LGBTQ Megadonor on Religious Objectors: It Is Time to “Punish the Wicked”

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In an interview with The Rolling Stones recently, gay activist and megadonor, Tim Gill, said he is going to “punish” those that oppose the LGBTQ cultural agenda and have religious objections.

Tim Gill is credited with stealthily pouring $422 million of his fortune into various gay causes, more than any other person in America. Gill’s network of LGBTQ advocacy groups is cited as rivaling “any big-money operation in the country.” Within the movement, the Rolling Stones writes, “he is praised as a visionary.”

Following Obergefell, several activists declared victory and moved on, but Joe Biden last year told LGBTQ donors, “now is not the time to go sit on the sidelines….we need to push – and push hard.” Tim Gill says he has no intention of sitting by the sidelines. The Rolling Stones indicates he is now turning his attention and resources towards religious objectors.

Donald Trump, who claims to support gay rights but stocked his administration with anti-LGBTQ extremists, has only emboldened those looking to erase the gains of the past decade. Gill refuses to go on the defense. “We’re going into the hardest states in the country,” he says. “We’re going to punish the wicked.”

A swift outcry emerged over Gill’s declared intent to apparently punish religious objectors. Archbishop Chaput employed the analogy of “useful idiots” towards those that continue to sit on the sidelines and fail to fight for religious freedom protections, taking a phrase from Vladimir Lenin about the “naïve allies” during the revolution that were promptly discarded and crushed once the Bolsheviks took power. Archbishop Chaput says while there is no evidence Lenin actually spoke those words, it is a compelling line describing how “The naïve and imprudent can very easily end up as useful tools in a larger conflict; or to frame it more generously, as useful innocents.” Chaput states:

Catholics and other Christians who see themselves as progressive tend to be wary of the religious liberty debate. Some distrust it as a smokescreen for conservative politics. Some are made uneasy by the cooperation of many Catholics and evangelicals, as well as Mormons and many Orthodox, … to resist LGBT efforts to weaken religious freedom protections through coercive SOGI (sexual orientation/gender identity) “anti-discrimination” laws.

But the differences among these faith communities run deep.  Only real and present danger could draw them together….

Archbishop Chaput says although describing attacks on religious liberty as a “narrative of fear” might have made sense 25 years ago, “now it sounds willfully ignorant.” Chaput indicates Gill’s recent statement only states publically what “should have been obvious all along:”

The goal of at least some gay activism is not simply to assure equality for the same-sex attracted, but to “punish the wicked” – in other words, to punish those who oppose the LGBT cultural agenda.

Gill conversely says he plans to use every last dollar he has in support of gay equality. His strategy for the South includes persuading large businesses to boycott States with opposing laws and then highlighting the “economic blowback.” In the past, Gill indicated he “knew his political efforts would never succeed if opponents connected him directly to the money,” so he has been careful to instead place “an oddly large number of donations” from different sources. He says “stealth was key” and his team had to operate “under such secrecy – avoiding the media and guarding its playbook….”

Gill says he is under no illusions that there’s an endgame, because you need to “educate every single generation about this and make sure it doesn’t creep back into our society.” He acknowledges “by its nature, the focus on nondiscrimination requires an element of political compromise.” However, in the next ten years Gill plans to win the war regarding nondiscrimination laws in this nation.

The Rolling Stones’ article specifically attacked Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs), describing them as laws passed to provide “legal cover for individuals and businesses to deny service or otherwise discriminate against LGBTQ people.” Bre Payton at The Federalist says this just is not true. RFRA protects people of all faiths and simply requires “a judge to think twice” before “stomping all over” someone’s freedom of expression. In fact, Joe Biden was a proponent of RFRA and Bill Clinton signed the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.

To learn more about RFRA and the history of religious freedom, subscribe to our blog series, “Religious Freedom: What’s All the Fuss About?

Gill says “It’s the religious right that decided to make marriage an issue. They worked tirelessly on it for decades and they lost.” Archbishop Chaput contends this caricature is unfair. “America’s culture wars weren’t wanted, and weren’t started, by people [of faith]….  So it’s an especially odd kind of surprise when believers are attacked … for fighting for what their Churches have always held to be true.”

Chaput says that people of faith “are called to treat all persons with charity and justice. That includes those who hate what we believe.” However, Chaput says those fighting for religious freedom are not “haters,” but heroes. We all should fight to protect rights of conscience equally for all.

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