Why do I say this? I’m glad you asked.
I recently came across James Dobson’s Ten Arguments Against Same Sex Marriage. I was so utterly appalled at the stupidity of it that I had difficulty forming a coherent response; quite frankly, I don’t think I could dumb myself down enough. It’s just so wrong on so many levels.
I also have a confession to make: I’ve actually read several of James Dobson’s books, and I used to be on his mailing list. I know! Stop laughing! It’s painful enough as it is!
Seriously, though, while Dobson is extremely misguided in a few areas, I don’t think he’s a stupid man. He’s certainly not stupid enough to believe this enormous crock of shit. His so-called arguments against gay marriage are so far removed from anything having to do with the subject that they’re not even wrong!
I’ll just post a few lines here so you can see what I’m talking about. For a full-blown migraine, follow the link and read the whole thing.
I won’t quote Dobson’s slippery-slope argument about polygamy and incest because it has been addressed time and again and I’m sure he knows that. But, hey… When did uncountable refutations ever stop a Christian from repeating the same thing ad nauseam in the hopes that it would magically become true?
Ah well… On with the really mind-boggling stuff:
An even greater objective of the homosexual movement is to end the state’s compelling interest in marital relationships altogether. After marriages have been redefined, divorces will be obtained instantly, will not involve a court, and will take on the status of a driver’s license or a hunting permit. With the family out of the way, all rights and privileges of marriage will accrue to gay and lesbian partners without the legal entanglements and commitments heretofore associated with it.
Yeah, and gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because it will result in world wide famine, cactus plants spontaneously growing in our toilets and hot wax dripping from the sky.
Hey, as long as we’re making shit up…
With the legalization of homosexual marriage, every public school in the nation will be required to teach that this perversion is the moral equivalent of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Textbooks, even in conservative states, will have to depict man/man and woman/woman relationships, and stories written for children as young as elementary school, or even kindergarten, will have to give equal space to homosexuals.
Where the hell does this come from? I don’t recall ever being taught anything about marriage in school. Apart from the thinly veiled religious programs called abstinence only until marriage “education” –which need to be stopped right this minute– I’ve never even heard of marriage being taught in school. Did I miss something?
From that point forward, courts will not be able to favor a traditional family involving one man and one woman over a homosexual couple in matters of adoption. Children will be placed in homes with parents representing only one sex on an equal basis with those having a mom and a dad. The prospect of fatherless and motherless children will not be considered in the evaluation of eligibility. It will be the law.
Foster-care parents will be required to undergo “sensitivity training” to rid themselves of bias in favor of traditional marriage, and will have to affirm homosexuality in children and teens.
Oh no! Equality, tolerance and sensitivity! We’re all doomed!
How about the impact on Social Security if there are millions of new dependents that will be entitled to survivor benefits? It will amount to billions of dollars on an already overburdened system. And how about the cost to American businesses? Unproductive costs mean fewer jobs for those who need them. Are state and municipal governments to be required to raise taxes substantially to provide health insurance and other benefits to millions of new “spouses and other dependents”?
I could dedicate an entire post to this, but I’m not up to it right now. Perhaps another time. But this is just another example of why I say that Dobson thinks Christians are stupid.
This is the one of the biggest pieces of homophobic, hate-filled propaganda I have ever come across (follow the link and I’m sure you’ll agree). Thing is, I don’t think Dobson even believes it all. But one thing he knows for certain is that he has an enormous following, and he’s counting on them to swallow this, hook, line and sinker. He can’t win the debate with facts or reason, so he has decided to try and win with lies, and he’s counting on his followers being stupid enough to believe it all. I believe he’s further counting on them to memorized the arguments, and then perform their amazing parrot impressions.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not calling Christians stupid. But James Dobson is deliberately trying to appeal to Christians with these “arguments”, and they are an assault on even average intelligence. He must really think his readers are stupid!
One final quote from Dobson:
This apocalyptic and pessimistic view of the institution of the family and its future will sound alarmist to many […]
Well look at that! Common ground.