December 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm
It never ceases to astonish me how much power bigots think The Gay has. In their minds, it’s so incredibly and alluring that we must make the lives of gay people miserable lest their children be tempted to give it a try and risk their mortal souls. Bryan Fischer thinks that men became gay just by seeing that Barney Frank was in Congress:
Fischer: Barney Frank served seventeen terms in Congress and this is some of the stuff in his background: he was the first openly gay member of Congress – I just saw deal, according to the Centers for Disease Control, sixty-one percent of all of the new HIV/AIDS cases are among men who have sex with men. This is a dangerous, risky, immoral, unhealthy lifestyle, and Barney Frank has been an open practitioner of a lifestyle that is condemning one young man after another to an early grave. This is not somebody to admire, this is not somebody to honor – you’ve got all these left-wing media outlets out there talking about what a colorful figure he was and how important a legislator he was and how he’s going to be missed on the American political scene. And yet he modeled a lifestyle which is really a deathstyle. People imitate that. You have got to know that people are influenced toward that behavior, if they have any kind of inclination in that direction, if there are very prominent people that are engaging in it, they’re doing it openly, they are praised by the press rather than criticized for flaunting this kind of behavior, you’ve got to know that has got an impact. So who knows how many people were sort of drawn or encouraged in some way by Barney Frank’s example to dabble in a lifestyle that eventually cost them their health and maybe even cost them their lives.
Man, Planet Wingnuttia is one weird place. On planet earth, where the rest of us live, this is an absurd idea. I know lots and lots of gay men, many of whom I admire very much, yet it has never occurred to me that I should give being gay a try. There’s a simple reason for that — I’m not gay. And there’s another reason for it — them being gay has nothing to do with my admiration for them. Thinking one should be gay because someone you like or admire is gay is the equivalent of thinking that you should like broccoli if they also like broccoli. But one simply has nothing to do with the other and no rational person would think it does.
But since it’s all about risk of disease, Fischer is in favor of lots and lots of prominent gay women because lesbians have the lowest incidence of AIDS and other STDs, right? Right? Nope, he thinks they’re evil too. Gee, it’s almost as if that was a red herring rather than a serious argument.
This is hilarious, and sad, and disgusting.
Just a little anecdote, when I was growing up I had a gay uncle that was around quite a bit, he was very “out” in his homosexuality, he even lived with us for a while.
I knew he was gay when I was a child, this was never hidden from me, I even heard him talk about his boyfriend to my mother. It was just understood that that’s who he was, and I accepted it, he just like men instead of women.
Sure I asked him questions, I was curious, and he explained to me that about the time his male friends and classmates started noticing girls, he started noticing boys, he didn’t know why, he just knew that he was attracted to men.
Thing is, here I am as an adult, and I grew up to be heterosexual, having a gay family member around, and being in an environment where it was accepted had no bearing on my sexual orientation what so ever.
I never understood this argument, but then again, I don’t understand a lot of arguments people make to justify hate.