Monday, June 13, 2005

How Dumb Can You Be?

I swear, all I have to do is read the headlines to be reminded how much work sane people have to do in order to remain sane. In "do some research before you open your mouth" news, the leader of the New York Christian Coalition, a conservative (you couldn't tell by the name?) lobbying group, suggests that gays should have warning labels, like, um, booze, cold medicine, and cigarettes. Here's what he says:

"We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate' a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports," said Rev. Bill Banuchi,
executive director of the New York Christian Coalition.

What a gem, eh? This guy is a genius. Psychological Reports is some relatively obscure journal that's damn near impossible to find, and has previously published questionable studies, like one that claims that one-third of children in foster care in the state of Illinois during a six-year study period were the victims of homosexual abuse (note: the author of said study is involved with the Family Research Council, a rabid right-wing Christian org, and said author was thrown out of the American Psychological Association for publishing shoddy research, and no doubt being an ass). And, where did he get the bit about smoking only takes off one year of your life? According to the American Cancer Society, between 1995 and 1999, nearly half a million people (444,000), or 1 in 5 Americans, died from tobacco-related illnesses, as opposed to 143,095 adult men & women in America who died of AIDS during the same time period (as reported by the CDC). I wonder what fine institute of higher learning this clown graduated from. Probably one of those schools advertised in the back of a comic book next to the ad for sea monkeys. So, while that pantload continues to steam, I do agree with him on this one:

He called on people to "pray for those who are deceived by the lies of popular culture, who are caught up in a destructive lifestyle, and for the children who are being zealously evangelized by radical homosexuals."

Now, I only agree with part of what he says. I believe we should pray for those who are deceived by the lies of popular culture; i.e. popular Christian culture, "caught up in a destructive lifestyle," one where suicide and violence is engendered because of the constant barrage of harsh words cloaked in religion. And as for the children who are zealously evangelized, let's look at that phrase, shall we?

Zealous(ly): in a manner filled with or characterized by zeal
zeal: eagerness and ardent interest in pursuing something
evangelize: to preach the gospel to; to convert to Christianity
gospel: the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation; an interpretation of the Christian message; the message or teachings of a religious teacher; something accepted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle.

Obviously, the last definition is my favorite, and the one I'm drawn to. It's common for Christian obssessives to take the things of Christianity and the Bible to make them work for their cause, and to turn on those with opposing views and accuse them of doing the same thing. So, as I said, I agree with ol' Bill (I'm really not feeling like addressing him as Reverend because there is little that is reverent about him).

Yes, we do need to pray for those deceived by the lies of popular culture: the lies that say gay & lesbian couples aren't monogamous, don't live as long as heterosexuals, are solely responsible for the spread of sexually transmitted disease (none of these so-called Christians have anything to say about the rise in HIV infection among heterosexuals in Africa, Latin America, and increasingly Asia). And, we do need to pray for those caught up in a destructive lifestyle: ANYONE having unprotected sex, drinking, drugging, and smoking too much; anyone who is overweight, and therefore subject to illness associated with that. And, we absolutely should pray for the children who are being zealously evangelized by radical homosexuals. We need to pray that every teacher, guidance counselor, mentor, principal, social worker, and preacher with sense offers words of comfort and support to every kid who thinks they might be gay. Zealously offer a shoulder to cry on. Give them the good news that life is worth living -- too many kids kill themselves because they identify as gay or lesbian. Do the radical thing and come out. Show the world how good your life is.

Save me, Lord, from your people.


Anonymous AngryBlackBitch said...

Tell it! Say it loud...I'm gay and I'm proud! Sistah, I hear you on this one.

Happy Pride Month!

12:47 PM  

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