Thursday, April 2, 2015

Homosexuality, Lycanthropy, And Free Will

Almost exactly two years ago, the redoubtable Erick Erickson wrote about the political controversy over same-sex marriage as follows:

Let me make it clear for you — you will be required to care. Gay rights advocates on the steady march toward and past gay marriage will make you care. They will not give you room to sit on the fence....

The left will allow no fence sitting. You may not believe me. You may think me hyperbolic. But the history of the world shows this. Events ultimately come to a head. They boil to their essence. And at that point you must choose.

Matters have most definitely come to a head:

ABC-57 reporter Alyssa Marino’s editor sends her on a half-hour drive southwest of their South Bend studio, to the small town of Walkerton (Pop. ~2,300). According to Alyssa’s own account on Twitter, she “just walked into their shop [Memories Pizza] and asked how they feel” about Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Owner Crystal O’Connor says she’s in favor of it, noting that while anyone can eat in her family restaurant, if the business were asked to cater a gay wedding, they would not do it. It conflicts with their biblical beliefs. Alyssa’s tweet mentions that the O’Connors have “never been asked to cater a same-sex wedding.”

What we have here is — as we called in journalism school jargon — “no story.” Nothing happened. Nothing was about to happen....

Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.

Next: ABC-57 anchor Brian Dorman leads the evening newscast dramatically with this:

Only on ABC-57 News tonight. We went into small towns looking for reaction to the Religious Freedom Act. We found one business, just 20 miles away from a welcoming South Bend…with a very different view.

Notice that his city of South Bend is “welcoming,” but that small-town business is not. It’s very different. That’s why ABC-57 “went into small towns,” as if embarking on a safari to aboriginal lands.

Not only did ABC-57 News create that story ex nihilo (out of nothing), but the next day, the station’s Rosie Woods reported on the social-media backlash against the Christian pizza shop owners.

“Our Facebook page has been blowing up with comments after we aired that story last night,” said Woods. At this point, even my old Leftist journalism professors would be grinding their teeth and rending their garments.

You see, not only did ABC-57 manufacture the story with an ambush interview, it then doubled-down by making the reaction to the story into another story to give the sense of momentum, as if it were growing at its own impetus. Yet, everything about it is a fabrication.

Memories Pizza didn’t “publicly vow to reject gay weddings” as HuffPo says it. The O’Connors were just, quite literally, minding their own business.

Today, Memories Pizza is closed. The owners have been showered with abuse. And it might not reopen:

All right, then! You sodomitic fascists and your allies in the media have asked for it, and now you’re going to get it -- good and hard.

In considering homosexuals, we must distinguish between the marginally rational ones and the werewolves.

Mind you, it is not and can never be rational to prefer to have sex with a member of one’s own sex. At its most defensible – i.e., not very – it’s a matter of preference...of tastes. Of tastes there is nothing written, as the Talmud says in mildly humorous self-contradiction. (The Jews would know; no other religious tradition has written nearly as much.) But at its worst, homosexuality bears a strong resemblance to the compulsion to infect others that’s characteristic of lycanthropy.

The werewolf, once transformed into his beastly other self, cannot control himself. He must bite others. The virus in his system compels it. The werewolf is merely a vehicle for the procreation and proliferation of the virus. He has no other role in this world...well, except to populate endless reams of urban fantasy novels, but that’s a subject for another tirade.

Consider this highly compressed but brilliant summary of the applicable political dynamic:

1. It's a free country, X should not be illegal.
2. The Constitution prohibits X from being made illegal.
3. If the Constitution protects a right to X, how can it be immoral? Anyone who disagrees is a bigot.
4. If X is a Constitutional right, how can we deny it to the poor? Taxpayer money must be given to people to get X.
5. The Constitution requires that taxpayer money be given to people to get X.
6. People who refuse to participate in X are criminals.
7. People who publicly disagree with X are criminals.

Except for skipping the part about public financing for same-sex weddings, homosexual activists have followed that design with near-perfect fidelity. But wait: there’s more!

Ask a hundred homosexuals whether their sexual preference is a conscious choice. If you get even one to say yes, you’ll have done better than I did, and I’ve known well more than a hundred. They all protest quite vigorously that they were “born that way.” Now for the follow-up question: “Do you wish you had been born heterosexual?

That’s where the backing and filling starts. You see, to answer that question with something other than an uncompromised, unqualified “Hell, no!” is to commit homosexual treason. The activists among them trumpet deafeningly and endlessly that “gay is good.” Deviate from that entry in their prayer book and you’ve made common cause with...them: the imagined legions of “Christianists” whom they claim want to round them up, stand them against a wall, and shoot them dead. It’s almost as bad a crime as coming out against abortion. (Never mind that you cannot impregnate a member of your sex.)

The contradiction between the “born that way” and “Hell, no!” responses couldn’t be clearer. But I advise you not to try to delve into it with a homosexual. Let’s just say that the subsequent conversation wouldn’t be polite.

It’s the virus at work. I mean that entirely metaphorically, friends; homosexuality is almost certainly not the result of a viral infection. It’s a matter of conscious choice.

Even should we stipulate that the homosexual inclination is inborn, which I do only for the sake of argument, it does not follow that homosexual behavior is compulsory. Man has free will, the most important aspect of which is the ability to choose not to act.

Even if the taste is inborn, acting on it is a choice.

Some homosexuals have succeeded in refraining from sodomitic sex, altering their orientations, and have gone on to marry in the conventional fashion and produce families. The activists hate those folks with a red passion. They’d destroy them if they thought they could get away with it, as their “defection” fatally undermines the activists’ case.

If the act itself is a matter of choice, so is every behavior peripheral to the act. So is political activism about the act’s legality. And so is the activists’ mad campaign to destroy the institution of marriage, than which there is no institution more important to the formation and maintenance of a free and prosperous society.

But in today’s social context, it verges on seppuku to dissent from the homosexualist gospel. Crusades against the defenders of the traditional understanding of marriage are even more commonplace than death threats. Ask Brendan Eich how that can work out.

If homosexualists’ viciousness toward those who disagree with them is a consequence of their affliction, it strengthens the rarely made case for having them committed and forcibly treated to correct it, by prolonged, painful aversion therapy a la mode Clockwork Orange if all else fails. The more destruction they wreak, the more Americans will begin to wonder whether that might be the only way to peace.

I’m eyelashes deep in the completion of a story whose theme is that God does not make junk. Those of you who read my fiction might be shocked by it; it’s quite definitely out of my usual patterns. It’s the result of a challenge from another writer, who dictated the critical motifs and who’s smugly confident that I can’t pull it off. I find it difficult to resist a challenge of that sort, in part out of my pride in my skills, and in part because I haven’t lost one yet.

Those who feel the inclination toward homosexuality are no more junk than you or I. Their trial may be beyond what the rest of us must endure; not being inclined that way, I wouldn’t know. But they are no less required to face their trials and surmount them than anyone else. To “reverse the flowchart” and attempt to force others to endorse their perversion, and to surround it with defenses so formidable that none may even disagree with any aspect of it, is vile beyond comparison...almost beyond contemplation.

The backlash is already accumulating. It won’t be long before the peasants go for their pitchforks. I doubt the werewolves will enjoy what happens next. Their butt buddies in the media won’t like it much either.


Manu said...

There used to be a peace in America. Those who failed the test, so to speak, kept their doings to themselves and the rest of us pretended not to notice.

Don't ask, don't tell seemed to work well enough for everyone. No gays were lobbed off of buildings, as you see in the Middle East presently, and the institutions which made Western civilization successful were not threatened.

Their side broke the truce.

Adrienne said...

Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.

In view of what I have been reading this past week or so, this is your most important statement. Linked with an admonition to please read.

Rich Fader said...

I've noticed from observation that making one's opponents care is not necessarily in one's best interest.

Wombat said...

Waxing lyrical about the nature of homosexuality is wasted time. We could just as easily trumpet the evils of overeating. The bottom line is that the issue is not homosexuality but tyranny, imposed by government or the mob.

Consider that 100 years ago a gay pizza shop owner may well have suffered the same bullying.

So the problem is pretty obvious. It's got nothing to do with homosexuality and everything to do with authoritarian bastards who have nothing more to do with their time than abuse pizza store owners for living as they wish to live.

Guys kissing makes me queasy, yeah, but the duty of people living in a free society is to gut up and focus on that very small minority of authoritarians that want to use these divide and conquer tactics to put us all in chains.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the quote comes to mind yet again...
"Vi...o...lence... vi...o...lence... it's the only thing that will make them see sense..."
I was having a discussion with my youngest son, at 25 still open in heart and mind; who doesn't understand how or why God created certain things - like homosexuality. I explained that God did not, as God calls that condition of fallen man "an abomination." And God does not "contradict" Himself. He then asked why is it all right in this culture today, to bash Christians, Christ, traditional morals/values/marriage, veterans, gun owners, the employed, et al; but most certainly NOT all right to bash muslims, allah, gay/lesbian/transgender, 'doves', anti-gun fanatics, and those on the public dole....
Grandpa thought about that, and the first thing that came to mind was...
"You got a fight coming.... coming today". I believe it to be the epitome of arrogance and foolishness; to continually harass and torment those with deep Christian beliefs, income, experience, and firearms. Once it goes loud, the 'apologies' from the left won't matter. And at that time, mercy and grace will be the Lord's alone; I believe they will find none here. The rocks cried out "no hidin' place..."

Reg T said...

"The activists hate those folks with a red passion. They’d destroy them if they thought they could get away with it, as their “defection” fatally undermines the activists’ case."

Remind you of anything? How about islam and muslims, in their behavior towards apostates?

" The more destruction they wreak, the more Americans will begin to wonder whether that* might be the only way to peace."

*As in the destruction of islam.

Does it not pique your interest that the feminists and gays of the Left don't mention the facts of how women and gays are treated in islam? White Christians males are all rapists, per the feminazis, yet they are completely silent on how women and little girls are treated by muslims. Not a peep out of those b*tches.

And when was the first time (let alone the last time) you heard any gays spea out about how muslims treat gays in their society?

And ISIS is all about micro-agression, isn't it? When they behead a Christian child, or burn a man alive? Where is all the outrage about how islam treats people? Pretty quiet about that, aren't they?