Several times on this column, members of the far-right religious authoritarian wing have been ridiculed for not being able to understand the difference between equal treatment for all and persecution of Christians. In their view, everything is limited to one extreme or the other: You either show exclusive preferential treatment towards Christians or you are discriminating against them.
It should therefore come as no surprise that some of their members also interpret members of the LGBT community requesting respect for their own choices as part of some convoluted conspiracy to force everyone else to be gay as well.
It shouldn't be, but it can still be pretty jarring to behold.
Such was the claim made last week by Gordon "Seven Ways" Klingenschmitt on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program.
Klingenschmitt applauded efforts by Republican legislators in Washington to allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers based on religious conviction, which he claimed was necessary in order to fight back against the "demonic spirit of tyranny" that is seeking to force Christians to participate in sodomy.
"Sodomy will always be a sin in the eyes of God," said Klingenschmitt, even if it is legal in the US. From there, he went on to claim that gay activists are using the government to compel Christians "to participate in their sodomy" or face lawsuits and jail.
No Gordon, that's not true. Just because someone wants that massive stick out of your butt, that doesn't mean they plan to stick anything else in its place.