Recently I had the pleasure of having a back and forth discussion with cl over at the extremely well-titled The Warfare Is Mental. I owe him (even though he's released me from the responsibility) a secular argument against gay marriage, but for now, I want to respond to a question that came up.
Why the focus on gay marriage? Hell, why the focus on "homosexuality" whatsoever? There's an abundance of sin in the world, an abundance of hypocrisy, all kinds of worthy topics. Why does this particular issue draw so much attention? Why does it seem like this is one of THE trigger issues for Christians (maybe alongside abortion, which comparatively seems a lot more worthy of attention in terms of gravity)?
Cl speculates, to whatever degree, that bigotry is the cause. He qualifies this, he opposes gay marriage while at the same time being up in the air politically (Correct me, cl, if I misrepresent you here - you said Winteryknight's post flipped you on this, but I don't know how far that runs), he says he understands that a certain amount of backlash is involved, but he still thinks there's some bigotry in play. I imagine this is hard to quantify.
So, this post is dedicated to explaining why the issue fascinates me.
On we go.
Really, probably the single biggest draw for me on this subject is the sheer amount of manipulation on the side of "gay rights" advocates, the equally large amount of fumbling on the side of Christians and company, and the way the two are - to whatever degree - linked. I'm amazed that this group - "LGBT, Lesbians Gays Bisexuals and Transexuals" - has arisen, making their sexuality so constitutive of their very being that they have their own culture, identity tag, and more on the one hand. On the other, I'm amazed that Christians - even some very smart ones, even in the leadership - have allowed themselves, through a combination of stupidity, pseudo-bigotry, and just plain being buffalo'd by their opposition - to let their opponents define their own views again and again.
I'm appalled at how many Christians can be so goddamn naive as to let their opponents decide how they, the Christians, will speak about and talk about this subject. I'm appalled that Christians allow themselves to be described as "anti-gay-rights" or even "anti-homosexual", giving apparently no thought to what this communicates to third parties, how this makes them out to be against people rather than behaviors. I'm appalled that Christians, again and again, seem incapable of noticing that "LGBT people" are by and large individuals who have allowed themselves to be captured by a culture, rather than some distinct quasi-ethnic group in their own right. I'm appalled that so many Christians are for whatever reason - whether it's shyness, or politeness, or whatever else - are unable to speak frankly about what is condemned under their own religion's historical view: namely, sodomy, with same-sex sexual attraction being an instance of temptation arguably little different than any temptation to sin. I'm appalled that Christians, typically the on-the-streets ones, are seemingly incapable of delivering even a basic, quick understanding of sex and sex's purpose from a Catholic or Protestant point of view.
On the flipside, I'm amazed at the LGBT progress in the public consciousness. I am amazed at how they can drum up so much support, so rapidly, with so little intellectual effort. I am amazed at how far-reaching their hold on the media is, from Archie Comics to Funky fucking Winkerbean to just about every TV show of note to almost every movie. I am amazed at how they can strawman Christians again and again, presenting opponents of same-sex marriage or critics of same-sex sexual acts, again and again, as hateful monsters to be intellectually (or more physically) slain in medium after medium - with almost zero outcry from Christians. I am amazed at how they can again and again play, *as an organization*, the "dialogue" card with absolute sap Christians who will apparently sit down with anyone who, for thirty minutes, promises not to call them names - even if they'll immediately start doing so later. I am amazed at how the LGBT culture manages to be restless, willing to attack each and every perceived slight with such vigor (and so little reason) so as to keep people permanently on-guard. I am amazed that they've managed to get die-hard supporters willing to go to the wall for them in just about every business and organization, including the Boy Scouts, ready to strike down and fire or ruin the lives of anyone perceived as not wholly in favor of their culture and lifestyle.
I am stunned at the amount of strawmanning, emotional manipulation, the sheer and obvious baiting, the lack of reasoning that goes on on the pro-"gay" side. I am stunned at how effective it is.
I'm trying to stress here, this is not me merely expressing anger and outrage. I am literally amazed at how this sort of depiction of the argument between "gay rights advocates" and Christians can be made again and again. I am amazed at how when I read comics or watch cartoons, I have trouble finding a single Christian who isn't some kind of parody or a mouthpiece for liberal Christianity, but I see "gay" characters presented in one positive light after another. I am amazed at how Christians seem not to have noticed that they have been, as if by Stalin himself, edited out of contemporary culture except in forms that are useful to anti-theists and liberal quasi-Christians. I am amazed at how common these depictions are, while at the same time keeping the one thing that matters most from a traditional Christian perspective - the focus on the actual sexual acts - practically invisible as a point of discussion.
That's why I write about this issue a bit more often than the others. There is a wealth of education to be had by studying this issue. There is a tremendous amount to learn about our modern culture by focusing on it. There is much of just plain value in the topic, and much to be horrified about at the same time. It's a tragedy, it's a farce, it's a million things all at once, and this post has barely scratched the surface of what I'm talking about. Really, I haven't even gotten into why "gay marriage" itself is worth discussing prominently, because the simple existence of the "LGBT" culture and political machine, and the Clouseau-esque responses of Christians to it, is itself worthy of so much terrible awe.
So there. Now you know at least a sliver of why I focus on this: because it is of monumental importance that Christians learn from this, realize what they're doing wrong, realize what they can do write, put plans into action - rather than continue the course they are. There's just so much wrong here, but so spectacularly wrong, that I now and then simply have to dwell on it to try and understand it all better, and to figure out a proper response.