I have deep brown eyes but you'll never hear me harping over this distinguishing characteristic because the rights of brown-eyed people are never in question. If only it were the same for my sexuality.
Case in point.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) compared homosexuality to alcoholism Wednesday, arguing that both can be overcome. "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry said during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper. "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."This was in response to a question from the audience over this little bit of Texas wisdom.
With the new plank in place, the Texas GOP now recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”
What a canard. We have, in today's GOP, a whole party devoted to ignoring the best understandings of modern science in favor of their own ideologically driven mythos. Be it on human sexuality or climate science, they just want to be able to pull 'facts' out of their collective behinds and present them as legitimate evidence.
Human sexuality is not mutable. If you are straight, just try to be gay for the day. See how it works out for you! Try it for a few years and you'll know what it's like for a gay teen, struggling with their sexuality. That battle is hard enough on its own without the Perry led ignorance caucus preaching this brand of hate disguised as science.
But it doesn't end there. A Tea Party candidate for the Oklahoma House is under fire for a Facebook exchange in which he endorsed stoning homosexuals to death.
Scott Esk, a Republican Tea Party candidate in Oklahoma, got into a debate on Facebook last summer in which he advocated killing homosexuals. “I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” Esk wrote in comments uncovered by Oklahoma journalist Rob Morris. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.” When pressed, Esk added: "I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it."I hate to break it to Mr. Esk, but stoning a Godwhacker is never a good idea. Among my many abilities are the powers to turn stones into doves and to turn sad little piles of sick into sad little piles of sick. Poof, there he is.