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Lexingtonian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-23-05 11:48 PM
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5. half truth

The hardcore people who truly believe that homosexuality is a violation of God's Order Of The Universe are the roots of the problem. The axe has to get laid to the root, that's why focussing on the fundies has the importance it does.

Yes, the teenagers and tweens who actually beat up folks coming out of gay bars are the face of the problem. But it's the approval on some level by their elders and families, the idea approved of by more than their peers that society is improved by oppressing and suppressing gay people, that enables that.

Without people walking around talking with supposed authority about God's Will and nursing grievances against gay people under other forms of authority, it wouldn't be an active and virulent matter.

Then there's the question of why the focus and emphasis on preventing gay equality and the wierd excuse about 'destroying marriage' in the present. Well, there are studies that say it has to do with scapegoating for the current demise and long term misere of 'family values' in the Bible Belt, along with frustration at the way the Christian Right's young people are quietly deserting from the militancy of the (Lost) Cause and theocracy. The result is to blame all the messengers of the age- media, the overt presence of gay folk in the public arena, everything Modern- and deny the message.
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