It’s time for the rubber to meet the road, and I’m not talking about fucking in the streets. I have run into too many christians spouting off homophobic comments, writing anti-gay blog entries, that, when confronted, employ less than honorable journalistic skills and hide behind the common refrain “God said it in the Bible, I didn’t. If you don’t like it, take it up with God.”
So, homophobes, bigots, hypocrites, family values supporters, christians, and evangelicals/fundamentalists, take note: it’s time to put up or shut up. You need to find some ethical standards if you’re going to participate in the blogging world, and you need to be consistent about your beliefs. In addition, you need to support your beliefs with scripture as well as demonstrate that you know some reliable facts before you form an opinion and put it out there for all the world to see.
Let’s take another look at the American Family Association’s boycott of McDonald’s. I recently hit the tag surfer button here on my wordpress dashboard and ran across a young man who enjoys blogging about conservative issues. Jermy Buffo seems to think that McDonald’s was acting improperly when it did two things: requested a group discount for sending at least 15 employees to a training session known as the “Out and Equal 2008 Workplace Summit” and donated $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Bluffer then made some outrageous replies to comments at his blog, and employed some questionable practices while doing so.
I confronted Mr. Fluffer with some hard evidence about his claims. Claim #1 was that McDonald’s had suffered a huge financial blow because of the AFA’s boycott. I provided a link to Yahoo’s stock reports which showed McDonald’s stock values had steadily increased since start of the boycott. I think most people would agree that this would indicate that the boycott is having no effect whatsoever. Claim #2 was that McDonald’s was pushing the gay agenda above and beyond anything else. I did the math for this guy, and showed him how McDonald’s gave a total of $30,462.50 for joining the NGLCC and attending the Equal and Out Conference. Then I quoted from McDonald’s own website that shows they have donated $460 million in grant money over and above their corporate support of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The really disturbing stuff comes in how Boffo handles the comments. One of my replies was totally deleted, which caused me to start making screen captures of my posts that were awaiting moderation. At one point, Jerkmy accuses me of calling his writing “crap.” I searched my replies and finally discovered that I had quoted another comment by a guy named Andrew. Andrew had called the writing crap. Now, remember, Jeremy claims he doesn’t delete any of the comments, however, when I posted the correction that Andrew had made the comment, not me, that particular post never made it to the blog.
It’s just a bit of creative editing that allowed Mr. Bluffo, the right-wing, conservative, anti-gay blogger to accuse me of lying without ever having to admit to his own error. So what have we learned from the religious right? Make accusations, and never admit that you were wrong.
Now let’s take a look at a woman who represents God, although I’m not sure if this is a self-proclaimed title or an actual endorsement from the Almighty. I’m not sure who represents the licensing in this case. Here’s a link to Janelinda, but let me warn you, the woman has no taste. The font size, colors, and site theme more than clash, it hurts the eyes. Janelinda caught my eye while tag surfing a few days ago.
Here’s the exchange that got things rolling:
janelinda said: The truth is that Paul’s writings are clear that homosexuality is a sin rewarded by death. If the state won’t do it, the church will.
keltic said: wow, it sounds like you’d like to kill all the gay people. as a matter of fact, it sounds like you’re threatening to do just that. will you pick up the first stone?
Now, I don’t put this out there to brag, but I know my way around the Bible. I know which books are Old Testament and which are New Testament, I know the major themes, and I even hold a minor in religious studies. I know that the verse to which this woman refers to does not have a death penalty attached to it. I also know that Jesus silenced a group of hypocrites by saying “let he who is without sin cast the first stone” as a way of teaching that humans can not make that kind of judgment against each other. Yet, here is a woman who is perfectly willing to make that kind of statement, and proclaim it loudly as her duty to God.
Again, the deceit and unethical tactics commence. Janelinda began using my comments as material for her blog entries, yet she would let my comments sit “awaiting moderation” for days on end.
Another favorite tactic of the screeching fundamentalists: when confronted, fling a little mud. Case in point: in reply to my question about why christians are concerned so much with homosexuality and less about divorce, in light of the fact that Jesus said nothing about the former and plenty about the latter, I got a response about pedophilia.
Yes, Jesus was silent on the subject of homosexuality even as he was silent about molesting children.
I gave her the statistics that prove children are in more danger from straight people, but she chooses not to be confused by facts.
Once again, I had to request that the owner of the blog post all of my comments, not just those they wanted their readers to see. One comment has been lost completely, after which I began performing screen captures. This particular blogger decided that my comments could go unpublished, but that she would use them as a starting point for ever more shrill homophobic posts. A request to allow my posts to be made public was met with a disclaimer at the beginning of another blog entry about how nasty “teh gays” are.
Now I am engaged in what can best be described as talking at each other, I certainly wouldn’t call it a dialog. Ms. Jadedliah seems to think I don’t have an understanding of the Bible. Notice how she ignores my questions about other laws or rules that are clearly stated in scripture. She so cleverly turns that around to say that she doesn’t need to explain the law to me. Of course she doesn’t! I already understand the law, but I also understand that no one can ever fulfill the law. I know that every time a fundie trots out a scripture with the intent to beat a homosexual into submission, they are ignoring all the words around it that condemn them 20 times more than God’s word condemns gays and lesbians. Miss Jane claims to be a minister, called to preach God’s unchanging word. So when asked about a few scriptures that imply women should never take on that role, she pulls a few more out of context to support her case.
You will not move from what God has said in the Bible? that is excellent news!
1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
as well as 1 Timothy 2:12-14 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
So you are condemned by your own words. “I was called to ministry. I didn’t decide this myself. I was called when a child to preach the gospel.”
To whom do you preach? Only other women? You have been instructed by God’s Holy Word to keep silent. why is it that you, by your own admission, disobey God’s commandments?
I admit to playing devil’s advocate in this exchange. I believe women have a rightful place in ministry. I’m just baffled by a woman who can ignore clear scriptures about her own position within the church, then turn around and issue condemning decrees about gays and lesbians with those same scriptures.
So here is my request, Mr. Fluffer, Ms. Janelicka, and all you other hate-filled (love the sinner, hate the sin) types of christians/ fundies/ evangelicals/ right-wingnuts/ conservatives/ homophobes. Do us all a favor and start living your lives in a more consistent fashion. When you write an offensively homophobic blog entry, have the balls to go exactly where you intend it to go.
For instance, if you want to use Leviticus as your basis for hating on the gays, you’ve got to be willing to kill us. The scripture is clear. It doesn’t say that the government has that responsibility, it doesn’t assign that duty to some church committee, it is entirely up to God’s people to stand up and do the right thing: Kill those Faggots!
If you’re going to skip lunch at McDonald’s because they gave a few nickels to a gay & lesbian organization, you’ve got to hold fast to that commitment. Now, go out and find all the other businesses that support homosexuals and boycott them as well. Need some help? Here’s a list: Burger King, Pepsico, Frito Lay, Wells Fargo, Kodak, Levi’s, Pacific Gas & Electric Co (Californian’s united for Hate, turn off those lights!), Motorola, American Express, Shop n Save, Cub Foods, Blue Cross of California, Comcast, Capitol One, Coors Light, AT&T, Marriott, Ramada, Hilton, Southwest Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, UPS. Have we hit you where you live yet? You, homophobes calling for boycotts and screaming that granting civil rights to gay and lesbian people is giving them special rights, need to walk the talk! Stop giving your hard-earned straight dollars to all these companies that are pushing the gay agenda! Do it now! I mean it.
Stop listening to music created by gay people. That means you’ll have to give up all your Judas Priest albums (Rob Halford is gay), no more Clay Aiken, Johnny Mathis, or Barry Manilow. No Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, or K D Lang. How’d you like Ray Boltz’s music back in the day? Surprise, he just came out too. Is the music minister at your church a male? He may be deeply closeted, but he’s most likely gay. Don’t sing along until you can have him fired and replaced by your 85 year old aunt Stella. Into classical? Change the station when Aaron Copland hits the airwaves, or Samuel Barber, or even Tchaikovsky. Don’t even think of going to the theater for a Broadway show; you’ll find more gays than you can shake a stick at, whether you’re into shaking sticks or not!
Need some more help? Go buy a gay magazine like Out, or Advocate, or Instinct. Don’t worry about reading any of the articles, just make a list of the companies who advertise in the magazines. Then, keep that list handy whenever you need to make a purchasing decision. You’ll need to avoid Tylenol products, Avis car rentals, premium movie channels, all the major clothing designers, and most travel destinations.
But why stop there? Let’s bring the hate a little closer to home. Who does your hair? Have you been going to that gay man for your latest hairstyle? Stop it! What’s your favorite restaurant? Make sure that chef with the short hair isn’t a butch lesbian. Got a car that needs maintenance? Be sure to ask the mechanic if he’s ever had a cock in his mouth. And for God’s sake, don’t go to the garage that has a woman working on cars. Does the coffee shop employ androgynous baristas? Go get your morning java at the convenience store.
You think that “millions and millions” of Americans want to recognize marriage as being one man and one woman? That’s great, a little hyperbolic, but great. If it’s as you say it is, then there should be no problems finding businesses, large and small, that will assist you in your boycott of all things gay. Think globally, act locally. Hate universally.
I have one small favor to ask. Could you email me and let me know what time you intend to be here to stone me? I’d hate to be late for my own funeral.