Sunday, August 08, 2010
Why Some People Hate America
Here's an example of "thinking" by the Righteous Right: "There's Nothing Gay about Being Gay" by Alan Caruba:
I would avoid examining gay "marriage" if I could, but the gay and lesbian community will not let me.
With seven decades of life under my belt, I have had plenty of time to learn about homosexuality, know homosexuals, and to have arrived at some conclusions about it. My basic conclusion is that homosexuality is hard-wired into an individual at birth. It is not, in my opinion, a lifestyle option one learns about and decides to choose.
Those who discover their homosexuality, early or late, know well that it positions them outside the acceptance of our society and those worldwide. As such, it is a cause of much abuse and, to varying degrees, self-hatred.
The three monotheistic religions made it clear in their sacred texts that homosexuality is a sin, but that is a matter of belief.
On a strictly physiological basis, nature ordains that there are two sexes, male and female, and they exist for the propagation of the species. That's why marriage is regarded as essential to any society.
Since homosexuals must function within our society, one might reasonably assume they would accept society's need to maintain marriage as between a man and a woman, but among militant homosexuals, there has been a growing movement to require a redefinition of this ancient model.
Proposition 8 was approved by voters by a margin of 52 percent in favor versus 48 percent who opposed it. The majority of U.S. States have laws recognizing marriage as between members of the opposite sex.
Then there is this little bit of nonsense:
What makes Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision questionable, beyond issues of the law, is a factor noted in a Washington Times article that reported "The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle have both reported that Judge Walker's sexuality, though he is not 'out', is an open secret in California gay and legal circles."
As such, he should have recused himself from the case.
I have not known that many happy homosexuals.
This is so stupid I won't even dignify it with a response except to note that, if one's rights, even arguably, depend on making good lifestyle choices, the vast number of obese Americans have no rights:
Putting aside the link between homosexuality and AIDS, such studies as have been undertaken have generally concluded that being homosexual increases one's potential for a variety of bad lifestyle choices.
The debate about gay marriage is not about civil rights and certainly not about the equal rights amendment which was passed following the Civil War to ensure that newly enfranchised black citizens received formerly denied protections. The 13th Amendment, ratified on December 6, 1865 bans slavery. The 14th Amendment was ratified on July 9, 1868. Neither applies to homosexuality.
It seems to me that the issue does little other than to inflame the fears and prejudices of the majority for no good purpose.
To say that the irrationality of the majority outweighs the rights of anyone is a deeply un-American and unpatriotic position.
Making claims for what "nature ordains" is not so good when one is ignorant of the vast amount of nature that does not behave in the manner one supposes. Parthenogenesis? Hermaphroditism?
1) As a historian I find it fascinating when such people write or say things like:
…there has been a growing movement to require a redefinition of this ancient model.
There is nothing ancients about the current western model of marriage it came into being in the 16th century as part of the Counter Reformation, largely to prevent priests getting married. Before the nineteenth century many people in Europe didn’t actually get married they just lived together.
2) I have not known that many happy homosexuals.
All of my homosexual friends are just as happy as my heterosexual ones.
But I'm no expert.