Rockford think tanker says evolution and gayness are mutually exclusive — or something like that
Nobody should be surprised these days to find a mix of homophobia and creationism spewing forth from a common source, but it seems especially incongruous when the source is a magazine with pretensions to erudition.
Witness a recent piece in Chronicles, the monthly publication of the Rockford Institute, a paleoconservative think tank. The author is Chronicles Editor Aaron D. Wolf, and the supposed objective is a defense of reality TV star Phil Robertson (y’know, the Duck guy), whose slants on homosexuality have made him a hero of late in certain fetid precincts of American politics and culture.
Wolf’s screed basically seems to be a televangelist’s rant that’s been gussied up in polysyllables to give it a veneer of intellectual respectability. But it somehow falls short in that regard because of his overly conspicuous disgust at the physical mechanics of gayness and his awkward attempt to cloak the subject in creationism.
Wolf starts out with the hyperbolic claim that critics of Robertson’s views on homosexuality are out to “exterminate Christianity from our society.”
Puh-leeze. Exterminate Christianity? In reality, Robertson’s critics include lots of Christians who have no desire to rid our society of the faith they themselves embrace — or even the bigoted brand Wolf seems to embrace.
Then Wolf stoops to gratuitous sissy-bashing with his claim that Robertson has been thrust into controversy by a magazine article written by a “girly-man interviewer.”
Girly-man interviewer? Sounds like someone is more than eager to assert his own comparative masculinity, doesn’t it?
And then, to make sure we fully understand the situation, Wolf tells us that “the very idea of what gay men do, or want to do, is repulsive” — a judgement he characterizes as the “natural law argument” against such impulses.
Got it? Aaron Wolf thinks the stuff gays do is icky and unnatural. Spread the word.
And be sure to note what Wolf says in this revealing passage:
[T]his is where things get hairy, because this has become the widely held opinion that dare not speak its name. The repulsion on the faces of Jerry Seinfeld and “George Costanza” in the 90’s TV program now quoted ad nauseam (“not that there’s anything wrong with that!”) in which they vociferously deny that they are “gay” comes from the same place. A man can pervert his affections to desire any thing sexually, from a child to a soda can, but a man’s natural inclination is toward women, and most men don’t simply claim to be heterosexual but are disgusted by the notion of homosexuality. If I believed in evolution, I’d wonder, along with the geneticists who care, why, after hundreds of thousands of years a gay gene could still exist, given its obvious inability to pass along its material in any fruitful way. And I might just conclude, along with the scientific community up until the 1970’s, that the homosexual inclination is a pathology that needs correcting.
Instead, Phil Robertson simply observes that the behavior condemned by God, in both Testaments and in no uncertain terms, is irrational, and concludes that, well hey, sin by its very nature “isn’t logical.” Since I believe, along with the Duck Commander and not a few others, that God formed man out of the dust of the ground and Eve from Adam’s rib, it doesn’t surprise me that the feminine is designed to receive the masculine, and that certain unipolar things are designed for the toilet. And that confusion over such things leads not only to fire from Heaven but also to injury and disease.
So, there you are. That pretty much covers all the bases, right? You’ve got your obligatory rejection of evolutionary theory. You’ve got your claim that even such cultural icons as Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza were homophobes. You’ve got your argument that a real man’s appetite for sex is devoted exclusively to womenfolk (otherwise you might as well get it on with a soda can). You’ve got your (wink-wink) reference to the “fruitful way” And you’ve even got a mention of “unipolar things…designed for the toilet” (whatever the hell that means).
Now, don’t forget: Aaron Wolf thinks gay stuff is really, really disgusting. He’s a ladies man through and through. And he’s an Adam’s rib guy, too. That evolution crap is bogus, understand?
You can read Wolf’s whole essay for yourself right HERE. (Don’t miss the comments at the bottom of the piece.)
And you can read a snarky characterization of Chronicles HERE.