RECENT  POSTS:  » NOM president: Marriage ruling is 'Dred Scott decision of our time' » Episcopalians approve ceremonies for all legally-qualified couples » NOM's wishful (and disrespectful) thinking: SCOTUS ruling is 'illegitimate' » Focus on the Family creates itemized price list for 'saving' marriage » Fox News pays this person for his opinions » Pat Buchanan doubles down on 1983 column claiming AIDS is nature's punishment » Is NOM really going to push for a constitutional convention on marriage? » Video: Great piece from 'CBS Sunday Morning' highlights sweet success » Yes, the American marriage equality fight is over—the rest is just bluster » Goodnight from the White House to your house  

« Go back a post || Return to G-A-Y homepage || Haul tail to next post »

08/08/2014

Matt Barber's website smugly reassures anti-gay parents

by Jeremy Hooper

In the down-is-up website that rabidly anti-gay activist Matt Barber operates, it's not vulnerable kids who need reassurance and a warm shoulder. No, no—it's the parents who feel that their gay children are broken and are blaming themselves:

Screen Shot 2014-08-08 At 10.22.08 Am

"Neither you nor your psychologist nor your pastor nor your doctor will ever fully know why your kid is attracted to the same sex, but you can know that it isn’t your fault. Yes, you are a sinner and yes, you have sinned against your kids… and yes, you do need forgiveness for that — and you have it fully if you’re in Christ. But don’t blame yourself for their broken sexuality. There are a million different sinful things inside and outside of them (the main three being the flesh, the world and Satan) that have continually worked to shape, feed and further distort their sexual desires. [BarbWire]

Obviously it's no one's "fault," since being gay is not something deserving of blame. That goes without saying.

But just taking the assessment on its face, I find this approach so stunningly typical of the arrogant opposition movement and their smug insistence that they always hold the upper hand. In their eyes, they are never wrong, never culpable, never hostile, never discriminatory— never anything other than better than us, frankly. It's the through-line of their movement. In their preconceived narrative, they've already "won" just be virtue of being heterosexual, conservative Christians. That mindset is a big reason why all conversation around our issues is so damn broken.

space gay-comment gay-G-A-Y-post gay-email gay-writer-jeremy-hooper


Your thoughts

comments powered by Disqus

G-A-Y Comments Policy


 
Related Posts with Thumbnails