Viewpoint – My journey with the LGBTQ against SOGI 123
by Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson
About 7 months ago my life turned upside down. All I wanted to do was hear about a new and, to me, a weird school curriculum that was going to tell kids they could switch their gender if they wanted to. “What?” I asked. So, I decided to do an interview for my TV show, Laura-Lynn & Friends to expose this and invite the public to hear and perhaps have some good dialogue on the subject.
Basically, I kicked over a rock in my serene garden of life and found out there were vipers and scorpions I had not known were there. As soon as this taping was announced, radical LGBTQ members began the calls to our chosen venues to have us stifled. A church got scared and said they couldn’t afford to have their church on the news as a “bigoted and hateful” place. A school refused us after booking us in when the calls came in that we were a hate group. Finally, we booked the third venue three hours before the actual meeting; we didn’t announce it on FB until 45 minutes before the event and after we were already in the building. That night, Pastor Paul Dirks, Kari Simpson and I told the facts of what was going on. I would never be the same.
I began an extraordinary attempt to sincerely connect with the LGBTQ community with love. At their request, I met with the VP of the NDP BC party who is transgender and has had full operations to turn from a guy into a feminized body. We talked about our concerns. We had a long heart-felt exchange of ideas. In the end, I had one request: “Just leave the kids out of it.” “Live your lives as you please.” “You can marry whom you choose, be gay, lesbian, trans or ++, but just leave children out of this.” The answer was, “No, we won’t leave your kids out of this.”
I had hours of written dialogue on social media with many members of the community. Some I found really sincere and logical. Most I found to be completely intolerant of my right to believe that God made us male and female, and that we should walk in the power of His intention for our destiny and not allow confusion to rule us. “If you promote sexual and gender confusion, you will create chaos in our society and our language.” That was not a popular statement, but it was not hateful.
I recently found myself unexpectedly at a protest against Chilliwack School Trustee Barry Neufeld, where I was accused publicly by members of the LGBTQ of inciting hate and saying awful things to stir up the crowd. An interesting, but completely false claim! It was captured by many opponent’s cell phones and not one clip of me being hateful could be produced. Yet they viciously attacked me on FB and attempted to smear my reputation in local papers. I have never made a hateful statement to anybody in the LGBTQ community. Disagreement is not hate.
After another rally in Chilliwack for Barry Neufeld, with 500 supportive parents there, I spoke with love to the LGBTQ and Morgane Oger who showed up. I did misgender Oger and then apologized, and for that the CKNW afternoon talk show hosts, publicly called me a “disgusting person.” Glen Hansman, the gay activist President of the BC Teacher’s Federation has publicly threatened teachers and School Trustees that they will lose their jobs and licenses if they do not comply with SOGI 123. Social fascism has come to our nation.
This leads me to the most troubling aspect of this debate. There is no logic behind the LGBTQ’s accusations of hatred. No amount of reasoning with people seems to make any difference; you either agree with them or you are a “bigot” and a “hater”. I have tried to resolve this absurdity many times to no avail. I realize that most (not all) of the LGBTQ community do not share my faith in Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life. Unlike them, I have not accused them of hatred and bigotry, nor accused them of denying my existence as a human being with rights, just because they disagree with me. I have also not insisted that my religion be taught to all students in school.
The constant mantra I have heard from them is, “You don’t believe I exist.” That is not a rational comment. “Of course, you exist.” The next thing I have heard is, “You don’t think I have the right to live the way I want.” Actually, I fully believe you have the right to live any way you want; that is between you and God. I actually believe God gave us free will to choose between right and wrong; unlike many today, however, I believe there is an absolute right and wrong. I am not a moral relativist. It is interesting that Sikhs, for instance, do not believe the same things I believe and I do not believe what they believe, and yet we do not protest each other’s right to believe as we choose, nor do we try to force our beliefs on the children of the other.
You exist. I exist. Choose your path as you like, and I will choose mine. Live as you like, but leave our children out of your belief system. We do not share it. It is not your place to tell other people’s children what is right or wrong in terms of identity and sexuality. To force your values on others represents a kind of totalitarianism. We are in Canada, where we are supposed to have Freedom of Religion and Conscience.
Then there is the fascinating social dynamic to my friendship and alliance with Jenn Smith, a trans-identified male, who presents feminized (no operations) and takes great issue with the SOGI indoctrination of our kids. Here is a person that I have grown to dearly respect and find him to be one of the most sincere, logical, brilliant and articulate people I have ever met. He is not a Christian; we do not agree on many things, but we have had much dialogue and I now call him a friend. I certainly do not hate him. Do you know who hates him? Countless members of the LGBTQ community. They have called him every vicious name imaginable, threatened him, and told him to kill himself. They have not only denied his existence as a member of their community, they have told him that he shouldn’t exist at all.
In the most obvious form of hypocrisy on the planet, it is the LGBTQ who do not accept the right of others in this nation to live according to their beliefs. It is they who tar and feather anyone who does not subscribe to the ever growing and confusing list of 63+ gender choices now available.
I do not hate anyone, but I have lost respect for what I am now forced to call the intolerance, bigotry and non-inclusivity of many people in this group towards Christians and anybody who disagrees with them. It is the ultimate example of hypocrisy to see LGBTQ activists advocating an “anti-bullying” program, while at the same time viciously bullying everyone who simply doesn’t agree with their lifestyle or want that lifestyle taught to their children.
I have come to the place of surrender to God’s purposes, that though this costs me everything I have, we must stand for truth or live with lies. It is why I am looking into every possible legal and societal action that can be taken to protect children from SOGI indoctrination that has underhandedly been placed in our schools. I would ask you to join with me as I put everything I have into successfully removing SOGI from our schools, while all of us continue to teach our children to be loving and kind to those in our community.
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