I had a conversation with a friend recently that I think one of the best ways for GLBTQ people to gain rights is to start treating their existence and access to rights as a foregone conclusion. Of course they should have all the same rights, advantages, whatever as any other person, I said, and the more those people quibble, the more the opposition mounts against them.
I was absolutely wrong.
I have been embroiled in a case of what I think is clear hate speech on Facebook. I encourage everyone to check out this link in which a person I know claims that GLBTQ rights should not be something that the United States exports through foreign policy (I think the U.S. should).
Make sure that you read all of the comments. I am going to quote the following point in its entirety so you understand the full context that he is speaking in. I want to make it clear for all the people getting here through random Googling that this IS NOT my opinion, but rather a quotation from a particularly bigoted person. He says:
While I do not advocate murder or the murder of a homosexual, I do believe two things, one that murder and killing are distinct in that murder is the unjust taking of a just life, and killing is the just taking of an unjust life. The Bible says that should not commit murder, and that is clear. However, the Bible makes it very clear that the State and society are meant to enforce the laws of God, dissuade evil, and promote good. This comes from Romans and 1st Peter. Romans 13:4 “for [the state is] a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.” 1Peter 2:13-5 “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”
These versus make it clear that it is the duty of the State to uphold the commands of God and do what is right and just, not what is immoral and unjust, meaning that such actions by the State cannot and should not be tolerated. I do not believe that violence is the best or only way to achieve the ends the State is ordered to achieve. Instead I do not know why we could not ban homosexuality, support that instead of its legalization around the world, and provide institutions and education to help those who are suffering from their vice. The Bible makes it clear that evil must be stopped, and gives two options. Exodus 22, 18 “Wrongdoers you shall not suffer to live,” and I Corinthians 5:13, “Put away the evil one from among yourselves.” I believe we can not allow evil to live amongst us by loving the sinner, hating the sin, and thus working to remove the sin thus from them and society. No reason we must kill them or throw them in prison, but the Bible is commanding that if positive reinforcement does not work, then negative must be used (though not killing, which is something I agree we should not do).
The Bible further makes it clear that society cannot in anyway support homosexuality as it is one of the worst sins that man can commit and also infects, as tolerance of all sin does, the rest of society as leaven corrupts the whole loaf of bread. For more on how the Bible actually says that homosexuality is wrong and can’t be promoted read Romans I, the whole thing, it’s a page.
1 Peter makes another point that is most fitting to my earlier discussion of how this liberal society uses its freedom to ignore the truth and put off controversial matters as inconveniences. I Peter 2:15-7 “For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”
I think this is absolutely insane, to be clear, but what I want to talk about is my absolute horror in the face of this. Distinctly, it is the kind of horror that Cavarero writes about. I am absolutely paralyzed in the face of it. I have so many arguments, so many things that I want to say, but beyond all that, I feel a turning in the core of my being. It turns its face away, it hides from the reality of what this person is trying to do, the hate project.
And then I think, this is why we need to have the argument, the debate, the final proof. We have to refute these arguments. And it is hard, and it is also why I come here to write about it rather than respond continually on Facebook. This needs to be out. People need to know about this kind of thing. People need to see it.