Friday, April 11, 2014

The H Word

Yesterday I wrote about former Gov. Mike Huckabee and his denial that he’s a homophobe: “I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic.”  He just hides behind the bible, a book which he says commands him to “hate the sin” of being gay.  As I pointed out, that’s a bullshit excuse and he’s a coward for not coming out of the closet, so to speak, and saying he’s doing what he does because he has an irrational fear of gay people.  Why he’s like that isn’t really important; he just is, and that makes him a homophobe.

So is Brendan Eich, the former CEO of Mozilla who resigned after it was revealed he gave money to the campaign to support the ban on marriage equality in California.  He wasn’t forced out of his job; he chose to leave when it became clear that the people who worked for him didn’t care for his opinions.  He’s been getting a lot of support from the anti-gay community who say he was “bullied” out of his job.  (That’s an interesting claim from the likes of Mr. Huckabee and the ironically-named “family values” groups, who, to be fair, are experts on bullying since they spend most of their time and money doing it on behalf of their causes and the Baby Jesus.)  But if you give money to a group that is actively working to deprive the gay community of its rights, that means you are showing all the signs of homophobia.  Mr. Eich is entitled to his opinions, of course.  But he’s also entitled to be held responsible for them, the actions he takes on behalf of them, and the consequences of them.

I am sure that both Mr. Eich and Mr. Huckabee can vehemently deny the charge that they’re homophobic and haters and tell us all about their gay friends and how they just feel that traditional marriage and society need to be defended and preserved; it’s not personal.  But that is, as us old hippies used to say, a cop-out.  Supporting policies and candidates that would deprive LGBTQ citizens of their equal rights, no matter the rationale, makes you homophobic.

So they and all the other people who speak and act the way they do might as well get used to being called homophobes because that is what they are.