Star Trek actor George Takei is a notable and outspoken LGBT activist. He recently wrote an opinion piece on MSNBC in which he attempts to paint same sex marriage and the civil rights movement as two sides of the same issue. He specifically calls out Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis.
In trying to portray Kim Davis as an anti-gay super villain, Takei compares her to George Wallace, the racist governor of Alabama during the 60’s and 70’s.
Takei writes, “When I view her behavior, however, I am reminded of a different character from the early civil rights era: Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. For those who weren’t born yet or simply don’t remember, Wallace was a staunch and vocal opponent to racial desegregation. For him, the sanctity of white privilege was a cherished way of life.”
Takei continues with his dangerous comparison, “As with Davis, supporters of the old order cheered Wallace’s brazen stand. And like Davis, Wallace was more than just his words. In 1963, he stood defiantly blocking the schoolhouse door of the University of Alabama as two African American students prepared to enter the premises to enroll. Federal forces had to be called in to forcibly permit the integration, and others like it in Alabama, to proceed.”
After trying to turn same sex marriage into a civil rights issue, Takei placed blame at the feet of the faithful. “Religious liberty is now a rallying point for the right, even as that concept is distorted beyond all recognition to permit government officials to inject their personal beliefs into purely ministerial or clerical matters.”
In defense of his stance attacking religious freedom, Takei continues trying to place religious liberty on the same level as racism. He proposes a hypothetical situation in which Davis might deny a wedding license to an interracial couple and base it on religious grounds.
He writes, “Happily, the days when overt racial discrimination and segregation are championed by social conservatives are long past. Imagine if instead of denying a license to a gay couple, Ms. Davis had sought on religious grounds to deny a license to an interracial couple. She likely would have been fired on the spot, and no politicians would have rushed to stand by her side, no matter what her sincerely held religious convictions were. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is headed to a similar, inevitable end in the dust heap of history.
But along the way there will be opponents like Davis to remind us that social change means social displacement and a recalibration of what is acceptable. And as with Gov. Wallace, decades from the day Davis stood her ground we will no doubt look back and wonder above all why so many stood with her.”
It is sad to see that in trying to gain acceptance for his beliefs, Takei attacks other people’s worldview. He makes it clear that he wants to “recalibrate what is acceptable” and force people to turn from their long held beliefs. By comparing religious freedom to racism he is trying to shame the faithful into accepting the agenda he is promoting.
If you didn’t notice, Takei snuck in the phrase “social conservatives” when discussing racism and those who practiced racism. By slipping that phrase in, he tries to subliminally paint all conservatives in a bad light. But in his article, Takei fails to mention that governor George Wallace was a Democrat and not a conservative.
This attack on religious liberty by Takei is not a surprise and is hardly new. Just recently, he had posted on his Facebook page a list of “companies you should avoid if support gay rights.” Chick Fil-A made his list because of the CEO’s religious beliefs.
That kind of intolerant and non-inclusive behavior on the part of Takei would have made George Wallace proud.