Friday, May 25, 2012

But It Was Just A Thought Experiment!

In my last post, I pondered the thought that the Religious Right's answer to the gay question was to make them so miserable that they would commit suicide.

But just a few days later, a Pastor Charles Worley of North Carolina offered his take on how to address the problem.

"I figured a way out — a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, 150 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ‘em, and– And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce."

Worley's little brain fart conveniently omits a number of important things.

First, an 18 year old homosexual put in an internment camp isn't going to die "in a few years."   Some of the younger ones could live for a half century or more in Worley's prison for "lesbians and queers."

Second, how does Worley propose to handle family members of gays who love them and resist their imprisonment.  Does Worley intend to have SWAT teams raid their homes and forcibly remove gays from their families?

Lastly, why does Worley assume that no more gays will be born after the current crop is walled off from the rest of society?  Will there be tests to identify gay children at a young age so that they can be put into special schools where they will receive reparative therapy to cure them of homosexuality?

While Pastor Worley clearly is a despicable human being and should be roundly condemned for his remarks, he clearly is not in any position to put his ridiculous proposal into action.  I look at Worley in his proper context, as being at the extreme end of a movement in this country to deny gay Americans their humanity and their right to equality under the law by denying them the right to marry, adopt children, serve in the military, or to hold a job without fear of being fired simply because of their orientation.  Gays being rounded up into internment camps is simply a bigoted hayseed Christian's wet dream that will never come true.  A Romney presidency that would reinstate DADT is a potential reality.


Robert the Skeptic said...

I would say that Pastor Worley likely suffers from Dunning–Kruger Syndrome - "a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average."

Or to dumb it down further for the Pastor - people like him are too stupid to know how stupid they are.

Tommykey said...

people like him are too stupid to know how stupid they are.


Harry Poysar said...

This is real Nazi stuff, Mr. Goebbles would be proud to have such an exceptional thinker in his team. It's beyond disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Robert wins the Internet with his concise Dunnin-Kruger Syndrome definition. Well done, sir.