With isocrat.org I've been pouring over all my old files and looking at a lot of anti-gay material. It's exhausting stuff. Much of it should be taken seriously, but I keep coming across some arguments that by now, instead of looking like a real argument against rights in need of serious reply, just put a smile on my face. They've become the arguments I actually enjoy encountering. I thought I'd collect my top three:
1. "Extension cords have a male and female end. That's why being gay is bad". This argument also comes in the pipe fitting variety. Ah, how to counter the impenetrable argument by hardware? This argument of geometry is similar in fun to the "homosexuality is unnatural; you'll never see it in nature" argument, with creation being as ripe as it is with homosexuality. I guess the men using this one think they fell in love with their wives after doing some sort of morphology calculation about what fits where? It's not about a purposeful attachment, love, dedication... Eh, it's just plain fun when people want to look to their electrical outlets for moral guidance, isn't it?
2. "I know all about gays; I am one." Take the gay guy with the disapproving family who sneaked around with his orientation, did things he thought were wrong, or failed miserably in all his relationships and then "escaped the gay lifestyle"; he'll be the guy the other side will use for testimonials about how the gays live. It's the only area I can think of where the worse you are at something the more likely you'll be taken as an expert on it (liberal readers may insert Bush joke here). These men hardly knew their orientation as anything apart from the superstitions they were taught about it; they treated it as an addiction to the physical, to sex, and sometimes even took their alienation as an excuse for promiscuity and substance abuse. Yeah, that guy knows what it means to be gay for me :-)...
Sure, okay, I do feel bad for these guys; I've known some of them to come back and renounce their renouncements and they seem like okay men. They have problems put there by people they should've been able to trust, which weren't there for other gay men with more supportive family, clergy and community, and it's rightly tough to judge. But my sympathy ends at the point where they use their orientation as a platform from which to harm others. It's such gay men, though, that I sincerely hope could become straight, and stop spreading mischief in the gay community, first from the inside as a lowly sinner addict, and then from the outside as a righteous expert.
3. "God gives us all the knowledge of the difference between good and evil, and I know same-sex relationships are wrong." They may as well tell you "You're right and I don't know what I'm talking about." Simply, talk about evidence and data all you want, but you've shot yourself in the foot, at sentence one, using any argument that tells the other side a lie about what they experience directly. What's even funnier is that, if both sides were to agree on the premise of this argument, that every person comes with an innate knowledge of right and wrong, that then proves same-sex relationships are 100% kosher for many gay men (That reminds me... I want to look at that moral orientation idea again).
Anyway, have you encountered any anti-gay arguments that are more fun than serious?