Mr. Gill stands out because of the militancy with which he pursues his cause. He is not satisfied with the Supreme Court ruling mandating all states to recognize gay marriage, but seeks to “punish the wicked” who dare to continue to obey their consciences by declining to make a cake or participate in some other way in the wedding of a gay couple.
To get a sober sense of the nature of Gill’s activism, apply it to another kind of sexual behavior. Think of some noble, millionaire activist who simply will not rest until prostitutes are respected along with all other working women. And even if The Supreme Court passes a law mandating all states to supply unemployment benefits to ladies who are out of work because of venereal diseases or some other work-related hazard, he continues to go after those “wicked” people who would refuse to rent an apartment or hotel room to ladies or their supervisors who are simply trying to make a living like all other Americans. (If this comparison sounds like a stretch, remember that, like homosexuality, prostitution takes place among consenting adults, and it is legal in certain parts of the U.S.).
In light of this, it is clear that Mr. Gill is a man with deep conviction, and firm principles. The problem is his principles are that no one else should be allowed to have principles. He is a fascist in an expensive suit. The chilling insight from the article is that he is apparently not satisfied with political or legal victory but is compelled to eradicate even the thought that homosexual behavior is perverse. He is a real life version of O’brien in 1984 who reveals his objectives to his prisoner, Winston, in the midst of a torture session:
"You are a stain that must be wiped out. Did I not tell you just now that we are different from the persecutors of the past? We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us: so long as he resists us we never destroy him. We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him. It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.”
Mr. Gill is not only an enemy of Christians but also of Americans (Two groups, by the way, who are often very different). He is an enemy of Christians because he labels perversity wholesome and goodness “wicked.” He is an enemy of Americans because he not only opposes freedom of speech but also freedom of thought. The activism he champions is not to establish a place in the marketplace of ideas for people who believe consent to be the only moral criteria for sexual behavior, but rather to eliminate from the marketplace anyone who dissents from that view.
I realize that the chances of Mr. Gill actually reading a letter to him from me posted on this blog are about the same as if I were to send it via corked bottle tossed in the Pacific. Nonetheless, for what it's worth, I thought it appropriate to send an open letter which I’ll put in a separate posting shortly.