Good grief! The only one acting remotely like Fred Phelps is Bil Browning himself. He is showing the same sort of blind adherence to a point of view that Phelps does. He is right, and damn anyone who disagrees with him. Sad in a way, but not surprising. Extremists tend to be more alike than different, even if the target of their extremism is radically different. Simply put, the reason I consider Fred Phelps to be a nut case whose views are not really worth anything is why I feel the same about Bil Browning. Intolerance is intolerance, period.
This is shown by his next remark:
If you regularly write complaints about how much you hate being lumped in with the gays and lesbians and the "transgenders," feel free to haul your ass right out of here.* Seriously. If it bothers you that much that people refer to themselves as they wish, go somewhere other than our comments section where they're free to do so.I don't know when I have ever seen anyone complain "that people refer to themselves as they wish," unless it was someone taking the officially approved "Bil Browning position" and insisting that transsexuals must obediently accept the label "transgender." The issue is not people calling themselves "transgender," but instead is people forcing that term on others. Sadly, Browning not only insists on forcing his views on others, he lies about other's views in a pathetic attempt to justify his outrageous attitude.
Bil Browning, like a lot of extremists, cannot abide dissent. The sad thing is that so many of his followers are more than willing for him to silence those who do not share a particular viewpoint. This approach is quite common among transgender blogs. More often than not, they hold comments pending moderation, so they insure that no view contrary to the party line slips through. Others will quickly ban anyone who provides a coherent argument against the transgender position.
As always, my blogs welcomes those who disagree. I only censor comments that invade people's privacy. Beyond that, I take on all comers.