An Editorial by James Peron, Huffington Post:
Maintaining bigotry is easier if the object of your hatred is alien to you — someone quite unlike you.
Merchants of hate typically market images based on the “other.” Blacks are portrayed as subhuman criminals; Jews are malicious, conspiring, and greedy; gays threaten children, marriage, or even Western civilization itself; while “illegals” are simultaneously ingenious multitaskers, criminals, lazy, welfare-cheats, and stealing our jobs.
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The object of one’s hate is often depicted as less than fully human, or as a threat to the most cherished values of society. These depictions are meant to justify inhumanity toward them. The National Organization for [sic] Marriage depicts gays as dangerous to the family. Pope Benedict opined that gay marriages “undermine the family,” and are a “threat to human dignity and the future of humanity itself.” Fundamentalist Scott Lively produced a scholarly-appearing book (appearances are deceptive) that claimed that the Nazi movement was homosexual and thus gays were responsible for the Holocaust. Hollywood has-been Kirk Cameron, now full-time fundamentalist, said gays are “unnatural, detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Paul Cameron, related only by religion, claimed, “The homosexual historical footprint is large when it comes to the rape and murder of children.”
Though bigoted campaigns are strategically similar, the anti-gay crusade has one major difference. In spite of depicting gays and lesbians as the “other,” LGBT people always turn out to be “one of us.” The Klan leader does not one morning discover that his son is really black. A daughter doesn’t come home one afternoon to reveal that she is an “illegal immigrant,” intent on taking her mother’s job. But LGBT children come from “normal” homes, and most had heterosexual parents.
Fundamentalists go to great lengths to create insulated communities; they build their own “Christian schools” or home-school their children, partially to prevent them from having contact with gays or “gay propaganda.” Some inundate the child with “Christian activities,” forbid Hollywood movies, and even ban television, while Interact access is strictly monitored. Still, Christian parents face the same odds as other parents when it comes to a child being gay.
Try to fake the facts, as fundamentalists might, but LGBT people are not the “other”; they are not aliens come to attack their family. They are their family.
Some Christian families manage to exist without discovering that a son, daughter, brother, aunt, cousin, etc. is gay. But time after time, anti-gay families do discover that their own loved ones are gay. For every family that knows of a gay relative, others are ignorant of the truth — but the truth persists whether they are aware of it or not.
Read more: Huffington Post