Michael O’Brien, the Canadian Catholic novelist and social commentator, describes the classic signs of a growing totalitarianism: the imposition of a national ideological orthodoxy with state coercive power to ensure conformity. The Canadian government, he proposes, in a guest editorial exclusive to LifeSiteNews.com, is using the homosexual movement to create this kind of state. In Canada, a person is free to hold opinions contrary to those official party lines, but only in his home and only cautiously. There are now criminal penalties for public disagreement.
Michael O’Brien is well known to Catholic readers as the author of the novels Father Elijah and Eclipse of the Sun, both about the establishment of ‘soft’ totalitarianism. Notable among his non-fiction books are The Family and the New Totalitarianism and his examination of the paganization of children’s literature, A Landscape with Dragons.
In the current essay, “Same-Sex ‘Marriage,’ ‘Hate Crimes,’ and the New Totalitarianism,” O’Brien writes that hundreds of new laws are proliferating a climate of legalism that is “directed not at criminals but at the moral structure of private life.” The new laws, far from protecting citizens against unjust discrimination, are to be “wielded as a cudgel to intimidate those who simply disagree with (the ideology) and to punish those who are outspoken about it.”
You can read O'Brien's entire essay here.