Saturday, August 27, 2011

Homophobe claims that gay people do not exist

Linda Harvey, the former advertising executive who "found Christ" and therefore considers herself a crusader against all things gay, has gone into territory so wild that she has surpassed Matt Barber and "Porno" Pete LaBarbera for lunacy.

Harvey has declared that gay people . . . do not exist:


Harvey: There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for 'respect,' respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans.

Actually when you think of it, her ramblings are in accordance to the religious right mindset when it comes to the gay community. To them being gay is not a sexual orientation, but an act. A "filthy, wild, passionate, hot, sweaty" act involving lots of sex.

I wish.

According to The New Civil Rights Movement, this is the latest in a string of recent outrageous statements Harvey has made about the gay community:

 . . . also on her weekly radio show, Harvey actually said that ending the concept that people are gay would “make a serious dent” in ending HIV, and called for government shut down of gay bars.

So what could we do to make a serious dent in the HIV and syphilis disease track?,” Harvey had asked. “One obvious approach is to stop promoting homosexual behavior to kids and falsely calling it an identity like race. We could also close down homosexual bars and bathhouses, that would be a start. God never created people to engage in these unnatural acts.”

Harvey has also said schools should ban openly gay and lesbian teachers and classified the It Gets Better Project as “evil.”

Kids should not be put in the confusing position of having a teacher they like and respect in many ways who’s also known to be practicing homosexual behavior,” Harvey said, and added, “Out and proud homosexuals should not have jobs that involve children.”

Seriously there are no way two ways to put it -  Linda Harvey is a homophobic nut. She is so homophobic that she probably won't sing the Christmas carol "Deck the Halls" because of the line about "gay apparel."

I always get exasperated at folks who question the need to focus attention on the ramblings of some religious right characters. "Why are you giving them so much attention," they ask. "Just ignore them."

Well we can't ignore them because some of them - like the Family Research Council -  have too much power to make our lives a living hell. And in Harvey's case, we shouldn't ignore them because there are times when they are our best weapon. Sure, there are people who probably feel the same way Harvey does, but I feel safe to say that the vast majority of folks who, if listening to the above diatribe, would feel that same way I do.

That Linda Harvey is like a Happy Meal with a few fries short of completion.

Sometimes you have to give homophobes free reign to speak. Hell, amplify their voices if you can. Our path to equality lies with not only folks realizing that we are harmless but that many of those who oppose us are basically out of their minds.

Related post: Linda Harvey and Gary Glenn - the sad meeting of two homophobic people

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glendenb said...

I have to admit she's one of my favorite wingnuts. She's just so openly, unashamedly crazy.

But there's also backstory. Some years ago, she published an article attacking a conference for women in the church. I read the article and emailed it to my then pastor who had in fact attended the conference. She called me laughing and said, "I have no idea what conference this woman attended. I kind of wish I'd been there, it sounds fun." Harvey had apparently read that a group of UU Wiccans was going to attend and had decided the whole conference was some sort of naked nature worship orgy.

In another article, she talks about her experience at seminary and it has one of my all time favorite lines - speaking about one of her professors she wrote:

" I soon became convinced that she was, in violation of the ELCA regulations for ordained ministers, a practicing lesbian."

Gasp! A practicing lesbian! The whole piece about her experience in seminary is a series of such priceless pearl-clutching moments.

And that's kind of why she's one of my favorites - she's such a walking talking cliche. Everything shocks and offends her. She's also so honest about everything she believes. She just spouts off and seems to have no internal editor.

kerry said...

well I would like to claim that very very few christ like people exist-and the rest who claim they are..really are not and don't.

Unknown said...

*repeated headdesk*

I can has Tylenol, plz?

John B. said...

I guess that, more and more, they are finding it necessary to deny reality in order to justify their beliefs and actions.

kevin said...

If gay people don't exist, that means the that for example on the top rated gay sites only animals have active profiles, and not humans.....And the gay marriage trend from New York and other cities are just fake ones.....I think everyone should recognize the gay community, as they recognize other minorities and treat them as human beings because that's what gay people are, a part of the mass.