This story on MSNBC has raised a big ruckus. I have to say, if I didn’t know so many straight people personally and had to judge solely from the forum comments on topix.net, I’d be forced to come to the conclusion that bigots are not only ignorant, they’re illiterate. Check it out: so far over 7000 responses. To be fair, there are a serious amount of ignorant statements made by some of the pro-gay/lesbian factions, but they’re nowhere near as asenine or pubescent as those made by the “burn in hell, fag” faction.
Is this seriously the level of discourse we’re capable of as a nation?
Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites (with, of course, some running commentary a la moi):
- If they want to add that people who contributed to stuff were gay, then they should change the textbooks to include stuff like; Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, enjoyed delving into a nice ripe vagina once in a while. (Honestly, “ripe?”–Jamie)
We do not need to endocrinate children by making homosexuals pillars of society and re-writing history to do it. This is way over the edge. But unfortunately it is where our society is headed up the poop shoot? (That would be “indoctrinate,” and even when spelled correctly is not contextually precise here.)
have u ever had breakfast a mile away from a bunch of cuban soliders that would like to have ur head. (Okay, this guy watched A Few Good Men a Few Too Many Times)
Learn to spell or get off this forum. You are giving me a headache. (This is one of my personal favorites)
Now, all you fundamentalist wacko’s, please pay attention to this post:
The word is spelled “G-o-m-o-r-r-a-h”. It’s right there in your bible (Genesis 13:13; 18:20; 19:24, 29; Hosea 11:8; Deuteronomy 29:23; 32:32; Isaiah 1:10 sqq.; Ezekiel 16:49; Matthew 11:23 sq.; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 7).
If you are going to quote from it, please READ IT first. You can keep it handy if you need to check the spelling of those really tricky biblical references.
Oy vey. (Hey, it made me laugh, and I believe in God!)
Oh, I could go on and on. You’ll need to take a vacation to read that whole forum thread. But here’s one comment that I think exemplifies the real problem here, and the lack of understanding by so many who aren’t necessarily homophobic, but rather don’t understand why the attention must be paid (in some instances) to sexual orientation:
There are probably plenty of homosexual men and women who have faught and died for our country that have never been recognized for doing so as a homosexual.
(The response) Remember the famous picture of the Iwo Jima flag being set up by those Marines? Does anybody remember if those guys were straight or gay? How about the guys at Pearl Harbor? What about the guys who sunk the Bismark? To whom they went home to was never an issue for History.
Plenty of gays have died unrecognized, You forget so have plenty of straights. You want to neon sign all the gays when History never made any distinction.
This is a perfect example of the gay’s definition of wanting equality…recognize only the gays, screw the rest.
Can you imagine the outcry from the gay community if we wanted to make the same fuss in recognizing only the straights?
What we have here is a failure to communicate. As fun as it is to compose a blistering riposte to someone else’s comment, nothing is gained by it.
You see, my straight readers (assuming you exist), while there certainly are a vocal few homosexuals who feel that being gay is their purpose in life, most of us would rather it wasn’t an issue. Our lives would be so much easier that way. But those Iwo Jima soldiers that quote above referred to, well, it may not have been an issue for “History,” but if one of them had been gay–and I’m not saying one was, but for discussion, if–then it would certainly have been an issue when they returned home. We didn’t ostracize ourselves. We are not the ones beating up gay people and killing them. We are not the ones–like Antonin Scalia–who wish to make private sexual contact a crime among consenting adults. And until we are allowed to feel safe and secure in our homes and in society, then we are forced, by the actions of those against us, to publicize everything good we’ve ever done.
In short, if you don’t want gay people to be on the defensive, quit putting us there.