It never ceases to amaze me that in this day and age — in the twenty-first freaking century — gay rights and equality is still a controversial issue. In a time in which some of us are spending our time discovering the foundational laws of our universe, or finding a cure for cancer, or even postulating populating other plants, most of us are spending our time getting outraged about what grown, consulting men or women are doing with their genitals. (Of course, that’s a gross oversimplification of what’s going on here, but in the end, that’s what it boils down to.)
That granting equality to a minority group is actually an issue is a concept that is beyond me. If we look back in history, not even that long ago, we see a similar issue, in which African Americans were fighting for equality. They had rallies and marches, and if we’re honest with ourselves, a lot of people were upset that they wanted to be considered equal and have equal rights. Never did any of the African Americans suggest that we should all become black, or adopt black culture. They simply wanted to have equal rights. These days, we still have bigots, of course… But most of us look back on that time and are amazed by the amount of ignorance that saturated American culture. Most of us can’t believe such unbridled bigotry was displayed against African Americans — and all because of the color of their skin.
Recently I was digging through Google Images for something specific, and came across the above meme quite by accident. I immediately saved it for later so I could write about it.
Now, let’s take a look at the original image, which was the message, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married.” This is actually intended to be a light-hearted, humorous way of conveying the message that just because something exists doesn’t mean you have to like or even approve of it. It’s quite a simple solution to those who object to gay marriage: if you don’t approve of someone’s lifestyle, don’t be a part of it. If you don’t approve of homosexuality, by all means, don’t be homosexual. Even if you approve of it and champion the rights of homosexuals, you still don’t have to have anything to do with it. As a man who is decidedly heterosexual, there is nothing about homosexuality that is appealing to me; therefore, while I support the right of homosexuals to do as they please, I still don’t engage in any kind of sexual or romantic activity with those of the same sex as I. It’s not my cup of tea; therefore, I don’t drink it.
(As a side note: There is a huge difference between abstaining from any sort of contact with homosexuality in the private and public sector, but this is a subject for another article.)
So, to bring the point home, the original message — “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married” — is supposed to be quite simple and nonintrusive, indeed: “You are free to do as you please, just as gay people should be free to do as they please, and there’s no reason for you to feel forced to participate in it if you don’t agree with their lifestyle. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you have to do it.”
And then there’s the text that “Liberal Logic 101” has scribbled over the face of the image, and I’m not even sure where to start with on that. This is probably one of the more absurd, self-defeating anti-gay messages I’ve read in… well, minutes, if I’m to be honest. (The anti-homosexual sentiment expresses itself in all kinds of vapid ways.) When I originally found this meme, my jaw dropped, and I probably sat there for a full sixty seconds, baffled, marvelling at the sheer level of stupidity.
First of all, what “fictional rights” are being created? The right of all demographics to be treated equally, regardless of race or creed? I would really like to know what nonexistent rights are being created here… Am I missing something? The gay community is asking for the same exact rights afforded to the straight community, not the creation of new, or “fictional,” rights. They aren’t lobbying for something better than marriage… They’d just like to fall in love and “get hitched” like the rest of us.
As to what rights are being impeded upon by demanding equal rights is anyone’s guess. It doesn’t even impede upon a homophobe’s rights to oppose homosexuality or speak out against it. Christians would still be free to preach from their pulpits the horrors of homosexuality… the only difference would be that America would actually be sticking to its guns when it declared that “all men are created equal.” No rights of the straight community would be broached — they would still be free to fall in love, get married, and the like. They’d still be free to condemn the homosexual lifestyle as much as they’d like.
Again — the only difference is that instead of pretending to offer liberty and justice to all, we’d actually be doing it.
The ensuing text superimposed over the original image just degenerates into absurdity. “And while we’re at it, stop using the government to force your ‘morality’ on other people by making them participate in celebrating your ‘lifestyle choices.'”
…REALLY!? REALLY!? You want to sit here and argue against gay marriage, and make the case that it should be illegal, and then talk about using the government to force your sense of morality on others? What would you have us do, celebrate the lifestyle choices of the Christian and force our morality on homosexuals via the government? From a group of people who are so adamant about bringing this country back to God, and instituting biblical standards as law, the idea of crying out about other peoples’ morality being forced on us seems completely insane. How in the world can you simultaneously force your sense of morality on someone else and then be offended when you feel that someone else’s sense of morality is being forced on you (which is a moot point anyway, since no gay-rights advocate is suggesting you yourself be gay in any way, shape, or form?).
Also, no one’s suggesting that you participate or celebrate the gay lifestyle. That’s the entire point of the original message, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married.” The ENTIRE POINT of that message is that if you don’t like it, you don’t have to participate OR celebrate it. As an American, you’re free to abstain from it entirely, and even disdain it. No one’s trying to turn you gay, so get over yourself.
All in all, this meme is an epic tribute to hypocricy, ignorance, double standards, and general stupidity. Couldn’t believe it when I first saw it, and still can’t… And to be entirely honest, I can’t understand why anyone would see something as stupid as this, and sit there and think, “Yeah, ‘Liberal Logic 101,’ go get ’em.”
(Ironically, if this is representative of “Liberal Logic 101″‘s messages, then they don’t even have a clue how completely illogical they’re making conservatives sound. If you want to poke fun at someone else’s logic, first make sure your own logic makes a little sense.)