A reader has alerted me to this interesting column in today’s Waikato Times – Perpetuating a nasty mythÂ Highlights include:
So Colin Craig could choose to be gay. I suppose this means he is choosing to be heterosexual. Mr Craig’s sexual orientation is his business, but in making a statement like this he’s either ignoring the science that tells us that people don’t exactly choose their sexual orientation or there’s something else he’s keeping in the closet.
Am I suggesting everyone who opposes homosexual law reform is secretly gay? Of course not. But I do find it interesting that many who are most vehemently opposed, turn out to be at war with a part of themselves they find abhorrent and shameful. An aspect that science tells us is natural. I think that’s incredibly sad.
Mr Craig, and others opposing the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, recently plucked from the Parliamentary ballot, claim to be doing so because the Bible, and by extension God, considers homosexuality “an abomination”.
I don’t actually think this is why they oppose it, though. Other things the Old Testament considers abominations include prawns, pork and mildew, but I rarely hear them speaking out against these. I think Colin Craig and company think homosexuality is just icky and wrong, yet somehow also incredibly tantalising. Which is a weird way of looking at it. The way they talk, you’d think being gay was the most awesomely sinful good time in the world.