It never ceases to amaze me how the sanctimonious leaders of
the Christian Right twist language -- one might say �lie� -- in order to
advance their agendas and raise funds to finance their �Christian�
organizations� goal of keeping gay and lesbian Americans and their families
social and legal outcasts.
Assuming the leaders of the Christian Right actually read
the Bible, they should know that Jesus never said a word about homosexuality,
but he did speak quite frequently about accepting and loving everyone,
especially those the Pharisee deemed outcasts.
And surely they�re aware of Jesus� words as recorded in Mark
10:25 (�It is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God�),
and in Matthew 19:24 (�Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God�), and
again in Luke 18:25 (�Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of
a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God�). Yet most, if not
all, of the leaders of the Christian Right are very well off
financially, and some -- such as mega-church leader Joel Osteen -- even preach that
God wants everyone to be financially wealthy . . . and that �Gays Aren�t �God�s
Apparently this very rich mega-church pastor (who has no theological training
at all) believes God goofs and has continued to goof throughout human history
since gays have existed in every
culture throughout the millennia.
In his 2007 book, American
Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Harvard Divinity
School graduate and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges called the Christian
Right�s tactic of perverting language �logocide�:
The old definitions of words are
replaced by new ones. . . . Words such as �truth,� �wisdom,� �death,�
�liberty,� �life,� and �love� no longer mean what they mean in the secular
world. �Life� and �death� mean life in Christ or death to Christ, and are used
to signal belief or unbelief in the risen lord. �Wisdom� has little to do with
human wisdom but refers to the level of commitment and obedience to the system
of belief. �Liberty� is not about freedom, but the �liberty� found when one
accepts Jesus Christ and is liberated from the world to obey Him.
On January 8, I read a �Focal Point� article by Bryan Fischer that appeared in the
�Rightly Concerned� section of Don and
Tim Wildmon�s notoriously anti-gay American Family Association website. Mr.
Fischer�s opening sentence gave new meaning to logocide: �Great news on the pro-family front today as the
New Jersey Senate hosed same-sex marriage 20-14.� How in God�s name is it
�great news� or �pro-family� that gay and lesbian families and their children were denied social and legal
recognition? And then there�s his rather odd use of the word �hosed,� a slang
euphemism for �fucked.�
Mr. Fischer then went on to say, �It has been my conviction from the beginning that the homosexual agenda
is not about rights, as homosexuals claim, but about recognition. It�s about
forcing society to grant its sanction, its approval, its endorsement for their
sexually aberrant behavior.�
Let�s start with �the
homosexual agenda.� Rep. Barney Frank succinctly stated the
so-called �homosexual agenda� on July 29, 2004 at the Democratic National
behalf of the Stonewall Democratic Federation, the national organization of
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Democrats, I want to apologize to
some people whose peace of mind we seem to be disturbing.
I want to apologize to the various self-proclaimed divine messengers who appear
deeply troubled by a dark plot they label the �gay agenda.�
Troubled as I am by the prospect of these pious men denied a good night�s sleep
by their need to be eternally vigilant against us, I have decided to break the
silence, decode the cryptogram, unravel the mystery and tip our hand.
We have an agenda, and we hope to achieve it through the Democratic Party.
Specifically, we want all people in the United States to enjoy the same legal
rights as everyone else, unless they have forfeited them by violating the
rights of others. We believe this should include some things that are, apparently,
They include the right to serve, fight and even die on behalf of our country in
the military; the right to earn a living by working hard and being judged
wholly on the quality of our work; the right for teenagers to attend high
school without being shoved, punched or otherwise attacked; and yes, the right
to express not only love for another person, but a willingness to be legally as
well as morally responsible for his or her well-being.
We also believe that we-and all Americans-should enjoy full access to health
care; that strong environmental protection is fully compatible with economic
prosperity. We know that the free market is the best way to generate our
national wealth; and that we need cooperation between the private and public
sectors to be sure that we as a society and as individuals get the maximum
benefit from the wealth by the quality of all our lives.
We are also convinced that America must not only remain the strongest nation in
the world, but that our strength is magnified, not diminished, when we work
with other nations and institutions for common goals. . . .
That �agenda� can be summarized in two words: �civil
equality.� But civil equality is anathema to those who pathologically need
someone, some group to deride, despise, and keep second-class citizens. And, of
course, the self-righteous campaigns to do so are wonderful for fundraising.
Mr. Fischer then used
the standard mantra, �gay activists are left with their sadly successful
strategy of counting on activist judges to impose their values on the people
and their representatives.� Logocide reigns supreme. �Activist judges� refers
to any judge who upholds the American principle of civil equality for every
citizen. �Successful strategy�? Perhaps that�s because when the civil marriage
issue has been brought before state Supreme Courts they have ruled
overwhelmingly in favor of civil equality, not religion-based bigotry.
Mr. Fischer�s phrase �endorsement
for their sexually aberrant behavior� is also logocidal. How many heterosexual
married couples engage in fellatio, cunnilingus, anal intercourse, or other
such intimate behaviors? Would Mr. Fischer call these couples �sexually
aberrant� as well? And if so, why isn�t he campaigning against these �deviant�
Logocide and hypocrisy go hand-in-hand. Consider the case of
Ted Haggard, former head of the National Association of Evangelicals, who paid
a male prostitute for sex while preaching -- Bible in hand -- against the �sin�
of homosexuality. Or how about this defender of the �sanctity of traditional
Anti Gay New York Senator Gets Probation For
Beating Up His Domestic Partner
12/6/09 by Paula Brooks
New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate, one of the Democrats who helped �defend
traditional marriage� in the New York Senate last week by voting against a bill
that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State, was sentenced
to 250 hours of community service, 52 weeks of domestic abuse counseling and
three years of probation, on an assault conviction stemming from a December
2008 incident where he �accidentally� slashed his girlfriends face while
beating the crap out of her after he dragged her through the lobby of his
Queens apartment building.
Prosecutors had said that Monserrate, an ex-Marine, lashed out at his domestic
partner, Karla Giraldo, with a glass in a fit of rage after he found another
man�s business card in her purse. The glass broke against her face, cutting her
near her left eye down to her skull and leaving a lasting scar.
Monserrate had been originally charged with two felony counts and two
misdemeanor counts of assault after cutting Giraldo�s face during a bitter
argument in his apartment on Dec. 19, 2008. . . .
A security video showed Monserrate dragging Ms. Giraldo through the lobby of
his apartment building and statements that doctors at Long Island Jewish
Medical Center made said Ms. Giraldo pretty much had the holy shit beat out of
her. . . .
In almost a decade of
researching the Christian Right�s campaign against gay and lesbian Americans
and their families, one thing has become abundantly clear: they just can�t get
beyond the s-e-x, which seems to say much about their �mental state.� Such
voyeuristic pathology is then used as a strategy to get others to focus only on sex and refuse to see the love
these couples share. The goal: to dehumanize gay and lesbian Americans, their
love, and their families.
Clearly, the leaders of the so-called �Christian Right� and their
political sycophants have been using gay and lesbian Americans� quest for equal
civil rights and social recognition as a means to dehumanize same-sex couples
and their families, to incite hatred and fear, and to polarize the voting
But these statistics
from May 17, 2004, the first day marriage licenses were available to same-sex
couples in Massachusetts, speak to the reality of loving, committed same-sex
couples and their desire to marry:
- 50 percent of the same-sex
couples who applied for marriage licenses had been together for at least a
- The most predominant age
group was 40 to 49 years-old; the median age was 43;
- 40 percent of those female
couples had children in their households; 28 percent of the male couples
Yes, gays and lesbians
are asking society to recognize their real-world relationships. There is no
good reason why they shouldn�t. There is nothing about the relationships of
straight couples that makes them more worthy of the legal and social
recognition �marriage� affords. But Mr. Fischer pontificates that�s �a word we
must never give them.� Apparently Mr. Fischer is unaware that �marriage� is a
state-sanctioned civil institution. Marriage licenses are granted by the state,
not the church. Divorce decrees are granted by the state, not the church.
be honest. Rallying the sheeple to donate to �the cause� that wealthy
�religious leaders� say is �God�s will� has been a windfall for theoplitical
groups in the United States. Of course, civil equality will eventually win the
day. How sad so much money is being wasted fighting the inevitable. And how sad
so-called �religious leaders� are profiting from it.