“Wisconsin’s voters are poised to break new ground on the cultural front: electing the first openly lesbian U.S. senator. This would mark a watershed for the homosexual movement—and a major blow against traditional America.” Jeffry T. Kuhner
“The Badger state has become ground zero in the key battles of our time.” Ibid
“Every major religious faith—Christianity, Islam and Orthodox Judaism—teaches that homosexual behavior is immoral and unnatural. This is not ‘hate speech’ or ‘homophobia.’ It is the natural moral order.” Ibid
By Jeffrey T. Kuhner – Times247 – Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Badger State has become ground zero in the key battles of our time. The left’s desperate efforts to repeal Gov. Scott Walker’s fiscal reforms went down in flames. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has emerged as champion of the Tea Party. The Republican vice presidential nominee has made confronting our debt crisis a signature issue. When it comes to deficits, entitlement reform, curbing government spending and confronting out-of-control public sector unions, Wisconsin’s leaders are paving the way. Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, however, is hoping to make a different kind of history. She wants to advance the destructive sexual revolution of the 1960s. Polls show Ms. Baldwin is in a dead heat with her Republican opponent, former Gov. Tommy Thompson, in Wisconsin’s crucial Senate race. The seat could decide which party controls the chamber, and with it much of the legislative agenda in Washington. Ms. Baldwin’s success so far has been due to her ability to mask her hard left-wing views. She is portraying herself as a moderate liberal. In fact, she is a radical feminist who champions gay marriage, abortion on demand, government-funded contraception and war on religious freedom. She is the Sandra Fluke of Wisconsin politics — a postmodern socialist who wants government to underwrite birth control pills and homosexual unions. Ms. Baldwin is the antithesis of the working-class liberalism embodied by Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman.
Ms. Baldwin has made no secret of her lesbian lifestyle. She is a vocal supporter of gay pride and the LGBT community. She told the liberal Huffington Post that her Senate candidacy is historic. Ms. Baldwin stressed that “breaking through these glass ceilings has a ripple effect.” In other words, her election would — and should — encourage other avowed gays and lesbians to enter high office. She sees herself as the tip of the spear for the LGBT community — a relentless advocate for homosexual issues. She attacks traditional marriage. She led the fight to repeal the ban on gays openly serving in the military. She consistently assaults our Judeo-Christian heritage.
What consensual adults do in the privacy of their bedroom is none of the state’s business. Yet, the homosexual lobby is no longer interested in tolerance. That goal has been achieved. Proponents such as Ms. Baldwin want something more: legitimacy that is enshrined in law.
Every major religious faith teaches that homosexual behavior is immoral and unnatural. This is not “hate speech” or “homophobic.” It is the natural moral order. This is why gay “marriage” is wrong and pernicious. It undermines the basic family unit whereby a mother and a father procreate, raise and socialize children. The traditional family is the cornerstone of a functioning, healthy society. Its dissolution leads to countless social pathologies — increased child abuse, higher rates of drug addiction and alcoholism, soaring violence and rampant teenage promiscuity. Redefining marriage is akin to redefining gravity. It is a senseless act of hubris and social engineering that is bound to fail. In the end it is the children who pay the price.
Moreover, Ms. Baldwin is a secular extremist bent on suppressing conscience rights. In a recent televised debate, Ms. Baldwin claimed that Obamacare does not entrench the “federal funding of abortion.” This is false. In fact, the massive health care overhaul includes an abortion “surcharge” in which every working American will be compelled to pay $1 a month to subsidize the murder of unborn babies. It is state-sanctioned infanticide. Hence, pro-life religious citizens will be forced to violate their fundamental beliefs, financing behavior they consider to be not only wrong but blasphemous.
Ms. Baldwin also backs the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. The law orders religious institutions — especially Catholic hospitals, charities and schools — to provide free birth control and abortion-inducing drugs to all employees. This is a direct assault upon religious liberties. It is why the Catholic church is suing the administration as well as calling for peaceful civil disobedience. The Vatican rightly understands the mandate is a dagger aimed at the heart of the Catholic faith: the secular state now aims to dictate church doctrine. Ms. Baldwin is not simply some Midwestern progressive who opposes war and corporate plutocracy. She is a militant anti-Christian zealot — one who is clearly at odds with the values of most Badger State voters.
Mr. Thompson is the very opposite: a feisty conservative who embraces small government and traditional morality. As governor of Wisconsin, he oversaw sweeping welfare reform, spending restraint, tax cuts and dynamic economic growth. Unlike Ms. Baldwin, he does not peddle a radical social agenda.
Mr. Thompson is a Catholic. He does not wear his faith on his sleeve, yet he should confront Ms. Baldwin about her socialist feminism. Wisconsin’s electorate needs to know just how far out of the mainstream she really is. The last thing they need is Barney Frank in a dress.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and host of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO-AM 680 (www.wrko.com) in Boston.