not that that will stop them attributing motive – they already think they can see my heart!). I hate this. Even as I write I have a sick feeling in my stomach. Yes I plead guilty to what they accuse me of – in that I do think marriage is between a man and a woman and I do think our children should not be indoctrinated with transgender Queer theory propaganda. But that does not make me a homophobic hater seeking publicity. The fact that Pink Saltire and others have to resort to such hate speech in the name of love, says it all.
So why do I bother? Because I love Jesus and his word. And I love people whatever their sexuality. I want only the best for all people. I have received a number of communications from those who experience same-sex attraction (they generally don’t want to take their identity from sexuality so I respect that and won’t call them gay, or ex-gay) who express gratitude for what I have written. None more so than this comment..
I don’t like “as a” statements very much, but I thought I’d give a word of encouragement to you Mr Robertson.
As a man who was consumed by LGBT identitarianism for some time at university, who genuinely thought I was gay, and then came to Christ more fully (I kinda had a gnostic-ish belief in what I thought to be the triune Christian God before) through the witness of a specific Church, and who now is engaged (to a kind, Godly and beautiful woman) , I can say that the gospel you preach is far better, kind and loving than any of the Beeching and affirmation crowds.
For me, it angers me deeply when I hear LGBT affirmation from professing Christians, as to me it feels like they want me to shove my face back in my vomit so to speak. Their gospel is one of slavery to ones sel-made identity (read idol), where yours is one of freedom in Christ. I originally wanted for the affirmation arguments to be true, but now I consider them utterly appalling. They effectively deny Christ’s power to save us, and create a clean heart in us. A “clean heart” needing to be created after all requires the current heart to be filthy.
And no; I’m not some individual that has been brainwashed by “gay-cure” therapy, which is just the other side of the coin of the heresy that dominates LGBT identitarianism (Pelagianism). I also don’t think my experience is universal, the struggle is life-long for most, nor do I think I’m somehow a special Christian, merely one who has been changed by the awesome power and love of God.
The call from Christ is a love that preaches self-denial (Mark, Luke and Matthew all have Jesus telling people to “deny” themselves in order to “follow” Him Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23, Mark8:34) not of self acceptance as Beeching espouses. Jesus destroyed the false God in my heart and changed my nature. I’m not perfect by any means (there is still sin in my heart in thought, word and deed that pops up), but I know God can change anyone, for He did change and is changing me.
So Mr Robertson, I bless you my dear brother. Your blog is a blessing to me and your posts on this issue are expressing the true love, rather than those that say peace, peace where there is no peace. Keep it up, and may God bless you continually, keep you steadfast in the Spirit!
.I just wonder how Pink Saltire would respond…but maybe I shouldn’t..
Meanwhile I posted this comment on their article (since they didn’t have the courtesy to ask me what I thought! –
“Whilst of course everyone is entitled to their views (except apparently people like me!) and is therefore entitled to disagree with me – what they are not entitled to do is make up my views. I have never expressed hatred of anyone, I have not made a single homophobic comment. And gay people are as welcome in my church as anyone else. The trouble is that disagreeing with anyone is immediately denounced as hatred. It is also incredibly intolerant for you to seek to have me removed as a University chaplain just because I don’t accept your philosophy. The only hatred here is from those who seek to demonise, ban and remove those who disagree with them.”