'Pro-family': An emboldened movement that's soon to overplay its hand
When it comes to whether or not Prop 8 was an explicitly Christian/Mormon battle (hint: it was), the social conservatives are beginning to drop the mask. And they are now telling us that we gays better just accept this Christian nation and the Christians' role in saving us all from ourselves, or else.
This from the Concerned Women For America's Mario Diaz:
The fact is that, whether homosexual activists want to accept it or not, Christians are protecting all people, including homosexuals, by protecting marriage. They appealed to the people to win the vote on marriage and they won.
Homosexual activists should learn from that. Fear, intimidation and violence will get them nowhere. It might give them a sense of power and maybe provide a place for some stress relief, but it will not make their position any more true or desirable. It won't change hearts and minds, and it won't change the Word of God, which is the basis for Christian belief.
This writer replies:
"Hmm -- Accept it or not, accept it or not? [::writer thinks for a minute::] ..... .... .... .... ... ... Okay, I'm ready: I'm gonna go with an emphatic NOT!!!!!
No Mr. Diaz, I will not accept that you know more about my life, my love, and my equal citizenship than I do. I will not accept that you know more about protecting my family than I do. I will not accept your idea that the young people in my life should be shielded from my joy. I will not accept that your version of religious interpretation is better than mine, or that either of our faiths or spritualities should govern this nation. I will not accept that gay people 'chose their lifestyles.' I will not accept that, for the first time in modern history, it is the discriminatory side who is in the right. I will not accept the idea that I should be 'changed.' I will not accept altering precious governing documents to take rights away. I will not allow you to paint my community as 'violent' because of a few isolated incidents that have crept up among the hundreds of thousands of folks who have peacefully protested. I will not accept your code words. I will not buy into logic that I find offensive not only to my existence as a homosexual, but also my existence as a thinking American.
I will not be persecuted. I will not even be 'tolerated.' I will be respected. And until I am, I will challenge the self-professed 'pro-family' movement without hesitation or apology.
Your side can keep telling yourselves that hearts and minds are not changing, if it makes you feel better about your clearly floundering movement. The truth is that this church-state marriage that you all have nurtured is heading towards an inevitable divorce. Those of us who have suffered from the cruel tyranny of the restrictive bond could not be any more ready to see the long-overdue dissolution."
Tell it Hooper! and further to CWA and all your fundie friends, I will not be constantly placed in quotation marks. Get yourselves a style guide.
Posted by: SammySeattle | Nov 19, 2008 6:04:29 PM
"Fear, intimidation and violence will get them nowhere."
Of course the handful of bloody murders of gay men and women every week on this planet would be described by Diaz as "good christian love."
Posted by: Dale | Nov 19, 2008 6:26:43 PM
Well said - even though you've made me tear up a bit at work.
Posted by: Alonzo | Nov 19, 2008 7:25:24 PM
Hey everyone! Go to the Concerned Women of America website (go to the feedback section from their homepage) and innundate their website with comments about overcoming their bigotry and other testimonies similar to what Hooper is saying. It's time that we also fought their bigotry on every level in clear, concise, educated and persuasive ways.
Also it is important that we mobilize as a community in any way we possibly can.
Posted by: Benjamin Clark | Nov 19, 2008 11:40:24 PM
Right on Jeremy and should the need arise, I've got your back.
Posted by: John Ozed | Nov 20, 2008 11:31:15 AM
Are there any actual women in this Concerned Women for America?
Posted by: chris | Nov 20, 2008 1:46:23 PMcomments powered by Disqus