Regarding [a July 9 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times], “Franklin Graham Slams Obama for Supporting Gay Marriage”: “The most damnable and bloodthirsty tyranny that a nation can be subjected to, is that of a bigoted religious sect,” [by William] Stanton, The Great United States Exploring Expedition [published in] 1975.
Webster’s College Dictionary for the 21st century (fourth edition, emphasis added) defines a bigot as a person who holds blindly and intolerantly to a particular creed or opinion and who is narrow-minded and prejudiced. In his latest rant against President Obama, Franklin Graham blatantly displays his homophobic opinions by criticizing the president for purportedly disgracing the White House by lighting it up with rainbow colors. Presumably his intolerant rant is attributable to the Supreme Court’s recent opinion upholding same sex-marriage as a constitutional 14th Amendment due process right.
I would suggest that there is perhaps another dynamic at work with many others of Graham’s ilk. Studies show that people who hold strong anti-gay views may have repressed same-sex desires. Thus, homophobes should seriously consider some self-reflection. It would behoove Graham to look directly into a mirror and reflect on two simple questions: 1) Am I a bigot; and 2) am I a homophobe?
It is a shame that so many intolerant, narrow-minded church figures just cannot seem to get their heads into the 21st century. They thump upon, and frequently intentionally misinterpret, good, historic books that were written 2,000 years ago using the ancient mindset and language of those times. They fail to recognize that times do change.
For anyone who reads this, ask yourself if you are a bigot as defined above, and are you perhaps a repressed homophobe?
For the record, I am straight and happily married to the same wonderful woman for 38 years. My views on same-sex marriage have progressed with the times. Times do change. Get over it!
— Allan J. Fedor