Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The theater of the absurd?
There is power in words. All emphasis below is my own.
A new catch phrase caught fire before the holidays among Conservatives. After a Macy's employee refused a transgender woman access to their women's dressing room, the media storm fueled the following:
"The LGBT agenda has become the theater of the absurd.”
Scott Ross wrote: "Over the past three years, we have witnessed a dramatic rise in pro-homosexual activism resulting in misguided policies that cater to a small minority of people while creating unnecessary threats to a vast majority of others."
In a brochure from the Family Research Council: "Discrimination occurs when someone is unjustly denied some benefit or opportunity. But it must first be demonstrated that such persons deserve to be treated equally."
Last week a 14-year-old Girl Scout called for a boycott of cookie sales, in protest of Girl Scout chapters allowing transgender girls to participate as members of the organization. Again, the power of words. In her YouTube video she said GSA "cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does my safety and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts."
The video was originally posted on a website called "Honest Girl Scouts." They state that their aim is to educate, enlighten, uncover facts and insist on a return to the traditional values listed in the Girl Scouts of USA Congressional Charter that includes the words: "...qualities of truth,... purity..."
Power in words.
I would like to start with full disclosure. At one time in my life I said many of the very same things. I'm not proud of it. In fact, I'm mortified that I ever believed or thought such things. So, I have a great deal of understanding and actual empathy for those who do. At the time, I truly believed I was right. I had a great deal of fear over "doing the right thing" and really wanting to please God. I believed that one day I would stand in front of the maker of the universe and would have to justify my actions and words. I wanted to get it right. With that very positive motive, I was also getting it dead wrong. In my effort to avoid judgement and condemnation, I was actually creating it in the world around me.
I have since forgiven myself. Just writing it, though, breaks my heart again.
I say that to say this ... again: there is power in words.
All that I emphasized above is implying that those who are LGBT are wildly unreasonable, inappropriate, illogical, dangerous, menacing, risky, dishonest, liars and immoral. Giant, suffocating blanket statements about entire groups of people.
Horrible vicious words.
Shame on me for having ever allowed myself to hear and believe such a thing.
Shame on me for not standing against this sooner.
Shame on me for assuming and not connecting with and knowing ... actual people. Beautiful, amazing people who do not want special treatment. They simply want to be accepted and have the same rights as every other human.
Pretty harsh to shame myself. Absolutely. SHAME ON ME. I took part in treating others as less than myself. SHAME ON ME. I believed there should be distinctions between my rights and theirs. SHAME ON ME. Even when I had my doubts and things just weren't lining up in my heart and my head and my Bible, I just listened and regurgitated what talk radio and James Dobson fed me. SHAME ON ME.
For as long as scouting has existed, there have been gay boys camping in tents and lesbian girls sharing camp bathrooms. There have been boys who know and believe they were born girls and girls who know and believe they were born boys ... selling cookies, tying knots, having sleepovers, and earning merit badges. I don't recall reading about these children making sexual advances on other kids and creating chaos.
I haven't read this because LGBT youth have been busy creating other things: fun, joy, friendship, beauty and love. They have always been there and I didn't know it and you didn't know it because ... they're just kids.
The LGBT agenda is not the theater of the absurd.
I declare today that it is the theater of the beautiful. Theater of the awesome. Theater of the equal. Theater of the lovely. Theater of the accepting.
The LGBT agenda is the theater of love.