Last year, Ben Carson grouped gay people with the likes of the pro-pedophilia group NAMBLA and “bestiality supporters” as nefarious forces trying “to change the definition [of marriage].”
Carson, a conservative columnist and retired neurosurgeon, later apologized for the remarks, but Saturday at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in Washington), the potential presidential candidate sang a different tune, saying that he will “continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.”
“I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said to applause, and denied that he ever compared homosexuality to bestiality. “Of course they’re not the same thing. Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy, that’s the problem.”
“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” Carson continued. “But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”
No, gay people are not trying to gain “extra rights”, but to the contrary, we are attempting to receive the same rights, recognition and benefits that any other “straight” or “human” counterpart is given in our society. These bigoted comments made by so called “normal” people accusing us of claiming the need for preferential treatment is nothing more than an act put on at the expense of the LGBT community to gain “extra” notoriety from “like-minded” individuals. After all, as the old saying goes, “there is safety in numbers” and the numbers here are thankfully dwindling in favor of a much more equitable and deeper approach.
That we’re even having this discussion in this day and age simply means one thing, the old dragon is desperately gasping for its final breath. It’s an old dragon created out of the fear that somehow or in someway the human race, as it is known, would suddenly vanish from the face of the earth because of sin or transgression. The truth of the matter is that the old dragon isn’t giving up without a fight, and it’s at this time that it becomes all the more violent and malevolent. The dragon in this case is a Christian dogma that says that the only acceptable form of marriage is their ideal of marriage as sanctioned between a man and a woman. This isn’t to say that all Christians share the same belief but rather a small but very vocal body of fundamentalists.
As much as they may choose to deny it, we are all humans made from the same fabric of creation with all the same substance of spirit, mind, and body. Some would even have you believe that a benevolent God would never have created such a monstrosity and that we deserve to be treated as scum because they are, after all, the better species deserving nothing less than very special treatment. Failing to justify their arguments on a rational level, they have sought to engage a rather large stronghold of human emotions, namely Christianity, to protect what precarious stances they’ve chosen to defend.
After having been raised as a Roman Catholic who subsequently took to experimenting around with other Christian beliefs, I can say one thing for sure; it is a highly charged, emotion driven human enterprise. Yes, believing in an unseen God requires a huge leap of faith, a leap not geared towards rational thought but on an emotional surrender to the idea of a higher being. As much as someone may try to give it a sense of logic, that reasoning is largely based on an assumption, an assumption largely derived from an emotional need to belong. The fact of the matter is that we all have that need no matter how we choose to slice it.
In a very compelling argument presented by leading Christian writer, John Shor in his book UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, he states:
If there is no clearly stated directive in the Bible to marginalize and ostracize gay people, then it is morally indefensible for Christians to continue to do so.
If there is one thing that I took away from reading the new testament of Christianity it is that we were all put here on earth to learn to love one another, not to devise bigger and better arguments on how we shouldn’t or to assume one person is more worthy than another. The fact is that we are all created beings, with all the same intellect and emotions with the same needs. The need for love is something we should all share, equally and without regard or prejudice.
After all, the “good book” says:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:7-8 ESV
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV