I happen to catch this little paragraph from the Americans for Truth website in a post that trys desparately to demonize all GLBT folks as perverts. Peter tries to link just about every fetish out there with gay people. Problem for Peter is that his story only provides evidence he “hates” gay people since he neglects to give you ALL the information. Peter neglects to point out that just as many heterosexuals engage in festish activities as homosexuals. Anyway, I will let you read this absurd notion, then break it down below:
The truth that homosexual practitioners and their defenders hate to hear is this: it’s all perversion: homosexuality, bisexuality, transsexuality, sadism, masochism, BDSM, rubber-mania and assorted “fetishes.” The good news is that God is long on mercy and grace, and He will take you back if you believe in His Son and humbly repent — no matter what you once did or how you once identified yourself.
As I have said before the difference between hate speech and religious opposition to homosexuality is the end result of the speech. Does the writer want the reader to hate GLBT folks or see them as “bad people”. The answer here is clear. Peter wants you to believe the gay people are all perverts who enage in bad behaviors. Reality is that heterosexuals engage in the same behaviors, but he doesn’t talk about that. He also want you to believe “all” gay people engage in this list of fetishes when in reality only a small percentage of gays and lesbians take any interest in such acts.
Peter follows this rubbish and hate with a crazy notion that people should repent. I have learned that the word “repent” really means “believe and do as I do” because anything less than that is usually not good enough. Peter is trying to convince others that gay people can change their sexuality through GOD, the issue I have with this is multi-layered. First, Peter needs to convince me their is a god. I cannot choose to repent by his standards because I cannot choose to believe in god, especially his. No one is capable of making themselves believe in god. This is easily demonstrated by asking yourself to believe in one of the many gods you don’t, can you? I cannot make myself believe in Peter LaBarbera’s version of god anymore than Peter can “make” himself believe in Thor or Ganesh. So, this whole call to others to repent sounds good on paper but doesn’t hold up to reason and rational thinking. Rational people know that you cannot make yourself believe something simply by choice. There must be evidence to spark belief and a “choice” is not evidence.
Peter is asking people to believe that folks can change their sexual orientation, but it appears you can only achieve this scientific event through unscientific means. If it were true that people could change such innate pieces of self, then it would be possible for this to be done without “god.” So we now have two things Peter is claiming that have absolutely no evidence of truth: 1) Evidence that one can “choose” to repent when they do not believe in god and 2) people can change their sexual orientation (with or without the help of this “god”).
Peter isn’t interested in telling the truth as he states. He is filling his need to make others dislike and fear homosexuals as much as he does. He needs to believe this and he needs you to believe it. The question will always remain, why?
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