I Was Right on Both Counts.

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.

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One Response to I Was Right on Both Counts.

  1. Alex Haiken says:

    Nearly every person who acknowledges an aversion to homosexuality does so on the basis of what he or she believes the Bible has to say. In their mind, there is no doubt whatsoever about what the Bible says and what the Bible means. Their general argument goes something like this: Homosexuality is an abomination and the homosexual is a sinner. Homosexuality is condemned in both the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, if we are to be faithful to the clear teachings of Scripture we too must condemn homosexuality. Needless to say, this premise is being widely debated among evangelicals today and seriously challenged by biblical scholars, theologians and religious leaders everywhere.

    It rarely occurs to any of us that our reading of Scripture is profoundly colored by our own cultural context and worldview. In light of the post above and since I happen to speak and write on this topic, I thought you might find some of these posts of particular interest and relevance. I would particularly recommend the following:

    “Genesis 19: What Were the Real Sins of Sodom?”
    “Leviticus 18: What Was the Abomination?”
    “Romans 1: What Was Paul Ranting About?”
    “Romans 2: Paul’s Bait and Switch”
    “Genesis 1: Turning the Creation Story into an Anti-Gay Treatise”
    “Why No One in the Biblical World Had a Word for Homosexuality”
    “Exegesis: Not For the Faint in Heart”

    (Links to these and more posts may be found by simply clicking the link below and then selecting the “Archives” page.)

    -Alex Haiken

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