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Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Religious Right's Paranoia over Gays

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This article appeared in The Conservative Voice earlier this month,titled Is X-Men 3 a microcosm on Homosexuality?:

The premise of the recent summer sizzler ‘X-Men 3: The Last Stand’ is that human scientists have developed a ‘cure’ for the affliction of mutant genetics. This serum once injected into a mutant host will, in one dose, permanently suppress any genetic mutation and leave the host in a ‘natural’ human state. Is the film ‘X-Men 3: The Last Stand’ a social statement that echoes the plight of homosexual acceptance in America?

A deep paranoia about gays and lesbians has always been a cornerstone of the religious right. But now that the GOP has the base all worked up over same sex marriage, their paranoia is reaching a boiling point. They believe gays are everywhere and secret messages are creeping into our culture. For them, the LGBT community are the new Illuminati. In another, more recent article, titled GAY ACTIVISTS INFILTRATING CALIF. GOP (notice it's all caps),TCV posted:

Perennial Republican candidate Ralph Denney seems to have finally run into the reality that he has attempted to steer clear of in his current campaign for the California State 76th Assembly seat. Nowhere on Denney's campaign website does he mention his long term history of being homosexual or his aggressive involvement in the more radical elements of the gay political agenda ( Denney's campaign website seems to paint him as a do-good grandfather figure that is the best thing families could ever have hoped for. After a lengthy investigation by the James Hartline Report, it is clear that Denney has revealed almost nothing to Republican voters in his district about his very dark, sexualized and immoral history. The findings of this investigation are so disturbing that it will certainly force the local Republican Party to run away from associating with the Denney campaign as a Duke Cunningham fundraiser.

Eek! There are gay republicans! Freak out, freak out! The article continues:

A number of Republican Party leaders are so offended by information beginning to surface about Denney, that panic and concern about what Denney's lifestyle choices could do to the party are beginning to spread throughout the local GOP. In fact, one Republican activist from San Diego's Vietnamese community was so concerned about the threat that Denney posed to her neighborhood's morality, that she has started a massive write-in campaign to beat out Denney in the November general election. Kim Tran was so shocked to find out that Denney never mentioned anything on his campaign website during the recent primary about his serious involvement in homosexuality while campaigning for the 76th Assembly seat, that she immediately went into war mode to stop Denney from indoctrinating her community's Republican members into voting for his hidden gay agenda. "I am not for Mr. Denney who wants to push homosexuality on my people and then not tell them that is his plan," said an irked Tran.

See what I mean? This guy had to be stopped from 'indoctrinating her community's Republican members into voting for his hidden gay agenda'. Every single gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual is an agent of a vast conspiracy. What they're conspiring to do is destroy families, since pro-gay candidates and groups are consistently described as 'anti-family'.

Why do they want to destroy families? Shits and giggles, I guess. Motivation is never explained. Which is why TCV is so freaked out about gay conservatives. It means that the GOP itself is in danger of becoming a force in this anti-family conspiracy.

While Denney is embracing the paganistic beliefs of MCC [Metropolitan Community Church - a church that doesn't hate gays nearly enough], he has also affiliated himself with one of the most anti-christian, homosexual political organizations in America. His biography states that he has been a boardmember of the Log Cabin Republicans since 2001. For many Christian Conservatives, it is hard to imagine that there could be a more hardcore, anti-christian hate group within the GOP than the Log Cabin Republicans. In fact, the Log Cabin Republicans are so supportive of homosexuality that they even refused to support the reelection of President Bush in 2004 because of his support for a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The frightening and dark belief system of the Log Cabin Republicans and the organization's avowed hate towards Christian Conservatives is best articulated from the group's Sacramento Chapter which states:

Why It's Okay To Be A Gay Republican
"Defeating the radical right and transforming the GOP will allow gay and lesbian Americans to achieve full equality much sooner-decades sooner. The radical right represents the last obstacle on the path to full equality. Defeat them in the grassroots of the GOP and all of us can enjoy the benefits of liberty much sooner."

Chilling in its evil call for equality and tolerance, isn't it? Of course, I'm a little lost on why Log Cabin Republicans even exists. A gay republican seems as stupid as a black klansman, these days. The religious right has become a hate group and the GOP loves them.

Southern Poverty Law Center reported recently on a meeting of christian right zealots in Washington, D.C.:

In late March, the plush Omni Shoreham hotel in the nation's capital was the site of a day-and-a-half-long, anti-gay extravaganza hosted by the Christian Right outfit American Vision. In the same fancy "Blue Room" where Bill Clinton blew on his sax during his 1993 inaugural ball, a Who's Who of hard-line Christian Right organizations and a handful of their conservative Jewish allies met to discuss what they called "The War On Christians." But the conferees didn't sound much like victims once they started talking. Instead, they spent most of their time excoriating two groups of people -- homosexuals and their allies, the "activist judges" who are said to empower gays by legalizing their sexual conduct, awarding them civil-rights protections and allowing them to marry.


The conference boiled down to a veritable jihad against gay rights. No fewer than 18 presenters railed against homosexuals and the "gay agenda." It seemed that the speakers, many of whom were ostensibly there to talk about the virtues of a Christian nation, just couldn't help but take repeated swipes at gays and lesbians.

Setting the tone was Vision America's head, Rick Scarborough, who said at the start that he is "rushing his efforts to stop the homosexual agenda" that he sees as the key threat to America. Complaining that his audiences are graying, Scarborough emphasized that "we have to reach the next generation" before it's too late.

How crazy are these people? Here's a sample from SPLC's article. "I am here to proclaim that God made us heterosexual," [guest speaker Tom] Crouse said to wild applause on the first day. "Jesus was not a pot-smoking hippie," he added. "Jesus Christ was one of the most intolerant people in the world!"

Well, there ya go then. These people are completely crazy.



Disenchanted Dave said...

The courts have actually ruled that the X-Men are inhuman. (I'm not making this up; it's in the third block quote on the page). I wonder if the religious right supports that decision and would like to extend it to the real thing (gay people). Someone should ask them.

Jen said...

Well, the X-men/gay parallels are not that outrageous. I think the connection was at least partially intentional.

You know, I'm fine with them screaming their heads off about how bad gays are, because the more gays get excepted, the more they're going to scream. I just wish that they weren't being taken seriously.

Anonymous said...

You seem to have little understanding of where Christians come from when they talk about homosexuality. Because of this lack of knowledge/empathy, you ridicule their beliefs and write them off as crazy, or less than human.

This approach to dealing with people different from yourself is similar to those taken by the KKK and other groups filled with people who irrationaly chose not to understand the groups they were oppressing.

I encourage you to take a mature stance and delve further into the question of why they are so passionate about their beliefs. If you maintain your reason, and choose not to stop and call them all insane, you might actually learn something.

Wisco said...

This approach to dealing with people different from yourself is similar to those taken by the KKK and other groups filled with people who irrationaly chose not to understand the groups they were oppressing.

Is this supposed to be describing me? Because it seems to fit the homophobic right I'm criticizing to a tee.

Hating gays is not a christian position -- it's a denominational position. Not only are there plenty of christian churches who accept gays, there are plenty of christian churches prepared to perform same sex marriage.

If I'm being accused of not being tolerant enough of hate groups, that's OK with me. I'll take that proudly.

Anonymous said...

"If I'm being accused of not being tolerant enough of hate groups, that's OK with me. I'll take that proudly."

My point is you should do a little more research, or at least talk to some Christians, before you just call the majority of them a hate group and write-off their opinions.

According to the bible, Homosexuality is a sin. People who practice it and support it are sinners, simply put. But no where in the New Testament (what most christians follow, the word of Christ) does it say that Christians are supposed to hate, punish, or otherwise bring harm to sinners.

Hating gays is not a christian position. Loving them, and attempting to bring them (and other non believers) to know Jesus Christ is.

Government ENDORSEMENT of homosexuality hurts this mission. Teaching homosexuality as a perfectly moral lifestyle in schools, and recognizing gay marriages would only lead people farther away from basic Christian Values.

So christians run for office, to promote their viewpoints in politics and society.

You may disagree with them, and hold their beliefs to be incorrect. But to call Christians hateful is quite wrong. This is just a commonly popular stereotype that many people adhere to, for lack of knowledge and understanding.

Wisco said...

Government ENDORSEMENT of homosexuality hurts this mission.

See, the thing is, government doesn't exist to support a christian mission -- nor should it.

My answer to your statement is the same as yours would be if someone told you that a government position hurt a buddhist or islamic or pagan mission; "So what?"