woody zimmermann 120In the 1930s, gangs of brown-shirted street thugs smashed Jewish shop-windows, terrorized voters at the polls, and generally raised hell all across Germany until they brought an unlikely ex-Army corporal to power and eventual dictatorship. After watching all this from what seemed a safe distance, Americans soon tasted the poisonous fruit of genocide that cost six million lives and a world war that killed 50 million more. Accordingly, one might have thought that Americans would be on guard against any political movement that employs those same tactics. But one would have been wrong. The Brownshirts have come back to terrorize businesses, schools, churches, and even entire governments – this time, in America itself.

These are not right-wing, white-supremacist “militias,” as leftists have warned against for decades. No, they are the shock troops of the militant gay lobby – grown preternaturally strong by dint of vast support from both the Mainstream Media and one of the country’s two dominant political parties.

A small cadre of people dedicated to the advancement – indeed, the ascendancy – of deviant sexuality across all of American society is on a long and thus far triumphal march, laying waste to America’s hallowed religious traditions, its time-honored customs, and its societal norms. Anyone who interferes with complete acceptance of homosexual practice – and, lately, of the absurd new construct of “same-sex marriage” – must be shouted down, stomped, and utterly destroyed. Nothing can be allowed to stand in the way of the Gay Brownshirts, as they sweep from victory to victory over what used to be called the Normal Culture. Those who oppose them are branded as “haters” (as this writer has already learned, first-hand).

Recently, a national uproar erupted when the Indiana State legislature passed a new law recognizing the right of individuals to seek legal redress of any government attempt to compel actions which contravene their religious beliefs. The law did not guarantee that any particular religious belief would necessarily prevail in such cases, but stipulated only that a religiously motivated individual would have grounds to argue his case in court. Governor Mike Pence signed the bill, which mirrored a federal law passed almost unanimously in 1993 by the U. S. Congress, and signed by President Bill Clinton. At that time the federal law was hailed from both sides of the political aisle as an important protection for “persecuted” religious minorities, such as Indians in our western states who use the hallucinogenic drug peyote in their religious ceremonies.

The new Indiana law certainly protects peyote-stoned Indians, not to mention obscure religious sects that handle dangerous reptiles in their ceremonies. So far, so good, but it’s probable that the heavily Republican legislature and Republican governor of Indiana had neither snakes nor peyote in mind when they passed their new religious freedom law. More than likely, they were thinking about protecting individuals, businesses, associations, churches and religious schools from being charged with “discrimination” if they declined to recognize or support same-sex marriage, either personally or organizationally.

Perceiving this obvious intention, militant gay activists pounced. A furious campaign was mounted to delegitimize the Indiana law by claiming that it would sanction discrimination against people for their sexual preference or orientation. In order to pressure the state into rescinding the law, activists created Internet-lists of Indiana businesses targeted for boycott. Several governors announced that their state’s employees would not be permitted to attend any professional events in Indiana. And the Twitter-o-sphere was flooded with thousands of tweets protesting the “hateful” law (although some political commentators claimed that the tweet-blitz was a “cyber illusion” created by a handful of known hackers)

Obviously confused by the uproar, the governor backpedaled desperately, repeatedly explaining in public statements that the law sanctioned no such discrimination. But it was no use. Trembling with fear, the legislature caved, passing a revised law which clarified that it could not be used to defend discrimination against any individual on basis of race, nationality, sexual orientation, etc.

As all this unfolded, an “investigative reporter” from South Bend radio station WBND roamed some 30 miles afield until she found a pizza ship in Walkerton, Indiana, whose proprietors said they could not cater a same-sex “wedding” reception because of their religious beliefs. Aha! Without wondering how many wedding receptions – either gay or straight – were likely to request pizza-catering, national news media jumped onto the story with both feet. A new wave of rage in the social and broadcast media, including outright threats of violence, soon drove the owners to announce that the shop would close – perhaps permanently. The gay Brownshirts had triumphed again. Ruining the O’Connor family’s business was their newest trophy, and an object lesson of the treatment any opponents of the gay agenda can expect.

But the Brownshirts’ victory lap was unexpectedly interrupted. Like most zealots, they had finally gone too far. Something in the Normal Culture evidently snapped when reports emerged of the bullying endured by the Walkerton pizza shop. An opposition movement quickly formed an Internet fund to help the O’Connors. In just 24 hours it raised over $250,000; after a few more days the total funds pledged and collected had exceeded $800,000. The O’Connors thanked the public for their support, and announced plans to open a new restaurant. (Reports that it will be named “Gay Pride Pizza” remain unconfirmed at the time of this writing.)

Cynics quickly claimed that the whole episode was just a “setup” designed to enrich the O’Connors, but the mischief-causing reporters were real and the setup-charge was seen as baseless. Thereafter, Big Media lost interest in the story. The Brownshirts had been stopped – at least for the nonce – but the Indiana governor and legislature looked like wimps fleeing from a mob. Some political analysts now say Mike Pence’s future in national Republican politics has been wrecked. (Not a bad day’s work if you want to destroy prospective conservative leaders.)

Is this America? How did we get here in just 50 years? Like so many untoward developments, it happened not all at once but in many small steps. A long campaign has been waged, quietly but relentlessly, by patient strategists who understood that they could ultimately achieve their goals by simply making a series of innocuous demands – each one advancing the great cause another step – until full acceptance of their “lifestyle” was finally won. They never tired; they never got discouraged; and they never quit. Somnolent Americans – warmed by their own righteous tolerance, and convinced of their sophistication in allowing subversive, decadent lifestyles to flourish openly – relaxed in serene confidence, like the frog who doesn’t know he is being boiled to death in the heated pot, until it is too late to escape.

A half-century ago, homosexuals pleaded for society to let them live their chosen lifestyle in peace. “All we want is to be left alone,” they pleaded. “You mind your business, and we’ll mind ours…” This was the gay mantra at that time. And being a decent, generous people, we agreed to those terms. We thought the matter was settled. What could be the harm? All would be well.

But they lied. To be “left alone” was not all they wanted. It was just the start of their long march. Perhaps it was all they wanted then, but the times changed and so did the demands of those dedicated to advancing “gay rights” – as Big Media began to call their cause. Some journalists and social observers likened it to the cause of civil rights for minorities in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Denizens of the Normal Culture could see that attitudes toward homosexuality were changing in media, government and academia, but most people didn’t think it would ever affect their institutions, their lives or the lives of their children. In the early 1990s I warned a senior vice-president of the engineering firm we both worked for that gays would soon demand a “place at the table” to have their particular interests represented and considered. “That’s ridiculous. No way it can happen,” was his reply. (I wonder if he recalls that conversation today.)

Now, here we are. Emboldened by the timidity or indifference of government officials, business executives, religious school administrators, and even church-leaders, gay activists anticipate new status as a “protected class” in business, government and academia. They expect full benefits of quotas and affirmative action in hiring and enrollment. Their storm-troopers march confidently on toward what looks like final victory in the quest for full legitimization in American society.

The ruckus in Indiana was just an opening skirmish in an all-out war on the Normal Culture. Unless Americans decide to contend for it, their Judeo-Christian moral code will ultimately be vilified, stomped, and utterly discredited as a factor in American culture. Dissenters will be cast into Outer Darkness. It will be (as Robert Southey once said of the Battle of Blenheim) “…a Famous Victory…” And we’ll all find out what it’s like to live in an entirely pagan culture. Short of a true religious revival in the country, there will be no going back.