The Name: This morning I took a dump and had the decency to wipe my ass. Can I have a "Hero" tag, too?
BojanglesPaladin: salvador.hardin: The Religious right's first great enemy was communism. It was a natural villain for both its economic values (the religious right has always been ultra capitalist) and the prevalence of atheism in communist states. After McCarthyism imploded, the leaders of the religious right needed a more credible boogie man. The horrors of Jim Crow were not palatable on the national level, so blacks were out. Homosexuals were unorganized, presumptively corrupt, and largely anonymous. The religious right began a relentless campaign to personify the resentment of national post-war social changes into religiously sanctioned fear and hatred of homosexuals. Before the 50s homosexuality was presumed to be unacceptable, but homosexuals were not looked at as a threat.The answer is much simpler. It's not some arbitrary need for a "boogieman", where any candidate will do. The religious right sees homosexuality as immoral and corrupt, because, well, according to the tenants of all of the Judeo-Christian faith, it is.However, two trends have begun to intersect: The first is that from the 50s forward, strict adherence to religious orthodoxy among the mainstream has been waning with even "religious" people choosing to simply ignore certain aspects of their religion from birth control, to pre-marital sex, to abortion, to marriage, to divorce, to homosexuality. The supplemental trend of more and more mainstream Americans simply foregoing churchgoing at all meant that social mores and society standards are very different today than they were even 50 years ago.The second trend is that there has been a significant societal shift toward sexual liberation in all aspects and an emerging acceptance among the mainstream for previously "deviant" behavior whether it be homosexuality, bisexuality, multiple partners, general promiscuity or even just "being adventurous". The conservative religious right has attempted and failed to stop this progression at every stage, from Elvis' gyrating hips to bikinis to pornography to Will & Grace. And each time, the general public has re-enforced an acceptance of loosened mores. This acceptance has emboldened gays and other members of the broader LGBT community to be more open and "come out of the closet".So at the same time that the religious right is becoming more of a minority view, and fewer and fewer young people are joining their view, they are seeing the continuing trend as more and more unacceptable, making them more and more strident and hard-line.No one was "looking" for a boogie-man. From their perspective, the boogie-man has become unavoidable. No longer relegated to the fringe and the shadows, homosexuals have taken the spotlight and "operate in plain sight". If you earnestly believe, as many do, that homosexuality is a corrupting, sinful thing, then they have a duty to try to stop it./not arguing that their viewpoint is right, only that the objection stems from a genuine difference in worldview, and not some disingenuous desire to screw people over or fabricate some "enemy".
nmrsnr: Is it sad that my first thought on seeing the headline was "which family member just came out to her?"Glad to see that her motivation was not so self-serving.
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