If the Tables Were Turned on the Anti-Gay Bigots…

This is a few years old but it’s absolutely brilliant. Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin wrote a pamphlet exposing the myths of the “Heterosexual Agenda” (PDF).

Using the same kind of rhetoric and fact-manipulation that the Religious Right groups do, Burroway writes about the evils of heterosexuality:

Heterosexuality is becoming increasingly more difficult to ignore. It is being forced upon us through legislation, taught to our children in school and promoted in the powerful arts/entertainment complex. If it is true that heterosexuality has the destructive effects on the individual and society that many believe, then it behooves us to know our enemy and forestall any further advance of heterosexuality by understanding what it is, what the heterosexual community is up to, and how to answer their arguments in the open marketplace of ideas.

Heterosexuals are clearly obsessed with sex. It’s the only thing separating them from everyone else. They single-handedly invented the sexual revolution with the introduction of “the pill,” and heterosexual promiscuity has become the hallmark of that sex-obsessed lifestyle ever since.

The best part is at the end when Burroway explains each citation he used, where it came from, and how he manipulated it to suit his needs (if necessary). Finally, he offers his own suggestions for how to write you own anti-anti-gay pamphlet:

Step 10: Get really kinky. After wading through all of this sex talk, your reader may have gotten a little desensitized after a while. That’s when you will need to kick it up a notch. Drugs, orgies, bondage, bestiality, polyamory — throw it all in there. Remember, this is all about fear. Don’t hold back now.

(via Boing Boing)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DukeOfOmnium Michael Reap

    The problem is that this is not far off what the more rabid fundies say about actual heterosexual sex, except within very tight bounds.

    • CelticWhisper

      “except within very tight bounds”

      Stop it, you’re turning me on.  Step 10, remember?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    If a man lies with a woman it is an abomination and both of them should be put to death.
    –  Bigotus  20:13

  • Phil

    Change the word heterosexual to homosexual and you have a piece written by Peter Spring, Peter LaBarbera, or possibly, I thought,  Laurie Higgins.  However, I reread the article and realized it didn’t contain the words ontological or volitional, so it must have been one of the two Peters (no pun intended). 

  • Factcheck

    *FACT CHECK:* NO ONE IS BORN LGBT!!! There is NO Scientific proof or any other proof for that matter. 
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT is a BEHAVIORAL CHOICE, people make a conscience choice to alter their sexual behavior from the scientific norm. 
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT can not REPRODUCE without an opposite sex donor. 
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT are NOT identified by their behavior but by who they are as Human Beings created by Adonai (God)
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT ARE NOT HATED BY ANYONE
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT are LOVED, CHERISHED and ACCEPTED as Human Beings created by Adonai (God) 
    *FACT CHECK:* LGBT CAN AT ANYTIME CHOOSE TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, they are NOT locked in to their choice  

    • amycas

       ”*FACT CHECK:* NO ONE IS BORN LGBT!!! There is NO Scientific proof or any other proof for that matter. 
      *FACT
      CHECK:* LGBT is a BEHAVIORAL CHOICE, people make a conscience choice to
      alter their sexual behavior from the scientific norm. ”

      Neither of these even matter. Even if being lgbt is a choice, it’s still not something that would cause any harm to any other person. Everybody has a right to engage in whatever consensual sex they want, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a “behavioral choice.”

      “*FACT CHECK:* LGBT can not REPRODUCE without an opposite sex donor. ”

      Neither can infertile heterosexual people, or old couples for that matter. Should we ban those relationships too?

      “*FACT CHECK:* LGBT are NOT identified by their behavior but by who they are as Human Beings created by Adonai (God)”

      For somebody who seems to put stock in scientific evidence*, you sure do like to make assertions about the supernatural. Where’s your scientific evidence that this “Adonai” even exists?

      “*FACT CHECK:* LGBT ARE NOT HATED BY ANYONE”

      The thing is, a lot of people claim they don’t hate lgbt people. They claim they love and cherish them. The problem is that “hate” is not just an emotion. Hate is not only evidenced by someone saying,”I hate you.” Hate is also an action. One can show they hate a person without saying it, just as one can show they love someone without saying it. You can have whatever religious beliefs you want on the subject, and I wouldn’t necessarily call it hate (I might call it unfortunate). However, when you and those who agree with you, go out and try to make laws that limit the rights of lgbt people, that is hate. When you and people who agree with you, kick their own child out of the house because that child is lgbt, that is hate. When you and people like you encourage “kill the gays” bills in other countries and contribute to the homophobic social atmosphere that leads to such laws, that is hate.

      “*FACT CHECK:* LGBT are LOVED, CHERISHED and ACCEPTED as Human Beings created by Adonai (God)”

      Another assertion without evidence. I’ll just take this from Hitchens and say,”what is asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

      “*FACT CHECK:* LGBT CAN AT ANYTIME CHOOSE TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, they are NOT locked in to their choice ”

      This is the same thing as your first two statements. Again: Who cares? It doesn’t matter if it’s their choice. We didn’t give black people civil rights because they don’t have a choice of whether or not to be black. If tomorrow, we had a pill that could turn all black people into white people, would we be justified in taking away the civil rights of those who chose to remain black? No, we wouldn’t. It’s not about whether what differentiates us is a choice, it’s about whether or not that difference takes away our common humanity. I would argue that the choice–if it could accurately be called such a thing–to be lgbt does not take away any of their humanity, thus they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        *applause*

      • Levon Mkrtchyan

        I love this response! Way to not be lead astray by the discussion of behavioral choices.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      *FACT CHECK* HOMOPHOBIC FAITH-JUNKIES WILL LIE TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, AND THERE IS A LONG RECORD OF THE ANTI-GAY LIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD.

      The good news is, their homophobia, their hate, their faith, and their lies are all CHOICES. They are NOT locked in to this behavior, and with the right stimulus CAN change.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eukota Darrell Ross

      @73918580979f27116bf278d980b67129:disqus 
      Completely irrelevant. Whether or not it is a choice does not matter.
      People should be allowed to choose who they want to marry.

    • Piet Puk

      Ok, I’ve checked all of these ‘facts’ and have to inform you that they are not facts.
      You are either very stupid, or very dishonest. Probably both.

    • Baby_Raptor

      None of these are true, with the exception of needing a sperm donor. None. 

      Please stop spreading falsehoods. You’re not helping anything. You’re hurting people. Real people. Real people who’ve done nothing wrong, and nothing at all to you. 
      Go research the truth. 

    • Bender

       

      *FACT CHECK:* LGBT is a BEHAVIORAL CHOICE, people make a conscience
      choice to alter their sexual behavior from the scientific norm.

      It isn’t, but let’s pretend for a second it is.  SO FUCKING WHAT?

      • sunburned

         I always follow this up with the question “When did you decide to become heterosexual?  When did you make the choice not to get turned on by people of the same sex?”.

    • Claire

      *FACT CHECK:* NO ONE IS BORN HETEROSEXUAL!! There is NO Scientific proof or any other proof for that matter.
      *FACT CHECK:* HETEROSEXUALITY is a BEHAVIORAL CHOICE, people make a conscience choice to alter their sexual behavior from the scientific norm.
      *FACT CHECK:* Heterosexuals can not REPRODUCE without an opposite sex donor.
      *FACT CHECK:* HETEROSEXUALS CAN AT ANYTIME CHOOSE TO CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOR, they are NOT locked in to their choice

      Just swap a word and see the fun.

      (Also I didn’t choose to like ladies AND gentlemen unless some divine magical person sat me down and say “So I see you didn’t erase fully these checked boxes under ‘attraction to what gender’ before you jetted out of the womb, so you’re going to see both as cute” during puberty)

      • banana slug

        Hanging chad?

    • Baal

       Adonai?  wth, I thought i knew nearly all of the more common weird US faiths.  The google tubes suggest it’s hebrew  for master.  You must be from a lesser know branch of fundamentalism? 
      Also,  I didn’t have to read a word of your post ‘factcheck’ to know it would be anti-gay / xtian flat out false or hateful in message and meaning.  The excessive use of caps and formatting is a big tip off. 
      Also also, do you mean to yell?  That’s what it looks like you’re doing and most folks do not do that when they want to be taken seriously.

      • John

         I remember the word coming up a lot when I went to a friend’s bar mitzvah years ago, but that’s the only time I’ve ever heard it.

      • amycas

         It’s another name for the god of the Bible, but it’s more common in Judaism. A lot of fundamentalist Christians these days have a weird Judaism fetish, so they co-opted and began using some of the Jewish names for god. It’s almost like they are trying to make their own Christianity feel more legitimate by piggy-backing on the older tradition of Judaism…

    • WildRumpus67

       no.

    • Persephone

       Christ, what an asshole.