This has been on my mind for a while now.
People in America who identify with the "LGBT" community - is there such a thing? - have been making a real big noise for the last few years about "coming out" and making public statements like "gay pride" parades. They have been agitating for recognition of "gay marriage", and pushing for special protection from discrimination based on perceived sexual orientation.
They have been going out of their way to "get on a list".
I can't help but think of Germany in the 1930's. Anyone on the Nazi's "list" got rounded up and shipped off for extermination. People of non-traditional sexual orientation were right on the top of the list.
Now we hear that Uganda, that paragon of human rights, has outlawed people who practice non-traditional sex. They published a list of 200 names. The only reason they would do this is to alert the vigilantes in Uganda that here are 200 people you can harass - or possibly kill outright - with little or no repercussions.
To me, sex is a private thing, not to be discussed in polite company, definitely not something to be made into a parade through the middle of the city.
There are many in America who at the least do not agree with those lifestyles, and some who actively are just waiting for an excuse to go out and kick some strange butt - or worse. Hate crime laws do not seem to deter these types, any more than gun control laws deter criminals from obtaining the tools of their trade.
Arizona and possibly Alabama proposing laws protecting the right to publicly demonstrate displeasure with these lifestyles will embolden those persons who are itching for a little fun. Even the discussion of the possibility of those laws being enacted will give a lot of support to them who want to never hear about "gay pride" again, or see it portrayed on TV and in movies as a legitimate lifestyle.
History has been described as a pendulum. Are we starting to see the reverse sweep from total public sexual license back to Puritanism?
How will all those people who have made such a big deal out of publicly flaunting their choices fare if we end up with "leaders" who wish to cleanse America of what they conceive to be sin?
Heinlein wrote of Nehemiah Scudder - and he had predicted many aspects of our modern world before...