While candidate Barack Obama promised to "fundamentally transform America," many of his acolytes are taking it one very scary step further. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is one. Recently, he said it was the state's job to "rehabilitate" certain citizens. Although we are in the midst of a significant debate on Obamacare, as it's funding deadline approaches, he wasn't referring to taxpayer funding of certain physical therapy or mandating insurance policies and private organizations to cover such costs. Oh, were it that innocent.
No, unfortunately, the same-sex "marriage" supporter aimed his remark at Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Portland after they declined to hire out their services for a lesbian "wedding." The term "rehabilitate, straight from the Stalin-era Soviet gulags and Communist China, means to forcibly retrain an individual to think in the collectivist, authoritarian terms of the state. Otherwise known as brainwashing. (The lesbians have filed suit against the Kleins.)
The National Organization for Marriage Blog cites an article from The Oregonian newspaper in which Avakian said, "The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate." (Of course he doesn't want to shut down the business. He probably wants the state to control it which, in effect, it will if he can force the Kleins to do business the government's way — which, in turn, would put it out of business anyway.)
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, also recalled communism's dictatorial methods of control:
To say that this couple needs to be "rehabilitated" for believing and practicing the values on which this nation was founded is entirely beyond the pale.
This sounds like Stalinist Russia or China under Mao, where those who thought for themselves were forced under government coercion into re-education camps. This is not the America that was given to us by our Founders.
Matt Barber, vice president of Liberty Counsel Action, said the "rehabilitation" remark indicates a mental or physical illness that needs repair:
You know, we rehabilitate criminals. Are they saying that Christianity is criminal here and we have to rehabilitate those who embrace the Christian sexual ethic? That's what this official in Oregon is saying.
The hypocrisy of Avakian and the secular left is that it argues, incorrectly, that homosexuals' rights of freedom of association rights are violated when they cannot "marry," but wants to force people of a religious conviction to associate themselves with an action to which they fundamentally object. That's not a type of rehab that makes anyone feel better, except dictators and strongmen. While we don't have political dictators here, the secular left has cultivated what Pope Benedict the XVI called the "Dictatorship of Relativism," which prevailing, fad philosophies which defile the Truth corrupt convention, the culture and, ultimately, souls without them knowing it, ostracizing and damning those who disagree.
Then-candidate Obama adamantly opposed homosexual marriage as contrary to his Christian beliefs. He now, of course, supports it as part of his transformation of our country and its Judeo-Christian traditions and traditional understanding of the constitution. Imagine, if the President of the United States can be "rehabilitated," we all can.
Aaron and Melissa Klein of Portland, Ore., are facing a lawsuit for refusing to cater a so-called "lesbian wedding," and intimidation from a high ranking state official.