In a yet another case of the perpetrator playing the victim, an antigay Idaho-based musician is peddling the notion in his book titled The Truth Comes Out: Laying Waste to the Lies of the "LGBT Community" that LGBT people are essentially rapists who "hypnotize, cajole, pressure, and threaten people into believing that their lifestyle is of equal (or greater) value," according to Patheos.
While gay and bisexual men in Chechnya are being rounded up, tortured, and killed, Lance Wells wants Christians to know that good guys like him are the real victims, even if it means co-opting the suffering of victims of sexual assault to do it.
"Just as a woman can continue to strive to resist the forceful advances of someone who is attempting to rape her, we can refuse to surrender to the onslaught of homosexual propagandists -- even if saying no to them results in being sued, arrested, tortured, or killed," Wells wrote in his book, which no bookstores in his home state will carry (further proof of his persecution as a straight white Christian male), he wrote in a flier that he posted in and around Boise.
Not unlike those torturing queer men in Chechnya, Wells would like nothing better than to see LGBT people prosecuted for the crime of existing.
"I would prefer to see the United States re-enact laws condemning these unhealthy and indecent lifestyles in the most certain of terms, implementing serious consequences for those found guilty of practicing and promoting them. For such people are, quite literally, enemies of the state," Wells wrote.
He attempted to back up his assertion that LGBT people should be imprisoned by citing an Idaho statute that bans "the infamous crime against nature," but when interviewed by David G. McAfee for Patheos, Wells refused to engage in a conversation about the fact that the law applies equally to same- and opposite-sex couples who engage in anal sex.
"I've been on enough dead-end roads to know when it's time to turn the car around," he responded to McAfee without clarifying why anal sex between opposite-sex couples should not be punishable by law. (Antisodomy laws remain on the books in some states despite the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 ruling against them in Lawrence v. Texas, but because of that decision they are unenforceable.)
Wells has a history of hate-filled actions against the LGBT community. In 2015 he launched a benefit concert for his "Add No Words" campaign that ran counter to the movement to "Add the Words" (sexual orientation and gender identity) to Idaho's Human Rights Act. The concert starring none other than the Wells was billed by him as a one-man show featuring "three instruments, two hours, one man, zero words."
Prior to his benefit concert, he purchased ads imploring Idahoans to "Add No Words" when the state legislature was voting on the bill.
Luckily, Wells has had little success with his crusades, considering his benefit concert sold few tickets, and that his book currently has 1.5 stars on Amazon and has sold zero copies, according to Patheos.
Still, Wells's victimhood narrative and pervasive. One need look no further than Donald Trump's Twitter feed to catch the trend of straight white privileged men claiming persecution.