Friday, January 21, 2011

A Plea For Honesty

You know what I'd really like? I would really, honestly like evangelical Christians to just sack up for once in their lives and admit they don't like gay people.

Now, I'm clearly not talking about all evangelical Christians. I know plenty of Christians who have no problems with gay people, and whose faith is deep and abiding. Which is kind of the point, actually; there's all these Christians out there who have no difficulty at all treating gay people as equals, and yet don't seem confused or insincere in their faith...and then there's those other people.

The ones who can't remember which are the Beatitudes and which are the Ten Commandments, yet have all the relevant verses of Leviticus memorized (and in some particular cases, tattooed on their flesh. Which is tremendously ironic, given that elsewhere in Leviticus, there are rules against tattooing.)

The ones who insist that they don't hate gay people, but God says they're an abomination in the eyes of the Lord and really, they can't go against the word of God. (Except for the eating pork thing, because God really didn't mean all that stuff to still apply now that we know about trichinosis.)

The people who insist that they "love the sinner, and hate the sin"...but continue to vote for people who hate the sinner, too.

The people who, in short, try to pretend that they're not bigoted at all, just devoted to the Lord. In this one, specific, particular instance. What I would really like to see is for those people to stop hiding behind the Bible, quit pretending that they don't feel deeply uncomfortable around homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered individuals, and quit wasting time pretending that this is a religious stance so that we wouldn't have to stop arguing about it. Sure, part of why we'd have nothing left to talk about is that I'd find such a stance morally abhorrent, but at least I could stop wasting my time poking holes in all their Scriptural arguments and get on with the business of confronting their prejudice. As it is, they combine all the worst aspects of being bigoted and cowardly at the same time.

So please, if you are one of those Christians (and you know who you are.) Have the courage of your convictions, and stop blaming your attitudes on God. At this point, it's just embarrassing.


Allegretto said...

And, I would argue, also a disservice to their god.

Kal said...

We all know that any group that mentions gays and gay sex that much are totally fascinated with the whole PROCESS of gay sex. They want to watch it, have it done to themselves and do it to others. It's an old cliche but it's true - "Me thinks thou dost protest too much."

Anonymous said...

What really gets to me are the surprising number of anti-gay activists who openly discuss how, if the homosexual lifestyle isn't brutally suppressed, same-sex partnership would be irresistible and society would crumble due to all the inevitable, irresistible, inherently-more-appealing gay lovin' going on.

Newsflash, kiddos: I'm entirely comfortable with same sex relationships, but I'm still only interested in the opposite sex, personally. Methinks y'all have some soul-searching to do.