is the go-to guy on matters like Lawrence v. Texas
. He characterizes Scalia's dissent as,
interesting and not quite as chock-full of animus toward homosexual dignity as in the past.
I find that term "homosexual dignity" interesting. Is that what this is all about? Granting dignity to behavior that repels 97% of us?
I think I understand the deep feelings of rejection that homosexuals must feel, but I don't know how a judicial grant of dignity really helps them, any more than granting equal rights to African-Americans changes the feeling they have that this is a racist society. Breaking the back of Jim Crow was right and necessary, but it could not, in and of itself, change the hearts of racists. Overturning Texas' anti-sodomy statute was not necessary, and it certainly will not change the beliefs of most people that sodomy is unnatural and immoral, and that there is something abnormal about same-sex attraction. A lot of straights have been intimidated by the homophobic label into the Jerry Seinfeld approach, not that there's anything wrong with that, but the reason that episode was funny was that everybody knew that these straight guys were desperate NOT
to appear gay.
Here's my point: If homosexuals are concerned about dignity, they should quit holding Gay Pride parades and flaunting their lifestyles, because like it or not, men dressing and acting like Charo is not dignified. It's creepy. People with rings in their eyebrows, noses and nipples or tongues are not dignified. People with purple mohawks are not dignified. Panhandlers and people in chicken suits are not dignified. It's just not dignified to go to extremes to get attention, just as it is not dignified to be constantly proclaiming one's personal doubts and difficulties with oneself and pleading for understanding, as though everyone else is your therapist.
What was won yesterday was not dignity for homosexuals. It was the right to engage in sodomy without being punished for it by the law. If gays want dignity, they should go back into the closet, and keep their private lives private. I am not saying that I think they should be ostracized, brutalized or denied protection of the law when they are assaulted. I don't hate gays. Mostly I grieve for them, and for the feelings they describe about growing up gay, or feeling "queer." At the same time, I believe in God, a personal Heavenly Father of us all, who loves each of us, and he has made it clear that homosexuality is an abomination. I can't believe that he would create homosexuals and then condemn them. He creates people with inherited diseases, but he doesn't describe them as abominations. He created male and female and commanded them to multiply and replenish the earth. That's why I can't believe that anyone is born gay, and why I feel that just accepting people "as they are" without trying to help them reach their full divine potential is not what God expects from us. He tells us to repent and to preach repentance and has provided a savior who has suffered vicariously for our sins so that we can be healed and made clean. It's a Satanic doctrine that tells us we should just accept everybody and everything the way it is, without trying to guide the lost, lift up the weak, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, teach the ignorant and free the captive. I know that those who feel that they can't change themselves will consider my attitude as dishonest, meddling and judgmental, but, as a friend of mine says, I can't help the feeling that homosexuality is wrong and that it will lead only to sorrow and greater pain; I was born that way.