Call me paranoid if you like, but I'm simply quoting what Tim Gill, the foremost LGBT political donor says in his own words: "We're going into the hardest states in the country," he declares. "We're going to punish the wicked," by which he means Christian conservatives.
In short, if you will not comply with LGBT activism, be it as a minister or as a businessperson, you will be punished. That is Gill's goal, and to deny it is to be in denial.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, which interviewed Gill last month, he is the "Megadonor Behind the LGBTQ Rights Movement" who "turned a $500 million fortune into the nation's most powerful force for LGBTQ rights."
His accomplishments are impressive indeed: "Today, Gill's sprawling network of LGBTQ advocacy groups rivals any big-money operation in the country.
OutGiving, his donor club, coaches the country's richest pro-LGBTQ funders on how best to spend their money. Gill's fingerprints are on nearly every major victory in the march to marriage, from the 2003 Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Healthcase, which made Massachusetts the first state to allow same-sex marriage, to the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision two decades later that legalized it in all 50.
'Without a doubt,' says Mary Bonauto, the attorney who argued the Obergefell case, 'we would not be where we are without Tim Gill and the Gill Foundation.'"
So, when Tim Gill says he wants to "punish" Christian conservatives who do not affirm LGBT activism, you can take him seriously.
I understand, of course, that for him this is a matter of equality, and in his mind, he is fighting against discriminatory practices and laws.
For him, this is a matter of fairness and justice, and so we who oppose LGBT activism are "wicked" people who should be "punished." When your worldview is upside down, that is a logical conclusion.
The Gill Foundation, which he started in 1994, underwrites academic research, polling, litigation, data analytics and field organizing. Gill Action, a political group launched a decade later, has helped elect hundreds of pro-equality lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels. READ MORE