A few days ago I wrote about the latest in a long line of gay-bashing pastors who are up in arms because homosexuals are trying to get children to try being gay, or that they want to molest them, or make everyone have gay marriages, or hang out with George Takei … or whatever. I don’t even know anymore because none of it makes any goddamned sense. After watching the video and reading the transcript, I came to two conclusions:
Actually, one of two possibilities come to mind: first, he’s a closeted homosexual who was born and raised in such an oppressive household that the only thing he could do in order to reconcile his faith with his sexuality was to suppress it and hate himself every day for simply being what he is. The other possibility is – from the wording of his tirade – that he might have been molested at an early age and ended up confusing pedophilia with homosexuality as a result.
And today I saw the follow-up article (which I admit may have been there the whole time but I didn’t notice):
In an interview Wednesday on The David Pakman Show, Cameron, 72, acknowledged that as a 3-year-old he was raped by a man, and subsequently experienced feelings for men until he approached his adolescent years.
“As you’re probably aware, I was seduced, or raped, as a child… I was raped homosexually. Had that continued, I don’t know where I would have ended up,” Cameron said.
“I do know that the culture, which was directed toward heterosexuality, overcame whatever feelings I had — and I had some, that I acquired as a 3-year-old — and by the time I was 9 or 10, I was thoroughly interested in girls.”
Wow. Nailed it … unfortunately. I may think this guy’s an angry, paranoid, bigoted old loon, but to have something like that happen to you at such an early age when your brain is still busy figuring out its surroundings and establish trust in authority figures is beyond terrible. It’s no surprise that because of that, he was never able to acknowledge or understand the difference between pedophiles and homosexuals, and why he had these confusing feelings he couldn’t make sense of while everyone else at his age were simply busy being kids.
I admit I don’t know enough about developmental psychology in order to say whether or not the feelings he had before the age of 9 or 10 means he’s homosexual, or if it was his mind’s way of dealing with the trauma he went through before puberty finally kicked in. Either way, this story provides a great deal more insight into why this guy’s spent so much of his time railing against homosexuals. Unfortunately it still doesn’t excuse the fact that he should at least be academically aware that homosexuality and pedophilia are two very different things. I understand that while some people take the awful things they’ve been forced to deal with in their lives and turn them into a tool they can use to help others, many can’t ever get past it. Paul, on the other hand, found a way past it by blaming the wrong demographic and devoting his entire life’s work to using the bible to justify denying rights to people who neither had nor have anything to do with what happened to him decades ago.
Good job, Paul. No one deserves the kind of thing you went through as a child, but you’re still a dick.