Liberty and Virtue

A person who experiences same sex attraction and who endeavors to live chastely in accordance with his religious beliefs keeps an eye out for examples of gay activists' (1) showing intolerance and hatred of traditional religious and moral beliefs and believers, (2) attempting to deny freedom of speech, assembly and religion to others, and (3) trying to cause the government to impose liberal views on sexual morality on society. Other stuff of interest to blogger may also occasionally be posted.

Gay activists do not speak for all those who experience same sex attraction!

Not all those with SSA reject traditional sexual morality!

Not all those with SSA support promiscuity!

Not all those with SSA believe the gay activist ideology of “gay pride”!

Not all those with SSA believe in making their sex drive their primary public identity!

Not all those with SSA support public indecency in “gay pride” parades!

Not all those with SSA support government promotion of homosexual activity!

Not all those with SSA support same sex marriage!

Not all those with SSA support biased teaching in public schools on homosexual matters!

Not all those with SSA demonize traditional religious believers!

Not all those with SSA wish to deny basic freedoms of speech, religion and association to those who disagree with the gay activists’ ideology and agenda!

Christian charity for persons does not require affirmation of sinful or immoral activity!

Saturday, December 18, 2004

I Wasn't Looking Down on Middle America

Robert Kuttner defends himself from charges by George F. Will that he looks down his nose at middle Americans, as exemplified by the following statement of Kuttner:

"Bill Clinton won election by declaring, as a matter of values, that people who work hard and play by the rules should not be poor. Middle America forgave him for treating gays as people."

Kuttner's response goes on:

Will's column began, "Some liberals cannot control their insuppressible reflex to look down their upturned noses at the American electorate." He added, "Kuttner could not resist a spasm of moral vanity. He had to disparage 'middle America,' which means most of America, as so bigoted it denies the humanity of gays."

Surely the erudite Will must know that throughout our history, large numbers of Americans have been prejudiced against blacks, Jews, Catholics, Indians, Hispanics and gays, as well as against liberated women...

Not long ago most Americans indeed denied the humanity of gays. Until very recently, gays were the last minority that could be openly ridiculed in polite company...

Either liberals affront traditionalist America by advancing gay rights, or liberals patronize middle America by questioning whether traditionalists fully accept gays. Obviously, both charges can't be true.

Me: Kuttner's entire tone simply reeks of intolerance and demonization, if not dehumanization, of those with traditional religious or moral beliefs in sexuality. (Perhaps he had his own and other liberals' ridicule of Christian believers in mind with his words, "Until very recently, gays were the last minority that could be openly ridiculed in polite company.") Basically, anybody who has religious or moral objections to homosexual activity are by that very belief denying the "humanity" of those with same sex atttraction. The mere belief in sinfulness of actions is equated with prejudice and bigotry against persons (which may exist in some cases but does not necessarily the case -- one can sincerely hate the sin and love the sinner).

Middle Americans, in holding this belief (which of itself harms no one any more than the belief that murder is wrong harms anyone), are held by Kuttner to be exactly the same as slaveholders in the pre-Civil War south, in which there truly was dehumanization of a class of people who were viewed as property. To equate such moral beliefs with slaveholding shows a complete lack of moral perspective quite common on the Left.

The true voice of liberal tolerance would recognize that human sexuality is a complex subject on which people hold and have a right to hold differing religious and moral beliefs. Liberals should respect people's right to disagree and not seek to impose their views on others or demonize those who hold traditional beliefs.

On the substance of the charge, I would go further and assert to Kuttner that the gay activist ideology is utterly dehumanizing of those with same sex attraction. It makes us less than fully human, elevating mere animal sex drive and lust to the very center of our public and personal identities, diminishing everything that makes us truly human and valuable in God's sight, such as our capacity for compassion, reason and constructive creativity.

Charles S.


Blogger Chris Arndt said...

What else can we expect from nutjobs and paranoid bigots who see people as victims because of invisible, unacted-upon ideas and thoughts of others...

and whom, possibly by extension, see bigotry and racism just in thought and speech to be as monsterous as murder, slavery, genocide... or at least bad enough to get the same label as Hitler?

Kuttner defends homosexuals because he sees them as too weak to defend themselves.... and at least weak enough that they need defending just as overzealous Christians more than occasionally feel the need to defend God from intolerant atheists...

I love how it all (seems) to tie together, don't you?

December 28, 2004 at 3:03 PM  

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