This past weekend many cities across the country hosted Pride parades. Putting a damper on the festivities was a mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando. Yet, one subject can be found at the center of the discussion of both events: homophobia.
It’s a term that gets thrown about more than a deflated football in Tom Brady’s hands. And it just so happens to be this week’s entry in the Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week.
What the Left believes it means: Any negative response to homosexuality
What it really means: Not agreeing with the radical gay agenda
You can support a cause while calling out some of the people ruining the cause. Unless, of course, you’re calling out members of the LGQBTABCDEFGRESPECTFINDOUTWHATITMEANSTOME movement. Then, the Left will say you hate gays, even if you’re carrying a rainbow flag and marching to “Macho Man” by The Village People while you do it.
How do I know this? I’ve actually had it happen to me and seen it happen to others. Even a slight disagreement over practice can tar you as a homophobe in some circles. In other circles, you could be called a homophone, which makes no sense. That’s why I try not to travel in those circles very much.
Seriously, though, allegations of homophobia are becoming more common as the gay rights movement makes strides in being treated like everyone else…just with more rights and considerations than if you’re a straight white heterosexual. Yes, you read that right. The gay rights movement wants to have its cake baked by Christian bakers under fear of legal and fiscal backlash and eat it, too, and you can’t say anything about it.
But here’s the thing. You can disagree with the gay rights movement without hating gays. The two are mutually exclusive, but the Left wants to make it an all-or-nothing affair. (Which, oddly enough, is the same approach some talk show hosts on the Right use. I’m looking right at you, Sean Hannity!) This has made it hard to have a serious discussion on the merits of and the areas of opportunity for the gay rights movement. After all, who wants to try to discuss a subject when the person on the other side of the table does nothing but throws hateful rhetoric at you? It’s almost like being married. (Just kidding, dear! Love ya!)
Then again, as we’ve seen with other subjects they champion, the Left may not want a serious discussion. That might lead to…a civil exchange! One that could…result in actual solutions and…understanding! The Left can’t have that! How else would they bilk…I mean help gays?
Maybe I’ve said too much…
This is not to say there aren’t people out there who legitimately hate gays and, thus, are actual homophobes. The Orlando shooter certainly fits that description better than a suit designed by Tim Gunn. But there are more people who get called homophobes who don’t. If you want to stomp out homophobia, first you have to make sure of who the homophobes are. Here’s a handy dandy checklist for my gay friends out there.
1) Do you agree with the Westboro Baptist Church? If your answer is yes, you are a homophobe. And a backwards asshat. If your answer is no, you aren’t a homophobe, but you may still be a backwards asshat.
2) Do you support ISIS/ISIL? If your answer is yes, the Westboro Baptist Church may want to talk to you. You know, exchange recipes, maybe get together for a few laughs, blow up a Pride parade or two. (Note to ISIS/ISIL and the Westboro Baptist Church: This is not an actual suggestion.)
3) Do you hate the sin, but love the sinner? If your answer is yes, you aren’t a homophobe. If your answer is no, you have bigger problems than what gays are doing right now.
End of the list, kids. I hope this helps.