Not so silent, probably not so “Christian” either…

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A couple of the other blogs picked this up this week:

Silencing Christians – One-Hour National Special

…Wow.  Oh, and there’s drama to go with it.  Looks like it’s unfit to be aired on TV.

"Percentage of people who need to look up 'oppression' in the dictionary."

"Percentage of people who need to look up 'oppression' in the dictionary."

I think this chart that’s been circulating over on Pam’s sums it up well.

Despite how obnoxiously arrogant even the first minute of the special is, and despite the fact I probably have a whole ton of better things I could be doing with my time, and despite the fact that the stream is pathetically slow and unreliable, I decided today to watch the full special.  I’m keeping this window open as I watch and I’ll share thoughts as I watch.

If nothing else, make sure you take the absurd survey on the site.  They don’t show the results, so they’ll probably skew them to their liking, but it’s good to try.

Anyways, here goes… BLAZE A TRAIL.

The opening music sounds like that old show Unsolved Mysteries… already the mood is creepy and dangerous.  Here are a whole bunch of Christians getting arrested for protesting.  How awful.  That never happens to those angry homosexuals.

“The gay community wants tolerance.  They can’t tolerate a story like mine that says… I used to be gay, but with the help of Jesus, I’ve been able to overcome that.”  Ummm… that could be because I don’t tolerate delusional BS just because you say it’s your belief when your agenda is to promote and conform to a heterosexist society.  I’m just saying.

(I’ve already had to restart the video several times because the stream freezes, even though I am using high speed wireless and have no other programs utilizing any bandwidth whatsoever.)

After the Ball” is not a book that I’ve read.  I’m sure it was meant with the best of intentions.  Apparently the premise of this special is how homosexual activists have limited religious freedom.  It’s funny to hear the host talk about desensitizing, jamming, and conversion.  Essentially we manipulated people into feeling guilty for hating gay people.  I am sure these quotes from the book are made with an attention to context and intent.  Let’s look at the homosexual movement!

4:27 A Radical Agenda: Promoted Through the Media. Surely, it’s the fault of all media that religious values are under “attack.”  Will & Grace and Brothers & Sisters are to blame for encouraging audiences to be more considerate of gay people.  Yes, blame.  It’s a bad thing.  Gosh darn those appealing gay friends who encourage the ignorant characters to come around.  It’s the same script over and over.  Yes, it is, and there’s a reason we still need it.

Ooh!  “Special Rights.”  That’s what we’re promoting… “There’s no where you can turn where you aren’t being bombarded with messages” about giving LGBT people “special rights.”

5:50 Indoctrinating School Children.  Here we go!  Gay training!  Promoting the homosexual lifestyle!  The anti-bullying video presented homosexuality as an immutable characteristic, and students should not disagree with this notion, even based on religious grounds.  Hmmm… maybe because it’s a FACT.  Anyways, these students should apparently not be “forced” to be “indoctrinated” with things they don’t agree with (i.e. don’t like and don’t want to learn about).  TJ’s friends were really supportive when his family sued the school for making them watch this horrific anti-bullying video.  TJ deserves his rights to express his Christianity (regardless, apparently, of how dangerous it is to his peers).

Uh oh.  Heather Has Two Mommies.  Two Princes.  These are DANGEROUS!  “We don’t have the scientific data” to prove kids can handle these discussions.  Actually, we do, but that’s okay.

Ooh, an AFA plug.  You CAN make a difference.  Request your copy of the Family Values Survey!  You’ll also get the book “Homosexuality: Exposing the Myths.”  It’s kind of an ironic title, since it probably is, itself, a book of myths.

12:50 Special Rights. Obviously, since gay people have not been segregated and discriminated like blacks, there is absolutely no connection, no relation whatsoever to the civil rights movement.  Our struggle has nothing in common.  (I agree it’s different, but anyone who doesn’t see that we are facing very similar kinds of discrimination by an ignorant society is blind.)

Meet a young woman who is living proof there is no homosexual gene… oh boy.  Let’s figure out how to get out of that “destructive lifestyle.”

She was very masculine at a very young age.  She played cops and robbers and rode her bicycle over a ramp.  So manly!  She didn’t have a strong bond with her mom.  Part of her homosexuality was that she was looking for mother’s love in the arms of another woman.  And of course her dad abused her mom, and she was sexually abused.  Women were her only safe option.  She played softball.  Her teammates helped her find Jesus.

The obvious problem is not that we force people to conform to a gender binary, but that some people just aren’t successfully acculturated early on to those gender norms.  That makes a lot of sense.  Giving up homosexuality is like giving up smoking.  Some have given it up, so anybody can!

Except… no, you’re wrong, and you’re hurting people!!

18:21 Attacking Christians. Violence is being perpetrated against Christians.  Christians are being shot in churches!  Really?  Sacrilege is happening everywhere, and churches are too intimidated to respond by those homosexual activists!  Let’s talk about the Folsom Street Fair.  There was an ad that desecrated the Last Supper.  How horrid.

Jim Naugle.  There’s a character.  I’m glad to see he was not reelected this week!  He was the mayor of Ft. Lauderdale who was cracking down on male-male sodomy in public restrooms that contributes to the spreading of HIV.  Of course, the video leaves out what he actually did that aggravated everyone, a constant stream of offensive remarks to our community.  How dare the media pay attention to the heckler!

24:30 Same-sex Marriage.

Oh crap.  It froze again.  Okay, I’m done.  You get the idea.

This video is complete propaganda, and totally ignores the experiences of the queer community.  We are demonized as a whole, merely because of their ignorant beliefs.  The power this video might have is very dangerous… except in the hands of those who can dispute it.

You know what I think?  I think Christians are silenced.  But not these Christians.  These Christians are loud and dangerous.  Where are the Christian allies?  Where are the Christians who are willing to stand up and support the LGBT community.  Why are they not exerting the same determination on our behalf to counter the constant barrages of ignorant propaganda?

I’ll be waiting.

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There are 5 Comments to "Not so silent, probably not so “Christian” either…"

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  • aworthydiscussion says:

    “The gay community wants tolerance. They can’t tolerate a story like mine that says… I used to be gay, but with the help of Jesus, I’ve been able to overcome that.” Ummm… that could be because I don’t tolerate delusional BS just because you say it’s your belief when your agenda is to promote and conform to a heterosexist society. I’m just saying

    Actually I don’t think thats the agenda of many Christians, possibly some on the radical fringe. What Christians actually operate from is that the historical Jesus lived, died and rose again on the third day, and is now Lord of the whole world. Sufficed to say that worldview works its way out to a realisation that the world is not the way its supposed to be. If everyone was homosexual then there would be no human race. We’d be extinct.

    “The obvious problem is not that we force people to conform to a gender binary, but that some people just aren’t successfully acculturated early on to those gender norms. That makes a lot of sense. Giving up homosexuality is like giving up smoking. Some have given it up, so anybody can!

    Except… no, you’re wrong, and you’re hurting people!!”

    While I don’t doubt that giving up homosexuality may be difficult for some, I think the real question is “What is the best way to be a human being”. If we’re so focused on same sex marriages as the best way then pretty soon if everyone followed suit there would be no human race.

    “This video is complete propaganda, and totally ignores the experiences of the queer community. We are demonized as a whole, merely because of their ignorant beliefs.”

    I don’t think Christians are ignorant of homosexuals. I don’t think they demonize people either. Often they are trying to work out their lives in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  • ZackFord says:

    1) I was of course not accusing that of being all Christians’ agenda, but definitely those who support and defend the ex-gay movement, which is traumatically dangerous. Sexual orientation is immutable, so thoughts like “if everyone was homosexual” are ignorant and alarmist.

    2) You have repeated the same argument. For many, expressing their love and finding happiness is the best way (and more importantly, the healthiest way) for them to be human beings. Only people who want same-sex marriages have to get them. Non-heterosexual orientations are a natural aspect of humanity, and there is no good reason to deny it. Your fears have no foundation.

    3) If their interpretation of Jesus Christ means advocating against their neighbors, then they are not as enlightened as they claim to be.

  • aworthydiscussion says:

    Glad to see you’re not bashing Christians. Whoever thought that we should fight fire with fire was pretty stupid. Just a few thoughts: I doubt the alarmist nature of my statements. It’s a simple fact that if everyone was homosexual then there would be no human race. One could then argue that being homosexual is then indeed traumatically dangerous. The problem then becomes one of authority – why is your view more important than my view. Christians acknowledge God and the story of the Bible as their referent points to say Homosexuality is not a natural and normal way of life. Are they as enlightened as the claim to be? Well statement number 3 is a logical fallacy. One does not neccesarily mean the other is true. If they advocate against their neighbour one could say it is tough love.

  • ZackFord says:

    The problem is that if you think it’s just a difference of views, then you don’t understand what it is you are “viewing.” Sexual orientation is what it is: immutable. We KNOW that some people are not heterosexual, but most are for the most part.

    The Bible does not say anything about what we understand gay and lesbian identities to be in modern society. To assume your point of view is just as valid because of scripture and in spite of science, research, and the testimony of those neighbors is blindly ignorant.

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