April 20, 2005

Sweeping Generalizations and other Household Tasks

Dennis "if not good, then evil" Prager interviewed a 22 year old college student (still in her exploration years) on the impact her liberal institution had on her sexuality. Granted she indicates she was a virgin upon entering college and has been experimenting... but Dennis' point that it's the institution that fosters her deviance assumes that one's sexuality comes from outside and not inside the individual.

Perhaps the most important argument against same-sex marriage is that once society honors same-sex sex as it does man-woman sex, there will inevitably be a major increase in same-sex sex. People do sexually (as in other areas) what society allows and especially what it honors.

No Dennis. Once society finally evolves to a point where it accepts everyone equally, those who have had to hide in the shadows for fear of being tied to a friggin' fence post and beat to death will come out into the light. This will significantly increase the numbers of people, destined to frustrate your myopic view of the world.

(is it just me that sees a distinct parallel between the religious right's view of homosexuality and the views held by radical moslems regarding western culture and christianity?)

Posted by kerry at April 20, 2005 03:30 AM | TrackBack

It's an interesting idea that there's a link. I think the sort of worldview you're describing isn't unique to Christianity, or Islam, or any belief system, political or religious. No matter what, there are going to be Rules Lawyers who accept some manmade version of how to live, and condemn all others who don't accept it.

Over the past two years I have spent a great deal of time with women from many different religions, especially Muslims. (I learned fairly recently that that is the preferred spelling, because "Moslem" is often pronounced "mawzlem", which is an Arabic word that means "oppressor".)

I have encountered few if any fundamentalists of the sort who believe that Western society is evil, but there have been several of my students who have been so strictly observant that they cover their faces, not just their hair, in public. These have been intelligent, strong women whose belief is so important to them that it determines the whole course of their lives. The quiet confidence they exude as they discuss their faith is something that has at times even made me envious. It would be nice to know what the rules are.

Of course I probably wouldn't encounter the sort of people who hate the Western world, because they wouldn't come here. But the Muslims I have gotten to know here -- including one Iraqi woman who knows I grew up in the States -- are compassionate, generous people whose faith strengthens and sustains them.

This doesn't have much to do with what you wrote, but I just wanted to say nice things about my Muslim students, who have been very good to me. (One who isn't even in my class came in to give me a bouquet of roses today because it's Muhammad's birthday.) They're good eggs.

Posted by: Emily at April 20, 2005 05:41 AM

Once again, we have been around on this, please dont assume that everyone who doesn't like homosexual behavior does so out of fear. That creates an uncommunicable gap that cannot be crossed.

Posted by: CB at April 20, 2005 05:42 AM

CB: the word fear was used in reference to why so many are in the closet, not why the intolerance exists.

Em: Yep. Which is why I chose the word radical.

Posted by: kerry at April 20, 2005 05:57 AM

Yeah. I wasn't disagreeing with you, and I think radical was a good choice of word.

Posted by: Emily at April 20, 2005 06:28 AM

This is reprehensible:


John Carona's receptionist seems very receptive to calls from people who think this amendment should be stripped from the CPS bill. Call 1-800-662-0334.


Posted by: Chris W. at April 20, 2005 08:05 AM
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