Thursday, February 15, 2007

Some Kansas LGBT commentary

The Lawrence Journal World had an online clat with K. Ryan Jones a KU student whose documentary about Fred Phelps is attracting national attention. The transcript is here:

Phelps is well known for his militant antihomosexuality. The sad thing is that it took Phelp's looney bin attempts to link gays to 9/11 and his picketing of military funerals to get people really upset at him.

Of course is Phelps really any worse than Carl Burkhead who hides his dislike of homosexuals and opposition to anti discrimination laws because he thinks he understands God's law and claims to hate the sin and not the person? Somehow the notion that employment is essential to the dignity of the person escapes Burkhead and to be fair many in my own Church who claim to be for human dignity.

At least Phelps is honest as is Tim Hardaway who allegedly said in a radio interview:

"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people," he said. "I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

What I love is the 'new' antihomosexual position that blames gays for any discrimination they encounter. This came out the other day in the hearings related to a proposed state wide antidiscrimination law now stalled in committee. An opponent of this bill, Republican Janet Paul allegedly said in committee:

“Those of a different sexual orientation are not visible in our society unless they choose to be...”

Come to think of it...this position isn't so new after all.

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