We're spending an awful lot of time this week talking about gay rights when we should be confronting the most pressing bullying issue of our times: the "ridicule" of Evangelical Christians. Bigots have feelings, too!
"In the media's narrative, you would think that homosexuals are the poor souls who have been banished by society like ugly stepchildren and are now rising to overcome incredible odds," Christian Broadcasting Network News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody laments. (Alternate headline: "Please Stop Ridiculing Evangelical Bigots, Says Evangelical Bigot.")
"But what about today? Let's be honest: If you are a conservative evangelical who believes in the biblical definition of traditional marriage then guess what? You are one of the following: An outcast, a bigot, narrow-minded, a 'hater' or all of the above. It's a different type of ridicule but it's still ridicule."
Perhaps by "different" he means the divide between warranted and unwarranted? Things We Should Not Ridicule Human Beings For include: race, gender, sexual orientation, snack preferences (unless said human being favors Twizzlers, which taste like plastic). Things We Can Ridicule Human Beings For include: arguing that the adjectives "same sex" and "gay" are "victim-based marketing ploys invented by NOW to send us off into a heated debate about homosexuality and equal rights – distracting us from seeing their real goal of establishing 'feminist marriage.'" No one deserves to be bullied for loving the person they want to love. But people who think crazy shit should most definitely be called out for thinking crazy shit!
"Evangelicals are now the ugly stepchild," Brody argues. "In our American culture today, you can easily make the argument that it is harder to stand for biblical truth than it is to be a supporter of gay marriage in today's society." His examples of martyrs for the cause include purported virgin football player Tim Tebow and homophobic Chick-Fil-A founder Dan Cathy, men who have received widespread criticism for being the worst. This is wrong, and gay people should understand why it is wrong because they've been oppressed for so long.
"Is it not the responsibility of the homosexual activist leaders to become much more vocal and preach tolerance and acceptance of the views from Bible-believing evangelicals?" Brody asks. "If they want tolerance and respect, shouldn't they preach the same thing toward evangelicals?"
Nope. Instead, we should continue to lambast those who spread false and hurtful information, and we should definitely continue to make fun of those who make statements like "American society and culture may change but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not." Burn.