Other Christians Defend Exorcism, Victim Meme like WHOA.

Exorcist Homosexual DemonsAs you recall, I posted last week about a gay exorcism, and I suggested that other believers who do not share that belief still enable it.  Some folks disagreed, and that’s fine.  It’s an interesting conversation to have.  I did not expect my point to be proven so literally.

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission released a press statement defending the church and claiming racism to boot (Hat Tip Pam’s House Blend via David Hart).  Take a look at the language:

“Where is the tolerance for a church who tried to help a young man who freely asked for help to overcome homosexual temptations?” asked Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. “No church deserves to be maligned for trying to help a troubled teen who asked for prayer.”

Do you see where this is going?  It doesn’t matter if the event was psychologically and physically traumatic, it was “voluntary” and it’s what they believe, so let them be!  The church is the victim in this situation! Surely, no one at the church influenced him to seek that kind of “help.” In fact, kudos to them for following the Bible:

The church holds to the historic, biblical view that homosexual behavior is unnatural and sinful.

See, it’s no big whoop!  Hey “Dr.” Cass, why don’t you play things down just a bit more?!

White homosexual activists who demand tolerance for their sexual sin have no right to defame black Christians for practicing their Constitutional religious liberty,” said Cass. “As far as we know, this young man went to church on his own prerogative and left the church physically unharmed.”

Right, because seizing and vomiting is totally normal healthy behavior.  He was pretty chill about the whole thing, I’m sure.  (Care to watch it again? Too bad, it’s been pulled from YouTube. UPDATE: An active version can still be watched!)

Now, has anyone even mentioned race in this ordeal?  There happened to be black people in the video, but I don’t think I’ve seen anyone call it a “black church,” nor somehow tie race into it.  The mere fact it was a GAY EXORCISM was enough for it to be an issue.  That’s quite the red herring for Cass to pull: You might think what they did is wrong, but you’re obviously a racist.  What utter nonsense! Please, for someone who is supposed to protect Christians from defamation, he certainly doesn’t seem to be helping his cause.

“This church is being unjustly maligned for a spiritual practice that goes all the way back to Christ and the Apostles. The New Testament records very strange activity associated with demonic spirits. Jesus and the Apostles confronted these bizarre situations by praying for deliverance. The fact that the video may be strange or uncomfortable should not be surprising, but it is not a reason to attack people who are simply trying to help,” said Cass.

Actually, it is.  “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Like I said in my prior post: to protect one belief is to protect them all.  Clearly, that’s what “Dr.” Cass has as his agenda.  If you don’t defend one baseless claim, you have no foot to stand on defending other baseless claims.  That’s why he made sure to include another favorite anecdote of bullshit:

“People have been delivered out of homosexual lifestyles ever since the church began,” said Cass.

Beliefs are harmful.  That exorcism was child abuse.  Demonization of a group of people is hate.  Beliefs do not excuse bigotry.

I’ve said my piece on the matter.

Why I Work in LGBT Affairs

It’s simple, really.  I want people to be happy.

If you have time, watch yesterday’s episode of Tyra.  Jeremy has the videos laid out nicely over at Good As You (via JMG).

Basically, we’re introduced to a lot of gay self-haters.  These are the poor folks that those cruel Ex-Gay Camps try to recruit to drain all their money and traumatize their emotions.

The basic problem is this: society sucks.  We have a long way to go in terms of all kinds of equality, respect, and appreciation.  But the problem isn’t any person’s identity.

You should be able to be yourself, be happy, and have meaningful relationships.  The guy in the third clip, Elian, who had been married for five years is a great example.  While part of me feels like he is just tapping heterosexual privilege, I also respect that he’s found some happiness outside of the norm.  He knows he is gay, but he’s happy with his wife.  He knows he doesn’t have to be, and ultimately he doesn’t recommend it.  It was a special circumstance, he went with it, and he’s happy.

Being gay means I know what kind of relationship will bring me the most happiness: one with a guy.  It means life is harder.  It means I will spend my whole life defending my family from prejudice.  It means being scared to hold my partner’s hand in public.  It means a lot of things, but the most important thing it means is being HONEST with myself about who I am.

I think the guy in the second clip (Gregg) is the best example of what so many young gay people need to see.  Your sexual orientation does not have to define who you are, how you act, who you spend time with, or any other stereotypical nonsense.  I think I’m pretty lucky to be gay, because by overcoming the challenge of coming out, I can be more open and honest about who I want to be without feeling so compelled to conform to the gender binary.  Many times I do, but I do for the sake of being me, not of being “straight-acting.”

I also understand how challenging it is to find monogamy in the gay community.  I don’t think percentage-wise it’s any harder than the straight community; it’s just that our numbers are a lot smaller and we have a lot more negative media messages to fight against.  Here I am: I’m 23 and gay and single… and I want commitment!  I know that scares away a lot of gay men, but I don’t care, because I don’t have to conform to a hook-up culture to be happy.  I have to find someone who is confident enough to resist those gay cultural pressures the same way I and so many others do.

It was my college experience that helped me find comfort with myself, and the confidence to be myself in the face of an adversarial society.  I look forward to the opportunity to help young people like Shane (clip 1) realize that they don’t need to change who they are, only how they feel about themselves.

We should all be free to be ourselves.  What is gained by not?

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

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.

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If gays were allowed to get married, it’d be like that atom bomb we dropped on Nagasaki…

Well, this video is just absolutely lovely.  I particularly like the part about lesbians and switchblades, because it’s so true!

College makes you gay! Is anyone surprised?

I came out when I was in college so it must be true!

Here’s the article, err, the article about the article: “Woman Claims College ‘Turned’ Her Gay

Basically, this young woman at McGill University (which is in Montreal, so that automatically gives it like 20 bonus gay points) claims that the culture of college makes it hard to “keep your rigid heterosexuality intact.”

It goes on with all the same old nonsense about “how people behave sexually…is largely determined by society and not by nature.”

To that I say post hoc, ergo propter hoc! It is a ridiculous conclusion that completely belies a valid understanding of sexual orientation.  Just because a person, such as a sheltered young woman going to college for the first time, is all of a sudden encouraged to explore her sexuality further does not mean her sexuality changed.

The entire idea is judgmental, because it suggests that one set of behaviors is somehow wrong or misguided or unhealthy.  If poor little Anna Montrose hadn’t been in that scary liberal environment of wild abandon, she might still be perfectly straight!  This should be a lesson to all young women not to watch so much of The L Word!

Could it be that Montrose was never perfectly straight, but she was just never in an environment where she felt she could safely explore her non-straight tendencies?  Is it possible that fully understanding one’s own sexual identity despite the expectations of society is actually… a good thing?  Is it outside the realm of possibility that this whole article takes advantage of a young woman’s naïveté simply to promote artificial scare tactics (aka ignorance through fear) about people who are not heterosexual?

In hindsight, I knew I was gay when I was like 13.  College was just the first time I realized “it’s okay to be me.”  How horrid.