Boy, object to one dorm-wide drag party and now the whole world wants to make you gay. What’s this world coming to?
In a “Thanksgiving Message” from Jennifer Roback Morse of NOM’s Ruth Institute, she warns that young people are being “pressured” to support LGBT equality because they have gay friends and peers.
I suspect this fear has something to do with the fact that interacting positively with people of different faiths, cultures, and sexual orientation generally provides the opportunity to see them as actual people … not this nameless, faceless collective about which little is known except for what might be gleaned secondhand in church or on TV. They may even come to realize that while there may be differences that make them part of a wider reality, there is a lot more they share in common than not.
It’s no wonder why people like Morse is afraid of young people making friends with “outsiders”. They may gain empathy for them. Wouldn’t want that.
Morse relates a story of a Catholic resident assistant (RA) at a college who didn’t want to participate in the “drag party” being organized by her gay supervisor. The supervisor was supposedly “really leaning on her” and trying to “make her feel bad, make her look bad,” an example of a pro-LGBT strategy that Morse feels is a much more significant threat than the media.
The possibility always exists that the supervisor did put undue pressure on her to do something she didn’t want to do and single her out for her behavior; there’s no demographic out there that doesn’t have its assholes. The possibility also exists that he was simply trying to get her to engage in an activity to which no one else held any objection, and trying to determine why she was so steadfast in her refusal. His asking her to come up with some other alternative seems to me like just another way to encourage socialization among the population of the dorm and not any kind of “pressure” related to his sexuality or the drag party in particular.
Here’s part of her transcript, courtesy of ThinkProgress:
MORSE: I think a lot of our students are encountering this type of situation in their dorms and on their college campuses… What I want to say to you, is that the other side has RAs in the dorm where your young people are going to school. There’s no TV message that is going to do the job of countering that type of influence. Somebody’s got to be there talking to young people one at a time in the places where they’re hanging out and doing the things that they’re doing. There’s no mass media strategy by itself that will solve this problem. [...]
It’s really only a “problem” for people who think homosexuals are icky because a book tells you so. This book also says that donkeys could talk and that slugs melt as they move, so I propose we update our perspective.
And this holiday season [CHRISTMAS, YOU COMMUNIST. -ed.], when your young people come home from college, ask them about this. Ask them if they have a gay RA in their dorms… So please, talk to your young people about this and see what kind of pressure they may be under that maybe even they don’t realize how much it’s having an impact upon them.
Much in the same way Ken Ham is deathly afraid of children being given the tools of critical analysis and rational inquiry, pearl clutchers like Jennifer Morse are worried that the hold Christianity has on the younger generation might falter when they begin to interact with people different from themselves. And meanwhile, of course, she and other Christians are doing everything they can by way of media and political donations to influence state and local officials in order to make sure same sex couples are treated as second class citizens. That’s a life worth living, Jen.