The Christian Right Has Ratcheted Up The Hate
- Big Time!
According to some people, there will been MORE deaths caused by openly gay soldiers. The reasoning may be considered bizarre, but it clings to elements of the Christian Right like hate clings to violence.
There is no doubt that the months-long progress of the repeal has brought out the worst in people: situations like the pending legislation in Uganda demonstrated what the CR is capable of fomenting, and just days ago the Gay Blood Libel* was utilized to crush the repeal.
Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits.
- Bryan Fischer, American Family Association
A PERSONAL NOTE
I am not a true gay rights activist, I ashamed to say. Today's LGBT community has enough problems without including my insubstantial my rants as part of its cause. I wish to God I were one. I just can't work hard enough: in perspective I haven't accomplished nearly as much as so many who work night and day to help us gain respect, acceptance and security.
So this article is not coming from an activist, but from a person who is just adding his voice to the chorus.
I first heard the term "gay agenda" I was dumbfounded. Even after years
of being out, I had never heard the term before. I fancied myself as a
well-read, urbane gay man, so I wondered how I had missed that one.
Once, in about 1978, I saw a documentary titled "Gay Power, Gay
Politics." Some today would have given it the term "mockumentary," but
believe me, the producers thought too much of themselves for anything
to be tongue-in-cheek. The title said one thing, but the content was
just a make-shift polemic on men cruising in public areas. How they
ever arrived at the title is anybody's guess. It also hinted at a "gay
agenda," so I suppose the term may have stemmed from this specious
piece. And because there were people who wanted to believe that gays
were mindlessly promiscuous men with evil intentions, the "gay agenda"
took hold and slowly, stealthfully, grew.
Thirty-two years of demonstrating our proverbial worth should have eaten away at that nonsense, but the "Gay Blood Libel" thrived, albeit in the most insanely homophobic pockets of America's Christendom. Why it thrived is rather obvious: there are people who need to hate ... anyone. People like Fred Phelps bask in infamy because their obsession gives them a kind of celebrity status. The means of its growth is a bit more complex: twisted reasoning backed up by specious "research" and half-truths marketed to create sensational reactions.