Civil Rights for All, Means All
This edition of Stupid Things People Say About Gays gave me great pause. I couldn’t decide if I could categorize it as “stupid” or if it was just a “different way of thinking.” My fortune cookie at lunch today did say, “Your perception will switch.” Interesting that it didn’t say change, but “switch.” I was momentarily reminded of the song by Fem 2 Fem from the 90’s. “Switch, I finally tried it, feels good…” The article I pull this quote from appeared in Christianity Today.
One gay rights slogan goes: ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!’ National Review columnist John Derbyshire returns the challenge: ‘We’re here, we’re mildly and tolerantly homophobic, get used to it!’ It’s false, he says, to label everyone who resists affirming homosexuality as a dangerous lunatic. We just want to be permitted to live by our convictions.
The article as a whole was very gentle and wasn’t hateful or spiteful at all. It was written by Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of The Illuminated Heart. As a non-christian who tries to be tolerant of Christianity, I found myself thinking – How would I feel if a Christian were to tell me “We’re Here, We’re Jesus Freaks, Get used to it.” Well, truth of the matter is I would likely roll my eyes and tell them that at some point they need to let go of their imaginary friends and grow up. But that would make me intolerant of a majority that is quickly becoming a minority, and as someone who believes in civil rights for all, I have to consider who is “all.”
John Derbyshire, by way of the aforementioned article, suggests that Christians “… just want to be permitted to live by their convictions.” I almost fell for it while reading the article, but the truth is they [Christians generally] want everyone to live by their convictions. Unlike Gay people, Christians actively recruit, which, I suppose, is part of their conviction.
Now, we can agree on something. As Christian’s want to live by their convictions, so do homosexuals. Up until recently, the gay agenda was a myth and homosexuals did not actively protest at churches or other religious institutions. However, after being told to live by the Christian’s convictions or be substandard in the eyes of the Law (not the Lord), gays have had enough. Thus, your convictions have become to mean as little to me as my convictions mean to you. After all, I believe it was your god that said, “Do unto others” and “An eye for an eye” and “Happy is he who taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”