Fifty years ago, gays had a genuine problem in American culture. Thirty-five years ago, the onset of AIDS did much to humanize a subculture that only existed in steamy bathhouses in New York and San Francisco. In the last twenty years, first with Bill Clinton’s DADT in the military moving on to Obergefell v. Hodges nearly two years ago, that struck down state laws against same-sex marriage, LGBT culture has achieved parity with the rest of America.
In fact, it’s no big deal these days if someone is gay. Ask any teenager or twenty-something and they’ll give you a verbal “so?” and body language indicating “meh.” It’s just not a huge social stigma anymore.
But the LGBT activist movement doesn’t want to end itself and declare a kind of victory that leads to purposelessness. They want to keep going and pushing against what they feel is derogatory, and they do it in a religious, pious fashion, pursuing doctrinal purity at the altar of their self-consuming sexual appetites.
So they have to find other stigmas to pursue, like bathroom rights for adult males in women’s locker rooms. Or even a celebrity saying something slightly off from the approved liturgy.
Here’s five recent examples of the LGBT religion in action, evangelizing, correcting, and recruiting converts.
#1: The Dodgers kiss cam
At a Dodgers game on June 9, they celebrated LBGT “Pride Night” at Dodger Stadium. On that night, the usual “Kiss Cam” activities were a tad more inclusive of the most salacious gay kisses they could find. And this was done, as many Christians saw it, to replace Christianity with a different religion.
Can you see what’s happening here? The Left is replacing Christianity with pagan concepts of “sexuality” that redefine the created norm. What was once widely regarded in the West as a “crime against nature” (Noah Webster’s definition of sodomy) is now celebrated as just another form of “love.” It began with that slippery term “sexual orientation,” but now that we’re in full LGBTQ “equality” mode, we will see more and more outward expressions of homosexuality, breaking down our natural, God-given inhibitions against this sin.
If there were an “adultery night” at the ballgame where married couples were encouraged to lock lips with partners to whom they were not married, this would be, in Christian eyes, just as sinful as “Pride Night,” but there’s no movement to promote adultery (although there is one for bigamy).
The public, forced celebration of LGBT physical affection at a sporting event is simply an in-your-face slap against what the activists consider a competing religion with morals diametrically opposed to their own. You don’t have to attend the Pride parade (unless you’re a firefighter on duty). But if you want to watch the Dodgers on June 9, you have to deal with these images on the jumbotron (and your kids get to see it too).
#2: The Facebook rainbow
Facebook’s gender-bending list of identities is totally optional, and honestly, not even relevant for most people. But their “pride” reaction button has caused some consternation that the company hasn’t gone far enough to protect people from revealing their birth gender (i.e. biological sex).
That’s one of the new commandments of the LGBT religious movement, that gender preference is immutable but gender itself is fluid, and therefore disclosure of birth gender is prejudicial.
Transgender activist Geena Buono, a founder of the Asbury Park chapter of New Jersey Transgender Day of Remembrance, said [Facebook’s] name policy can end up outing transgender people and can leave them exposed to harassment.
The “pride” rainbow on the mobile Facebook app’s “my story” is so easy to get to that I’ve seen small children inadvertently post videos using it. Christians can’t opt out of that.
“Many times, in LGBT, the T is sort of a stepchild,” said Buono. “Sometimes people aren’t really sensitive or aware of the things they’re doing or of some contradiction. That being said, I’m glad there is a pride reaction. Unfortunately, they have to get on the same page with their sensitivity training and understanding the needs of the trans community.”
Sensitivity only goes one way in matters of religion.
#3: Abercrombie’s tweet
Abercrombie & Fitch is no slouch at being LBGT inclusive. I think a large number of their sales associates are, in fact, gay or lesbian. But just being LGBT doesn’t mean you’re a proper activist showing sensitivity.
Abercrombie and Fitch tweeted an ill-conceived tweet stating that “the pride community is everybody, not just LGBTQ people.” Don’t worry, though — people spoke up in the brand’s mentions and the backlash was swift.
See, the “pride community” isn’t just everyone, or even everyone who’s gay, lesbian or transgender. It’s everyone who keeps the proper doctrine, says the right words, and supports the activist cause. And that cause is not, in itself, inclusive.
The activist community is exclusive by nature, because it’s a religion making exclusive claims to truth, values, and morality.
Hollywood actor and producer Mark Ruffalo, himself a leftist, earned the ire of the LGBT activist community by selecting an actor to play a transgender part, who himself is not transgender. I didn’t realize that’s a sin against humanity, but apparently, it is now.
Actor Matt Bomer plays Freda Von Rhenburg in Anything, a movie about a prostitute who forms a relationship with a straight man,” reports BBC Newsbeat. “It been criticised for its casting and showing trans people as sex workers.”
It seems to me that this movie could have been cast a few different ways. Either a woman could have played the transgender woman, or a man could have played the part, or a transgender woman could have played the part. (Help me here, I always get confused: is a transgender woman a man who takes on the physical appearance of a woman, or a woman who takes on the physical appearance of a man?)
But the main point is the best actor for the part should play the part, n’est-ce pas? But not to Jen Richards, a transgender actress who auditioned for the part but didn’t get the role.
To her, it’s not about the performance, it’s about the authenticity (read: entitlement). But that’s not how it works.
Hollywood, despite its liberal preening, is a cold, hard place when money is on the line for a movie. So, Richards didn’t get the part because someone better at acting the role got it. Sorry for her, but the LGBT activist religion doesn’t get to choose who plays trans characters any more than Christians get to choose who plays Jesus Christ.
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#5: McDonalds “Pride” fries
You know, if a restaurant uses the words “Merry Christmas” during the so-called “holidays,” they get pilloried by offended atheists, pagans, pastafarians, and secular humanists as being prejudiced and bigoted (funny, but most Jews are happy to deal with it and wish Christians a Merry Christmas). But McDonalds in San Francisco is aggressively and outwardly proselytizing LGBT for Gay Pride month.
“The rainbow fry boxes are a fun way to show our support of the LGBTQ community, using one of McDonald’s most iconic and recognizable items,” Cathy Martin of the restaurant corporation’s “Pride Network” stated in a press release.
Imagine if all the McDonalds in Augusta, Georgia (the most “churched” evangelical city in America, according to the Barna Group) issued “Jesus fries” with a cross on them and the corporate office called it a “fun way to show our support of the Christian community.” The world would figuratively (and for some, literally) end.
It’s also funny to note that the most “dechurched” city in America, according to the same study, is San Francisco. “Dechurched” was defined as individuals who were once active churchgoers, but have not attended in the last six months. I suppose they may have been recruited into the LGBT activist religion and out of Christianity, due to the unflagging efforts of the McDonalds pride evangelists.
When souls are at stake, its most important to get the word out, and keep proper doctrine. Like any religion, the LBGT community does a great job at this, and one day, to finally destroy its greatest foe: evangelical Christianity. Maybe then, having saved the world from being called sinful, they can finally rest.