Why I Don’t Respect Christians’ and Republicans’ Opinions On Homosexuality
Got into a bit of a debate with my sister-in-law last night, who was lamenting the lack of equal face time for folks who are against gay marriage/adoption by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos.
This got a bit more heated than it would have because her husband (my brother) sent me a smug note saying ‘She really kicked your ass, man’, when my sister in law didn’t even bother to answer my questions or address the content of my response.
So, it escalated into this:
How am I to respect your opinion when you won’t answer my questions? Where in the Bible does Jesus Christ himself condemn gay people? (I’ll save you the time. Jesus Christ never discussed homosexuality, which should be a clue for Christians about whether or not it’s immoral.) Why are you angry that someone might think it’s uncool to discriminate against gay people? (Especially when said discrimination is based upon false premises.)
If it’s because of the verse in Leviticus, then I can only assume you have an equally strong aversion to shellfish and mixed fabrics, because they too are condemned. But, no one, for some odd reason, seems to think there should be laws against eating shrimp or wearing polyblends. Usury is condemned as well, but since you’re married to a man who works in the financial industry, I think it’s safe to assume that you don’t think there should be laws against usury either. But, for some reason Christians are perfectly cool with pulling that verse out of the Bible to condemn gay people, and ignoring the rest, and there’s quite a bit of scholarly contention about whether their exploitation of that verse is correct in the first place.
As for my point on the term ‘natural’, it means ‘existent in nature’. Homosexuality exists in tens of thousands of species, as well as human beings. To call it ‘unnatural’ as all of the Republican candidates do, is not simply an erroneous opinion, it’s a willful ignorance or denial of scientific fact, which I certainly will not respect and will condemn with the strongest possible convictions. Willful ignorance is intolerable especially in men who’d presume to lead the United States.
I don’t want my opinion heard. I want this to be the non-issue that it should be. I want gay people to have equal rights to straight people, if not culturally then legally. In many states, it’s still legal to fire people for being gay. In many states, it’s still a legal defense for murder to claim that a gay person came onto you. (A kid in California was even shot in front of his classmates for this ‘offense’, and the jury refused to convict.) Texas has refused to repeal its criminal statute against gay sex even though the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional almost a decade ago. Universities can have funding pulled for adopting non-discrimination polices that protect gay people. Children who are kicked out of their homes for being gay have no legitimate legal recourse. And, for some strange reason, people seem to think it’s better for a child to languish in the foster care instead of finding a stable home with a loving and monogamous gay couple.
I know you don’t support these things, but you’re defending people who do, which I don’t rightly understand. I feel strongly about this because I’ve had to physically protect gay people from being bullied, and no opinion is worth the validation of violence against people.
Truly I wish I didn’t have to respond to those kinds of opinions. Republicans should be focusing on fulfilling their promises right now, not trying to roll back the clock on equal rights for gay people. There are still tens of millions of people in this country who are out of a job, and I think we can both agree that the people running for president should be more concerned about Americans starving than policing consenting adults’ sex lives and and proving their jesus freakiness by approving hatred against gay people.
And, I’d like to see either of you have to physically interfere with someone trying to assault a gay person and tell me you still think it’s ‘just a matter of opinion’.