An email to Michael Brown at Town Hall website Monday, Oct 24 2011 

I read today an interesting article by a man named Michael Brown at: http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbrown/2011/10/19/the_death_of_a_gay_activist_pioneer/page/full/

So I emailed the man, as he allowed me to do:

Sir,

thank you for you fine words about Frank Kameny. It’s a rare “social conservative” who says such things, or gives praise to any gay man. So for that, kudos, indeed.

However, I wish to look at your closing line — “If there were more people on the side of conservative, biblical values who had the commitment, tenacity, and fearlessness of the late Frank Kameny, the world would be a much better place.” For I agree with it in a sense, one that you will find quite opposite, perhaps, to what you perceive you meant.

Well, here, let me tell you: there are few people more liberty loving, conservative and dedicated to the prospect of smaller government, and that all men are equal and endowed by our Creator with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness than we gay folks. We clamor for marriage, by any name. We are taxpayers all, for we can’t get a Disability check for being gay; we haven’t even tried; I doubt we will.

And there is nothing sinful in gayness, nor is it an “attack” on anything. We are like unto Autism — we simply are a tiny bunch, by some unknown as yet quirk of nature – gay – and all over the world too, not just here in America. We are not an American phenomenon – but every nation must deal with its gay citizens, just like every society deals with its autistic kids. And we did not choose to be this way; we just hit puberty and realized, “yep, one of those.” I knew when I was 10 or 11, my family within moments, for I was never “in the closet,” as is said.

We don’t riot, (well, once or twice, when the provocation by the police state against us was too much,) we don’t kill (the best reason to keep us out of the military is probably that we’re not violent enough,) nor do we leave behind a trail of unwanted babies, social welfare problems and abortion, (which is oddly, the chief complaint against us – we don’t make babies.) We are indeed, good citizens, and contribute positively to our nation far more than our numbers might indicate is possible. And yes, we pay more than enough taxes to cover any costs of AIDS if one still thinks that’s only for gay folks — and if only us, well, there’s some genetic reality, eh?

And you know, I’m a 53 year old guy, who never so much as smooched a girl, never mind gone any further (it’s just icky, yech, what can I say?) Though, truth be told, I never quite heard of Kameny until recently, nor have I followed much in the way of the history of gays, except that I lived it – in bar raids, in job firings, in listening politely to some of the most absurd lies and mush ever uttered by man, and turning the other cheek, as Jesus commands. But one thing I always had, and that was my family – they never chased me away, they never abandoned me, they only kept me in tight embrace and helped me be me – which is a conservatism that is indeed tenacious.

And if there’s other Biblical precepts that gay folks follow, besides “turn the other cheek” it is these: “treat others as you wish to be treated” – “let your yes be yes, and your no, no.” – “bear not false witness” and “love thy neighbor as thyself.” And “hypocrisy is the worst sin.” We exemplify this credo, and we only ask of our hetero brethren to join with us in just accepting us as we are, and stop the condemnation and trying to change us. It would be grossly unfair to any woman for me to court her now at this point in my life. And the 89 year old gay WWII vet I take care of? Well, he’s not going to change, either.

And it behooves hetero Christian America to just put us on the autism scale, where we belong, and start some mollycoddling, instead of maintaining the steady drumbeat that we are against everything and anything. Such is simply not the case, it has no basis in reality. You know, the Left always seeks to create this “new man” – well, I dare say, trying to make me straight is trying to create some “new man” as much as any Leftist is. And I shall not relent, ever. I’m rather Kameny in this matter.

You know, I don’t know if Frank was of Czech heritage, as I am, with relatives there in Prague with whom I can speak to in Czech – but his name is a Czech word: Kamen = stone, Kameny – stone-like. We are like stones sir, we are unchangeable and natural and God’s gift to humankind.

Yes, a gift – and you know how? We are the people God put here as a test of you heteros to “treat others as you wish to be treated.” And I dare say, you all have failed. And yet we few, we get up the next day, and as millions of Kamenys, joined together without an organization and say “Let my people go.” Yes, let us be, stop this unholy nonsense. Not embrace gayness, no. Don’t become gay, no. But let us few, us gays, let us live in peace among you. There is no Biblical, Family or American value in constantly berating us for being whom we are.

But one thing is true – we are simply flummoxed at heterosexuals’ inability to handle us. We simply don’t know why you are opposed to our existence. Nor can we conceive what a threat you perceive us to be; we are not that insecure as to think we will change, why are you all insecure that you will change? The problem with gay people is not our gayness – it is the rest of yours inability to accept a simple reality of life all over this globe: there is a static tiny percentage of gay folks. Oh well, that’s what we face. We do our best.

But long before I ever heard of Kameny, I uttered the same words as he did: if your God doesn’t like us – get a better God. Ours is very accepting of your kind, I assure you.

Cheers, God Bless,

Jim Hlavac

God, Genes, Sins, Lies, Laws & Gays Monday, Oct 24 2011 

I certainly do think that God did make me gay for a purpose, yep. And I certainly think it’s a good purpose. I don’t for a moment think that I’m not part of His plan, nope. I’m fully certain that the reason that God put gays on earth is as a test of the decency of mankind – and let me tell you, y’all certainly have failed, many of you. But one thing God apparently did not want — and that was for me to be making any babies. And I have not. Who knows, maybe I got some runt genes, oh well; I deal.

Oh, sure, of late some of you heterosexuals have come to the rather rational realization that, well, here we are, fine, decent folks, hello. But if anyone thinks they’re going to hound us out of existence, well, they’re out of their minds. If you think we will or even can change, you’re just not listening to reason – nor to us, even. And you are certainly not going to legislate us out of existence; why, it’s like outlawing autism, for heaven’s sake. You might outlaw us, sure, but to what purpose? Well, just to show your indecency to people you all proclaim are somehow “sick” of something many are sure we “caught”? – sure, outlaw cancer and the common cold while you’re at it, eh?

And I don’t think I’m good and have a purpose merely because I’m rather happy to be alive. Oh no, I think that even if one argues that God created evolution, well, there’s still plenty of good reasons for the goodness of gayness, and a purpose for it. As our pioneer in Rights for Gays, Frank Kameny, said – Gay is good. Though why this might be so is often glossed over. And indeed, the tenor of the entire “debate” is cast in the negative. As some “aberration,” or a “mistake” or a “fault” and of course, from the purely religious perspective, as some egregious “sin.” Well, no, none of this is really true. Just like it’s not a “choice” or something we do for a lark, but resides in the very core of our being. But there’s precious little positive spin on the issue other than many of us saying, “hey, look, this is who we are.”

The reason I ruminate on these things today, with no clear purpose in mind, is this:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/10/24/bizarre-virginia-gay-audience-hears-god-talk-republican

And the lead paragraph is:

The D.C. gay magazine Metro Weekly reports outrage among gay leftists that a “moderate” Republican candidate for the state Senate would address a gay-activist audience in Arlington, Virginia and unleash the “bizarre” thought that they were sinners.

Which leads to the entire report:

http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=6687&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Which has the verbiage:

Even so, Joslyn gives McGhee credit for attending the nonpartisan forum, because some Republicans have historically not attended or even refused to acknowledge LGBT issues, including another Republican who is running for the Virginia Senate in a nearby district.

”Despite what he said, I was glad to see him there and come to the community and start the conversation,” Joslyn says of McGhee. ”And it’s not just me. There are plenty of gay people who are Republicans, and would like to hear from the Republican nominee.”

Let me say that I like the fact that now there’s recognition of a Left-Right division among gays too. For far too long the lie is given that gay folks are all on the Left side of the political spectrum, which in this nation is always a call for more government. And I dare say, we who have been on the receiving end of a lot of government attention in the form of arrests and bar raids and firing from jobs and incarceration and attempts at “cures” are a bit more for Liberty than any heterosexual could ever imagine. We seek not to impede your happiness, and we can’t by our mere existence, but we certainly don’t want our happiness impeded merely because some of you still can’t deal with us. Not our fault you get kniptions. Get over it, what can I say?

In fact, I’m almost sure, that if other than for the “evil” rhetoric and dumb ideas about bringing the law anew against us, most gay men would be quite comfortable in the Republican party. I can find few doctrinaire socialists among gay men; nor even many gay men who deal with any political issue other than not wanting to be harassed by our own government again. Oh, sure, some compassionate conservatism, but we tend to be job holders and business owners, which is conservative indeed.

We certainly can’t get a Social Security disability check for being gay – despite the alleged claim by some politico-religious figures who insist we’re rather broken, dysfunctional, crazy both psychiatry and psychology wise. Why, we’re taxpayers all – so we have a stake in the budget and who gets what federal and state spending. But there’s no “gay” stance on the IRS code, other than asking to file joint tax returns as couples.

And it is nice that this Republican guy came to a gay forum, for perhaps he recognizes there are a few votes to be had, even if he said he didn’t come for votes, but “for” us, in a call to God sort of way. Well, at least he’s willing to be in the same room with us, which is more than I can say about many political figures. But I certainly can’t fault him for still believing gayness is a sin, for many of these people think all sex is sinful, and that all mortal man are born with original sin. Why, he’s just preaching what he believes, even if he’s a bit confused on the gay thing like so many others – hell, even Obama is confused about us – and I doubt he can clarify why he thinks people are gay.

And I didn’t detect any nastiness in his comments. So, he says he’s concerned for us, well and good, so what? Bring us to the church, why not? But, we’ll still be gay. It’s the “ex-gay” crud that is inexcusable; not exhortations to go to church.

I certainly didn’t see any lies like Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg spew. Those two boys are just outrageous in the lies they conjure up, and they’re looney in their policy proscriptions for what they have imagined in their own heads – those two need prescriptions. But I have no real problem with some Christian fellow telling me we’re all sinners – even if I don’t quite believe it so. Which might make me either a non-Christian or a different sort – so what?

It’s not belief that bugs me – for that is obviously wholly subjective – it’s the lies and miscreant comments by people like Newt Gingrich who constantly states that I’m a threat to society. Why, that’s just ludicrous, I’m a piano player, I take care of an old man, I wrote two books, I garden, I help friends and family with what issues they might bring to me – I’m no more of a threat to society than any other peaceful taxpaying citizen. And for Gingrich to blather on and on about me is just arrant foolishness from a man who clearly has not given the matter a whit of thought.

Now, Herman Cain is joining the lunatic fringe by calling for laws and amendments against me – somewhat half-heartedly, but hey, he’s working on it. The man says he needs proof that gayness is natural, that’s it not a choice, that there’s some “non-choice” element in the thing – well, there’s plenty of science on the issue. None of it clear, for everyone who finds one little natural perturbation in their preconceived notions well, then, they stop the study and run away. But what proof does he have that it is a choice, other than his own opinion? Essentially, he tells us we’re liars, I guess – for if we keep saying “we know we did not choose to be gay” and he keeps saying “my opinion is it’s a choice” – well, that’s calling us liars. Not a good way to get my vote, but hey, I’m not running for office.

But if Newt is right, that we are a grave threat, for our mere existence, I dare say he should want to get to the bottom of the problem so as to eliminate it, no? Ramp up the studies, seek, you shall find a real reason, and realize that there’s nothing that can be done about it. That’s just what God & Evolution, one or the other or both, wanted. I can’t help it if some politician is going to remain a dingbat on the subject, that’s for sure.

Bryan Fischer is famously becoming known for his constant drumbeat of “arrest the gays” and all the plethora of NO GAYS! groups are quite sure – well, no, they’re not sure what makes a gay man. They admit they’re clueless. They are sure only that they don’t like the fact that we are here – and they want us gone. But they have no earthly clue as to why we’re here. Why, each of the groups proposes their own favorite theory of why we are lying when being so damn insistent we’re born gay. They even purport to do all sorts of research on the matter. First they open the Bible … well, that’s not science. And much faith has been proven a bit tenuous by science indeed.

Still, when it comes to it, I really don’t give a damn if your religion says gays are evil, nope. It’s only when you seek to put that into a policy and a law that affects my life that I worry. And well, frankly, right now I’m mildly worried that the current crop of politicians is going to pass laws against us – and well, it could be good – for it’s going to stir up the debate – and those laws will be shot down quickly. But oh do come to a conclusion so we can get back to more important stuff than if 5% or less of the population in every nation on earth is gay because of some gene-something. Maybe not one gene, no, and someone suggested it might take 4 or 5 genes acting in tandem.

Good enough, I can handle that. But Occam would have clearly pointed out – given the plethora of opinions on the matter – that the simplest explanation is the real one – and that is that there’s a genetic basis for it beyond all human ability to wonder why or how – and so thus, there’s no way you can simply legislate it or pray it away – and that we have a purpose, and a good one – and that the only reason anyone wants a law against it is that well, they don’t like it because they are not gay. Well, too bad – don’t go near it, what can I say? Go get a real job already instead of just making stuff up to fit your cranky mood for the day, OK? .

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