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Sunday, October 23, 2005

As American As Apple Pie and Fundamentalism

Required reading for this post.

The story is, for those who couldn't be bothered reading the link, regards the election of a US high school's election of their prom king and queen, who are, as it stereotypically goes, a jock and a cheerleader. Fairly basic, except for the twist: she's the jock and he's the cheerleader. They're both openly gay.

It's a sign of how accepting 'Generation Remix', as the marketers call them, are of homosexuality that the biggest popularity contest in US high schools can now be won by the openly gay. It's pretty cool, actually being able to see tolerance spread.

Naturally, there are detractors. And naturally, the detractors call themselves a 'family group', which is probably a term that will be forever ruined by its association with the nuttier end of religion. Direct quote from the Illinois family Institute:

"Something that was once sort of universally regarded as a sin, is now becoming sort of cool in high school. It's easy for an adult to say, 'Oh wow, I'm doing the compassionate thing by telling this teenaged boy that he's gay,' but they won't be there when the boy becomes a man and comes down with HIV or hepititis B and C."

Because, apparantly, the gay community aren't aware of condoms like straight people. It's that sort of attitude, that being gay is apparantly a perversion, that's caused most of the problems (while having sex with altar boys is apparantly a-okay.) The only evidence these groups have that it is a perversion (other than community attitudes, which it has to be said regarded probably 80% of people in the world as a perversion anyway) is the Bible, which I'm pretty sure doesn't actually say anything at all about lesbians. (There's two places where homosexuality is condemned - in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, where the word sodomy comes from, although it could be argued that it was ritual sex that was the problem; and in a list of commandments from some uppity evangelist that includes that 'a man shall not lie down with another man', which any half-decent rules lawyer could argue out of for women. Tells you which sex wrote the Bible, doesn't it.)

In any case, trying to force onto the community the way some Christians think the world should work is more likely to simply marginalise Christianity than to do any real good, which would be a real shame, as there's some good stuff in Christianity for those who aren't short-sighted and bigoted. On the Internet, you can't get very far as an open Christian without being ridiculed, mostly as a result of Christian fundamentalists' sterling promotion efforts.

I fully expect Christian fundamentalist terrorists to turn up in the next ten years. And I'll sit here and say, "I told you so."


  • I fully expect Christian fundamentalist terrorists to turn up in the next ten years. And I'll sit here and say, "I told you so."

    I'm pretty sure there have been a goodly number of Christian fundamentalist terrorists in the past couple decades. Timothy McVeigh, abortion clinic bombers, etc.--are those not terrorism?

    If you want to read more on that, I've found Terror in the Name of God by Jessica Stern to be a good resource.

    By Anonymous bassplayer, at 12:22 pm  

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