It seems like just yesterday that I read this in the New Yorker:
Carl Paladino, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, … described gay-pride parades as ‘disgusting’; denounced his rival, Andrew Cuomo, for taking his children, aged twelve and fifteen, to the gay-pride parade in New York City; and declared his hostility to same-sex marriage. You don’t have to argue for any kind of equivalency between, say, the lynching of three gay men and the intemperate remarks of a politician to acknowledge that, in the use of a word like ‘disgusting,’ something ugly and fundamental is being revealed, the id in the ideology.”
That’s probably because I did read it yesterday. Thanks to the heroic properties of the fish oil and green tea I imbibe daily, I can retain information that long. All New Agery aside, I thought of it when I read the first comment on the N&O’s report that a Raleigh man has been arrested on child porn charges. Courtesy of CityofOaksBoy, here it is in its glorious entirety:
Hey, why arrest this guy? He was just born that way. Just let him join the army.”
On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog (don’t ask, don’t tell!), but they sure know when you’re an ignorant bigot. Equating homosexuality with sexual predation of children is foolish and cruel. It both demeans gays and makes light of the suffering of children forced into sexual acts. Not only that, but the Vatican got there first. Lucky for us, though, part of CityofOaksBoy’s problem is that he’s getting lonely in his sad prejudice. As the New Yorker goes on to point out:
[T]here is plenty of evidence that Paladino-like sentiments are in eclipse. … Sympathy for the right to marry and other civil rights tends to go along with a growing acceptance of the proposition that homosexuality is not a choice but something close to inborn, making it more like race or gender and less like the breezy life-style ‘option’ that Paladino’s remarks suggest.”
While that may bother some Internet commenters, it’s the dawn of a better day for the rest of us.