Today, Kleinheider is talking about gay people, again. It’s his usual bullshit of "I believe homosexuality to be unnatural and likely a symptom of one or more mental disorders" so if that galls you, you should skip it.
Basically, he’s arguing that it sucks that if men seem to enjoy anything particularly cultured, they’re perceived as gay. Surprisingly he neglects to see this as a larger symptom of the right’s purging of intellectuals by linking intellectual pursuits with the right’s great hang-up–gayness. "Don’t seem too smart or people will think that you’re gay!"
But let’s move to the interesting portion of the post:
However, I think, while we can all spout platitudes about individuality and being your own person, we can also agree that most individual are not islands. Our internal selves are shaped by how we are viewed, interpreted and treated by the outside world. We frequently adjust our behavior based on how it is perceived. It may be unfortunate in many cases but it is an intractable fact of life.
Perhaps there’s hope for Kleinheider yet.
In tangentially related news, Brandon Waters of Athens, Tennessee came home to find a seven foot tall burning cross on his front yard. And yet, it’s Waters who supposedly has "one or more mental disorders," not the fucktards who wanted to make sure Waters knew they hated him.
In other tangentially related news, the Butcher and I went to see Superman. It’s a good movie and beautifully filmed. Every bit of it is carefully crafted, lovingly put together, and spectacularly shot. Afterwards, the Butcher and I were talking about the accusations of it being "gay" and we are both in agreement that we just have to start calling people on this bullshit.
The biggest problem the Left has is that we are constantly hogtied by our own rhetoric. We preach tolerance and so we tolerate ideas that are harmful to the people we care about. We teach that different points of view should be respected and so we stand by while people spew things we know to be nonsense. And when we’re faced with ludicrousness, we make nice. Because we don’t want people to think that we’re mean or that we don’t like them.
But, I think, there comes a point when not calling people on their bullshit is disrespectful of them as people.
Kleinheider, for instance, when he says "As much, I despise our culture’s mainstreaming and acceptance of homosexuality, as much as I believe homosexuality to be unnatural and likely a symptom of one or more mental disorders," he’s ridiculous. And I should say so because he has a brain and he is a thoughtful person and, if I think he’s wrong and I don’t say anything, what I’m saying to him is ‘I just don’t think you can help your stupidity.’"
How is that not worse patronization than "Bless your heart, you’re just wrong and here’s why?"
So, Kleinheider, again, I say to you homosexually cannot be unnatural because it happens. It happens all the time in a lot of species, not just human. And it’s been a facet of human sexuality since the beginning of recorded history. It happens in nature, of which we are a part, therefore, it is natural.
Unless you mean something by "natural" besides "frequently occurring in nature," you need to use another word beside unnatural, because your insistence on the term makes you look like an idiot.
Second, regardless of what you think about homosexuality being the result of one or more mental disorders, the psychiatric community by and large disagrees with you.
Here’s the problem, as I see it. You hate gay people. You also believe yourself to be someone who strives to be a good person. Good people do not hate other people without justification, therefore, you must have some justification, no matter how flimsy or refutable for why you hate gay people.
Kleinheider, please, just stop it. For the sake of sane conversations about issues that affect real people, just be up front. You have homophobia. Like anybody suffering from any other phobia, you have a strong, persistent, unreasonable fear of gay people far beyond their actual threat to you.
That at least makes sense. It’s a position I can understand, a place conversations can start from.