Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What A Surprise

Florida Attorney General and perennial candidate for any office Bill McCollum is a homophobic religious bigot. Exhibit A:

I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children. I think that it’s a lifestyle that I don’t agree with. I realize a lot of people do. It’s my personal faith, religious faith, that I don’t believe that the people who do this should be raising our children. It’s not a natural thing. You need a mother and a father. You need a man and a woman. That’s what God intended.

First, homosexuals have been “guiding our children” since time out of mind. They’ve been teaching them in schools, working with them in such groups as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts (despite those organizations’ stand on them), coaching them on sports teams, mentoring them, and they’ve also been raising them in stable homes with loving parents.

Second, being gay isn’t a “lifestyle” for him to agree or disagree with. Being gay is a life, the same as being straight or whatever it is that you are; there is nothing inherently “gay” about getting up, going to work, doing your job, having a family, having a life, and none of it is quantifiable as anything other than just being a person doing the things life requires of you. What he’s really getting at, I suppose, is the inevitable fixation that people like him have about gay sex, which apparently he thinks about a lot. That makes him the one to worry about, not your average person who is not obsessed with the private lives of people whom he doesn’t know. That’s not a natural thing.

Third, Mr. McCollum is entitled to his personal faith in whatever capacity he needs to have it to make his life complete; as John Lennon once said, “whatever gets you through the night.” But it is none of his business — and a clear violation of the separation of church and state — if he thinks he can impose his own personal faith on others regardless of how it deals with homosexuality.

As for his insight into what “God intended,” if he is so all-fire sure he knows what God intends, then he can get out of the business of running the state and go into business as a televangelist: Bill McCollum, the Prophet from Orlando. The pay is certainly better, and he can shout his hosannas into the headlines from the safety and security of a tax-exempt pulpit to his heart’s content. Just don’t come around and try to marginalize a group of people who have done him no harm and who only wish be allowed to live in a state and a country where everyone, including every child and every family, is treated equally by the laws of the land and the representatives we elect to administer those laws. Gays and lesbians are just people who would like to live their lives in peace and not be the scapegoat for every right-wing ninnyhammer who wants to run for public office by exploiting the greed, fear, and paranoia of the foolish and the weak.