Christian writer Os Guinness did an interview with David Brody of the 700 Club and made the truly idiotic claim that there is a tradeoff between gay rights and women’s rights because “many of the cultures where you have a high view of homosexuality have a very low view of women.”
His example is ancient Sparta, which he claims was “strong on homosexuals but it was very bad on women.” Seriously? Virtually every society of the time was very bad on women, including the stridently anti-gay culture that wrote the Bible, which treats both gay people and women with outright barbarism. Indeed, I would argue that the two are closely linked. One of the primary components of homophobia is misogyny. This is why we constantly hear the criticism that gay men “act like women” — because acting like a woman is viewed as a very bad thing.
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