Fag, queer, rump ranger, lesbo, and many other offensive terms have been applied to persons desiring the company of same sex partners over the preffered heterosexual arrangement.
Why is it so difficult to be different?
Religions teach us to accept that that we cannot change. It does not qualify what constitues acceptable, it simply states we should accept all that we CANNOT change. We cannot change how a person is when they are brought into this world, why then the belief that if we brow beat a Gay person because they are Gay it will mysteriously cause change? If we believe it is wrong it changes nothing, except our belief, it does not un-gay a person, just acts as a form of discrimination.
Discrimination, that nasty term first brought to light by women and those non-white among us, the first line of defense for the threatened. We have told we cannot discriminate because of race, sex, or religious beliefs, but what about sexual preference? OH MY! it's not natural, it is not traditional family values, it is heresy. All kinds or excuses, none of which is acceptable or correct.
I am not Gay but I can sympathize with those that are. Having been ostracized all my life for being "different" I can appreciate the offensive nature of discrimination and the internal hurt that one goes through as an object of jokes and ridicule. Not being welcome among peers is a brutal and mentally challenging force to be overcome for sure. Schoolyard bullies, insecure in their own right have their way with those that have been culled from the herd so-to-speak.
In a way it challenges the offended to harden their defenses to the point of denial as in the Haggard case. The sign of a tortured soul is the denial of ones self in the world around them, causing extreme behavior to be further amplified. I suspect Mr. Haggard was so filled with self hatred and denial he persued a heightened religious course to rid himself of the guilt and pain he was feeling. But even with that he could not run away from what he was, Gay.
Why then is this discrimination allowed to flourish? Why is it not widly held that discrimination in any form for any reason will not be tolerated? The answer I believe is related to religion and the teachings condemming the "unatural act". It flys in the face of family values does'nt it? Gays cannot procreate so it must be wrong, procreation is the preffered "family" activity.
More and more Gay persons are being accepted in society but we are not totally there yet, there is a lot of work left to do before Gay's are competely accepted in this country.
It is OK to be stupid as a stump, but doncha be Gay!