Is any criticism of the gay lifestyle hatespeech?

This morning I read an article about a Detroit Tiger, Torii Hunter who said he would not be uncomfortable having a gay teammate. He said that he was a Christian and he did not approve of the lifestyle. He was immediately criticized and he has since gone on Twitter and said his statements were taken out of contest. Former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino also made some statements over the weekend that wer “perceived” as being anti-gay and she has also backtracked. So my question is can you criticize the gay lifestyle without fear of retribution? Share your thoughts.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/fantasia-barrino-instagram-anti-gay-response_n_2396586.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/torii-hunter-detroit-tiger-gay-teammate-uncomfortable_n_2387575.html

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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On January 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    I guess that sort of depends on what is said. This is a free country, and criticism of anything is acceptable, even the so-called “gay lifestyle”. (Can you define that, by the way? I can’t).

    But then, if your criticism is deemed offensive, you have to be tolerant of someone criticizing you back. It always works both ways. You can’t criticize someone, and then say “It’s my first Amendment right to criticize, and if you don’t like what I say, you need to shut up or you’re being intolerant”.

    Especially if you put something on Twitter, or Facebook, or anywhere in public. If you don’t want someone to respond, keep it to yourself. If you say it publicly, expect, and be happy, that someone responds, even if they disagree. It comes with the territory.

    As to the merits, if you openly advocate discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation, you open yourself up to a charge of bigotry. If you simply are indicating a personal distaste for having sex with someone of the same gender, then that’s an opinion you’re entitled to have. Frankly, as a raging heterosexual, I find the idea of gay sex distasteful. But then I don’t like vanilla ice cream, asparagus, or walking in the rain. Would I discriminate against people who do?

    No.

  • -dp-  On January 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I think the above responder makes an excellent point. When you express opinions in the public sphere, you have to expect (and are even inviting) “pushback” from others. In addition, I think that society is changing. Though people have the legal right to say a lot of things, they will experience “social sanctioning” from the culture when they violate the norms/mores of the culture; and more and more, we, as a society, find anti-gay remarks socially unacceptable.

  • Spanish Inquisitor  On January 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Here’s a nice indication that attitudes are changing.

  • pierre  On January 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Both Fantasia and Torii were simply expressing their opinions but they were not hateful. I live in Jamaica and I know what anti-gay hateful speech is.

  • Okey  On January 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I GUESS THAT AMERICAN SODOMITES ARE BEING OPPRESSIVE AGAINST THE EXPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH. WHILE THEY PUSH THEIR QUEER LIFE STYLE AS LOFTY AND TRY TO RAM IT DOWN THE THROAT OF HUMANITY, THEY OPPRESS PEOPLE WHO HOLD THAT LIFESTYLE AS REPUGNANT.

    FOR ME AS A CHRISTIAN AND A NIGERIAN, SODOMY IS EVIL AND WICKEDNESS IN THE SITE OF THE LORD . SODOMY IS CLEARLY A PROHIBITED ACT, JUST LIKE STEALING AND MURDER ARE. SOME ARE KLEPTOMANIACS AND RECIDIVISTS, WHILE OTHERS LIKE BREVIK OF NORWAY AND HOLMES OF AMERICA ARE MURDERERS. EITHER BY NATURE OR BY CHOICE THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE – MURDERERS – AND THEIR SOCIETIES ARE TAKING ADEQUATE MEASURES TO GET THEM PUNISHED AND TO PROTECT SOCIETY FROM THEIR ILK. THE SAME RULE SHOULD BE APPLICABLE TO QUEERS.

    IN THE CASE OF SODOMY, A WHOLE CITY – SODOM – WAS WIPED OUT FROM THE SURFACE OF THE EARTH ON ACCOUNT OF THE ACTS OF SODOMITES. THE PRACTICE IS EVIL SCRIPTURALLY AND LEGALLY. THE END CONSEQUENCE WILL BE TO WIPE OUT HUMANITY FROM THE EARTH PLANET AS IT CLEARLY PREVENTS PROCREATION. AS A CHRISTIANS WE ARE ENJOINED BY THE THE HOLY BOOK TO PUT A SODOMITE TO DEATH WITHOUT MORE (LEVITICUS 20:13). HOMOSEXUALS DESERVE DEATH.

    EVIL IS EVIL, WE CANNOT CALL IT BY ANOTHER NAME. IF SODOMY IS LEGALIZED, THEN LET US LEGALIZE STEALING AND ARMED ROBBERY AND MURDER. DID I HEAR CORRECTLY THAT QUEERS IN AMERICA ARE SAYING THAT, “AFTER ALL, MURDER IS LEGALIZED BY THE LOOSE GUN LAW OF AMERICA”. THEREFORE, IT BECOMES “UNJUST” TO THE CROOKED FOR PEOPLE TO VOICE UP AGAINST THEM AND SODOMY. AMERICA, THEIR AMERICA !

  • elogam  On January 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Not all criticism is “hatespeech”. Unfortunately to the Left, if you disagree with them in any way it is not because you have a different point of view, it is because you are evil, hatefilled, and deserve to be lambasted. They cannot tolerate any dissent from their cherished, politically correct, point of view.

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