Why the Right was against repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

Because that’s how they handle the issue of sexuality themselves.  Keep it in the closet. (The other closet, not that ‘prayer closet’ – which doesn’t get used much by today’s crop of budding theocrats.)

It’s ironic. Although conservative evangelicals (who are now the power base of the Republican party) claim to be the champions of morality, they have such a hard time living up to their own standards.  Sure, liberals have their share of fallen angels, but rarely does the left claim to be the standard bearer of morality. Yet it is common for the most strident of the ‘moral majority’ to find themselves in the public spotlight with their pants down,  sometimes quite literally.

Why do so many conservative, evangelical, Republicans expose themselves doing precisely the opposite of what they say others should be doing? Henry Hyde, Helen Chenowith, Mark Foley, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, Bob Allen, David Vitters, Glenn Murphy Jr. – the list goes on. How many of these scandals have resulted in the outing of aggressive homophobes?  After years of rumors that he might be gay,  it looks as if  Lindsey Grahamw will soon find himself in the same predicament. What ‘s the deal?

A 1996  psychology experiment conducted at the University of Georgia found strong evidence that (at least among males) “homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.” If this is true, and since most politically conservative evangelicals are  vigorously opposed to the ‘gay agenda’,  then it makes sense that a significant portion of these people might very well be closet homosexuals.  Of course, this is just speculation, yet it does hold up fairly well under the historical evidence.  But why would people who are confused (or in denial) about their sexuality gravitate towards the evangelical right-wing of the Republican party?

Is it because, having been forgiven for all their sins, both past and future, these closet homosexuals no longer feel the need to confront and conquer their inner “demons”?  That Jesus has already taken care of that for them? Yet eventually many of them will find out that their religion is not sufficient to facilitate lasting personal change (if this type of change is possible or even desirable).

A huge part of Christianity is the idea that we are all broken people who can be healed through the redemptive power of God, as revealed to us by Jesus. But that does not mean that we are somehow magically, perfectly, made ‘whole’ (i.e conforming to someone else’s orthodox world view) – that we are completely changed by God’s grace or the Holy Spirit or the love of Christ.  It doesn’t mean that we can let our guard down and expect prayer alone to obliterate years of habitual behavior.  Or obviate our personal natures.  Nor, apparently, will the threat of punishment, divine or otherwise, accomplish this.

I think a better guess might be found in the attraction they may have to the hard-line theology of neo-evangelism.  It’s as if,  though perhaps in denial, they suspect that they are ‘bad’ boys in the eyes of God and feel a need to be part of an ideology that embraces the clear-cut rules of stern father figures, from Yahweh to James Dobson.

‘We’ve decided the Bible is the word of God. We don’t have to have a General Assembly about what we believe. It’s written in the Bible. Alright, so we don’t have to debate what we think about homosexual activity. It’s written in the Bible.” -Ted Haggard

‘Some strong-willed children absolutely demand to be spanked, and their wishes should be granted. . . Two or three stinging strokes on the legs or buttocks with a switch are usually sufficient to emphasize the point, ‘You must obey me.’ ” – James Dobson

“Part of my life is so repugnant and dark, I’ve been warring against it all my life…the dirt I thought was gone would resurface … the darkness increased and dominated” -Ted Haggard

Christian fundamentalist parents, James Dobson included,  should know by now that children cannot be spanked into submission, not unless the goal is to create sadly warped versions of themselves.   Who has ever really benefited from this? What type of person is attracted to an intolerant,  domineering and violent task master? For many of these people violence comes to be associated with love.

“In Revelation, Jesus is a prize-fighter with a tattoo down His leg, a sword in His hand and the commitment to make someone bleed. That is the guy I can worship. I cannot worship the hippie, diaper, halo Christ because I cannot worship a guy I can beat up” – Mark Driscoll

The threat of punishment, even the ultimate punishment of Hell,  apparently cannot compel people to change their natures beyond a superficial level.  It can, however, compel them to mimic the doctrinaire natures of their overlords, even to the point of absurd and shameful  hypocrisy.  Or develop an appetite for hate filled language, perhaps even violence.  History has provided us with an undeniable pattern.

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

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  1. #1 by logiopsychopath on December 28, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    So, we should spank well-known Christopublicans who are closet homosexuals?

    What are you REALLY getting at, Chris? Hmm?

    • #2 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 4:33 pm

      I must admit that the analogy did not escape me.

    • #3 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 7:07 pm

      BTW I was hoping you might’ve commented on the Tea Party’s family tree. There are a couple of names in there I think you are familiar with Outside of Colorado Springs and Lakeland Florida, Orange County seems to be the hot bed of Christian kookery.

  2. #4 by philosopoet on December 28, 2010 - 5:45 pm

    Humpfgh…that was good, as in very good…this Gay intolerance thing…seems almost a fetish in and of itself.

    Ya’know women can admit to being fond of the female form, whether as art or, as she might say, “That woman passing by has a nice figure.” But a man say that about another man – that would be suspected as Gay.

    Most straight men are afraid to admit to any erotic sense they may have to the male form, then add to this that the “Money Shot” in straight porn, pretty much demonstrates that there quietly is…

    • #5 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 6:25 pm

      Oh, boy. An interesting suggestion. And, if the vast majority of straight porn viewers are male, then why are most of the male porn stars patterned after Adonis? (Ron Jeremy excepted)

    • #6 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 7:11 pm

      Of course, the S&M component of some forms of Christian practice have been discussed ad infinitum.

  3. #7 by philosopoet on December 28, 2010 - 6:45 pm

    …kinda spooky, ain’t it?

  4. #8 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 7:01 pm

    That’s enough. I don’t want to talk about it. 8)

  5. #10 by philosopoet on December 28, 2010 - 7:08 pm

    I am in Rome, then unto Paris, and London….looking at old stuff and eating – might say I am busy…perhaps tomorrow….

    • #11 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 7:12 pm

      You are kidding? You lucky, er, um…blessed bastard. Eat (and drink) something nice for me. If you need further motivation.

  6. #12 by philosopoet on December 28, 2010 - 7:40 pm

    … I will think of you when I light up a Cuban at the St. George Hotel in Rome tomorrow…Ciao…

  7. #13 by logiopsychopath on December 28, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    Okay–but if the tea party was REALLY a Tea Party movement, and had not been co-opted by Sarah P., I might have joined right up.

    I honestly think it is time for a real Revolution in this country, one that is really We The People, and not We the Oligarchs Whose Families Were Marginalized in England, or Who Didn’t Get the Large Land Grants.

    • #14 by Christian Beyer on December 28, 2010 - 11:33 pm

      Ah, I’m as afraid of the mob as I am the oligarchs. More so. This current crop of tea baggers is a case in point, no matter how sincere their leaders are. This country works because it is not a true democracy, but a republic.

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