Are Prop. 8 Supporters 'Homophobic?' What About Tolerance?

There are many reasons that people will choose to support Proposition 8, but so-called 'homophobia' is not likely to be one of them. 'Homophobia' is a term which is in common use today, although it is rarely, if ever, applied appropriately.

In his article, HOMOPHOBIA: A Scientific Non-Political Definition, Dr. Sander J. Breiner provides the following insight:

There is no personal, internal, institutional, or cultural homophobia. The terms do not exist in the recognized scientific literature...

Calling all responses to homosexuality other than it "is a normal sexual variation" as homophobic is anti-scientific...

There is no doubt that [properly defined, scientifically classified] homophobia exists. There is also no doubt that there are rationalized... anti-homosexual attitudes.


While it is conceivable that some people may support Proposition 8 due to "anti-homosexual attitudes," this does not classify them as 'homophobic,' since most of them have a rational opposition to homosexual practice and/or marriage. Futher, most supporters of Proposition 8 are also supporters of the rights of homosexuals to enter into Civil Unions/Domestic Partnerships.

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WHAT ABOUT TOLERANCE?

The issue of tolerance is summed up quite nicely by Evergreen International's chairman Larry Richman:

"Those who favor homosexual marriage contend that 'tolerance' demands that they be given the same right to marry as heterosexual couples. But this appeal for 'tolerance' has a very different meaning and outcome than that word has meant throughout most of American history and a different meaning than is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ," he said.

"Tolerance as a gospel principle means love and forgiveness of one another. In today¹s secular world, the idea of tolerance has come to mean condoning or accepting something - even if it is contrary to your values or beliefs."

(Evergreen International supports LDS church's stand on Proposition 8, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9/19/08)


MORE TO THINK ABOUT

One of the main theories behind the push to shove gay marriage down our throats has been the argument that since gays experience higher levels of suicide, depression, and drug abuse, that it can only be attributed to "homophobia" among the general public. This conclusion simply isn't true, as the following insight about "homophobia," from Diary of an Ex-gay, attests:
So-called Homophobia

There's a great article about gay cruising at the Deseret News. It shows how the police force there is using psychotherapy to help men who have the compulsion to seek sex with other men in public places.

It's interesting because they are using many of the techniques used by Reparative Therapy - and it's all supported by the local gay rights group!
They use the technique to help men stop and think when they want to act-out. They have to realize when they feel lonely (or whatever) and then try to fulfill that need in a healthy way. The program has enjoyed good success, too.

The comparison to Reparative Therapy is obvious. If these men continue to pursue psychotherapy like that, I'm certain that their homosexual desires will decrease (of course, I believe that all gay men can become somewhat heterosexual if they undergo enough therapy and provided they put in enough effort).

Anyway, one part of the article caught my eye. The police force was saying how the men that cruise usually are family men with a spotless police record, and less than 1% of them are involved in drugs.

I'm sure the reporter put that little statistic in there to help "prove" that gay men are not drug abusers, as so many anti-gay campaigners claim.
However, let's look at that statistic from a different perspective. The official line of the pro-gay lobby has always been that the higher levels of suicide, depression, and drug abuse in the gay community are due to oppression and "homophobia". But is that really true? No.

It seems that the more one is involved in the gay world, the "gay scene" with the bars, clubs, bath houses, etc, the more susceptible to drug abuse one is. It seems that men who keep their sexuality secret and lead a covert life hiding "in the closet" seem to be able to cope with life without abusing drugs.

Yet, those people who do have the "loving" support of a lively community, other gay men, boyfriends, gay culture, and gay support groups, seem to abuse drugs to a shocking degree!!

Surely, if it was "homophobia" and intolerance that caused the high rates of drug abuse, then those people more involved in gay culture should have lower rates of abuse. But they don't -- it's the other way around!

The simple truth is this: the high rates of drug abuse among the gay community is due to the gay community -- and not due to the so-called "homophobia". That's a cop-out excuse and the only people who would believe are blind, ignorant, and most of all, incredibly dumb.