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Steal vs. Steele: Those who rip off sexuality, truth take on RNC chair

by Jeremy Hooper

One of the Concerned Women For America's concerned men, Ken Ervin, is ticked off at Michael Steele for the recent comments in which the RNC chair suggested, among other things, that homosexuality is an in-born characteristic that can be ably likened to skin color. And he's pissed, of course, because everyone knows that homosexuality is much more fittingly compared to things like substance abuse:

[Steele] also demonstrates a woefully misinformed view of the homosexual lifestyle. "I don't think I've ever really subscribed to that view that you can turn it on and off like a water tap," says Steele. "You just can't simply say, oh, like, 'Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being gay.' It's like saying 'Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being black.

What an unfortunate comparison. I don't believe anyone's ever said that leaving homosexuality is as easy as turning it "on and off like a water tap." That's a deeply oversimplified view of the process - and a process it is. The ex-gay movement (a la Exodus International, et. al.) is more like Alcoholics Anonymous. They recognize that same-sex attractions are more easily broken one day at a time.

Where Mr. Steele errs, obviously, is in comparing sexual attractions to skin color. Mr. Steele rightly says that he will never be able to "stop being black." However, he can't say that about homosexuality because it's not about genetics, it's about temptation. No white man has ever been tempted to become black (or vice versa). And even if one has, there is no way to act upon it. The same is not true in regards to a sexually broken person dealing with same-sex attractions. And that's where Mr. Steele's argument breaks down.
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So wait, Mr. Ervin thinks Steele's "argument breaks down" under the weight of the unscientific, medically-unsupported, faith-based idea that people can "change" their homosexuality and become "ex-gays"? Why that's kinda like when lil' Bobby Jeffries would try to refute my five-year-old self's claims that he was a "meany-face" for stealing people's lunch money by using the thoroughly uncredible logic that he was rubber and I was glue, so my reasoned assessments of his meany-face-iness bounced off him and stuck back on me. And in both 1985 and 2009, lil' Bobby or fully-grown Ken, the "it's true because I said so" principle fails to hold water. Or, at least, the kind of water that's actually made up of H20 rather than magic fairy dust!

But we sincerely hope that these social conservatives keep pushing the idea that Michael Steele is f***ing insane for suggesting that maybe, just maybe, alcoholics gay people don't sign up for a life of scorn. Just like Bobby Jeffries' silly reasoning was widely laughed at by the time we got to junior high, we're convinced that a continued embrace of the ridiculous "ex-gay" concept will prove highly unpopular for any Republican wishing to seek the student council presidency.

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It's really beginning to irritate me that people who equate homosexuality with alcoholism feel the need to use the term "same sex attraction," because they think it sounds like a condition that can be more easily dealt with.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Mar 16, 2009 2:48:10 PM

If only these lame-brains would just use some common sense and sit and think - how can I change my persona to be homosexual? Of course, they can't - because they realize that it goes right back in their face - it's always us who can change and be like them - I've known I've been different since I was 4 (and no, there was no sexual abuse or molestation involved at any time in my life) - I didn't say "I'm going to like boys" - I just did - that's the way God meant for me to be - - how they hate that argument because they can't refute God - again - how I wish I was there when they try to explain that to their LOVING GOD!

Posted by: tom | Mar 16, 2009 3:50:24 PM

"No white man has ever been tempted to become black (or vice versa)."

I'm glad he brought that up because now I'm free to equate 'ex-gays' with the many white people I know who are obsessed with getting the darkest tan possible, but yet cannot permanently change their skin tone.

Posted by: remix | Mar 16, 2009 3:53:32 PM

Actually they're onto something. Exodus International is just like Alcoholics Anonymous: they are both cult-like organizations that demand belief in God in order to "succeed".

Posted by: ____ | Mar 16, 2009 4:59:47 PM

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