Dynasties and Orthodoxies
When the A&E / Duck Dynasty brouhaha erupted a few days ago, this gay author's first response was: I don't view the Robertson men as "hot" sexually. That would never cross my mind, for a multitude of reasons. But I sure do find them to be smoking hot in a much more important way: their humanity.
This very public conflict cannot be reduced to first amendment rights. It is about how we view and treat each other as human beings.
Writing on his blog at The Dish, Andrew Sullivan had this to say about one of the Bible-based quotes from the clan's patriarch, Phil Robertson:
This is a fascinating glimpse into the fundamentalist mind. You'll notice that, for the fundamentalist, all sin -- when it comes down to it -- starts with sex . . .
. . . This emphasis is absolutely not orthodox Christianity.
While this is true, Sullivan's statement inadvertently draws attention to two preeminent doctrines of LGBT orthodoxy:
1.) In the gay world, men are to be celebrated as sexual objects. Period. As men in our popular culture are increasingly sexualized, they are simultaneously dehumanized, as is our entire national culture. Women have had to put up with objectification by men for eons. Now men are facing objectification by not only other men, but by the highest levels of government.
Sullivan went on to say: "There is nothing primary about sexual sin as such in Christian doctrine." But sexuality is primary in the gay world as preached by the LGBT Hierarchy.
Clearly, even the White House has bought into this view of gay men, as evidenced in this recently released commercial promoting Obamacare, entitled "Get Enrolled:"
With four handsome men clad only in skimpy underwear and Christmas headgear, posing provocatively and eying each other, the title of the Health and Human Services ad might as well be "Ger Insured and Get laid." These guys are not presented as men. They are male Playboy bunnies frolicking around the Christmas Tree. No doubt a pillow fight ensued after the camera stopped rolling.
It seems that eye candy and titillation are the premiere way to lead gay men to pay attention to the Affordable Care Act. There is no appeal to either fact or reason, only carnal desire.
Kmart has similarly bought into this new conventional wisdom in its "Show Your Joe" Christmas boxer commercial.
While this will appeal to some women shoppers looking for a gift for the man in their lives, the underlying broader appeal is to men.
Sullivan went on to say:
All we're seeing here is the effect of cultural isolation. The only thing I find objectionable about it -- and it is objectionable -- is the reduction of gay people and our relationships to sex acts.
Yet this is precisely the salvation narrative of LGBT orthodoxy: Fulfillment through unrestricted access to homosexual acts. Its triune god is Sex, Sex and Sex. LGBT orthodoxy itself promotes the reduction of gays and their relationships to sex acts.
When I think of the gay men I've known who were once married to women, often the mother of their children, I see lives which have become truncated and diminished. As they buy into LGBT orthodoxy and embrace it, it's as if lives which once boasted broad interests are forced through a funnel from which they emerge as smaller versions of their previous selves. The promised freedom and expansiveness of a new life turns out to be a lie, a lie from which it is very difficult to recover.
Mr Robertson would not be happy -- indeed, rightly be extremely offended -- if I reduced his entire family life and marriage to sex with a vagina.
Yet this is exactly what LGBT orthodoxy does to gays. Watch the ObamaCare and Kmart videos again. What do they feature? The intellects of these twelve fine young men? Their personalities? Their virtues? No. Their crotches.
Men who are considering leaving their wives and families to follow the gay dream should consider this: You will cross your fingers and hope everyone will be proud of you for being brave enough to be "true to yourself." And even though it will most likely remain unstated in deference to you, the biggest thing your children will understand is that "Daddy loves the genitals of other men more than he loves us." To state it in a more vulgar, but perhaps truer way: "Daddy wants dick more than he wants to keep our family together."
If you cherish your children and value their love, don't ruin your life and the lives of others by answering some fake meme about being 'true' to yourself. Be true, instead, to your children and your wife. In so doing, you will do far more for yourself and your own happiness than you will following LGBT orthodoxy.
Experiencing gay sex, even if it is only as a voyeur through the internet, opens a Pandora's box, allowing great and tragic evil to be inflicted upon our families. And we are to blame if we allow it to happen.
2.) LGBT Orthodoxy must be respected. Drift one degree from any element of LGBT orthodoxy, and you can expect the modern day equivalent of the Spanish Inquisition to come after you with its instruments of torture.
Amazingly, the straight white collar world is so imbued with LGBT orthodoxy that as soon as GLAAD issued its statement about Phil Robertson's GQ interview, A&E just went ahead and tortured itself. Its immediate censure and suspension of Robertson was a pure and very public act of self flagellation. The LGBT world didn't have to lift a finger. All it took was a short press release.
A&E executives were scared to death -- more scared of the LGBT lobby than they are of losing the most watched cable show on TV and the profits that accompany it. While it would've sounded not only implausible but ludicrous a decade ago, macho television executives are now more afraid of gay guys armed with hairdryers and laptops than they are of men garbed in camo armed with loaded shotguns.
Does the disposable income of three and a half percent (3.5%) of the nation's television viewership (gays and lesbians) surpass the income of the other ninety six and a half percent (96.5%). Doubtful. Profit considerations did not propel this decision. But in recent years political correctness has suppressed the voices of all those who are critical in any way of LGBT orthodoxy. In this way, fundamentalist LGBT orthodoxy has all but drowned out religious orthodoxy.
As a gay man, I reject much of what has become LGBT orthodoxy. Its two preeminant doctrines mentioned here are troubling because they are essentially anti-human, limiting men from enjoying the fullness that life has to offer. Some may find great happiness living their lives in accordance with LGBT orthodoxy. However, I can't think of a single one.
When all is said and done, Phil Robertson's wisdom offered in GQ is perhaps far more compassionate, far more human and humane toward gays than that offered by GLAAD. Followers of LGBT orthodoxy might do well to follow the lead of The Advocate's Person of the Year, Pope Francis, and ask, "Who am I to judge?"