The Religious Right’s Culture of Death

Linda_HarveyLinda Harvey, according to her bio, “president and founder of Mission America and host of a radio talk show 880 AM WRFD (Columbus)” and “author of the book, Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality,” opposes healthcare for millions of Americans. But particularly for gay people.

The best thing self-identifying gay people can do, she says, is keep their naughty bits to themselves and admit they’re really heterosexuals engaging in sexual perversion for the sheer joy of it. Oh, and the government should get behind her brilliant insight, and no doubt put her in charge of teaching everybody to sit on their hands.

Writing at Matt Barber’s BarbWire yesterday, Linda Harvey complained that efforts by the CDC to prevent HIV with Truvada, a PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) drug, will lead to racial cleansing. This is no doubt true in the same way that flushing your toilet three times in a row, very fast, will make your Teddy Bear come alive.

Harvey is opposed to such treatments:

Which teens are these? While the details are still emerging, it’s most likely to be those identified as “LGBT” and sexually active.

But wait, you say. There are no such inborn identities and no teen should be encouraged in premature intimacy, nor given unnecessary medications.

Yes, Harvey is saying what you think she is saying: there are no real homosexuals. As she wrote in January at World Net Daily (look, no one respectable is going to publish her stuff):

Remember that Nobel Prize winner, the scientist who discovered the “gay” gene? I’m having trouble coming up with the name.

It’s because there is no such researcher, since nothing like a “gay gene” has been found. Surely, with the Western elites’ affection for “gay rights,” a Nobel Prize would be the reward if such a discovery were on record. If Barack Obama can get one for doing nothing, this mythical researcher would be a shoe-in.

According to Harvey, everyone is a heterosexual. Homosexuality is, for her, simple sexual perversion, a behavior that is willingly engaged in and which can be set aside. While scientists point to genetics, Harvey points to choice: “It’s totally possible,” she says, “to leave it all in the past, as the world’s many ex-homosexuals have done.” Self-identifying homosexuals are just confused and need a “reality check.”

This is a pretty much the same thing that has happened with climate change. Scientists say its real, religious nuts say it isn’t and point to a lack of science despite 99 percent of scientists saying it’s real. I mean, “nature’s law” does not permit such aberrant behavior as homosexuality, despite the fact that literally thousands of animal species engage in homosexual behavior.

We’re supposed to ignore science, but embrace the idea that “gay animal demons” are somehow responsible. You know, something you can study under a microscope. Wait, you mean you haven’t seen gay animal demons under a microscope?

Which leads us to genetics and things you can study under a microscope.

Scientist Dean Hamer, in a study performed at the U.S. National Cancer Institute in 1993, said that there is “99.5 percent certainty that there is a gene (or genes) in this area of the X chromosome that predisposes a male to become a heterosexual.”

The International Business Times reported just this morning that,

Male sexual orientation may be influenced by genetics, a new study suggests.

The findings, shared at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, revealed that in a study that tested the DNA of 409 gay men, at least two chromosomes may affect a man’s sexual orientation.

“Sexual orientation has nothing to do with choice. Our findings suggest there may be genes at play, and we found evidence for two sets that affect whether a man is gay or straight,” said Michael Bailey of Northwestern University, who carried out the research.

And no gay gene? Bailey’s partner in the study, Alan Sanders, associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northwestern University, says,

When people say there’s a gay gene, it’s an oversimplification. There’s more than one gene, and genetics is not the whole story. Whatever gene contributes to sexual orientation, you can think of it as much as contributing to heterosexuality as much as you can think of it contributing to homosexuality. It contributes to a variation in the trait.

Uh oh. Gay genes, plural. According to the Daily Mail,

Qazi Rhaman, a King’s College London psychologist, said that genes are thought account for up to 40 per cent of a person’s sexual orientation is governed by genes, and that it is likely that many genes are involved.

The Telegraph reported in February, that,

Researchers at the University of California believe that homosexuality can be explained by the presence of epi-marks — temporary switches that control how our genes are expressed during gestation and after birth.

Daryl Bem, a social psychologist at Cornell University, has suggested that the influence of biological factors on sexual orientation may be mediated by experiences in childhood.

You know how we often remark that raging homophobia in conservatives is often evidence that they are themselves gay? Harvey wants to turn that around by claiming that those who defend homosexuality the most are actually trying to cover up the fact that they are heterosexuals:

But try to tell that to the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and the various self-important “gay” bloggers. With claws and teeth exposed, the monster purveyors of “tolerance” try to come off as noble moralists, but confront them with the truth and the artifice falls. Their reactions are violent for a simple reason: fear.

They wonder if they might actually be heterosexuals after all.

Yes, I’m sure that’s it.

So having turned our shared reality on its head, Harvey comes to the only conclusion possible:

Again, our country’s most well-educated professionals will subvert common sense, the results of research, and any inclination to do what’s objectively right, to political correctness. Abstinence is off the table.

She writes,

And the joke is on us, the adults, because we are sacrificing our precious children as a result. Especially at risk from a protocol like PrEP are young minority homosexual males, since they now contract HIV at a disproportionately higher rate. Some of these kids, let’s face it, are prostituting their bodies for money and/or drugs, and little is being done to stop it except hand them condoms. Many on the left support their conduct and call it “sex work,” kind of like having a summer job.

Don’t you dare think of the obvious term for this: racial cleansing. Margaret Sanger would nod approvingly. Such cleansing is already happening to unborn minority babies whose mothers disproportionately visit Planned Parenthood clinics. Actually, Planned Parenthood may get a new lease on life as they become centers for youth (as well as adults) to receive their “PrEP” shots, which will qualify for reimbursement under Title X federal funding.

Completely immune, like most conservatives, to hypocrisy and irony, Harvey goes on to conclude,

There’s another answer, of course: launch a nationwide campaign that is pro-marriage ( the authentic man/woman kind), that emphasizes respect, responsibility, and restraint, with no “gay” or heterosexual hook-up sex. When are we going to see programs from our tax dollars that preserve, extend and enhance life instead of enabling disease and death?

This from the woman opposed to making healthcare available to millions of Americans.

There’s just a wee problem with her proposal: abstinence doesn’t work. As reported by the Union of Concerned Scientists in 2004,

Federally funded abstinence-only programs use curricula that contain “false, misleading or distorted information about reproductive health,” according to a 2004 congressional study prepared for Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA).1 Abstinence-only (or abstinence-only-until-marriage) classes teach teenagers only about abstinence and not about any other ways of protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.

Worse yet,

[R]esearch that indicates “virginity pledgers” are no less likely to engage in premarital sex than their peers. Pledgers have rates of sexually transmitted diseases similar to other teens, and are less likely to use contraception in the event that they do engage in sexual intercourse.

Harvey would rather teach them abstinence, which doesn’t work, than give people doctors and medicine, which does. And she says she’s pro-life? That people who want to prevent and treat disease are guilty of racial cleansing? How, exactly, does that work?

Sounds like Harvey is the one in need of a reality check.

13 Replies to “The Religious Right’s Culture of Death”

  1. This kind of crap makes me almost happy about the coming Climate Change catastrophe. I mean if we are that stupid that massive numbers of us believe this sort of nonsense, that is basically an indicator of a species in evolutionary decline.

  2. This woman is so uneducated you can’t even hate her. She is also so uncompassionate you can’t feel sorry for her. Best thing to happen is for her to come back gay! Hope that happens for her, then she will have a real life lesson. Hating is not okay, and everybody should be able to live their life as long as they don’t hurt others. It’s sad people like this have to interfere in other’s freedom. She is dumb and wants to make the rest of the world dumb with her. She needs to go talk to some gays who want to kill themselves (or the ones who have) after being raised by idiots like her. If the rest of the world uses the same intolerance of ignorance she uses she would be stoned. The sad thing about ignorance is it usually comes with arrogance.

  3. Trying to tell teens to use the Abstinence method is like telling the human race to stop having babys. Young people’s brains are between their hips until at least age 40.

    This moron can preach all she wants, she is just looking for money and a niche among the less educated.

    Well researched Hraf. Excellently written

  4. She´s nuts, and as usual cannot write the only language she speaks. It´s “shoo-in” as in waving hands in front of body away from body. Capiche, righties?

    And don´t talk to me about “grammar Nazi”. I´m not the guy who demands everyone speak English — like the US Rep (R) who stated: “If English was good enough for Jesus, it´s good enough for me.”

  5. just because she needs to get plowed on a regular basis (with a face like that, probably not to many offers) doesn’t mean that true beautiful lesbians everywhere have to follow her deranged ‘evil plans’..

  6. Sure,people decide they want to become gay just so some crazy people can persecute them their entire lives. What a twit. Get rid of everyone but morons like her. I’m old enough to understand that people like this are filled with fear and anxiety. Why is beyond me. No one “turns” anyone into something that they are not already. She lives her life fearing something that isn’t there. People like her are the real Zombies of this world.

  7. I was in a close relationship to a closeted gay who was pressured to be in such by fundamentalist parents. It was a nightmare of a secret life, suppression, and ultimately divorce.

    There is NO such thing as an ex-gay. There is only somebody who goes behind your back and conducts affairs or somebody who is so resentful that they married you that they take it out on you.

    What is unnatural is somebody who is forced to go against their own nature to do what society expects them to do. This only causes broken hearts and broken marriage.

    So every time somebody spouts this line of BS I laugh in their faces because they don’t know what the flip they are talking about.

  8. Oh, great. Now my toilet won’t stop running and my Teddy Bear just sits there staring at me.

    Hey! I could have sworn that I left my carving knife on the kitchen counter just a couple of minutes ago… huh.

  9. Yeah Linda..right. Then ifso facto then all humans are secular and non religious and belief in god is a perversion of intellect. You know what…that works for me darlin’! Also ALL religious beliefs are based on fear of mortality and the thirst for a “heaven” and eternal life. That fear is the power that they thirst for and demand from us. They are in a word insane.

  10. Dave, Blankets are the solution. Monsters cannot penetrate blankets so throw a blanket over the teddy bear and it will become lifeless. At least it worked for me that one time, as far as the toilet I’m afraid you’re going to get your hands wet on that problem. Live Long and Prosper.

  11. Perhaps we need to think about requiring people who are going to speak publicly to first have a head MRI so that we know that there actually is a brain inside the head!

  12. Another frustrated woman who can’t imagine a man not lusting after her. Well, there’s the place for the reality check, lady! There are a lot of men out there whom you cannot control with your p……y, so just get over it. You might want to try talking to people who are living happy and productive lives in same-sex relationships instead of your reich-wing, science-denying, religious fanatic cronies.

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