Rooney’s Bizarre Bigotry

Ray Rooney, Jr. of the American Family Association is, like most anti-gay bigots, simply obsessed with gay sex. They think more about gay sex than any gay person I’ve ever known. And that’s the real problem with homosexuality, Rooney says, that gay people allegedly want you to know all about their sex lives.

What I find perverse about homosexuality is the insistence from the gay community that I should know about their sexual proclivities. Normal people understand that sex is an extremely intimate and therefore private act. I would find it troubling, if not disgusting, for anyone to talk publicly about what kind of sex they like to practice. Normal people do not want to broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives. There is something wrong with those who want complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with…

I’m just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they want to have sex with!…

I wonder if all the stories making the news today about bakers and florists being forced to cater to homosexuals would be stories but for people announcing who they like to have sex with? I mean, did the offended customers come in and ask for a wedding cake or flowers for their wedding and were denied service because they looked like homosexuals? Or did the customer come in and announce their sexual preference and then demand service? I suspect the latter.

Uh, Mr. Rooney…the only one thinking about gay sex here is you. If the first and only thing that comes to your mind when someone even mentions being gay is what kind of sex they have, you’re the one with the problem. Those discrimination cases he speaks of of have all involved same-sex weddings. It’s not like they walked in the door of the flower shop and screamed “I love having anal sex” at the top of their lungs. All they did was was order a cake for a same-sex wedding.

I just don’t get this obsession. If you see a co-worker with a picture of their wife or husband on their desk, do you immediately think about the kind of sex they have? Of course not. But if Rooney sees someone with a picture of their same-sex spouse, that’s not only the first thing he thinks of, it’s the only thing he thinks of. Gay people are, in his mind, nothing more than a set of genitals. And then he blames the object of his bigotry for his obsessions. That’s far more perverse than anything going on in anyone’s bedroom.

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  • John Pieret

    Normal people do not want to broadcast to the world the details of their sex lives.

    Yeah, no one would suspect what is going to happen when a heterosexual couple leave their wedding to go on their honeymoon.

  • dugglebogey

    It doesn’t take Freud to figure this one out….

  • tfkreference

    After the Rorschach test, my shrink told me I was obsessed with sex.

    I replied , “Im obsessed with sex? You’re the one with the dirty pictures!”

  • ah58

    How long do you think it will be until he’s caught pulling a Haggard?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “If you see a co-worker with a picture of their wife or husband on their desk, do you immediately think about the kind of sex they have?

    Yes.

    “Of course not.”

    Oh. I meant “no”.

    “Gay people are, in his mind, nothing more than a set of genitals.”

    That’s ridiculous. Even if they were only genitals, gay person would be a set of genitals. Gay people would be a bunch of sets of them. That’s just basic homomath.

    Alternately:

    Now you’re just being ridiculous. They are not “nothing more than a set of genitals”. In his mind they’re multiple sets of genitals, vigorously and heatedly rubbing near, in, on and around other sets of similar genitals.*

    “And then he blames the object of his bigotry for his obsessions.”

    Obviously. I mean, it’s not his fault that he pulls one off every time he thinks of them and their homogay mansex. Whose fault is it, if not theirs?

    * Phone 555-5681 for clumsy, off-putting phone sex with Modusoperandi. He’s waiting for your call.

  • jenl

    So basically, this guy is saying that there’d be no issue with getting your wedding cake or flowers if only you didn’t “announce” that you’re a same-sex couple by bringing your spouse-to-be along with you to taste cakes or select flowers?

    He really thinks that the solution is for one person to pick out the cake, the other to pick out the flowers, and neither to list both names on the order? (Oh, and tell the baker that you’ll pick out the cake topper separately, and put it on after the cake’s delivered.)

    So that the cater/florist only finds out this was a same-sex wedding after they’ve pulled up in their delivery vans. Because OF COURSE at that point, the florist or baker will be perfectly sweet and kind and professional on your big day. No big scenes will be thrown, no finishing touches will be less than perfect. All will be happy. Yes? Or maybe Mr. Rooney thinks you should hide it from the caterer/florist until AFTER the wedding, when you send honeymoon pictures?

  • exdrone

    Uh, Mr. Rooney…the only one thinking about gay sex here is you. If the first and only thing that comes to your mind when someone even mentions being gay is what kind of sex they have, you’re the one with the problem.

    A more charitable way of putting it is that Mr. Rooney seems to have an amazing ability to filter out the pervasive onslaught of heterosexual pornography on the net, sexual innuendo on TV, erotic imagery in advertising and explicit sexual content in the movies. He does us a great service to ignore all these distractions in order to obsess about homosexual inferences.

  • Red-Green in Blue

    What @jenl said.

    And even if someone in a same-sex relationship did “announce their sexual preference and then demand service”, perhaps it was because of previous experiences of not mentioning it up-front (to avoid confrontation), only to have service abruptly withdrawn when his or her sexuality became apparent, causing heartache and much wasted time.

  • DaveL

    I like to put it this way:

    I say “consenting adults”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “marriage equality”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “insurance benefits”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “hospital visitation”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “adoption”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “intestate inheritance”, they think “anal sex”.

    I say “immigration sponsorship”, they think “anal sex”.

    And they think gay people are the sick ones.

  • http://www.themindisaterriblething.com shripathikamath

    I’m just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they want to have sex with!…

    I guess he is more accepting of people being specific. Good, now we can tell him that he should have sex with himself.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Funny how the only people I’ve ever overheard talking about their sex lives in public places are straight. I guess all the gay ones who do that ive near this Rooney guy.

  • cptdoom

    “Dear Hustler: I know this sounds unbelievable, but it’s a true story…”

    Yeah none of my straight guy friends ever talk about their sex lives (and I also happen to have the most amazing bridge to sell you).

  • Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Homophobic bigots object to extending marriage rights to any two consenting adults because they don’t want to have to admit to their children that same-sex love exists. Therefore, reality must be “edited” to conform to their fantasy of a perfect world. Otherwise, children might learn that some men love men and some women love women and that might make them gay. (Don’t these people remember being young?)

    It’s really a demand to ruin other people’s lives for the sake of maintaining a fantasy.

    The last I heard, we were entitled to our own beliefs, not our own facts.

  • had3

    Tfkreference @#3, I recall the rest of the punch line being, “because I can smell your fingers.” Or something like that.

    :)

  • Alverant

    “I mean, did the offended customers come in and ask for a wedding cake or flowers for their wedding and were denied service because they looked like homosexuals? Or did the customer come in and announce their sexual preference and then demand service? I suspect the latter.”

    So if two people of the same gender going to a wedding cake shop and say they’d like a cake for their wedding, that’s demanding service? How is that different from an opposite gender couple doing the same thing? Seriously, this guy hasn’t said anything that describes how homosexual couples announce their sex lives to everyone that hetrosexual couples don’t already do.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula PZ Myers

    Strangely, I have never had a homosexual person tell me in detail what they do behind closed doors.

    Even more strangely, I have had heterosexual men brag to me in grand detail what they do to women behind closed doors.

    I guess Mr Rooney and I associate with different kinds of people.

  • lofgren

    Even more strangely, I have had heterosexual men brag to me in grand detail what they do to women behind closed doors.

    I have not been totally spared graphic descriptions from gay men, but graphic descriptions of sex between straight men are such an ingrained aspect of our culture that we have a term for it: Lockerroom talk.

  • lofgren

    To be clear, the descriptions are being shared amongst straight men. The straight men are not having sex with each other.

  • lofgren

    Usually.

  • Alex

    So I’ve heard some gay men don’t even like anal sex. I know, sounds crazy, right?

    @ah58,

    How long do you think it will be until he’s caught pulling a Haggard?

    Although it’s always nice to hear Zimmerman extend his song again, let’s not always assume by default that anti-gay bigots are really mostly closeted gay people. It’s too simple an explanation, and it all too comfortably puts the blame on “the gays”.

  • billyeager

    Can I just get a clarification on something here?

    Are homophobic bigots against heterosexual anal sex too? Because, as far as I am aware, ‘teh gays’ don’t own teh buttsecs. Teh gays own being sexually attracted to people of their own gender, but, surely, they do not have dominion over anal-play?

    Because, if they do, I would like to, loudly, announce that my wife and I are gay for each other.

    Yes. Each other.

  • Alex

    billyeager,

    Yes, it seems to be causing much gaiety…

  • francesc

    @21 Well, the OT is pretty explicit about anal sex (sodomy), withouth specifying that the rule only aplies for gay anal sex. So my guess is that yes, they are against anal sex if they are not having it at that moment. The OT is also against onanism. In general, you could say that they are against his neighbour having fun while having sex.

    Rooney’s is fine about gays as far as he doesn’t see them, hear them or if they don’t sit beside him. Totally not homophobic.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “* Phone 555-5681 for clumsy, off-putting phone sex with Modusoperandi. He’s waiting for your call.”

    Hi, I’m into OT sexplay. If I call you will you tell me that you’re wearing a mixed-fiber thong and having a nice appetizer of garlic shrimp before your entrée of Veal Marsala? I love dirty talk!!

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I worked at a florist in Tampa back in the winter of 1986. I was hit on by one of the 13 GAY MEN designers (there were a couple of teh GAY ladeez, too) and lived with another one for a few months–that man had a sense of humor {;>)–but in five months I was never told by any of them that they wanted to fuck me up the ass, nor was I ever told anything about their sex lives.

  • Who Knows?

    Alex @ 20

    Although it’s always nice to hear Zimmerman extend his song again, let’s not always assume by default that anti-gay bigots are really mostly closeted gay people. It’s too simple an explanation, and it all too comfortably puts the blame on “the gays”.

    Thank you for saying this.

  • Alex

    @Who Knows?

    You’re welcome, I always made that joke in the past, and would point my finger at the usual cases after they had been outed and cheerfully exclaim “ha, told you so”, and never thought that there is anything wrong with it. Until a few years ago, someone around these parts here (probably Josh) pointed out how this is problematic, and I thought… hey, I had never thought about it that way. It is just too tempting.

  • oranje

    “I’m just sick of hearing about how one group of people demand that everyone in the world accept who they want to have sex with!”

    Someone hasn’t listened to a pack of dudebros on any college campus, then.

  • Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Teh gays own being sexually attracted to people of their own gender

    *ahem*

  • =8)-DX

    So this is like the batman = “man dressed like a bat” mental trick?

    I mean even taking it to the extreme, when Rooney hears gay does he insert “people who want complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with”? As in “there was a couple of people who wanted complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with holding hands in the park”, “I just went down to the bar for people who want complete strangers to know who they like to have sex with” or “I was recently at a wedding where both brides wanted everyone to know who they like to have sex with.”

    I seem to be missing the problem here. Doesn’t everyone let complete strangers know who they like to have sex with every day in a whole host of activities? I mean I do.

  • freehand

    Markita Lynda—threadrupt (Don’t these people remember being young?)

    No, I do not believe that these people were ever young. The Southern Baptist churches I grew up in seemed determined to stamp out joy and spontaneity wherever it reared its fearsome head. Jesus died on the cross for you. Was he having fun?

  • =8)-DX

    @billyeager

    *slow clap*

    Yeah of course. But the problem here is rather more complicated:

    1) The bigots pretend only “perverts” would want to have anal sex – for example for Catholics almost all non-vanilla, non-PIV sex is sinful and forbidden.

    2) The bigots assume that all gay men have and enjoy anal sex.

    So the logical conclusion of this is: A) I see an openly heterosexual couple – I know nothing of what they do in bed. B) I see an openly homosexual couple of men – I feel they are communicating to me they have anal sex.

    @modusoperandi

    “If you see a co-worker with a picture of their wife or husband on their desk, do you immediately think about the kind of sex they have?

    Yes.

    Seconded. I tend to think about people I look at having sex quite frequently. That’s perfectly normal – it’s like imagining people on the toilet. What can be quite unnerving is the way I have this highly unpleasant nagging feeling of wanting to kiss any person (male or female) who is in my personal space in a work/business setting. Of course I’ve never acted on that, but it can be rather distracting..