Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in the hit musical, Hamilton. On the site https://www.teerico.com he is selling “Love is Love” tee shirts as a combined fundraising effort to “benefit efforts to secure equality & justice for Florida’s LGBTQ community and the victims of the Orlando tragedy.” Here is what is on the shirt:￼
My take on this is that there are two unique concerns at issue: an attack on America by an Islamic terrorist, and the special interests of “Florida’s LGBTQ community”. To manipulate the natural sympathy that all Americans have for the Orlando victims into a carte blanch approval of deviant sexuality is a victory of emotionalism over critical thought. Otherwise intelligent people just don’t seem to be thinking this through. They can’t seem to get beyond their own pet causes.
To Miranda and his associates the big picture isn’t the threat Islamic terrorism poses to the liberties of all Americans. They see the big picture as whatever threatens libertine LGBTQ lifestyles. This is not surprising since it is narcissism that that feeds these lifestyles, not some noble ideal.
“Love is love” means, “My love is as good as yours.” It’s a narcissistic truism because no one is comparing — that is, no one but the LGBTQs. “Love is love” is an inarticulate truism because like a mathematical equation the value of the terms must be defined. If the term “love” means one thing to you and another thing to me, the meaning of that truism changes according to how the term is defined, thus making it essentially meaningless.
Repeating a truism doth not a profound truth make. The fact is that there are different kinds of love. Not all love is the same. There is love that leads to healing and wholeness, and there is love that dissipates and kills. But to those who support The Cause, “love is love is love is love is love”. All thinking stops here.
What if I were to say, “Food is food”? That too would be meaningless because there’s junk food, ‘real’ food, dog food, fish food, plant food, food for thought, ad nauseum. That kind of non-discrimination does not make for a healthy diet. I would think that intelligent, educated people would want to be a bit more thoughtful than simply repeating truisms.
The big picture from the Orlando terrorism is not about the sexuality of the victims. The big picture is that ALL AMERICANS should be protected from such acts of violence. Yes, homosexuals do not deserve to be ruthlessly gunned down, but the greater issue is that NO ONE deserves that. This is not an issue unique to homosexuals — it affects all of us.
All Americans need to stand together to defeat those whose goal it is to either intimidate us into submission or kill us.
The attack in orlando was against the sovereign right of America and Americans to live according to their own values and conscience. As such, it was an attack on ALL AMERICANS, not just the LGBTQ communities. The big picture is the unacceptable brutality of the perpetrator, who was just one more in a long line of Islamic terrorists. If we, meaning all of us, ever want to be safe again as a nation, we need to adopt a decisive policy to crush all Islamic terrorists.
As others have noted Islam is not compatible with a free society. As a nation, we must unite to defeat the scourge of jihad. That means supporting America and Americanism, which means I still have the right to my own moral convictions. And I don’t have to approve of those with whom I disagree in order to stand with them against the threat of Islam.
The reason for the horrendous slaughter in Orlando is that Islam is based on the Koran, which has produced Sharia law and goes so far in some cases as to prescribe the death penalty for homosexuality. The perpetrator of this insanity made it clear that he was motivated out of a desire to submit to Allah’s approval. He made it clear that he supported the jihad of ISIS. This is the insanity all Americans must stand together against, or our very civilization will be lost.
But the stand we must take together does not require that I support the LGBTQ community. While as a Biblical Christian I believe homosexuality and other aberrant sexual expressions are sinful, my beliefs will never lead me to accept terrorist acts against anyone for any reason. While everyone has the God-given right to believe as they choose and hold the values they choose, no one has the right to slaughter people because of their values.
True liberty means we can peacefully disagree among ourselves. Islamicists hate the kind of freedom we have in this country. I do not support homosexuality nor will I ever support the LGBTQ community, because they stand for a morality that is condemned by the Bible. However, I respect the freedom they have to live according to their own beliefs. That is their right. God created us all with the capacity to choose.
But Islam is the religion of death. The Jihadists’ solution is to kill those who will not submit to them. They are the enemy and defeating them is the issue. Working out our differences over sexuality is not the issue. Only as a free society can we hope to debate any civil matter. Let’s focus on fighting for the liberty of all Americans, not selling a political agenda at the cost of human lives.
If you want to talk about love, consider this: Love is not that you feel a certain way towards another. The Bible teaches that love is God’s gift to us and his sacrifice for us. His love is greater than all others. Don’t cheapen it by thinking love is love is love is love is love.