The next in an ongoing series – what anti-gay forces are saying.
We’ll start with Pat Robertson, who made a lovely comparison while reinforcing one of the main misconceptions about gays – that they can change their sexual orientation. Towleroad.com reports:
Commenting on a case in Ecuador in which a lawmaker was found guilty of discrimination over his anti-gay remarks, Pat Robertson expressed anger that speaking out against gays can be considered a hate crime. Said Robertson: “It is a hate crime to say somebody can change their sexual preference? … Anybody who has ministered to thousands of people…know very well that the power of God can change people’s orientation. A murderer can change. A rapist can change. A thief can change. That’s what the Gospel is about. It’s not a hate crime.”
Y’all can change. Just like murderers and rapists!
Perry described opposing allowing gays in scouting as the same ‘type of principled leadership … the type of courage’ that one his long-ago predecessors, Governor Sam Houston, displayed when he opposed slavery and opposed leaving the union in the pre-Civil War era. ‘The fact is, this is a private organization,’ Perry said. ‘Their values and principles have worked for a century now. And for pop culture to come in and try to tear that up, which happens to be the flavor of the month so to speak, and to tear apart one of the great organizations that has served millions of young men, helped them become men and great fathers, that is just not appropriate and I hope the American people will stand up and say, “Not on my watch.”‘
Yes, Mister Perry, fighting to continue discrimination is just like fighting to end it.
Finally, a Facebook “Heterosexual Awareness Month” page features both comparing gays to Nazis and suggesting the gays in the concentration camps got what they deserved. Gay Star News reports:
The Heterosexual Awareness Month (HAM) group was ‘established in June 2012 by heteros, for heteros’ and aims to hold a month-long ‘observance of straight people and our growing struggle’ each July. One post by the group shows an LGBT rainbow flag with a swastika on it. But one user, GoozMashang Qolampasand, said the swastika should be changed for a Jewish Star of David, claiming Jews financially back the gay rights struggle. He adds: ‘The Nazis put the homos in their place: concentration camps.’ While another supporter, John Williams, comments: ‘The rainbow will never be the same after the homosexuals sullied it, it now represents buggery.’
Lovely, lovely people.