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For some time now, I’ve been writing about the First Amendment threat posed by local and state “human rights” commissions, which have virtually unchecked power to make life miserable for those accused of petty discrimination complaints, threatening them with fines and subjecting them to administrative hearings that drag on for years. (See my piece on “The Sensitivity Apparat” at The Weekly Standard earlier this year.)
This has been a particular problem in that these groups have been aggressively enforcing an Orwellian vision of gay rights. If you own a business and make any public affirmation that you think homosexuality is immoral, prepare to have your life upended by petty bureaucrats. Regardless of your opinion on gay marriage and other issues, your right to have that opinion shouldn’t be in question.
And if you live in Sioux City, Iowa, you might watch what you say for a while. So far, two city council members are standing by a recent appointment to the city’s human rights commission after it was revealed he made threatening comments to a local pastor over his disapproval of the Iowa Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage:
In one comment, Raasch wrote: “You are haters and bigots and you will get what’s coming to you sooner or later. I hope you rot in hell.”
Gordon replied, “I hope you repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I wouldn’t want you or anyone else to go to hell.”
Raasch wrote, “I know Christ and don’t need a snake oil salesman like you to tell me about him. I guess that’s the difference between us because I think there are many people that deserve to burn in hell … including you and your entire family.”
“He gives blatant death wishes to anyone who disagrees with his political or sexual views,” Gordon said Thursday. “He is obviously unstable and filled with raging hatred.”
Raasch has since apologized: “I would like to say that if I caused him or his family any stress, I do apologize for that, as that was not my intention.” (I would be curious to know what was the intended purpose of those remarks.) In any event, when you consider some of the witch hunts — or rather Christian hunts — human rights commissions have been regularly engaging in, Raasch’s appointment makes perfect sense.Published in