Hey Santorum: “Anti-Family” Gay man compiles Family History

I find it not very funny when the Fundamentalists, Catholic hierarchy and many a politician and religious figure keep up the constant ill-considered drumbeat that gay men are “anti-family.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, it’s rather nasty and moronic to keep saying it. No gay man ever attacked a family or tried to kill one off or worked to prohibit or inhibit any family whatsoever. In fact, it seems, especially today, that gay men are so embedded within their families that this absurdity is obviously all the more monstrous.

And particularly come to this conclusion as I am spending some six weeks going through my family’s history – some 2000+ photos, 300+ letters, and some 300+ ephemera, or items that don’t particularly fit any category. I’m the owner of these things, having inherited them from my recently departed mother. And I’m the one sending out photos to the relatives and speaking to aunts and uncles and cousins galore to relay to them what I have found. And I can trace my family – on many branches – back to at least the late 1700s, and some a tad earlier. Since they started out in the Czech Republic – itself longer under the thumb of the Catholic monarchs known as the Hapsburgs of Austria – many of the letters and items are in Czech. I’m the only one here on these shores among my family who can translate these things. And all my family awaits eagerly the next installment.

I read recently that Rick Santorum has family in Italy – turns out they are all Communists – die hard so. They seem to be appalled at Rick’s “conservative” stances – only he’s no conservative, he’s a radical religionist hellbent on making this nation an outpost of the Catholic Church. Sure, he doesn’t say so – but virtually every thing he says is right out of the Pope’s policy book. And that’s scary. I find it hysterical, that while his family is a bunch of Communists in so-called Capitalist Democracy Italy (no, not really, it’s a socialist country, and hence, of course, broke and going broker,) – my family in former Communist Czechoslovakia are staunch true capitalists and for a freedom of conscience that Santorum is ill-prepared to consider. For he seems to think if one does not think like him and the Pope one is “evil” and somehow “Against” whatever it is he is for. And what he seems to be for is a Medieval mindset worthy of Catholic Hapsburgs.

I’ve not had time or inclination to publish on this blog for a number of weeks now – for I am busy pulling together and making sense of my family’s history. And then, from time to time, I go read some news stories of the current political scene all I keep finding is this anti-gay mush about we gay folks being “anti-family.” Frankly, it is infuriating. It’s disheartening that no one in the press simply says “What on earth are you talking about?” Instead, the mush heads of the press seem to wish to indulge the morons running for office and attempting the passage of all sorts of anti-gay laws. From Tennessee’s attempt to outlaw the use of the word “gay” – a perfectly fine 800 year old English word meaning, well, meaning “gay” and instead instituting some nonsense of a modern 1890s German scientific word “homosexual.” It’s mind boggling.

Then there’s the efforts in North Carolina and Minnesota to “protect” marriages by passing State Constitutional Amendments banning marriages – while permitting divorces and wife and child abandonment with, um, wild abandon. All because these heteros are so fearful that they will all of a sudden wake tomorrow and want to be gay if a nice word is said about us.

Then there’s a creep of this “Ex-gay” (or more rightly, “re-heteroized” since our opponents are quite clear in the belief, without fact, that we either “choose” to be gay, or are “made” or “recruited” to be gay – despite all our protestations to the contrary – and thus, in fact, by their own nefariously ludicrous logic – start out as heteros – so we’re not becoming “ex-gay” so much as returning to hetero. As if.) This guy, who’s name escapes me, but who is the head of Exodus, some cockamamie organization that in nearly three decades of attempts has changed not one homo to hetero. The concept being so absurd, so beyond reality, that one wonders why they keep trying – but try they do. And now, he’s all of a sudden, come to realize that of all the “sins” of this world, only gay folks – which he continues to call inherent continuous sinners merely for waking up in the morning – have parades and political programs. Does it them occur to him that therefore we are not “sinners” but entirely something else – like, oh, something akin to Autism? The parallels I’ve made and seen between gayness and autism I’ve commented on before – it’s astounding. Replete with the reality that the same small percentage is gay in every culture, race and society on earth, regardless of where and when that milieu ever existed. Does it occur to this man then that we are not “sinners” and in need of change, but just a quirk of mankind in need of some mollycoddling? No, apparently it does not.

Meanwhile, politicians the land over are working diligently in castigating and excoriating us for every ill known to the heterosexual family – from infidelity, abortion, wife-beating and child-abuse. And gay men are not responsible for this – either directly or indirectly or by any other logic connection. Those hetero problems are strictly hetero – and all the pounding and harassment of gay folks will do absolutely nothing to alter that reality. These heteros are responsible, not us.

And then there’s the poseurs for the presidency, making noises about loathsome laws and amendments to our Constitution to “protect” the 95%+ who are heterosexuals from us few gays. The idea is so beyond my ability to grasp that I can’t describe the feelings of anger I get when I hear that I am “Anti-family.” Whose family am I against? They can point to none. Certainly not to mine. Not a one of my family is of the opinion that I’m against them, or “Anti-” them. They find the “debate” bonkers. But there they are, Bachmann, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, Perry, going on and on and on about the perils of gay folks. It’s unbecoming a free land. It’s out of character for any supposedly intelligent person to hold such ideas. And yet, there they are, day in and day out, lambasting gay folks for the ills of the nation. It’s so mystical, so Medieval, so – well, I run out of adjectives of the nonsensical nature of it.

And it’s time for this nation to stop treating gay folks as some political problem – and start treating those who wish to install a theocracy as the political problem. They are cruising for a constitutional crisis over us. We keep begging to be accepted just the way we are, and we have won over our own families and friends and most co-workers. We have simply disproved every contention against us – and all are so blatantly false and illogical that it points to a certain willful blindness on the part of these politicians to keep up their unholy and unAmerican rhetoric of assault upon us. Really, now, get a grip folks. It’s beyond the pale of humanhood to keep saying something so abysmally stupid that your foolishness is apparent to nearly everyone in the nation already.

Still, this presidential election will bring the gay “issue” to the forefront like no other election in our nation’s history. And time will tell whether gay men will continue to be hounded, and perhaps, if some get their way, to be rounded up and incarcerated forever on the heterosexual dime – or if the whole blistering stupidity will come to an end. And yes, gay folks will hold no grudges – we never have. We will simply welcome you anti-gay folks to the modern world, to the real world, to the decency which is called for and never utter a word about your past transgressions into the world of thoughtlessness.

Still, keep it up, my dear Republicans and not a few Democrats, and you will find yourselves such a beaten minority party that it will make your head swim. For of all the troubles of this nation – gay folks are just not one of them. Only in your own fetid minds is this the case. And really, you should come to your senses and get a grip and join the decent world and stop freaking out over the box of rocks known as gay folks. We are a great boon to this nation, and a helping hand – and we are not a hindrance or threat. And we are not “Anti-family” – and this I know, from, like I said, being my family’s historian and actually, strangely, probably the only one in the whole family who talks to everyone – for the heteros of course, they all have this baggage over who did or said what some time ago. Come to the right conclusion and solve the nation’s troubles – and stop picking on gay folks. It’s the right thing to do.

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11 Comments

  1. How many dumb gay people are going to vote for republicans again,I,m sure some gay people voted for hitler when he ran for president of germany and lost.The catholic church should be labled as a hate group, not justto gay people but for the women who are abused by horrific abortion laws in central and south america, where women are forced to bleed to death, forced to have children of their rapist, and put in prison for miss carrages, in el salvador it is legal to kill a gay person,this is supprted by the church, old nazi,s make bad popes.

  2. “he’s a radical religionist hellbent on making this nation an outpost of the Catholic Church. Sure, he doesn’t say so – but virtually every thing he says is right out of the Pope’s policy book”.

    Is this not unbecoming? It is histrionic, to say the least. It is also untrue. As a Papist myself, I find nothing loathing about Santorum’s beliefs (go figure). Is he obnoxious to you because he believes his beliefs? He is a Catholic, so one would expect him to be in line with the theology of the Catholic Church. If he was not in line with the Magisterial teaching, then we would call him a cafeteria catholic. But it doesn’t work that way.

    He is pro-life – which is hardly a bad thing. At its core, it means he values the inherent dignity of all people. And yes, that includes ppl who are Gay. It includes the Unborn, the Young, the Middle-aged, the Elderly, the Infirmed, Women, Men, Straight and Gay. Black and White, and Purple.

    I am not sure what his extended family’s presumptive political leanings have to do with anything. In fact, it is weird to consider it. I have siblings I disagree with. So he is not a tribalist. I think that is a good thing, IMHO.

    There is another religion which treats women as cattle, stones Gays and even suspected Gays to death, refuses to extend even basic rights to its ppl.

    And yet another religion is perhaps even more insidious: Statism, whose “priests” believe in nothing but power and moral relativism. Who actually believe the State has a corner on wisdom. That believes it knows best, individuals be damned.

    No institution, religion or otherwise, has had more of a beneficial impact on humanity than the Catholic Church. Show me one. Mary, our benevolent Tower of Ivory and Matron… because we love her… along with the Magdolin, Christ’s dearest friend… remind us that women are not cattle. In fact, that Woman (Mary) is the archetype of the perfect Christian. We see her likeness in our mothers, sisters, and daughters. We know that they are indeed worthy of respect and invaluable to peace on Earth.

    Perhaps no imperative has been of more benefit to mankind than the instruction, “love the sinner, hate the sin”. And thankfully so. As a sinner, I need as much love and compassion as is possible.

    For Gays to fear the Catholic Church is laughable. Perhaps no more so than because some of our most revered Saints were of that persuasion. Had same-sex attractions. Can you even ponder the numbers of Gay men in the history of the last 2000 years, who without a place in society or a vocation within which to reside in those less-enlightened and tolerant times… would have suicided instead? The Church has always provided them shelter… among the Militant and among the Militant Priests. Even today, a goodly percentage of our priests are at their core Gay.

    I find it laughable, indeed, that you fear the Church. It is precisely your Singular Defender as a Human. As a Gay Human.

    As for Robert’s comment: someone has a hobby horse. Too daft to respond to.

    • Well, I’m in agreement with you that statism and Islam and communists are not any good. And I can see your point, broadly, about the Catholic Church doing a lot of good — I’m particularly fond of their hospital system — but as for Santorum and many other “official” speakers for the church — he and they have repeatedly said I’m “evil” and “against family” and a “threat to the nation” and have called for my incarceration and forced “cure” and other rather statist solutions to what they have declared as the “problem of homosexuality.” Oh, be a Catholic all the live long day, and tell me all the wondrous things you do, and even work to convince me to be one too, but don’t go and tell me that my eradication from this society is a good thing, and that I just have to go along with it. But, given my time constraints today, I can’t address you more fully, which I aim to do as soon as I’m back home down south. Cheers, sir.

      • Thx – I can’t imagine any Catholic who would call you evil because of your sexual orientation… or anti-family or a threat to the nation. I mean, an ignorant Catholic (ignorant of the Teachings of the Faith, perhaps) but none that is properly-Catechized would say any such things.

        TTYL and thanks for the blog. I find these topics fascinating.

  3. Um, dear Mr. Root, Cardinal George of Chicago tried to compare gay folks with the KKK, until fact & history has caused him to apologize. Santorum has repeatedly said some of the most astounding things about gay folks — and has particularly said we are a threat to families, my own too, I guess, and to the nation as a whole, and society itself, and he has indeed called for our life-long incarceration to protect everyone else, I guess. Maybe he’s not Catechised well. Still, the official Church position, such as I understand it, is that gayness, or having sex at least, is “intrinsically evil” and recently the Pope himself said that gay couples’ recognition is a “threat to the family.” Oh, I don’t like dissing the Church, but really now, you “can’t imagine” the Church calling us “evil”? Hmm. Well, as I know and say, there are many good Catholics, and the overarching idea of the Church is quite good, but some things the leaders of the Church say about us gay folks is quite astonishing — and all false. I have hope, however, that they will one day relent and embrace us as just a strange little subset of humankind. Sure something “went wrong” in a sense, but no more so than Autism perhaps. But “evil” and “anti-family” are just nonsensical.

    • Saying acts of homosexuality are intrinsically evil is indeed distinct from saying Homosexuals are evil. Is this not so? There are many things relating to sexuality that the Church calls evil… such as, hetero sex outside of wedlock, hetero sex within marriage without “leaving the possibility of conception open”, consuming pornography, etc. I wish I could say the Church’s prohibitions on Gay sexuality were the only ones She professes. But it is not so.

      It may not be convenient or easy to abide, but at least the teachings are consistent. No person is intrinsically evil… an act may be, but a person may not.

      I would like citations for the Cardinal George and Santorum though.

    • Sorry to go on: there actually is a reasonable rationale behind the Pope (indeed the Church’s) position “that gay couples’ recognition is a “threat to the family.”

      It is worth exploring the “Theology of the Body” in this respect, as well as the “Domestic Church” – suffice to say, it revolves around natural procreation, natural human propensity to lifelong partners of the opposite sex, and the whole complementarity of male and female body parts.

      But it goes much further than that: indeed to the spiritual relationship of the couple (cleaved into one) to God… and to their children.

      You are already aware of these theological underpinnings, I am sure. But perhaps others are not.

      The Church already embraces Gays as a subset of God’s created universe. Already recognizes the dignity of each and every one of us (even Teh Gays!), and prohibits us breeders from being less than neighborly to the same. She teaches prudence. But one cannot hope for her ever to embrace something it cannot. The Church, for her part, has nothing to do with pop culture. She sees Truth as static and ageless. But I digress.

      • Don’t be afraid or sorry, you’re just “gay-perplexed” —
        For instance, there is no rational reason to think that recognizing gay couples is a threat to families unless one believes that heteros will all of sudden dash over to a gay bar and find a mate and eschew women. Such will not happen, for only we few are gay — and as we say, constantly, we’re born this way — and you heteros are not. We can’t help it if so many heteros still believe we’re made, or we choose — believe us on this, we know, but well, we’re told “No.” But being natural in ourselves, we can’t be a threat to any family under the sun whatsoever. Meanwhile, gay men also have a natural propensity to being couples, and I know dozens who have been together for decades — though it is true that it is harder for gay couples to make it in the world, what without all that support you all get from well, the church and families. And gay couples do have spiritual relationships and cleave, to each other — though many heteros don’t believe this. And the Church does not embrace gays as a subset of God’s creation, but is quite clear that we are not created by God and gayness is not God-created, but is something else again, though they don’t seem to be able to say where it is from — as the Archbishop of the Armed Forces said: “it’s unexplained, but not natural.” Yes, well, that’s clear, eh? And the Church has repeatedly chased us out of the sanctuaries and the church halls if we should so much make a word of defense or approval of our kind. Hardly sounds “embracing” to me. But I’m off to the airport – -more later, cheers, thanks for the comments. 🙂

  4. Mr. Root: Here’s the link to just one story on Cardinal George: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/9687870-418/cardinal-george-defends-comment-linking-gay-rights-activists-to-kkk.html — google “Cardinal George gays KKK” for many more — and from non-gay sources, to be fair to the man.

    and here’s a well referenced article on Santorum: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santorum_controversy_regarding_homosexuality
    the man does seem to think we’re some sort of criminals ready to be put in jail. And if one is to be for re-criminalizing sissy smooching I dare say one wants the cops to come and arrest us, the courts to adjudicate the matter, and the prisons to handle the influx of several millions of gay men at a cost of billions of bucks. Oh, maybe he’d be delighted in just having the law and not enforcing it; I guess I can give him that much. Other than that, he wants us removed from the streets and yanked out of the bosom of our families and put away forever until we read the Bible his way and marry his daughter.

    • Jim – I don’t see anything in his comments equating Gays with the KKK. What he definitely WAS saying is that there are times in which groups do target the Church in bigoted ways. It is actually the case that the KKK is incredibly anti-Catholic. Hell, this nation finds us the last group it is ok to bash in public.

      His statement is correct: “One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940’s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.””

      The mega-activist Gays are openly hostile to the Church in ways that would not be tolerated of any other group perhaps. That hateful element of the ends-justify-the-means has demonstrated an aptitude for purposefully interrupting Mass before. If memory serves, even by desecrating the Eucharist.

      As for the larger statement, this is what happens when interest groups collide. A good example of this is the President’s unprecedented attempt to curtail religious freedom by attempting to force Catholic employers to insure contraception and abortion procedures. Likewise, the Church is under attack as it relates to adoption and health care. The attempt is a frontal assault on the Church and religious freedom.

      The reality is the Church must safeguard itself against, how might I state it, others who might be interested in protecting diversity as long as the diversity in question agrees entirely with it.

      As for Santorum, it’s a stickier jamb. On the one hand, his comments regarding homosexual acts are in keeping with his religious beliefs. So, really cant call him anything but a Catholic. There are about 1billion of us worldwide, so it could be argues that that is not just some exotic point of view.

      His comments relating to the bedroom do seem problematic. I’ll give you that. As an arch-Conservative with heavy Libertarian leanings, I would say that it isn’t the governments concern (nor should it be) what ppl are doing as consenting adults in the bedroom.

      I guess I would say that as a Catholic, he is spot on. His view of the extent the Govt can reach (and remain within the bounds of Constitutionality) is off-putting and, frankly, wrong.

      I could see why this would freak out Gays. But then, the Government is continually attacking Individual Liberty… and often in the name of “equality”.

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