My AINN colleague Sofia Resnick attended the Awakening conference this past weekend at Liberty University and came away with some interesting reports. There was one session in particular that showed just how craven the anti-gay bigots are. This could easily be a dumbass quote of the day:
“‘Gay’ is a left-wing socio-political construct designed to create grounds for fundamental rights [based on] whimsical capricious desires,” said Ryan Sorba, chairman of the Young Conservatives of California. “Gay identity does not exist.”
His idea, and that of several others there: Stop using the word ‘gay’ and come up with new, really spooky sounding words instead.
Sorba proposed alternatives to the word “gay,” which received approval by a unanimous show of hands by the 40-some audience members:
Later in the discussion, it was suggested that gays should also be referred to as “anti-Christian.”
Oh, there’s more:
Sorba blamed the Republicans for losing what he calls a “war” promulgated by the homosexual lobby.“Our movement decided to abandon the real issue of homosexual behavior … with our major focus around protecting the word marriage,” Sorba said.
For the panelists, the biggest “gay threat” is not just over Christian ideology but over national security.
Matt Barber, the panel’s moderator and a dean at Liberty University, said he served in the military for 12 years. Barber made a case that promoting gays in the military presents a national threat because most gay military men will be more focused on their attraction to other men than on their military duties, saying it comes down to the soldier who “has your back or the one who wants to rub it.”
He also brought up the argument that the high rate of HIV and AIDS in the gay community presents a health risk when it comes to battlefield transfusions.
“Homosexuality is the greatest threat to the criminalization of Christianity,” said Robert Knight, executive director for the American Civil Rights Union and a former editor of the Los Angeles Times.
And then there’s this moronic statement from Sorba:
“A civil right that conflicts with natural right is no right at all,” Sorba said. “”The [homosexual] behavior is immoral. It divides you from truth and what’s the meaning of life. If you don’t have truth, you have nothing but fake.”
He has no idea what a right is, clearly.