WorldNetDaily columnist Michael Brown has a history of bashing the LGBTQ community while laughably pretending he's not doing so, or that he's doing so out of love. Let's take a look at how that has manifested itself lately.
In his May 19 column, he "lovingly" attacks Demi Lovato over her declaration that she's nonbinary:
I do not write this to be cruel or judgmental. And I certainly don't want to hurt anyone. To the contrary, I want to help. But I do write with a sense of urgency, both to the nation and to confused individuals like celebrity Demi Lovato, the latest to identify as non-binary and to want to be called "they."
To the nation, I say this: Wake up! We are losing touch with reality and engaging in dangerous semantic and ideological games. Worse still, we are not providing the real help that struggling people need.
To Demi Lovato, I say this: You are not non-binary, existing outside the realm of male or female. You are a confused woman needing help from the inside out. That's why I will not refer to you as "they." And I truly say this in love.
Even as he insisted that "scorn or mockery" were "the furthest thing from my mind," he was quick to make a political, anti-LGBTQ attack: "America, wake up. We are descending rapidly into cultural madness." That's not love, Michael -- that's hate.
Brown spent his May 24 column cheering how "The morally based, rationally grounded resistance is rising. More and more people are saying enough is enough." And how was that accomplished: by attacking transgender athletes, cheering that a few people are regretting their transition, among other anti-transgender attacks. At the same time, he called for "greater compassion for those who do struggle" -- something he apparently doesn't have.
In his June 4 column, Brown ranted about "LGBTQ indoctrination," declaring that "that LGBTQ+ activism will not grow by biological replication, in other words, by having large families (which is a major factor in the worldwide growth of the more conservative branches of Islam, Judaism and Christianity). Instead, it will grow by ideological indoctrination, seeking to change hearts and minds, thereby encouraging more people to affirm, embrace, or explore non-heterosexual identities and practices." It's apparently a bad thing in Brown's eyes that some people fail to be heterosexual.
Brown devoted his July 2 column to trying to square the circle of his rhetoric -- spewing hate at LGBTQ people while simultaneously claiming to love them. But he can't quite do it, claiming he's only opposed to "gay activism" and not gay people. Still, he can't pull it off, such as in this section:
I've also interacted with lesbian moms who seem as committed to their children as any heterosexual mother I know. And I've heard them explain why they live clean lives and seek to raise their children with good morals.
Of course, I grieve for these children, since they are being deprived of having their fathers in their lives.
But I say this to emphasize that not every gay person is consciously thumbing his nose at God and morality. For me, that is all the more reason to pray for them with a broken heart rather than to put on some kind of twisted, self-righteous display by calling them the worst of names and leveling every imaginable insult against them.
Yet, as much as my heart goes out to those who feel that same-sex attraction is as natural for them as heterosexual attraction is for me, I cannot for a second affirm the broader goals of the LGBTQ+ agenda.
Yet he never explains what, exactly, is this "agenda" and while he opposes it -- or why he only feels pity for anyone who's not as heterosexual as he is. He concluded his column with more of his confused logic:
One day it was, "Just allow us to be who we are in public." The next day it was, "You need to give our relationships legal recognition." Then, "You need to celebrate our relationships." Now, it's, "You will suffer serious consequences if you do not affirm and celebrate every aspect of LGBTQ+ pride."
One day it was, "You need to understand the bullying we endured as kids." The next day, it's drag queens shaking their hips for toddlers and straight kids being told to keep their views to themselves in middle school.
One day it was, "We will not be silenced." The next day it was, "All opposition to our agenda must be silenced."
One day it was, "Don't shame a boy who is not a macho jock." The next day it was, "A 15-year-old boy will be sharing the bathroom and locker room with your daughter and competing against her in sports."
And on and on it goes.
Indeed, we are still only 52 years removed from Stonewall and just six years removed from Obergefell, yet the cultural descent becomes more rapid by the month.
That's why I will stand against the bullying and mistreatment of those who identify as LGBTQ, I will call for their equal treatment under the law, and on an interpersonal level, I will show love and grace and kindness. Anything less than that would be a denial of my faith and a rejection of love for my neighbor.
At the same time, I will stand against LGBTQ activism and theology. Anything less than that would be denial of my faith and a rejection of love for my neighbor.
Brown doesn't seem to realize that his purported defense of LGBTQ people while being vehemently opposed to their purported "agenda" is really just another form of bullying and mistreatment.He also doesn't seem to realize that his version of what he claims is the ultimate goal of LGBTQ activists is the flip side of how LGBTQ people have been treated for millennia.
There's no reason to believe Brown genuinely sees them as real people and not merely reclamation projects who must be converted to his brand of Christianity.
As if to hammer home the point that he can't square that circle, Brown used his July 7 column to repeat a anti-LGBTQ story: "Recently, a man who identifies as a woman shocked patrons at a local spa when he exposed himself to the women and girls there. This led to protests condemning his behavior as well as defending his "rights," with one protest turning violent thanks to the presence of Antifa." But as we've documented, that incident appears to have been a hoax. While Brown was eager to hype the alleged presence of antifa at protests surrounding the incident, he didn't mention that the right-wing Proud Boys thugs were also protesting.
Nevertheless, Brown seized on the purported incident to fearmonger about the "trajectory" things are allegedly taking:
So, the trajectory of which I am speaking is not that there will suddenly be an epidemic of biological males who claim to be females exposing themselves to women and girls. (Sadly, this has happened in the past, and it's another reason why biological males should not have access to women's bathrooms and locker rooms and the like.)
The trajectory of which I speak is the trajectory of social madness, resulting in headlines like this, from the Daily Mail: "Violent clashes break out in L.A. between rival protesters after viral video showed customer complaining about transgender woman exposing their penis to children in upmarket spa's steam room."
Just look at this four-word phrase: "woman exposing their penis" (and yes, never forget that he did this in the presence of girls). What kind of madness is this?
The reality – yes, let's focus on reality – is that something is terribly wrong with the direction our society is going. If we don't make a very serious about face, our children and their children will pay dearly.
Will we let this happen on our watch?
This overwrought, hateful response is presumably what the apparently hoaxsters wanted to provoke, and Brown happily obliged. Does this sound like a person who genuinely cares about the LGBTQ community as people?