what if it was my religious belief that black people were subhuman and shouldn’t mix with whites, would you feel the same way? -Kiki Yuyu comment on YouTube
This question was asked at the end of the exchange with Kiki Yuyu that I chronicled in my previous post, “Exchange with a Lost Soul“. The questioner is arguing that draconian fines like the $150,000.00 fine recently imposed on a baker for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding should be used to destroy the economic life of “bigots” who don’t agree with him that the homosexual lifestyle is healthy and fulfilling. It is an important enough question that I decided to deal with it in a separate post.
The first thing to note about this question is that it is based in a totalitarian philosophy. “I don’t like the way you think, I don’t like the way you behave, therefore I will use the draconian power of the state to ruin your life so that you will change your behaviour.” If this totalitarian mindset becomes commonplace, the longer term consequences must inevitably be catastrophic. The communists who took over Russia at first approved of killing only their political opponents, but once Stalin seized control the apparatus that was originally used only to kill White Russians (White in this context referring to the supporters of the Tsar and not to race.) was eventually used to kill most of Stalin’s revolutionary comrades. Even if I agreed that “homophobia” was a problem that needed to be addressed by the state, using draconian methods will eventually lead to a horrific totalitarian state which causes enormous suffering.
Another thing to note is that totalitarian government action caused the problems of racism in the 1950s which Kiki finds so obviously wrong they needed to be fixed using government action. Store owners and private bus companies want as many paying customers as they can get and had absolutely no economic incentive to treat black customers badly and every economic incentive to treat black customers well. What happened in the American South was that a small minority of bigots used government legislation to force business owners and public transit operators to treat black people unequally. Government regulation in the form of so-called “Jim Crow” laws, therefore, was the essence of the problem. The best way to solve the problem was to get government out of the business of enforcing racist laws and let the people in the society do as their conscience directed. Freedom was the answer that would eventually have solved the problem with the “Jim Crow” laws.
Now this kind of solution where economic incentive is allowed to solve problems gradually over time instead of using draconian and totalitarian means is deeply unsatisfying to the mindset of some leftists. They want to live in their fantasy Utopia and they want to live there as soon as possible and every government action has to be judged based on how “progressive” they view it. Because they find it incomprehensible that God could be real or that disregarding His laws could have cataclysmic consequences for our society, our beliefs make no sense to them and they hate us for opposing “love”. Kiki and his fellow travellers will not extend tolerance to their political opponents as was done when a Christian worldview that urged human beings to “turn the other cheek” ruled the land. Their totalitarian tactics will start with “homophobia” but will be extended to impose radical socialist and environmentalist agendas. The end result of these political tactics will be persecution of Christians, economic hardship, escalating violence, totalitarianism and perpetual poverty.