Monday, August 15, 2005

As If Wishing Would Make It So

I've not yet caught up with all of the post-mortem coverage of Justice Sunday II, but I did catch this little tidbit as reported by the WaPo:
Rejected Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork warned that the high court has defined homosexuality as "a constitutional right . . . and once homosexuality is defined as a constitutional right, there is nothing the states can do about it, nothing the people can do about it."
Guess what, lunkhead. Homosexuality isn't going away, and you're right -- there ISN'T anything you can do about it. It doesn't matter what state or federal legislatures do or don't do. It doesn't matter whether Christians (or any other -ism adherents) condemn it or not. Homosexuals have been part of the human race since day fucking ONE.

What IS IT with these people?? It's as if they firmly believe that criminalizing homosexuality will somehow make it vanish into thin air.

As if adolescent gays and lesbians, at the dawn of their sexual awakening, will say to themselves, "Gee, what I want is illegal. I guess I just better IGNORE my feelings and pretend to be something I'm not."

As if Steve will turn to Bob, post-criminalization, and say, "Sorry, honey. Our love and commitment is now verboten, so I'm going to pack my stuff, go search for Donna Reed and set up housekeeping circa 1957."

As if legalizing gay marriage (or civil unions) will encourage married straight men to start divorcing in droves, speaking with lisps and marrying their poker buddies instead.

As if hordes of straight-laced, corn-fed soccer moms are going to abandon their husbands and children, move to militant bull-dyke communes, stop shaving and refuse to wear anything but studded leather ever again.

Of course, these fantasies may very well be at the heart of their paranoia, all snark aside. On the unfortunate occasions in which I've spoken to fundamentalists about the homosexual community, their intractable impression of these folks is formed exclusively by what they see in Pride parade footage. They literally can't conceive that Norman The Mild Mannered Accountant, Volvo-driving Suburban Resident is actually happily partnered with Bill The Respectable Golf-playing Dentist. They can't imagine that Beverly, The Successful M.D. has been with Laura, The Ambitious Advertising V.P for over two decades. No, these REAL people have no place in their paranoid fantasies. Instead, they're convinced that every gay person is exactly like Rue Paul or Richard Simmons (no offense meant to either).

As if the battle for GLBT rights isn't enough of an uphill battle already, but we've also got to deprogram these people & disabuse them of their ridiculous misconceptions on top of it. WTF?!?


les said...

Geeze, CB, homosexuality is just a temptation hangin' out there from god to test his/her/its people. You know, can they withstand the attraction of being regarded as pariahs, discriminated against, threatened, beaten, jailed, and all? How else can ya sort out the weak souls?
Feh. These people are reprehensible bigots; I could almost live with that. But they are so fuckin' stupid, it's just about unbearable.

Cantankerous Bitch said...

I know, man... I know. It's the same school of logic that produces the "dinosaurs were put here by god to test our faith" thing. And you're right; their positions would be slightly less offensive if they weren't so beyond-the-pale ridiculous.

Two recent examples to send your blood boiling:

Tony Perkins babbling away on Hardball about SCOTUS rulings that never happened, and Tony Snow (Townhall writer and Fox talking head) saying "Today, evolutionary theorists find themselves at wits' end because the fossil record provides no evidence of any species ever turning into another."

It's enough to make a rational person absolutely apeshit. Fortunately, their collective core audience doesn't qualify. Grr.

les said...

Ah. Now I get your name. I could have gone all day without the Tony Snow thing (actually, I saw your post today). I might actually have gotten some work done, instead of wandering the halls and the ether, foaming and raving. I gotta get better drugs or a better reality, one or the other.

Cantankerous Bitch said...

Sorry, Les. Can't say you didn't have fair warning. :)~