Think about it… March 31, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Media, Religion, Responses.
Their aim is to challenge the hitching onto (or even hijacking of) the civil rights movement by LGBT campaigners. I'd urge everyone to watch the commercials, which are rather provocative. They feature a Jewish man, a man in a wheelchair and an African-American saying the following, respectively (excerpted):
[On homophobia] "They use other words for us too, like hatemonger, or Nazi. But I'm no Nazi: I'm a Jewish American. And I don't believe that people should be given special rights based on who they have sex with."
"Civil rights protect Americans with immutable attributes like race, gender and disability… Gay sex is an action, not an attribute… Sex is an option, but cerebral palsy isn't."
"Our parents did not march with Dr. King so Tom and John could get married."
There are a couple more, including some interesting comments from psychiatrist Robert Spitzer.
I think that many people would find these messages offensive, because they speak bluntly against ideas that self-identifying LGB or T people hold sacred, along with so many others of the liberal persuasions. But such short messages may have to be blunt in order to make an impact, and perhaps have people think over them. Unfortunately, much of the other side of the "debate" is also conducted by flinging slogans about, and intimidating those who feel uncomfortable about the framework of the discussion, or its basic assumptions (such as "sexual orientation" being a true phenomenon and not something that could be explained as a matter of experience).
A shortcoming of the We Are Thinking messages is the stark distinction made between actions and identity, with no consideration given to the idea that identity can be formed by development as well as congenital factors. So while it is true to say that "Sex is an option, but cerebral palsy isn't", it isn't so simple to say that "being homosexual" is an option – because this idea of "being" is not primarily about actions, in the minds of those who adopt the identity. We should understand one another and adjust our language accordingly. [A general guideline for effective dialogue!]