Doug Wilson – Justifying Homophobia and Other Rank Silliness

Doug Wilson – Justifying Homophobia and Other Rank Silliness January 26, 2020

As usual Doug Wilson of Blog and Mablog manages to come to the most wrong conclusions. In this very first piece he claims that making a homophobic statement while protesting something completely unrelated is a okay. That the world overreacts to throw out bon mots. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t the Bible state that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks?

This is mercifully short for Doug.  Plus it is a fictional situation and people he’s concocted:

“Faith Memorial was an older, established church, and so it was kind of surprising to everyone when they found themselves in the midst of a controversy. That occurred because one of the assistant pastors had been speaking at a city council hearing about the expansion of a parking lot at a mall near his home, and he had made a comment in passing about the LGBTQ agenda. That was not the point of the hearing, and he was speaking in his capacity as a private citizen, but a local television station aired the clip with his connection to the church and the name of the church prominently displayed. The controversy largely swirled around the demands for an apology that descended on the church. The pastor insisted that the assistant pastor not apologize, and so the church went through about three weeks of unabated controversy, which was, for some of the parishioners, a complete novelty.

They didn’t like being on the world’s bad side, and yet they also knew that it is usually considered bad form for a soldier to bolt right after the shooting starts. And so it came about that Herman Peaton and his wife Gina began to find that the sermons were not nearly as edifying as they had been in years past. Leaving a church out of friendship with the world seemed too much like Demas, and so it became necessary to leave the church because the pastor was no longer “preaching Christ.” If you are going to leave a church for no good reason, you really need to find a good reason.”


I don’t know, rampant homophobia and hate speech sounds like a dandy reason to leave a church from here. Sure does not line up with the words of Jesus.


And now for the silliest words of Doug this week:

“Grown-up life is just a continuation of high school, a fact overlooked by everyone else.”

No, no, no, NO!  Maybe for some of the more shallow, less emotionally developed and immature people in this world, or for those stuck in a high demand religious organization. But for most folks life is nothing like high school. Comparing life in high school to real adult life is sort of like equating the two parts of “The Wizard of Oz.” The black and white real life sequences, to the full color fantasy sequences. High school being black and white and rather dull compared to the possibilities we experience in life, the ups and downs, the burgeoning potentials, the wide open Cinemascope possibilities. Even the depths of despair, disappointments and tough times are different.

If you think your life is like high school chances are you’ve not done any real growth or change since high school!

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  • AFo

    Was Doug popular in high school? I have a hard time believing it, but I also can’t see any other reason why he’d want his adult life to mimic it. What he really wants is to be able to do/say what he wants and get away with it because he’s a white man and everyone else should know their place.

  • Whitney Currie

    When you claim to have the moral high ground, don’t be surprised when people hold you to that: You don’t get to whine when others call you out on it.

    Grown-up life is just a continuation of high school, a fact overlooked by everyone else.

    This is only true if you insist on behaving like you’re still in high school. The rest of us decided to grow up and be adults.

  • NoOne of Consequence

    “Grown-up life is just a continuation of high school, a fact overlooked by everyone else.”

    Is it just me or did he just essentially say “everyone is wrong but me!”? Because in my experience that is never, ever true.

    “If you are going to leave a church for no good reason, you really need to find a good reason.”

    Not wanting to associate with bigots is pretty damn far from no good reason. He seems to mean “if I don’t like your reasons you need new ones that I do like” which is seriously self-centered.

  • Polytropos

    Honestly Doug, if your adult life is just like high school, it’s time for you to sit down and review your life choices.

  • Saraquill

    High school was extremely abu5ive to me. They justified their awful by stating this was preparation for the “real world,” which was far worse than school. Only the select few, who went above and beyond championing the school’s party line would be blessed. People like me were doomed to suffer for not remaking ourselves in the school’s vision. School was also keen on breaking federal law where I was concerned.

    I’m happy grown up life is different.

  • Saraquill

    On another Patheos blog community, a group of people ganged up on me, trying to talk me into the dubious benefits of h0mophobia. The weird part is, this community prides itself on being the liberal antithesis of Doug, Larry, Nancy and company.

  • SAO

    The CPM world has struck me as like high school — a bunch of immature people focusing on appearances and condemning those who aren’t cool. Substitute Godly/modest/Christian for cool and, like HS cool, base it on nothing more than appearances and the only difference is that high students have the excuse of age for their immaturity. Adults like Wilson don’t.

    Sensible people don’t take the dramas and traumas of HS seriously. They certainly don’t give a damn what people with the mental maturity of teens think of them. So, no, life isn’t like HS, unless you let it be.

  • Whitney Currie

    I think most of us would agree with that last statement. I know there’s not enough money in the world to convince me to go back.


  • Meurig ap Gweirydd

    I love the Jimmy Carter quote about Jesus not saying a single word against homosexuality, especially when He most definitely had words to say against adulterers. Strange that “Christians” excel at the one thing Jesus spoke out against most loudly but complain most loudly against the one thing Jesus said nothing about.

    No wonder the most uneducable people want life to be like high school, when being they could get by with stupidity and bullying.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Oh my! That’s all kinds of crazy.

  • Keith Taylor

    ‘S right. Jesus never said a word about homosexuals – though Paul said plenty, all of it bad — at least nothing that ever was recorded in the gospels. But he had a lot to say about self-righteous hypocrites and religious authorities who resemble tombs, whitewashed on the outside, full of rot and corruption inside.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    Paul just thought no-one should have s3x. Gay s3x is the worst though because no-one gets punished by subsequently dying in childbirth.

  • smrnda

    Most people who didn’t like high school take solace in the adult world having been very much not the same. Those nostalgic for high school are kind of the same, but in the opposite direction.

    Even community college is totally different than high school, and that might be the closest transition you can make.

  • If the “real world” were just like HS, I’d be long dead. The pressure of HS made me literally suicidally depressed.