Make no mistake: I am against homophobia. Yuck! Boo! Sorry, homophobes. TOUGH BREAK. “Cross him off The List,” that’s what all the homophobes are saying right now. “No more anti-Ryan White Christmas cards for this guy.” But wait, homophobes, Ryan White wasn’t gay, he was infected with HIV/AIDS from a blood transfusion and worked hard to advocate against the public misconception that it was a disease that only infected homosexuals. He’s a tragic but noble figure, but not really a gay rights activist. “Shut up, faggot!” Oh brother. (This is getting really weird!) The point is, I’m always very happy for anyone to join the anti-homophobe AGENDA, so I can’t take that much issue with this week’s edition of Goop, although I can take a little bit of an issue with it? I mean, look at it (from the “Be” section, obvs):
Homosexuality in the Bible
A few months ago, in the heat of the tragic teen suicides that came about from intolerance of homosexuality, I saw a man on television who was apologizing for wishing death on gays from his facebook page. This member of an Arkansas school board was contrite for the violence in his words, but maintained that his values pertaining to homosexuality would remain, as he felt homosexuality was condemned in the bible. This concept, while foreign to me, is interesting, as it used to justify so much judgement and separation in our society. When my daughter came home from school one day saying that a classmate had two mommies, my response was, “Two mommies? How lucky is she?!” What does it actually say in the bible that will cause some people to be upset by my line of thinking?
OK, first of all, what? And second of all:
Of course, OF COURSE, it all boils down to “her line of thinking.” Good GOD, woman. You can’t even fight for equal rights without it being self-indulgent, self-absorbed, self-congratulatory, and self-aggrandizing. As if the Westboro Baptist Church is particularly outraged about Gwyenth Paltrow’s refusal to be enraged about gay people enrolling children in the same private school as Coldplay Jr. (Actually, they might be. Bad example. But you get my point.) The issue in this country regarding homosexuals is not limited to teen suicides, although that is obviously one of its most horrible outcomes. It also has to do with legalized persecution and social inequality as mandated by the United States government. That’s insane! So in order to combat it people need to not only change their personal opinions, but they need to address these issues at the ballot box. That being said, one of the inroads to doing so is, as Gwyneth points out, to account for the use of religion as a defense of anti-human behavior and legislation. One might, for example, point out the fact that the bible was written 15 million years ago and that there are LOTS of biblical mandates that no longer hold meaning or relevance to a modern society. Even more to the point, one might point out that regardless of the Bible’s position on homosexuality, it has much more to say about kindness, generosity, patience, and tolerance towards other human beings, and that it is these qualities that Christians should focus on and strive towards rather than denigrating their belief system by debasing it to a dogma of hatred and bigotry. These and other arguments are important and move the conversation forward.
The argument is not, however, centered around how “neat” it is for Damien Hirst’s daughter to have two mommies or whoever the fuck Gwyneth Paltrow’s kids go to Private Academy with, and there is definitely no part of the bible that addresses being open to the wisdom and teachings of “Gwyneth Paltrow’s thoughts on the subject.” Again, I surely hope that if there are some horrible hate-mongers who…subscribe to Goop (?)…that this week’s newsletter opens their eyes (and their hearts! LOL!) to the error of their ways and convinces them to think differently about gay people and society. And I’m sure that is a real thing that is definitely happening. But personally: