A BarbWire guest columnist has taken a short story about society's mistreatment of gays literally, warning that it illustrates the dangers of gay rights.

In Charles Beaumont's 1955 short story The Crooked Man, heterosexuals face discrimination and fear of harassment and stigmatization. Beaumont also penned many screenplays and classic Twilight Zone episodes.

Beaumont, of course, flips reality in an effort to highlight the plight of pre-Stonewall gays and lesbians.

But Mark Judge offers a different take, saying the story is really about looming “gay fascism.”

“There's a short story that has been published about gay fascism. It depicts a dystopian world where heterosexuality has been outlawed, and those found to be straight are operated on, brainwashed, and reeducated to be gay. The story has deep implications about gay marriage, the abuse of language, and totalitarianism,” Judge wrote.

“Sixty years later, it's not hard to imagine that some elements of The Crooked Man have come true, if not its entire dystopian world. There is a dose of fascism in the gay and trans rights movement, but for argument's sake it's important to elucidate exactly what those elements are. Two homosexuals wanting to spend their lives together and share expenses and taxes and visitation rights is not a threat to the republic. What is a threat is the manipulation of language, and a conscience-eradicating resentment that calls for large-scale coercion.”

“So are we headed for a Crooked Man future? Yes and no. It's doubtful that the rationalization of the sexual revolution will ever get so extreme that heterosexuals will be arrested and operated on against their will.”

“Still, there is a movement to convince the public that 'there's no such thing as straight or gay.' According to this theory, everyone is bisexual and it's just a matter of where you fall on the scale of attraction to male or female. If this scenario is allowed to take hold, we could in fact come to a day when it is decided that something has to be done about girl-chasing Johnny, who's just too far on the hetero end of the Kinsey scale.”