First Knight is the Hollywood version of the King Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot story. I truly despise the Guinevere/Lancelot part of this tale. It disgusts me that two adults can't seem to exercise enough self-control to preserve the sanctity of marriage especially when they had so many opportunities to pursue their relationship prior to the marriage of Gwen to King Arthur. But, I digress.
The true hero of this epic tale is the noble King Arthur - defender of right, truth, and light. His nemesis, Malagant, is the complete antithesis, a vile man bent on defeating right, truth, and light. Once a knight of the round table, brother to King Arthur, Malagant's break from light produced devastating consequences for the innocent villagers and children across the border from his land. In his desire for conquest and rule, he brutally ended the lives and trampled the freedoms of many.
So, Malagant goes for the gold when he sets his sights on acquiring Camelot for his own; and his brilliant plan is to triumph through theft and coercion. You see, Arthur's heart belongs to the beautiful Guinevere and Malagant knows that by manipulating or capturing her, he will strike a heavy blow to Arthur's Achilles heel and hold in his possession the most coveted bargaining chip.
In short, Guinevere refuses to sign Malagant's so-called "fair" treaty, denying him power in her native Lionesse. Arthur invites him to come to Camelot to discuss the issue. Here is the transcript of their conversation. What strikes me is the glaringly obvious parallels between Malagant's faulty logic and bravado and the gay rights movement's similar conduct and outcry.
GRA = Gay Rights Activists
Arthur opens his council with a prayer:
"May God grant us the wisdom to discover the right,The will to choose it,And the strength to make it endure. Amen."
Malagant [with petulance]: "Other people live by other laws, Arthur. Or is the law of Camelot to rule the entire world?"
(GRA - Why do we have to be "subjected" to your beliefs?)
Arthur [with authority]: "There are laws that enslave men, and laws that set them free. Either what we hold to be right and good and true IS right and good and true for all mankind under God, or we're just another robber tribe."
Malagant [threatening]: "Your fine words are talking you out of peace and into war."
(GRA - You're going to get what you deserve. We take no responsibility for our actions if you continue to deny us our supposed "rights").
Arthur [with conviction]: "There's a peace that's only to be found on the other side of war. If that battle must come, I will fight it!"
Knights of the Round Table [with loyalty]: "And I! And I! And I! And I!...."
Defenders of Traditional Marriage and Family [with urgency and conviction]:
Pearl - "And I!"
Beetle - "And I!"
Pomegranate - "And I!"
California Crusader - "And I!"
Kingfisher - "And I!"
Preserving Marriage - "And I!"
Journalista - "And I"
Standing for Truth - "And I"
Make My Vote Count - "And I"
A Shepherd's Voice - "And I"
Protect Biblical Marriage - "And I"
Article VI Blog - "And I"
(and the list could go on and on)
Malagant [with derision]: "The great Arthur and his great dream. No dream lasts forever."
[Discontented Malagant stomps off]
When he isn't promptly delivered what he wants on a silver platter, Malagant plots to take it by force (GRA - If the people of California won't give us what we want, we'll just rant and rave and throw the ultimate tantrum until they are intimidated and cowed into concession). He kidnaps something precious to Arthur (Guinevere) and in a show of ultimate contempt and disrespect, he strips it of its decency and modesty then mocks its very core (GRA - Defacing temples with graffiti, attacking innocent people, threatening, intimidating, etc.).
Lancelot saves Guinevere and returns her to Arthur.
Relentless in his hunger for authority and sovereignty, Malagant violently seizes Lionesse, drawing Arthur to defend the terrorized nation. When Arthur out-maneuvers him and his plan fails miserably, the petulant Malagant then meets Arthur on his own turf, infiltrating the great city of Camelot and surrounding citizens during the public hearing of adulterous Lancelot and Guinevere.
The pinnacle of this tale is achieved when Malagant and Arthur meet face to face, with Arthur clearly outnumbered and bested. The ensuing dialogue between the two leaders - one clearly right and the other clearly wrong - is so absolutely in sync with our times and our struggles against those forces who would promote practices that will ultimately destroy the fundamental and essential family unit.
Malagant [accusatory]: "The strong rule the weak; that's how your God made the world."
Arthur [patient]: "God makes us strong only for a while so that we can help each other."
Malagant [scornfully and forcefully]: "My God makes me strong so I CAN LIVE MY LIFE."
Malagant [speaking to the people]: "Arthur says to you, 'serve one another.' Well when are you going to start living for yourselves? Now THIS is the freedom I bring you. Freedom from Arthur's tyrannical dream. Freedom from Arthur's tyrannical law. FREEDOM FROM ARTHUR'S TYRANNICAL GOD!"
Malagant [speaking to Arthur again; demanding]: "I want your people to see you kneel before me, hero. Kneel before me, or die."
(GRA - We will accept nothing less than complete and total acceptance of our lifestyle, or else....)
Arthur dies entreating his people to never surrender to domination and forced submission; to fight to the death for right and freedom.
And so I will. I will fight as long as I have my voice: fight for my freedom of religion, fight to protect family and marriage and society, fight for the innocence of my children.