Republican psychologist and ex-City Council member Carl Mumpower has misplaced his phobias. In his Feb. 17 Xpress commentary, he said he's alarmed that the city of Asheville is going to extend employee health-insurance benefits to the LGBT community, a "special interest group," thus "mortgaging our children's futures." I reckon Republican psychologists were similarly threatened by the Equal Rights Amendment and its special-interest group: women.
Mumpower is afraid that the LGBT community is going to push [its] "way to the front of the breadline," while he fails to be afraid that Republican G.W. Bush and his cronies have caused these bread lines.
I, too, have some phobias: of multinational corporations, citizenship for corporations, war, illegal war; but I am an artist, not a psychologist. Conservatives, like Mumpower, used to fear — and make illegal — interfaith marriage and, more recently, interracial marriage, which was illegal in some states as recently as 1967. The prospect of gay marriage must mortify some folks. Whose business is one's marriage anyway? …
Mumpower goes on to misrepresent nature. He writes: "For survival of the species, nature leans pretty convincingly in one direction." How nice to daydream that nature herself does not go both ways. Meanwhile, it is not nature, but rather, individual species that are exclusively into propagation/procreation — as corporations are into profit and endless growth. Nature is all about balance. We dumb, arrogant humans have tipped the balance. Our human species, relentlessly going in this procreation direction, overpopulating, overdeveloping, becomes the nightmare of this sweet old world, while we fret about the likes of gay marriage.
— Ron Ogle