14 October 2006

The Witch Hunt Begins

And so close to Hallowe'en. How convenient!

I got the article you found/would have found if you are/were smart enough to click on the title, above, via AlterNet.

tags: bitchy / Foley / GLBT / "religious right" / sexual orientation / social conservatism / US politics


At October 14, 2006 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this article and it's interesting to me. I am Catholic, conservative, Republican. So while I'm happy that Ms. Flanagan has found her "role" in society and has come to terms with her sexual orientation, I still wonder what point she's trying to make.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

At October 14, 2006 1:41 PM, Blogger Cheryl said...

So you are conservative, Catholic and Republican but still open-minded enough to allow others to live their lives as they wish. That's so refreshing!

I've written before, in slightly more graphic terms, that if people would just stay out of my adult bedroom, I promise not to try to seduce their daughters into lesbianism.

Truth is, I'd never try to 'persuade' any woman to be lesbian or try lesbianism. You either are or you're not. I feel God made me this way just the same as S/He made me hazel-eyed and made my hair turn grey.

So what was her point? That some teenaged peer saw something in her that she wasn't able to see or accept herself? That allowing children to be victimized because of their sexual orientation, even if it's not something they've chosen, will somehow protect other children from "being turned into" gay men and lesbians? That doesn't seem real likely.

Continuing to allow children to be harassed because of something they can't control or haven't chosen is wrong and cruel. It's no different than allowing kids to be teased because they have a big nose or their families can't afford decent clothes. And a school board who outright denies protections like these to GLBT youth tacitly condones that harassment.

Why on earth would someone choose a life which can be so difficult and even dangerous in this society. My life would certainly have been "easier" had I continued to deny what I felt and sought fulfilling relationships with men...but I would be less happy and would be denying who I am and what God made me.

Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to prattle on here. It's nice to know there are open-minded people among social conservatives in America. It's not the rhetoric one hears or reads very often from thos who claim they are the "Religious Right."

And your son is gorgeous!


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