Haters Gonna Hate

12 Apr

Being the shining beacon of light that they so lovingly represent, Liberty University hosted a panel discussion this weekend that addressed ways in which Christian conservatives can effectively combat the so-called “gay movement.”

Apparently, the word “gay” is the problem. Is “hedonism repackaged” too flowery?

“‘Gay’ is a left-wing socio-political construct designed to create grounds for fundamental rights [based on] whimsical capricious desires. Gay identity does not exist,” said Ryan Sorba, chariman of the Young Conservatives of California.

Rather than using the word “gay,” Sorba believes in taking a more level-headed approach. “Same-sex attraction,” “same-sex intercouse,” “sodomy,” “unnatural vice,” and even “anti-Christian” were all popular and well-received replacements.

Because nothing cures the radical “gay agenda” quite like semantical tweaks that seek to demean, belittle, oppress, deprive, and silence those who have been denied equal rights for hundreds of years.

Jerry Falwell would be so proud.

Arguments such as these are never used with the intention of spurring civil debate. They are used to squelch conversation and categorically disrupt claims based in logic and fact. They mean to attack and offend.

Liberty’s panel of so-called Christians even included a man who was ‘cured’ of his “unnatural vice,” 52-year-old Greg Quinlan. He founded the Pro Family Network and is president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays.

“If you had all the facts, you wouldn’t choose to be gay. When you live a lie, you tell a lie… A civil right that conflicts with natural right is no right at all. The [homosexual] behavior is immoral. It divides you from truth and what’s the meaning of life. If you don’t have truth, you have nothing but fake.”

Quinlan underwent extensive counseling to cure his “same-sex attraction,” and he even went on to marry a woman.

He’s now happily divorced.

The panel’s moderator, Matt Barber, couldn’t help himself from attacking the recent repeal of DADT. To him, gays in the military constitutes a serious threat to the national security of our country. After all, those pesky gays can’t turn down an opportunity to lust over straight men in uniform, and when the tough gets going, it all boils down to the soldier who “has your back or the one who wants to rub it.”

Better not drop the soap!

Barber also advanced another conservative favorite, that allowing gays in the military will lead to a spike in HIV/AIDS on the battlefield.

Really?

“Homosexuality is the greatest threat to the criminalization of Christianity,” said Robert Knight, president of the incorrectly-named American Civil Rights Union.

What do we do in the meantime while the “gay movement” continues to make historic headway?

Wait for homosexuals to “self-destruct,” of course.

Summing up her argument with the utmost professionalism, Professor Cynthia Dunbar leaves us with one more poignant reminder. “There are a lot of gay staffers in Congress. They work all hours and they don’t have family lives, but they do have veto power.”

Oh Cynthia, you doll.

Whoever said, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” clearly wasn’t gay. Words hurt. We’ve seen the consequences. And when you cloak your unbridled hatred of a minority under the guise of religious justice and truth, you not only insult millions of gay Americans who have done nothing to take away your rights, you have done a terrible disservice to a religion aimed at providing people with a sense of comfort and guidance.

Those who came together this weekend at Liberty may call themselves Christians, and they may even have themselves fooled, but their brand of Christianity is unrecognizable. The Devil wouldn’t recognize it. What would Jesus say if he had been in that room? Would he be proud to see his followers use his name to spread hate and pit groups against each other? Would he reject gays and call them “anti-Christian”?

To those panelists who have nothing better to do with their lives than to share their unhappiness and dismally low self-worth with the rest of the world, you’re an embarrassment. To those who accuse districts of inserting a “sexual anarchist agenda into public schools under the guise of bullying,” you’re an embarrassment. You’re an embarrassment to the progress of the human race. You’re an embarrassment to the name of Christianity. And to borrow a few words from Jon Stewart, you’re an embarrassment to yourself for wasting all the time and energy it takes to hate.

Most of all, I’m embarrassed for giving you the time of day and allowing your words to hurt me. I may crack jokes and make light of these otherwise devastatingly serious and sad situations, but sometimes it’s the only thing you can do to keep the darkness from getting in.

I’m better than that. You, sadly, are not. My lifestyle is not a choice nor is it a mistake. The light you wish to extinguish will burn on through me and the millions who live to see the day when your words lose their power. I live with purpose you could never dream of, and nothing you say will ever take that away from me.

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.’

Matthew: 25:35-40

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7 Responses to “Haters Gonna Hate”

  1. Mike Martinez April 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Psalms says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

  2. zuleikalim April 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    I find it ridiculous that people won’t even say the word, almost like if they don’t say it then it doesn’t exist. People can be so closed minded at times. I feel as though people attack a thing that they don’t understand and that is exactly what these people are doing, without a care that it is hurting other human beings.

    • combscp April 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

      I agree! And by resorting to name-calling, the chances that a civil and constructive conversation will occur grow smaller and smaller. If a debate is what they want, let’s have it! Just don’t lower yourself to demeaning others.

      If you don’t have anything nice to say… 😉

  3. Phil Black (Author) April 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Personally, I’m disappointed at the religious extremists and how they continue to ignore our contributions in Gomorrah. That city was destroyed too, and I think there should be equal representation for it. Why should Sodom get all the publicity? Afterall, we should get credit for getting two cities destroyed, not just one!

    Maybe they could call us Gomorrah-ites?

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