Supporters of gay rights have had a lot to cheer about in recent months, but make no mistake: there are still plenty of people trying to subvert the discourse with blatantly false information. In the past week alone, we’ve seen a number of prominent figures say some ludicrous things:
1. Gays Deserve Prison Labor
Michael Wilson, a popular YouTube preacher, is calling for Christians to stop accepting gay rights. “While Christians are becoming increasingly tolerant of homosexuals, homosexuals are becoming increasingly intolerant of us,” he said.
Because of this paranoia, Wilson is calling on his followers to write their legislators to recriminalize being gay. We’re not talking about a slap on the wrist either: according to Wilson’s outlined plan, “practicing” homosexuality would be considered a felony and punishable with a ten-year sentence of prison with hard labor. What century is this guy from, again?
2. Treat Homosexuality Like Diabetes
Ruben del Aguila Pandora, a man running for the mayor of Nueva Amazonia, Peru has a pretty lofty campaign promise: fewer gay people in the city. In fact, it’s his #1 priority if he takes office. Safety and unemployment are also on Pandoro’s list, but they rank second and third respectively.
To tackle this problem, he plans to treat homosexuality in a similar manner that doctors handle diabetes. He has stated his belief that being gay is due to a chemical imbalance, something that can be overcome by changing one’s diet and taking hormones. Good luck on that election, Pandora!
3. Common Core Turns Kids Gay
Educators throughout the country have debated the merits of Common Core for the past couple of years, but it took the Tea Party in Louisiana to raise the most critical point of all: Common Core curriculum turns young students gay.
How’d they get this laughable idea in the first place? They were citing a clearly marked satirical website as evidence of this supposed homosexual agenda. It’s a wonder how anyone would believe text like “as many as 60% of students who participated in Common Core have gone gay, many overnight.” When you regularly give in to fear-mongering, even ridiculous statements like that one seem true.
4. Single Moms Raise Gay Sons
Known bigot Pat Robertson perpetuated the errant belief that homosexuality is nurture over nature on his show this week when a concerned woman called into The 700 Club to express concern about a seemingly gay teenager being reared by a single mother. “His attraction is now toward other men because he’s raised by a woman,” Robertson said. “He is being raised by a single woman and that is skewing his orientation.”
Obviously, single mothers raise straight males all the time. Robertson’s assertion that this teenager needs more “male companions” seems more like inadvertent advice to set the boy up on some dates rather than a recipe for changing his sexual preference.
5. Breastfeeding Leads to Gay Pride
Patrick Johnson, a leading anti-abortion activist in Ohio, has taken on a bizarre new cause: making female public nudity, especially breastfeeding, illegal because it is “harmful to marriage.” Even better, according to Johnson, bare breasts help to inspire “gay pride.” If you have trouble following the logic in Johnson’s argument, you’re not alone. It is unlikely that Ohio legislators will heed Johnson’s warnings on morality and become the first state in the country to ban public breastfeeding for its supposed threats to society.
It’s certainly discouraging to see people so full of hate that they’re willing to state pretty much whatever in an attempt to condemn homosexuality. With any luck, acceptance of gay rights has increased enough that most people are laughing at these absurd statements as much as we are.