April 8, 2014

The Foundations of Violence

The reason anyone would attack anyone else over homosexuality is homophobia. So the answer to lessening violence lies in disabling its foundations: to combat homophobia. This means homophobia even in its genteel forms, which give aid and support to its more violent forms.

For instance, the notion that homosexuality is contagious — giving rise to fears that it will spread and infect heterosexuals and make them do things they do not want to do —stems from the notion that it is a disease to be cured, a pathology to be repaired. The homophobic basis of "reparative therapy" is not an innocent bystander, nor is the refuge, "But it is in Scripture" sufficient to warrant a claim of innocence. In case no one noticed, racism is in Scripture, deeply so, and it remains in place, systematized and supported even by the church, in spite of the Gospel and the Apostolic urgings against it, even to this day. It is in within living memory that the Dutch Reformed Church apologized for apartheid.

But back to homophobia: The idea that "if everyone were homosexual it would be the end of humanity" is indeed a frightening thought, so frightening I wonder why otherwise calm folks will make such an observation. They too should be reminded that the same is true of celibacy. Yet "moderates" will still make this or related observations about homosexuality and its alleged threat to society (often in the milder form of parroting the unproven thesis that it is best for a child to be raised by a mixed-sex couple). This is nothing more than a perverse application of a Kantian categorical imperative, and even if true would really say nothing than that it is an ideal that is often unrealized.

Moral: African violence against homosexual persons is empowered and encouraged even by those for whom the violence it engenders is repugnant.
I rather think, QED.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


Paul (A.) said...

If we kill everyone we don't like it would be the end of humanity.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Thanks, Paul. Wasn't it Gandhi who observed, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"? On a more popular note, wasn't there a Twilight Zone episode about a man who wanted all the "bad people" to die...?

All in all, I think this is why Jesus offered the better way of loving one's enemies, blessing those who hurt you, &c.

Unknown said...

Why not "out" all the bishops? Put the fear of god into the hypocrites!

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Fred, while I do not believe personally in "outing" someone -- as I think there is a right to privacy -- if I had knowledge of a closeted gay bishop who was speaking publicly against gays, I would contact him personally and strongly urge him to stop, for the good of his own soul. I don't know the bishops well enough to know of any in this particular circumstance.