Saturday, August 11, 2012

Waaaaah! The gays are picking on me!!!

In the middle of the fest about Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan, here is something we missed, but I'm sure the National Organization for Marriage won't.

Hold on to your hula hoops because this first paragraph is hilarious:

The gay movement is not a random assortment of motley rebels. It is highly organized, with major nerve centers in places like the Human Rights Coalition. The movement has its prominent generals, such as Dan Savage and Wayne Besen.

In other words, this is a movement equipped to pick its battles. In 1999, history was made because Vermont's high court legalized same-sex civil unions. The battle plan then could have been to focus on civil unions, forging a new model of romantic commitment in a nation where the old notion of "marriage" had long suffered from stasis.

That sounds like something coming from Bryan Fischer or Porno Pete LaBarbera, but guess who wrote that hilarious missive.

Oscar Robert Lopez, whom I wrote about earlier this week. Lopez is a self-described bisexual college professor who claims that he was raised in a same-sex household and that made his life difficult.

I don't have a problem with that. But what I do have a problem with is that Lopez is slowly but surely attempting to make himself the point man in what is becoming a quiet war waged against same-sex couples raising children.

In that same piece about his childhood, he vouched for a recent study on gay parenting that has come under fire for numerous errors.

The paragraph above (which insults me personally because I thought I was a general in the gay rights movement) is from a new piece he wrote claiming that the gay community is waging a war against him because of his earlier piece.

Without going into actual detail, Lopez channels Vanessa Redgrave when she played Mary of Scotland on the way to the chopping block:

Since my article came out, I have been through far worse than I ever thought would happen. My job is at risk, and worst of all, my coworkers received an e-mail from a gay rights organization with the title "COMPLAINT AGAINST CSUN'S ROBERT LOPEZ: GAY BASHER." Soon I got e-mails from administrators. People really investigate claims like this.

Gay basher?

What the heck has this movement come to?

For God's sake, I am a bisexual raised by a lesbian couple, who helped countless people dying of AIDS. I've spent my life cleaning up the messes left by gay politics. I wrote an honest essay. That's bashing?

The gay marriage movement has finally crossed the line into insanity. They must burn their own villages to save them from their phantasmal bullies. All the real things that gays could do to improve their real problems are right before their eyes: be humane to one another, forgive others, care for their most needy, and most of all, pick their battles. Support pro-life politicians and adopt foster kids saved from abortion. Vote for Republicans who believe in school vouchers, get bullied gays into safer schools... But they choose not to. They have dedicated themselves to a scorched-earth campaign for gay marriage.

In between giving command performances of Mary, Queen of Scots, Lopez goes into detail about his personal life. Let those who do such things ruminate. I won't.

I would rather point out how he generalizes about the gay community. I'm not saying that he is lying about his persecution claims, but I don't think that it's a part of a larger effort to silence him.

And the irony is that while he accuses the gay community of missing the larger picture, it is obvious that he is a little blind himself. He mentions several things that we could be doing instead of pushing for marriage equality. Allow me to point out just how clueless he is:

Lopez - Support pro-life politicians and adopt foster kids saved from abortion.

Reality - First of all, how many "pro-life" politicians do you know believe in the concept of gay equality? Secondly, gays and lesbians are already adopting children, period. However if those supporting Lopez have their way, we won't even be allowed to do this.

Lopez - Vote for Republicans who . . . get bullied gays into safer schools...

Reality - And how many Republicans will actually speak about bullied gay students. And also, where has Lopez been when GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) have been doing their job about bullying? Where was Lopez when Dan Savage began "It Gets Better."  I find it hard to believe that Lopez doesn't know about Savage's work seeing that he chose to name him as a "general" in the gay rights movement (yeah I'm still pissed about that).

Basically it come down to this - I don't know what Lopez is facing but him playing the victim seems to follow the familiar blueprint of religious right organizations and figures when the gay community reacts to them calling us out.

I'm certainly not in favor of his job being in jeopardy (IF this is the case), nor am I in favor of name-calling, but the bottom line is this:

Don't screw with our families and expect us not to react.

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