Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association delivers the usual fundraising pitch to his followers, blathering on about the horrible oppression of Christians and the overwhelming power of The Gay, especially Michael Sam and his apparently very scary kiss with his boyfriend. But here’s how it starts:
Straight America is scared to death of offending or potentially offending gay, lesbian and transgender people and their powerful movement. It’s really embarrassing to watch. They say “Jump!” and most Americans say, “How high?” Sometimes they just say, “Ju…” and the straight people start doing jumping jacks as fast as they can to show the world they are not homophobic, which is the unforgiveable sin in today’s society.
Uh, Tim…you don’t speak for “straight America.” I’m straight and I’m an American and I’m a gay rights activist. And there are millions of straight people just like me. And it has nothing to do with being “scared to death” of offending anyone, it has to do with my support for equality and fairness. It has to do with my principles as a humanist.
An example of this was the reaction by some to Michael Sam’s mouth to mouth kiss of his lover on EPSN after he was recently drafted by the St. Louis Rams. Sam, who earlier this year announced to the world he is homosexual, was a standout defensive player for the Missouri Tigers.
Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, decided to go “in your face,” both to themselves (literally) and to those watching the draft on television including millions of young boys no doubt. After first kissing without debris, Sam then decided to put some cake in his mouth and go back after Vito for some more affection.
I find it interesting that he thinks they actually decided to do this for some nefarious motive. They were celebrating a moment. Straight athletes do this with their wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends all the time and Wildmon would never accuse them of shoving their heterosexuality in anyone’s face. But if a gay person shows affection, it can only be for some political purpose. Because gay people can’t be caring or affection, they can only be evil.