Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Judson Phillips, leader of the Tea Party Nation, says liberals have been just plain mean to Michele and Marcus Bachmann.

The liberal freak show is coming after Michele Bachmann. That is not much of a surprise. Bachmann is running a very disciplined campaign, encouraging conservatives and running with a conservative agenda. But now the left is coming after her.

The left wants to use the gay rights issue against her. Bachmann’s husband, Marcus is a therapist and according to the left, he has committed a horrible crime. He used therapy to help gays who did not want to be gay any more change.

Yes, and this is a bad thing. Such “therapy” has proven to be extremely damaging to gays and lesbians and the younger they are, the more damaging it is. It simply isn’t true that people can change their orientation. A small percentage of people might be able to change their actions and remain celibate if they are absolutely convinced that they have to in order to avoid going to hell, but that doesn’t change their orientation.

And when you tell them that they can do so if they pray really hard, that God will help them overcome their nature if they just have enough faith, and it doesn’t work, then they feel the blame themselves. On top of all the societal bigotry they have to face every day they then also feel like they’ve failed because their faith just isn’t strong enough or God doesn’t love them enough. It’s madness.

The only thing they may need help doing is handling the bigotry and discrimination that they face. They need support for who they are, affirmation that they aren’t sick or diseased or hated by God no matter what the bigots may tell them. They need to be shown that even if their own family rejected them, there are people who care about them and will accept them the way they are.

Most Americans do not believe gay marriage is a good thing. Most Americans do not believe homosexuality (which is only 1-3% of the population) is a good thing, though most Americans are tolerant of most things.

The left is not tolerant. The left never allows dissent.

Okay, let’s add this up. We’ve got multiple Republican party platforms still calling for gays to be thrown in jail. We’ve got mainstream religious right organizations like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council openly calling for gays to be locked up or put into forced reeducation therapy to force them to turn straight. We’ve got the right throwing a fit anytime anyone suggests that businesses should not be allowed to fire someone merely for being gay. We’ve got anti-gay violence and discrimination still rampant in this country. But those who speak out against those abuses and demand equality for the LGBT community? Those people are intolerant and don’t allow dissent. Welcome to Wingnuttia, a planet in the bizarro universe.