Turning Values Into Hate

The  Taste of Hate:  Chick-Fil-A and the Numbing Down of Culture

By Dr. Tony Beam, Christian Post Guest Columnist
August 17, 2012|10:00 am

What is hate speech? Does it fall into the category of “I can’t  define it but I know when I hear it?” Most thinking Americans can tell the  difference between speech that is simply expressing a positive point of view and  speech that is poisoned with the venom of hatred.

When I hear people denigrate or demonize someone because of the color of  their skin or the cut of their clothes I recoil in disgust. When the crazies  from the Westboro Baptist Church bring out their signs wishing eternal judgment  on homosexuals it angers me that they have hijacked the name “Baptist” and are  using it to promote hate.

When the skinheads, the KKK, or the Nazi’s march, hide behind white sheets  and burn crosses, or paint swastikas on the doors of Jewish homes and businesses  I know that I am witnessing hatred unleashed. When misguided and mislabeled  Christians attack abortion  providers in the name of protecting the unborn or when they attack homosexuals  with demeaning language or even physical violence there is no doubt hatred has  won out over love.

When the New Black Panthers call for violence against white people or line up  to intimidate voters to prevent them from exercising their right to peacefully  choose their leaders (regardless of their skin color) we know we are witnessing  both acts and verbal expressions of hate.

But what if I say that I believe marriage  is meant to be between a man and a woman? What if I quote any of the many  biblical passages that point to the importance of the family? Am I now  considered to be a purveyor of hate simply because I hold a positive view toward  the traditional family?

Prior to the late 1990’s most people in our society held to a form of  negative tolerance. Under this system, you could be considered tolerant if you  respected the person but rejected their view. Tolerance meant a wide range of  views could be expressed and defended without the hate card being played.

But today, we are being pushed toward full-blown positive tolerance. Positive  tolerance means in order to be considered tolerant you have to not only endure  the views of the person expressing them you now have to embrace them. To be  tolerant of homosexuality  is to defend it as being on par with heterosexuality. It means to speak  positively about marriage being exclusively between a man and a woman is to  hate. To express a view that says Christianity is based on an exclusive  relationship with Jesus Christ and to reject Christ is to choose to be separated  from God for all eternity is a form of hate.

That way of thinking explains how the Southern Poverty  Law Center can put the New Black Panthers and the Family Research Council on the  same list of hate groups based in the District of Columbia. The Family Research  Council is on the list because it is accused of being anti-gay. But FRC has  never published anything hateful or even disrespectful about homosexuals. What  they have done consistently and courageously is defend the traditional family  and proclaim God’s Word as salt and light to sick and dark culture.

The whole controversy over Chic-fil-A started in Pennsylvania over  Chic-fil-A’s decision to supply free food for a pro-marriage event. There was  nothing anti-gay or hateful about the event. It was simply an event designed to  extol the virtues of and strengthen the bonds of traditional heterosexual  marriage. But for the radical LGBT community that was enough to cause them to  accuse Chic-fil-A of sponsoring hate.

If our society embraces this radical interpretation of hate speech it won’t  be long before Christianity itself will be considered a religion of hate. The  prophet Isaiah warned us, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who  substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for  sweet and sweet for bitter”(Isaiah 5:20, NASV). Turning God’s love into hate by  vilifying virtue is the ultimate example of turning light into darkness.

 Dr. Tony Beam is Vice-President for Student Services  and Director of the Christian Worldview Center at North Greenville University in  Tigerville, South Carolina.

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9 replies

  1. When we are told to “shut up” and “be quiet” about an opposing view, then our freedom truly has been compromised. There’s always a way to look at an opposing view without getting angry about it. But that would require a certain amount of humbleness, and unfortunately for the world, that is one word that is never defined. Keep on preaching the truth with boldness Lyn! Love ya!

  2. There is a creeping totalitarianism gathering pace here, and I hope it can be stopped.

    • Amen..and I think you and I have both seen it all over the internet!

      • We have indeed dear sister, and more credit to you for saying the truth.

        • I was just chewed out on a FB group for saying the same things you’ve heard me say about the whole sugar coating business..and it wasn’t even directed at anyone there..it went with what they were talking about, as in agreement. All of a sudden, this man got so mad at me, he started defending Himself and calling me judgmental..I didn’t even say anything that could be taken as judgmental or directed at anyone there. I explained to the man it wasn’t directed at him or anyone, but went with the conversation they were having they invited me to. As if he didn’t hear me, he kept going on and on, though I had apologize for him misunderstanding my intent. What I don’t get is how come you can tell people something straight up, you explain clearly..but they don’t hear you; it’s as if they’re having a constant, nagging brain hiccup or something. And why are quote-unquote “Christians” getting so mad, defensive, and judgmental if you say something about sugar coating God’s truth anyways? Ugggh!

          • Sorryto hear that dear sister – they really don’t want to behold they are sinning, and in their hearts they have convinced themselves they are not – but as the prophet Jermemiah tells us, of all organs the heart is the most deceitful.

          • Sorry to hear that dear sister. They do not want their sin pointing out, and their deceitful hearts have told them they are not sinners – hence their anger when you tell them God’s word. Bless you dear sister x

  3. I fully support the position that we should be able to disagree respectfully and compassionately. Presenting a positive statement should never imply a hateful negative.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14 God's call to the world! Are you ready?

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