Wow my girl really clarified what many seem to be missingSubmitted by wacko bird on Sun, 12/22/2013 - 10:03
The comments in zooamerica's post had me shaking my head. My wife noticed, and asked what was wrong. I handed her the iPad. "Read this."
She read for a few minutes and handed it back. "Some hateful stuff in there, huh?" I said.
"Hateful? More like profoundly ignorant, and fairly insensitive." She replied. "Do you remember when you first met my brother?"
"Sure, right after we started dating. He was about eight."
"Was there any doubt in your mind even then that he was gay?"
"We talked about it at the time." I said.
"It was obvious to me when he was just three or four, putting on dresses and makeup. My Dad would get so angry."
"Yea, then we watched him through his teen years, hoping for his sake that we were wrong. I remember just shaking my head at the seeming absurdity of his situation. Here he was this great looking kid, athlete, great personality, girls falling all over him."
"I remember his confusion." She said sadly. "How desperately he wanted to be straight. How he struggled with it. It was heartbreaking."
"Then he finally came out, and oh man, your Dad's reaction!"
"Yea, but Dad came around pretty quickly once he got a little education and allowed his empathy to soften his disappointment. That's what I don't get about the commenters in that post. I thought you said the reason why you spend so much time ignoring me and reading DP is because you need your faith in human sanity restored by these enlightened libertarians."
"I thought they were."
"Enlightened, or libertarians?"
"Both, but obviously I was..."
"Well, wrong on enlightened, that's pretty obvious. The bearded fool, Phil, What'd he say? Something about how he preferred vaginas to a man's rear end? Well duh, but he's evidently so ignorant that he thinks gays choose to be sexually attracted to other men."
"Yea, and that when they choose to act on that attraction that - like those who choose to commit sinful acts like rape or murder - they're sinners destined for hell unless they repent." I said.
"Believing that garbage is ignorant and publicly expressing it insensitive, and what struck me about a couple of the commenters in that post wasn't that they were just defending Phil's right to have and express his ignorance, nor debating whether A&E was bending to the PC police - both go without saying - but that they were actually agreeing with the bearded fool."
"That's why I was shaking my head. There were at least a dozen so called Christians, enlightened libertarian posers, taking that stand."
"And you wondered why I left the Catholic Church."
"I thought it was because your choir director was a nazi."
"That was a factor, but the constant 'gays are sinners' garbage from the pulpit was the real reason. How could I sit there and listen to that crap and still love and support my brother? I'm no hypocrite."
"As long as we're generalizing, I could say..."
"Don't be mean!"
"... that ..."
"Don't say it!"
"... the priesthood just doesn't want the competition!" I took the punch in the arm with a smile.