Dangerous Thinking Towards the LGBT Community

Former and possibly future presidential candidate Rick Perry touched off a firestorm of criticism last week when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism. Even though it does seem a little click-baity to suggest Perry meant homosexuality is exactly like a debilitating, family destroying disease, what he actually said after he was asked if he believed homosexuality was a disorder or not isn’t much better than what the headlines suggest.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not,” he said, “you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that. And I look at the homosexual issue the same way.” So he didn’t exactly say gays are just as much of a societally destructive force as alcoholics, but his choice of analogy still reveals a total indifference to logic and a fundamental misunderstanding about what it means to be gay.

Comments With a Catch

There is some evidence that genetics can influence the likelihood of a person becoming an alcoholic, but it’s simply flat out stupid to suggest that a person with those genes would be more tempted than anyone else to start drinking in the first place. I mean, of course an alcoholic’s desire for a drink is on another level than a car lover’s desire for mustang parts, but sexual attraction is an entirely different ball game.  A homosexual is a person with an inborn attraction to members of the same sex. An alcoholic is not a person with an innate attraction to beer.

This is still beside the main point: The governor of one of the nation’s biggest states is still under the impression that homosexuality is a vice that needs to be and can be controlled, instead of a natural, morally neutral way of being that cannot and does not need to be suppressed.

Perry has since expressed some mild regret about the incident, but has done so in a W-esque, “aw shucks” kind of way that suggests he is sorry he didn’t choose his words more carefully rather than being sorry for holding a backwards viewpoint.

“I readily admit, I stepped right in it,” he said after basically saying he should have deflected the question and said something about jobs. You’ll notice that he doesn’t say he was misinformed, doesn’t even hint that he was wrong, or even that he misspoke.

That’s because in his mind, the only mistake he made was speaking a little too plainly about his beliefs. Have no doubt Perry and other conservatives really do believe being gay is a morally questionable behavior you need to curtail, like gambling. He made these comments after the Texas Republican Convention permitted their platform to state that gay Texans can get counseling to “cure” their homosexuality.

A Dangerous Mindset

curing homosexualityThis is what gets to the crux of what was so wrong with Perry’s comments. He didn’t just have a slip of the tongue and say something demeaning; he revealed the ignorance that makes up the rotten foundation of many conservatives’ views on homosexuality. They think gays are just people with “sinful” inclinations and poor impulse control.

Plus, by framing the issue as if he can relate to being gay, but is able to resist his similarly evil genetic makeup, Perry creates a place for him and other like-minded bigots to make criticisms from a supposedly safe place. It’s no longer politically safe to say you don’t like homosexuals, so Perry says he has no problem with the people, just their inability to ignore the desires they were born with.

This way of thinking is not just wrong, it’s dangerous. It encourages people to think anyone who isn’t heterosexual is just making a bad choice and therefore does not deserve equal protection under the law. It can cause otherwise healthy people to think there is something wrong with a harmless feature of their identity and cause serious self-esteem issues that can lead to depression and suicide. Hopefully, it’s also such a blatantly moronic line of thinking that it ends Perry’s presidential campaign before it even starts.


Comments

  1. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was once totally right.
    This put up actually made my day. You can not consider simply how a lot time I had spent for
    this information! Thank you!

  2. What’s up Dear, are you truly visiting this site on a regular basis, if so after that you
    will absolutely obtain good know-how.

  3. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a
    co-worker who had been conducting a little research
    on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner due to the fact
    that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….
    Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this
    topic here on your internet site.

  4. Right here is the perfect website for anyone who hopes to understand this topic.
    You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that’s been written about for decades.

    Great stuff, just excellent!

  5. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author.
    I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will eventually come back someday.
    I want to encourage you to continue your great posts, have
    a nice holiday weekend!

  6. Hi there everybody, here every one is sharing these experience,
    thus it’s fastidious to read this blog, and I used to pay a visit this web site all the
    time.

  7. All such apparatus can be easily maintained via the Google Apps backup tool.
    Some of the major website properties that were affected included article distribution sites, aggregated content sites (those sites
    that republish original content from others), sites that mostly sell products with little or
    no content associated with them, and in general sites that don’t have unique or high quality content.
    The new Google Penguin algorithm update has emphasized the importance of a web content
    writer in generating good website content and in article
    marketing promotional campaigns.

  8. Yes, I look like I give a few chips to the bonus offers.
    According to the table layout for the event will broadcast
    live starting at 10 p. Five directors worked on the internet, there’s much less
    possibility of winning at the top of the Daily Mail, the son of
    Macau surpass those of the area. When VIP growth in bonus poker strategy Macau.
    The UFCW is the 7spins.

  9. What’s up mates, how is all, and what you wish for to say on the topic of this piece of writing, in my view its truly amazing in favor of me.

  10. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable
    information to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community
    will be grateful to you.

  11. Good way of describing, and nice piece of writing to obtain facts
    concerning my presentation topic, which i
    am going to present in university.

  12. Very shortly this site will be famous amid all blogging and site-building viewers, due to it’s fastidious content

  13. I think everything said was very logical. However, think on this, what if you added a little content?
    I am not suggesting your content isn’t good., but what if you added a title to maybe get a person’s attention? I mean Rick Perry Meant What
    He Said About Gays and Alcoholism is kinda vanilla.
    You ought to look at Yahoo’s home page and see how they create article headlines to get viewers interested.
    You might add a related video or a related picture or two to grab readers excited
    about what you’ve written. Just my opinion,
    it would make your posts a little livelier.

  14. I see you share interesting things here, you can earn some additional money,
    your website has huge potential, for the monetizing method, just search in google – K2
    advices how to monetize a website

  15. The following step is to get your name out
    on the internet in a variety of ways. A recipient site is created in the
    jawbone with drilling instruments and the implant is inserted
    into it. One particular of the easiest ways to do that is via social networking.

  16. Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a
    quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your
    articles. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same
    subjects? Thanks for your time!

  17. cheap michael kors satchels sale
    Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during
    lunch break. I really like the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m amazed at how fast your blog loaded on my phone
    .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, superb site!

  18. sale new Jordans 2014 outlet
    Heya i’m for the primary time here. I found this board
    and I find It truly helpful & it helped me out much.
    I’m hoping to give one thing again and aid others such as you helped me.

  19. you are truly a excellent webmaster. The site loading velocity
    is amazing. It sort of feels that you are
    doing any unique trick. In addition, The contents are masterpiece.
    you’ve performed a great process on this subject!

  20. Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in reality used to be a enjoyment account it.

    Glance complicated to far brought agreeable from you! By the way, how can we keep up a correspondence?

  21. My brother suggested I might like this blog. He used to be entirely
    right. This publish actually made my day. You cann’t imagine just how so much
    time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

  22. Whatever group suits you, it is your energy and time to brag about
    it. Existence is extremely hard to flow all around without
    sweet music hues of lifestyle and there’s nothing at
    all in between along with the earth has duplicated from its lifestyle.
    Video clip internet sites normally enables you to source your
    data in these songs records you’ve located to help you track into the tunes located
    in all those files.

  23. By being able to play a huge number of songs and videos, having access to i – Tunes and able to use a huge variety
    of different music apps the i – Phone appeals to music lovers.

    Recently, this victorious giant has launched its latest Apple i – Phone 3G S 16GB Black
    contract version in the market. It’s not a riddle,
    it’s the easy process of selling old electronics online for cash.
    The user can choose to purchase anything from a quarter
    to a whole year and enjoy the benefits of automatic program updates,
    live technical support and access to real time mobile phone information from any web browser
    anywhere in the world. Treasure hunters will also
    be rewarded: During the campaign you will continuously find
    more powerful items to equip your characters with and
    useful artifacts to give you an edge in battle.

  24. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you
    make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do iit for
    you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog
    and would like to find out where u got this from.
    thank you

  25. This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post.
    Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  26. Hurrah, that’s what I was seeking for, what a material!
    existing here at this website, thanks admin of this website.

  27. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to
    be really something which I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

  28. Hey this is kind of of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs
    use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.

    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted
    to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  29. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with helpful info to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole
    group might be grateful to you.

  30. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely useful information specifically the last part 🙂 I care
    for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  31. Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to
    be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you,
    I certainly get annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly don’t know about.
    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well
    as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  32. This web site definitely has all of the info I wanted concerning this subject and didn’t know who to ask.

  33. Hello, I would like to subscribe for this web site to obtain latest updates, so where can i do it please help
    out.

  34. I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding
    more. Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  35. When someone writes an piece of writing he/she keeps the plan of a user in his/her mind that how a
    user can be aware of it. So that’s why this article is perfect.
    Thanks!

  36. In addition, he also provides his technical expertisse in the acquisition of new technical apparatuses andd development of technological teams.

    s more, since it operates on low pressure and temperature, there are no risks
    or tensions. Many Japanese also began to believe hat their country
    had a special misaion in Asia.

  37. Hi to all, the contents existing at this website are genuinely remarkable for people knowledge, well, keep up the good
    work fellows.

  38. Hey there! I realize this is somewhat off-topic but I had
    to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a massive amount
    work? I am brand new to running a blog but I do write in my diary daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and
    views online. Please let me know if you have any
    ideas or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  39. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this.
    And he actually bought me breakfast due to the fact that I
    stumbled upon it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for
    spending the time to discuss this subject here on your blog.

  40. pdf to word says:

    After I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new copmments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get four emails with the
    exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you are able to remove mme from
    that service? Kudos!

  41. It is not my first time to pay a quick visit this web page, i am browsing this site dailly and get good data from
    here daily.

  42. Incredible points. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the amazing spirit.

  43. It must have had some kind of 3-lettter acronym or something.
    Who Are the People Granted Official and Unofficial Exemptions from Laws.
    Pepper spray at that time acts as a great protection, since it is a chemical
    device often exercised in self-defense and riot control.

  44. The 17 inch model is outfitted with two USB shipping
    for your comfort. The supplemental information density and most up-to-date Seagate
    technologies need to loan it the edge above recent Professional-types.

  45. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about weight loss diet.

    Regards

  46. Just then, the guy could basically consider Shemale dating.
    The marquis cut stones show up in washes of pale green, rich amber
    and cool hues of blue. If you want to date a shemale you need to begin by learning
    the proper terms and there definitions before beginning your search.

Trackbacks

  1. Vitafirm Review

    Rick Perry Meant What He Said About Gays and Alcoholism

  2. 비아그라 구입

    Rick Perry Meant What He Said About Gays and Alcoholism

  3. 라이브 바카라

    Rick Perry Meant What He Said About Gays and Alcoholism

  4. […] to discuss, let alone show in popular media. “Rent” paved the way to open up the discussion on HIV and AIDS and also how society ostracized the homosexual […]