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  • The LGBT-Blaming Doomsayers

    Need an LGBT-ego boost? These religious fundamentalists fancy queer sexuality as responsible for every perceived national crisis and global calamity ever! Great work on existing, you delightfully-omnipotent queers.

    If you take them at face value, outraged religious fundamentalists think that LGBT people literally control the universe. From climate changes and astrological phenomenons to spiritual warfare and the nation's economy, it all ebbs and flows to the rhythms of the queer libido, heart and soul.

    Yesterday, The Advocate posted a solid rundown of several anti-gay characters who blame queers for the most-ridiculous things! It's guaranteed to feed your insatiably-evil queer ego, so check it out. You'll discover new evil powers you didn't know you don't have.

    To be honest, most gays and queers have heard all this rhetoric countless times before. (Fundamentalists are not especially skilled in developing new scapegoating material.) However, there are a few surprisingly-innovative doozies, as well as updates on the old traditional standbys that you don't want to miss.

    Take for example Congressman Bill Flores (R-TX), who thinks same-sex families caused riots in Baltimore. There's Fox News host Todd Starnes, who posits that one's sexual orientation is linked to an inability to distinguish between capitalism and communism, which will assuredly transform an entire nation into a pinko-communist autocracy. Bill Koenig with World Watch Daily thinks gays caused the California drought. The American Family Association's Brian Fischer fears gays will enslave Christians.

    Linda Harvey, a fundamentalist missionary obsessed with gays and witchcraft, says the gay agenda is to usher into the world a state of permanent Halloween. This new perma-Halloween will be "just as scary and godless as the real Halloween on Oct 31st," she prognosticates. Let's give her credit for a fun idea, but it's not going to happen. Sorry, Linda.

    Ken Ham, the con-man/founder behind the Creation Museum, says thanks to us queers it won't be long till everyone's walking around innocently nude — like in the Bible's Garden of Eden. Ham thinks us queers can literally turn back time, within the cannon of his faith, to a world before sin and death. Is that a compliment? I grew up among evangelical fundamentalists, but even I can't parse this one.

    I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty-pretty good about myself right now. It's refreshing, taking a break from rhetorically combating prejudice and inequality, to sit back and bask in the bizarre reality that crazy fundamentalists think you're a vengeful god-like being with preternatural powers over damn-near everything. 

    And, they're not kidding! These are lobbyists, lawmakers and pundits with money and followers. It seems they think about us queers all the time — but, especially so when they need someone to blame for the things they truly do not understand. Which, sadly, is most things.

     

    Image by Jasn via Flickr and a CC license

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    • commented 2016-01-14 20:01:58 -0500
      I love the word queer. I’ve been since the 80’s very happily. It’s far easier to be queer than lgbtiiqtrsllmnop.

    • commented 2016-01-14 14:06:56 -0500
      LoL, Jerry. That’s good, I gotta remember that one.

    • commented 2016-01-14 12:55:21 -0500
      Since it’s perfectly natural and normal for some people to be born gay there’s nothing queer about it. It’s foolish to try to embrace the word. It’s a word to be rejected, and ignored.

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    • commented 2016-01-14 12:01:20 -0500
      BRINT – I too am very much offended by the word “queer” – you can use it as much as you want, but it still doesn’t take the sting out of a word that is meant to denigrate and offend.

    • commented 2016-01-14 11:14:51 -0500
      Brint – you can refer to yourself as a queer all you want, but stop calling the rest of us queers. It is offensive. You are giving justification to those who use it as a slur against us when you do it.

    • commented 2016-01-14 10:15:05 -0500
      This reminds me of the old joke:

      An old, Jewish man is sitting on a park bench in 1937 Berlin reading Der Sturmer.
      A friend comes up to him and asks: “Why are you reading that?”
      The man replies: "I read the other papers and it’s all bad news: the economy is bad, wars, struggles…

      I read this and it’s all: the Jews are in control, the Jews have all the money, the Jews are running the banks! Look how far we’ve come!"

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