Last week, we gave you a brief outline of the history of homophobia that revealed its origins as part nature and (at least in the western world) part Christian nurture–for which we must be forever grateful to Emperor Constantine, friend to fools. Now that we know where homophobic bigotry in the West comes from, it is time to investigate the homophobia promulgated by our favorite Fundamentalist sect (and, of course, all the other Fundamentalist sects).
Oh, didn’t we mention that Armstrongism is just a Fundamentalist Christian sect, specifically an Adventist splinter-group, and therefore of Millerite origin–as in, followers of the very same Miller who gave us the Great Disappointment, and who himself was a Baptist preacher? Well, it is. There. So much for Armstrong’s version of “church history”. He wasn’t an apostle of the original church, he was just a nut cleaving to a heretical twig on the Baptist branch of the Jesus tree.
In fact there is exactly zero difference between Armstrongist teachings on homosexuality and those of mainstream Fundamentalist groups. They all utilize the same talking points, usually couched in identical turns of phrase. And their passionate bigotry hasn’t matured a fraction beyond the ignorant, ranting lunacy of 12th century Christianity. Without straining credulity in the slightest, one can imagine any of today’s hotheaded preachers bewailing (a la Bernard of Cluny) the fact “there are now far too many hermaphrodites.”
For an example of this reactionary nonsense from the throwback homophobe set, we turn to our trusty nemesis, the Trumpet. The latest offering of bullshit from Brad MacDonald (who enjoys the overweening title “columnist” without ever having had to complete any legitimate journalistic training–and it shows) is a petulant and effete complaint about the popularity of the television program Glee. His column, entitled “Flee Glee”, was taken off the front page almost immediately after it was posted, for reasons unknown. But one of our editors, the illustrious Jace, was able to retrieve it somehow (all I know is his methods involved something called a “TARDIS”), allowing us to shred it publicly for your enjoyment.
So, we will be devoting this entire second installment in The Plain Truth About Homosexuality series to untangling Brad’s mess and exposing the flaws in the underlying ideology. This is only a brief stopover, though: in subsequent installments we will delve deeply and seriously into the various homophobic myths that inflict our modern world. Consider this a comedy break if you like! So, without further ado, I present to you, Brad MacDonald, columnist… … Continue reading.