Controversy erupted in certain quarters recently, when the media reported that the president of Spokain chapter of the NAACP, who presents as a black woman, is genetically simply white. It was another example of the extremism you find in academic quarters, and it raised some interesting questions –
In the wake of the US supreme court’s problematic judgement on gay marriage, some pundits have been proudly citing one particular section of the judgment, EG as repeated here –
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. … It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. …”
But this cuts to the core of why some feel that gay unions should not be referred to as ‘marriage’. Specifically, because half the time, gay relationships don’t embody “the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family”, because half the time they are not monogamous.
Below is a capture of an (unexpanded) post on Facebook. Would you agree that it claims that a pastor wants gays killed? I think so. The image below does not show the expanded version of the Facebook post, but the full wording only has a longer response, and no further content from the original pastor. But did the pastor actually say that he wants gays killed?
So what is this Facebook post based on? Well, in August last year, Brainerd Baptist Church reportedly broadcast a sermon on homosexuality. We know this because the following month, Raw Story published a far-left report on it, and included a Youtube recording of the sermon. Unfortunately the link to the Youtube recording, is no longer active, so I don’t know the entire contents of the sermon. But I can see from the Facebook page of the church, that members recommended that critics watch the whole sermon, and that they deny the pastor was advocating killing gays. I can also see by Googling, that this church is so big, that they have several pastors, several campuses and their own TV broadcast. Do churches of this size advocate killing people? No. Never the less, Raw Story titled their report –
TN pastor vows not to ‘repent’ for homophobia: God says gays ‘must be put to death’
The report stated in part –
After spending about 20 minutes recounting the perils of homosexuality throughout history, Gallaty asserted that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of gay sex.
“God said that the sins of the people had infected the very land in which they live,” he explained. “So what happens to people who engage in this activity, this sexual immoral activity? Go to Leviticus 20, God gives us the punishment for engaging in these sins… ‘If a man sleeps with a man as with a woman, they have both committed a detestable thing. They must be put to death. And their blood is on their own hands.’”
So as your average Biblically-literate Christian would agree, the pastor was obviously reading from the Old Testament of the Bible (Leviticus 20) and quoting where it said that homosexual offenders must be put to death, and was exploring why the Bible says the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Saying that gays must be put to death, were not the pastors own words. For the leftist Raw Story, such facts or nuance were not important to whoever wrote that headline. They saw an opportunity to demonise Christians in the headline, and they weren’t going to waste it.
Then on the same day, a Patheos blogger cited the Raw Story report, writing about it giving his post much the same title and angle as was used by Raw Story. Almost a year later, in June 2015, a gay church posted a link to the Patheos report, on their Facebook page. Another pastor commented on that Facebook posting. 20 minutes later, that pastor had posted the above comments and pictures about this, on his own church Facebook page. HOWEVER, this Facebook post omitted the original quote that Raw Story provided, which illustrated (however obscure it was) that the pastor was simply quoting the Bible, and that killing people was not his point.
How did I miss this news from March?
Yes. So said the Magna Carta, 800 years ago.
There’s another gay movie being released. Yes, another one. Today I read a review that detailed its premier. This section of the review intrigued me –
But perhaps the most telling audience response took place much earlier when one of the mothers, having learned that her son is gay, declares that it perforce means “living a lonely life. A very sad life”. The audience laughed in disbelief. They knew better.
It’s a motherly response that Ive heard of before. It seems that it’s not an unusual motherly response, at least from non-Christian mothers, at least in recent previous generations. The child would come out to them, and the mother would reflect on how the child will likely struggle in life; never enter the traditional marriage with children, will rather spend most of their life single, may struggle to get promoted at work in the face of discrimination, and in old age may die largely alone. A stereotypical, yet sincere remorse.
But the movie reviewer suggests that this characterisation is a myth. And he suggests that the movie audience agrees wholeheartedly that it’s a myth. So …. is it?
I think that the issue of societal rejection and discrimination is very much dependent on the individual concerned, whether the issue is homosexuality or not. A good looking, outgoing, confident, bright and friendly homosexual will suffer much less from rejection and discrimination, than someone without these traits. The same is true in regards to racism or any number of other possible causes for societal rejection. And it’s also dependent on circumstance. A homosexual in a cosmopolitan environment will suffer less, than elsewhere.
But what about the average homosexual? Does the average homosexual lead a sad and lonely life? Is that life any different today than in recent decades? Many of the homosexuals I know, are single and have spent most of their lives single. And I can think of several local homosexuals, who experience moderate to severe depression. Some are on medication for it. But then I also know straight people who are single, and a few who also have experienced clinical depression.
And will the average homosexual spend their later years alone? Well it does seem that a gay man’s heyday is in his youth. After his looks have faded, the party is over. But I can think of various gay retirees who maintain good friendships, both with other homosexuals and with straight people.
Personally my impression is that life is still harder for the average gay person than the average straight person. There is probably less societal rejection than in past decades. But still, Im surprised that the movie audience laughed. I wonder if the movie mislead the audience on the realities of gay life? Or whether the reviewer injected some of his own wishful thinking?
Yes, apparently the Pew Report concludes that while Christianity is slightly less popular overall in USA these days, the number of lesbians, bisexuals and gays who regard themselves as Christians, is rocketing! More here.
This news arose around the same time as another report which suggested that the number of people these days who regard themselves as gay, is also increasing far beyond past statistics.