Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Christian Way of Opposing Everything Gay

I first saw the following absurd American Family Association quote at shakesville:

"So Hitler himself was an active homosexual. And some people wonder, didn't the Germans, didn't the Nazis, persecute homosexuals? And it is true they did; they persecuted effeminate homosexuals. But Hitler recruited around him homosexuals to make up his Stormtroopers, they were his enforcers, they were his thugs. And Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits and the savagery and brutality they were willing to inflict on whomever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all of the Stormtroopers, the Brownshirts, were male homosexuals."—American Family Association Director of Public Policy Bryan Fischer.

Like I asked before, is the elimination of LGBT people the end goal of anti-gay rhetoric and advocacy? What other conclusion can be drawn from a totally fucking made-up compilation of sentences, uttered by a Christian man whose organization and religion claim to hold a monopoly on morality, which blames one of the worst atrocities in human history on "homosexuals," a group of people he claims are inherently more savage, brutal, and vicious than heterosexuals? Whereas in reality most acts of viciousness and savagery have been committed by heterosexual men, since heterosexual men vastly outnumber "homosexual" men, Fischer's claim whitewashes and invisibilizes the history of heterosexual male violence, effectively centering and privileging the male heterosexual as Normal Civil Human Being.

You know, if I were writing a novel and trying to conceive of a mustache-twirling anti-gay villain, I would consider Fischer's monologue too exaggeratedly anti-gay to be realistic. But Brian Fischer's statement is a real thing in the real world uttered by a real person! It is a statement that demonizes "homosexuals" and, incredibly, offers no citation or source for such a claim. That is the entitlement and power the Normal Christian Hetero Male Voice has to turn actual human beings into horrific Others that is on display here. His voice, the narrative goes, is objective, authoritative, and moral, therefore he can say such things without even backing them up.

Which brings me to a pressing question. Where are self-proclaimed Nice And Civil(tm) anti-LGBT activists Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, David Blankenhorn, and even amateur "family values" bloggers calling their allies out on this dishonest, irresponsible, and unconscionable rhetoric?

Is Fischer not smearing what it supposedly means to be a Christian? Or is Christianity now defined by the most outrageous shit a person can make up in the name of anti-gay Christian Family Advocacy?

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