Lies and slurs about our community have always followed one another like tracer bullets. For as long as there has been media, it has reported the awful, fictitious, and hurtful things people say about all things LGB and T.
In the old days, we were simply labeled sinners, purveyors of evil, embodying the ungodly, and unnatural. But the things they say about us now can make us miss the good, old days of simply being the sinful, godforsaken, kicks in the teeth to Mother Nature.
I mark Thursday, September 13, 2001, as the day the tables turned with a vengeance, and the words against us went into an unbelievable, nonsensical orbit.
On that day, during an interview on Pat Robertson’s tele-evangelical TV series, 700 Club, the late, not so great, Reverend Jerry Falwell seemed to lay the blame for the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks of September 11, at the feet of political and moral enemies, among them the LGBT Community, rather than the terrorists themselves.
During a discussion about whether the terrorist attacks might bring religious revival to America, Falwell said, “What we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact, God continues to lift the curtain, and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
“The ACLU has got to take a lot of the blame for this” Falwell continued, and he went on to point an accusing finger at gays and lesbians, abortionists, feminists, and others. He said that God might have allowed what America deserved because of its moral decay; he asked the country to ask for forgiveness and protection.
Pat Robertson responded with agreement. Or, in other words, ignorance is as ignorance does.
The response to the interview was immediate, national, and negative. So the following day, Falwell issued an apology for his comments and said that he believes that the terrorists alone were responsible for the attacks.
But his apology was half-baked, half-hearted, and he could not resist adding, theologically, “I believe that groups that have worked to secularize America have helped remove the nation from its spiritual foundations, and from God’s protection.”
Thusly American gays and lesbians, having received our degrees in sin, ungodliness, and unnaturalness, were now promoted to sharing responsibility for national catastrophes.
As the song says, “It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,” but some four years after an American evangelist blamed us for the unprecedented American tragedy of September 11, an Irish politician told the world that we were responsible for the natural disaster than was Hurricane Katrina. Maurice Mills, an Emerald Isle Democratic Unionist Party councilor for Ballymena, told the Guardian, that Katrina, the hurricane that killed thirteen hundred people, was God’s revenge for an annual gay pride event called Southern Decadence.
In the councilman’s own words, “The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence festival which the previous year had attracted an estimated one hundred twenty-five thousand people.
“Surely this is a warning to nations where such wickedness is increasingly promoted and practiced.”
Just last year, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee saw fit to blame California’s extended drought on gay marriage.”
“I Feel the Earth Move” is so much more than the title of a Carole King pop hit. In a seismic statement, just last month, Mallam Abass Mahmud, a Muslim cleric in Ghana, where violence and harassment of gays and lesbians is commonplace, told the media, “Allah gets annoyed when males engage in sexual encounters and such disgusting encounters cause earthquakes.”
He went on to ask: “Should we allow such a shame to continue in our communities against our holy teachings?”
And the LGBT bad-mouthing just keeps on coming!
Yes, ever since the time clock struck two-thousand-one, political and religious whack jobs have blamed our community for everything from the nine eleven terrorist attacks to Hurricane Katrina, to seismic catastrophes. Looking to the fall, I predict this future headline and sub-headline:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016:
TRUMP ELECTED IN LANDSLIDE!
Reverend Nutcase Lays Blame at the Feet of Gays and Lesbians